Leading with Presence

…with the Ariel Group


Logo: The Leadership Green Room is presented by Republic Bank Foundation

The best leaders bring more to the table than technical skills and intellect, or charisma and charm. They are relationship builders who have learned to connect authentically with the hearts and minds of others in a way that motivates and inspires them to achieve results.

Leading with Presence takes best practices from training for actors, and applies it to business behaviors that help leaders present themselves and their thinking more powerfully to clients and colleagues. Participants will gain the ability to have greater impact during strategic communication moments and better foster followership.

The highly experiential workshop provides extensive practice, rehearsal and coaching to master authentic executive presence. This proven curriculum is integrated into the leading graduate schools of business, including Harvard, Columbia, Darden and Duke, and brought to Louisville through partnership with the Ariel Group.

February 23, 2018 | 1 Day ($1,350) – SOLD OUT

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Who It’s For

Emerging executives and senior leaders with significant management responsibility

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop authentic executive presence
  • Communicate a complex idea, vision, or strategy through a story
  • Deliver succinct, clear and articulate messages
  • Inspire, motivate and create followership
  • “Ours is a relationship business, the stronger our relationship with our clients, the more our business grows. Leading with Presence teaches us the vital communication skills to help build trusting relationships with our clients.”

  • “I didn’t know what to expect about this, and I really hate giving presentations, but it was a very enjoyable day and made me look at personal interactions and myself in a whole new way. I thought the dynamic in the group was very good all day and helped everyone feel “safe” to try new things.”

Course Agenda Highlights

Because experiential learning in small groups is the most effective way to bring about real change, the program is designed to accommodate up to 8 participants with one facilitator. This provides extensive practice, rehearsal, and coaching all aimed at achieving the outcomes and objectives mentioned above.

The following modules will be included in the agenda:

  • Introduction to Leadership Presence Skills with the PRES Model: Present, Reaching Out, Expressive, Self-Knowing
  • Expanding Communication Style through Expressiveness:
    Participants learn how to achieve greater impact by exploring a wider and more adept use of vocal and physical flexibility, spontaneity, passion, energy and empathy.
  • Leveraging Storytelling for Business Communication: Participants identify and incorporate personal stories into business communications to present and connect in a more compelling way, practicing different scenarios that require physical and vocal variety to get key messages across. After rehearsing in pairs, participants present a story to the full group and receive facilitator feedback.
  • Application and Action Planning: Participants create an action plan of how they can use stories in their work.

About Faculty

The Ariel Group is an international training firm and registered B Corporation from the Boston area who believe the workplace functions better when people interact generously and communicate well.

Combining best practices from training for professional actors and adult learning, The Ariel Group teaches business professionals how to develop presence: the ability to connect authentically, communicate effectively, inspire action and build the relationships that help them achieve results. Each year, The Ariel Group provides discovery-based learning to thousands of people in over a dozen countries. In their work they:

  • Provide leadership and presence skills workshops to Fortune 500 companies, including American Express, Bain Capital, Capital One, General Electric, IBM, Procter and Gamble and Raytheon
  • Coach executives, as well as leaders of educational and non-profit organizations
  • Integrate into executive education curriculum at leading graduate schools of business, including Harvard, Columbia, Darden and Duke

The Ariel Group’s Technique

The Ariel Group employs theater-based, experiential techniques, combined with practice and personal coaching. Some of the workshop’s activities include:

  • Exercises that emphasize agility, making personal connections and recognizing personal communication styles
  • Techniques to develop skills for supportive, engaged listening
  • Storytelling exercises to teach skills for capturing attention, delivering memorable messages and projecting authenticity

In addition to the 1-day experience, participants will receive pre-workshop questions and reading, and a personal action plan to help build a learning system. This integrated approach helps to enhance and sustain the learning so that the program is not just a one-off experience, but begins to build a community of learning and practice.


Josh BroderJosh Broder has more than 20 years of experience teaching, coaching, and consulting in the corporate, nonprofit, and public sectors. He draws on his skills in theater, and as a journalist and business writer when coaching. His coaching work is about people interacting with people — in other words, the content and delivery of messages. In both workshops and one-on-one settings, Josh enjoys creating an environment where leaders can safely explore their learning edges, and expand their capacity to build relationships that get results.  Josh has led numerous successful workshops for clients in a variety of industries.

His industry specialties include financial and professional services, higher education, manufacturing, and technology. His clients include: Conde Nast, Dolby, Johnson & Johnson, JP Morgan, Procter & Gamble, Prudential, Darden School of Business, Harvard University, and Columbia University.

Victor BarbellaVictor Barbella brings his diverse background and experience, in both education and acting, to life in his work as an executive coach and consultant. He has over 15 years of experience in learning and development as a public school teacher, instructional designer, teaching artist and coach. He works with numerous Fortune 500 leaders in the US and Europe, developing their expressive communication, leadership style, management, and relationship-building skills. Victor has a wide array of passions, from speaking to groups, leading large group sessions, graphic scribing, and one-on-one coaching. He is also a published writer.

Victor specializes in several areas of expertise, such as improvisation, presentation coaching, keynote speaking, graphic facilitation, and instructional design. His lists of clients include:  Hearst, Harvard Business School, Columbia Business School, TEDx, Thomson Reuters, and Citi.

Continuing Education Units (CEU)

At the conclusion of Green Room courses, the Leadership Louisville Center will provide the following documentation for CEU credit purposes:

Date, record of individual attendance, course title and description, workshop/event agenda, facilitator bios, course hours, and educator signature.

Approval is at the discretion of specific licensing boards or agencies.

Certification Credits for HR Professionals

PrintThe HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®) has pre-approved this workshop for re-certification credit hours (exact number of credit hours TBA). The use of this seal confirms that this activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.

This program is valid for 7.5 PDCs for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM.

Continuing Professional Education (CPE) for CPAs

Leadership Green Room workshops can provide professional development for individuals licensed to practice as a certified public accountants.  Our course completion certificate and materials provide the documentation required by the Kentucky Board of Accountancy for CPE credits.  The state board of accountancy has the final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit.

Contact us

Need more information? Contact Lisa Zangari, Director of Learning, or call (502) 561-0458.