Network Leadership Training Academy2020-02-12T18:08:56-07:00
Network Leadership
Training Academy

Denver, CO | May 19-20, 2020

Our annual, hands-on workshop will leave you with the skills and knowledge you need to build, manage and evaluate inter-organizational networks. Overcome your collaborative challenges and build a strategy forward for the future. Join us May 19th and 20th at the University of Colorado – Denver to start your network science journey.

Don’t Wait: Early Bird Registration Rate ends Feb 29th!  

Meet our 2020 Speakers!

Curtis Ogden
Curtis Ogden
Senior Associate,
Interaction Inst. for Social Change
Blythe Butler
Developmental Evaluator,
First 2000 Days Network
Santiago Bunce
VP of Evaluation & Learning,
Catalyst Miami
Alex Serious
Alex Derr,
Communications Manager, Visible Network Labs
Bruce Goldstein
Bruce Goldstein
Associate Professor, University of Colorado Boulder
Darrin Hicks
Dr. Darrin Hicks
Professor of Communications
University of Denver
Danielle Varda
Dr. Danielle Varda
CEO Visible Network Labs,
Associate Professor & Co-Director, Center on Network Science, Univ of CO Denver
Dylan McDonald
Management & Policy Analyst, National Park Service
Jonathan Serious
Jonathan Mischke, B.A.
VP of Communications and Marketing,
Visible Network Labs
Paige Serious
Dr. Paige Backlund Jarquin
VP of Learning, Visible Network Labs
Lisa VanRaemdonck
Lisa VanRaemdonck
Executive Director,
CU Denver School of Public Affairs Institute
Robyn Mobbs
Co-Director, CU Denver
Center on Network Science

2020 NLTA Schedule

May 18, 2020

5pm-7:30pm: Please join us in bringing the inaugural Network Innovation Summit to a close and kicking-off the start of the Network Leadership Training Academy.

Day One - May 19, 2020

Theme: Building Networks, Designing Network Strategy, and Managing Networks

On Day 1 of the NLTA you will build skills, learn tips and tricks, engage in peer-learning, and practice implementing learning for building a network, designing a network strategy, and managing and evaluating your network utilizing the PARTNER Method.  

Check-in, enjoy coffee, tea and a breakfast buffet, and meet your fellow NLTA attendees.

Topics Include:

  • Thinking Like a Network Scientist
  • Building Inclusive & Welcoming Networks
  • Building & Sustaining an Engaged Network Membership
  • Identifying & Developing the Best Decision Making Structure for your Network
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Topics Include:

  • Distributive Leadership & Implementation in your Networks.
  • Shared Accountability, Facilitation, & Decision-Making as an Equitable Approach to Network Building
  • Skills for Dealing with Conflict, Negotiation, Facilitation, and Governance.

Day Two - May 20, 2020

Theme: Managing, Implementing, and Evaluating Network Strategies

On Day 2 of the NLTA you build skills, learn tips and tricks, engage in peer-learning, and practice implementing learning for managing and implementing a network strategy, and evaluating networks for learning and improvement.

Join us for a breakfast buffet and morning coffee & tea with your fellow attendees. 

Topics Include:

  • Developing authenticity in your network processes
  • Leading difficult and meaningful conversations in group settings.
  • Options for learning and rigorous evaluation of your networks.
  • Evaluation Methods for your networks and improving practices from your results.

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Topics Include:

  • Using network data to tell your collaborative story.
  • Applying network learning to adapt your strategy for improved outcomes.
  • Live demonstration of PARTNER, the dynamic network visualization tool that puts analytics at your fingertips.

New this Year: the Network Innovation Summit on May 18th!

The Network Innovation Summit precedes the NLTA on May 18th, 2020 at Tivoli Union at CU-Denver. This one-day event will focus on exploring big ideas surrounding the future of networks. What are the equity implications? How can connection solve old and new problems? Join us to explore of networks! Attend both the NLTA and NIS and receive a discount.

Location, Travel & Hotel Information

Event Location Information

The NLTA will be held at the CU-Denver Lawrence Street Center, located at 1380 Lawrence St, Denver CO. The Academy will largely take place in the Terrace Room located on the second level directly in front of the elevators. 

Daily Parking is available on the CU Denver in several lots. Numerous RTD bus and light rail lines provide service to Denver Union Station, a 5 minute walk from the Lawrence Street Center.

Travel Information

Denver is served by Denver International Airport. The A Line train provides transportation to Union Station downtown for approximately $10. You can also take an Uber or Lyft for $30-$60, depending on traffic.

Hotel Information

We have confirmed rooms at a pre-arranged Conference Rate at the following Hotels. 

Staybridge Suites Denver Downtown

333 West Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80204 | 720-428-8818


Courtyard Denver Downtown

934 16th Street, Denver, CO 80202 | 303-260-4739


The Westin Denver

1672 Lawrence St, Denver, CO 80202 | 303-572-9100


NLTA Alumni Testimonials

  • “I found the Network Leadership Training Academy to be a more valuable experience than I ever anticipated… I left with a completely different perspective on how our program could be operating and how our organizational structure could improve to better support our “network” design. “

    Kendra Bigsby

    Assistant Director, CO School of Public Health at CSU
  • “The NLTA was a worthwhile experience that broadened my horizons, created access to experts in the field, and gave me a platform to share my experiences with participants. I think the NLTA is a valuable community of practice about network leadership.”

    Dustin Stiver

    Program Officer, The Sprout Fund
  • The Network Leadership Training Academy was my greatest experience for professional growth and new learning this year. It was exhilarating to discover other network leaders who were dealing with the same issues we wrestle with. We found many resources and sessions highly applicable to our work

    Dave Hackett

    Region Director, visionSynergy

During the NLTA, we focus on building, managing and evaluating networks using our PARTNER method as an organizing framework. Our training includes skills and knowledge from each of the five steps.

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