This three-day group relations conference offers a unique opportunity to study the conscious and unconscious dynamics involved in how groups organize themselves and interact with each other. This conference is not a passive learning event that relies upon lectures. Instead, the learning is experiential. Participants study how leadership, followership, authority, task, boundaries, and roles operate in the different group experiences they enter during the conference. The conference will weave art and other non-verbal forms of expression into the conference events to illuminate unconscious dynamics operating in the system of group interactions that members and staff will create together.
Novien Yarber – Novien Yarber, is a doctoral candidate at University of San Diego's School of Leadership and Education Sciences-- his current research examines the social landscape of philanthropic culture/practice through Black experience(s), thought, and consciousness. While fulfilling his passion for facilitating conscious leadership development, Novien works as both a consultant through the Conscious Leadership Academy and as lecturer/program coordinator of University of San Diego's undergraduate Leadership Studies Minor. Within this work Novien facilitates environments where all have the opportunity to deepen an awareness of the complexities of leadership, group dynamics, and DEIB. This work extends beyond the classroom spaces as he holds the role of Equity Fellow for Leadership and Philanthropy through The Nonprofit Institute, San Diego, Ca; through which he will support this year's annual ACRI Group Relation's conference as a member of the administration team. Novien is a co-creator with GRI.
Anna Runion – Anna Runion is a Resident Minister at University of San Diego. After ten years as the Minister for Youth and Social Justice at Pilgrim United Church of Christ, she began her PhD in Leadership Studies at the University of San Diego. She has an MA in Religion for Point Loma Nazarene University. She is a Co-creator with Group Relations International, and a member of Grex.