Executive Circle


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5 Gatherings throughout 2024


Combination of in-person & virtual


Registration fee is $2,500 and includes:

  • Facilitator and Sage Resources (including selected books for study)
  • May Nederland, CO gathering: lodging for two nights
  • February, August, and October gatherings: lodging for one night
  • Meals and snacks during in-person gatherings
  • Logistical coordination for the Circle

Target Audience

Executive Directors

The MHS Association Executive Circle is a year-long CEO leadership development program. It is designed to network with other MHS Association CEOs, share challenges and confidences, develop greater clarity and creativity, and explore current leadership issues. Whether new in the CEO role or seasoned in leadership, the Executive Circle is a place for inspiration, professional development, and collaboration. As the facilitator, MHS Association President/CEO, Karen Lehman, will guide the group in discerning this year’s theme focusing on strengthening leadership capacity. Executive Circle is a safe setting with trusted colleagues designed to give you space for self-reflection, recharging, and considering your leadership journey.


“Executive Circle has been a lifeline to me. I recommend it to leaders I connect with.”

– 2023 Executive Circle Participant

Program Objectives


  • Opportunity and space for self-reflection on what God is calling you to in your work.
  • Attune to, strengthen, and gain greater awareness and insights into your leadership skills and journey.
  • Mutual sharing of challenges, solutions, best practices, and ideas for greater learning and creativity.
  • Discuss and learn about integrating Anabaptist values into organizational culture.
  • Experience a safe setting that will foster trust and vulnerability.
  • Explore new skills and practices and learn about trends impacting organizations and leaders through interactions with experts, peers, and other resources.
  • Strengthen collaboration with and support of MHS Association member colleagues.
  • Learn new methods to respond to operational, strategic, and governance issues.



Affirm the code of ethics and ground rules:

  • Speak from experience and avoid giving advice.
  • Be quick to listen rather than defend.
  • Ask questions over giving answers
  • Fully participate in the gatherings
  • What is said or happens in the circle stays in the circle
  • No phone calls, texts, or emails during sessions (except for breaks)


Cancellation Policy

Due to the limited number of participants in the Executive Circle, cancellations are discouraged.  The following is our cancellation/refund policy:

  • Written cancellation received more than 60 days prior to the first session – a full refund may be given or the full amount paid applied to the next year’s program.
  • Cancellation received less than 60 days prior to the first session – registrant will forfeit 50% of the fee for a cancellation.
  • Cancellation after the first session – no refund will be provided



Each participant is responsible for:

  • Flight/travel expenses
  • Travel meal expenses
  • Transportation to the hotel for the Schaumburg meetings
  • Required readings and any suggested homework


2024 Theme: Strengthening Leadership Capacity


February 26 to February 27, 2024 –Schaumburg, IL

Monday at 2:00 pm – Tuesday at 2:00 pm CST  

  • Focus on getting to know each other, and spend time connecting
  • Begin book study
  • Personal and group self-reflection time


May 6 to May 9, 2024 – Nederland, CO retreat house 46 miles from Denver

  • Personal, professional, and spiritual reflections, journaling, and sharing
  • Continue book study
  • Hiking and other group outdoor activities


June 20, 2024 – Zoom Meeting

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm EST


August 26 and August 27, 2024 –Schaumburg, IL

Monday at 2:00 pm – Tuesday day at 2:00 pm CST  

  • Personal and group self-reflection time
  • Begin 2nd book study


October 7 to October 8, 2024 –Schaumburg, IL

Monday at 2:00 pm – Tuesday at 2:00 pm CST

  • Personal and group self-reflection time
  • Finish 2nd book study
  • Wrap up of Executive Circle time
  • Planning for 2025


Locations for in-person meetings:

Retreat House in Nederland, CO, for the May meeting. Approximately 70 minutes outside of Denver, this serene location in the mountains of Colorado will set the tone for the year.

All other in-person meetings are held at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel – located conveniently close to O’Hare International Airport at 1551 N. Thoreau Dr., Schaumburg, IL the hotel provides a beautiful setting to learn and connect.