top of page


Thrive 2024

Burlington, Vermont

Instructors:  Tess Weinisch, M.S.O.D, ACC & Ricky Padgett, PCC, MBA, CPA

For the THRIVE 2024 Offerings Brochure, click here

Spring Dates:  March 13-14, 2024 & April 10-11, 2024 (attendance of all four days required)                                            Spring registration deadline: February 9, 2024

Fall Dates:  September 18-19, 2024 & October 16-17, 2024 (attendance of all four days required)                                 Fall registration deadline:  August 16, 2024


thrive    ​


verb, intransitive




Definitions of thrive:

 - to grow vigorously, to flourish, or to be         successful

 - to prosper

 - to progress toward or realize a goal despite or  because of circumstances - often used with on:


// thriving on chaos

Are You Ready to THRIVE?

"In today’s business environment, if you’re not developing, you’re dying."


THRIVE is an intensive 4-day Leadership Development program designed to provide current and future leaders with the tools needed to inspire and lead their team and organization, today and into the future. Thrive is designed to be provocative. The degree to which you will experience a personal change in your leadership is entirely up to you.




What are the goals and objectives of THRIVE?


The goals of the program include, but are not limited to:

  • Understanding the role of leadership in organizational success
  • Developing greater self-awareness and competence in use-of-self as an instrument of change
  • Increasing one's ability to recognize and manage emotions
  • Learning how to develop a high performing team
  • Creating new strategies using influence to deal with workplace situations
  • Gaining a deeper understanding of conflict styles and resolution techniques
  • Recognizing your own learning styles, strengths and challenges to create a personal learning plan

Who Should Attend?

This program is open to leaders who are ready for their next professional and personal growth experience. Our intent is to create a community that learns from each other during and after the program. A typical participant would have at least 3 direct reports and would be in the early to middle stages of their leadership journey.

Why should you invest in your leaders?

Successful organizations don’t hire great leaders. Successful organizations grow their own great leaders. They grow them by investing in their development. With an aging workforce and earlier retirements, businesses are forced to face the questions of succession planning and knowledge transfer. Every organization is in the business of achieving results and those results are achieved through amazing employees who are led and inspired by effective leaders. So, the question is, why are you not investing in your leaders?

How can the program help my professional development?

Talented professionals are frequently promoted into leadership positions based upon their expertise and performance, but many soon discover their past experience has not adequately prepared them for the expanded demands and broad set of skills necessary to successfully address the challenges of managing and motivating employees. Thrive helps individuals identify and clarify their leadership challenges, create a plan for improvement and strengthen their ability to get results that matter.

What is the curriculum?

Thrive is highly intensive and experiential. The program is four days, offered in two 2-day sessions with a 30-day “intra-session” period. Development methods include exercises, lectures, skill-practice sessions, readings, self-study, reflection, intra-session assignments, and various dialogue forums. We pride ourselves on responding to participants’ interests and energy regarding what subject matter we present, but we maintain a set of “anchor” topics in the curriculum, including;

  • Core Foundations of Leadership
  • Leading Difficult Conversations
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Influence and Impact
  • Leading Through Change
  • Feedback and Accountability
  • 1:1 Coaching

What is the difference between training and development?


Both training and development are necessary for the growth of a leader. However, they have different purposes and therefore address different needs. Training is the process of teaching a specific task or transferring knowledge. Training is a short-term, tactical effort to address today’s business needs. Development is the progressive growth of acquiring a set of skills. Development is a long-term, strategic effort focused on tomorrow’s business results. Thrive is a leadership development program.


Who will be leading this program?


Instructor Tess Weinisch, M.S.O.D ( is an Organization Development consultant focused on developing leaders and their teams to drive business results through strategic initiatives and organizational alignment.  Tess developed the Thrive program and invites co-facilitators for each cohort to provide additional relevant experience, expertise, and knowledge to support the community. Our collective clients represent a broad spectrum of industry sectors and organizations.


Instructor Ricky Padgett, PCC, CPA, MBA is a leadership and executive coach focused on helping individuals reach their fullest potential as a leader, using evidence-based practices, intentional change theory, and inquisitive questioning.  As a former CFO and COO, Ricky works to bridge content using examples from his experiences.  His coaching practice spans many different industries, allowing him to bring insights and trends he is experiencing in the coaching and consulting space. 


How is this program different from other offerings?


Thrive limits the size of each cohort to ensure personalized attention and an optimum faculty to participant ratio. The customized content incorporates the latest in industry best practices and lessons learned. The “intra-session” component enables enhanced real-world experience in the setting that matters the most, your organization.


Registration information:   Contact Ricky via the Contact tab at the top of the website.


bottom of page