Executive Retreat

Location: La Jolla, California
When: May 7, 1pm - May 9, 9am

We all NAVIGATE change as leaders. Why do it alone?

Join with this group of your Christ-centered peers to discuss critical issues at The Shores Hotel, La Jolla, CA.

You will:

  • Hear from challenging speakers who will share how they have experienced difficult issues and how they navigated them.

  • Connect with your peers.

  • Engage in peer group consulting where you can bring your biggest challenge to a small, confidential, peer consulting group.

This group will ask clarifying questions, give advice, and pray for you.  You will also have the option of engaging with this group after the event.  Past attendees report that not only did they get great advice and results, but they gained valuable friendships.



Nell Becker-Sweeden
Nazarene Compassionate Ministries
“Shadows of Leadership”


Gil Odendaal
SVP of Integral Mission
World Relief
The Painful, Joyful, Scandalous Journey to Hope

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Rev. Bill Haley
What Is Spiritual Direction?
—Bill will also be providing an hour of spiritual direction to a number of attendees—let Jon know if you are interested in taking part.

Final Schedule:

Tuesday, May 7

1:00 pm         Optional Group Lunch (pay on your own, on site)
3:30       Opening Session (La Jolla Room) Bonnie Glick, USAID
4:30              Wander the beach with your small group
5:30              Dinner and Session — Bill Haley
7:00        Peer Consulting Session (one hour)                       

Wednesday, May 8

7:30 am        Breakfast and Session — Nell Becker Sweeden   
9:15              Peer Consulting Groups
11:15            Session — Gil Odendaal
12:00 pm     Lunch (Patio)
Peer Consulting Groups
5:30              Happy Hour   
6:00 Dinner (On The Beach)

Thursday, May 9

7:30 am        Breakfast
8:15             Issues Roundup—Chad Hayward and Gil Odendaal
9:45           Adjourn

Who May Attend:

  • Accord Members! Others by invitation only.

  • If you organization is under $10 million, you must be the CEO to attend.

    If your org has a budget more than $10 million, attendee can be the CEO or a designee of the CEO.

  • Limit one attendee per organization plus Accord board.


Event: $439; Non-members (invited guests) add $100

Spouses: For our La Jolla Retreat, attendees are encouraged to bring their spouses. Spouses won’t take part in groups, but are welcome at both evening meals. Registration for spouses is $150, which will cover the cost of our two dinners together.

Nightly Rate at the Shores Hotel: $199 //SOLD OUT//

In addition, we are providing the unique opportunity for three vendors to sponsor the retreat and present directly to all attendees.


“As an Executive Director, with many demands and pressures, I have never experienced an executive retreat with so much depth, both practical and spiritual. I am recommending it to all of my colleagues.”

-Ken Burkey, Executive Director, Live58

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“Hearing how other CEOs run their organizations, and particularly relate to their boards is always energizing. These sorts of cross-pollinating ideas are why I keep coming back.”

-Bill Simmons, President & CEO, American Leprosy Missions

Questions? Email jon[at]accordnetwork[dot]org.