Walk the Talk of Change

A powerful executive development program that transforms leaders and teams.​



The Center for Achieving Breakthrough

16295 W. Hwy 160
Durango, CO 81301

Phone: +1 (970) 385-5100



March 14-17, 2023
All Executives and Leaders



3.5 Days, In-Person Retreat

75-Minute Pre-Retreat Interview with Coach

60-Minute Post-Retreat Follow Up Call with Coach

3-Hour Retreat Follow Up Virtual Group Session



Graduates receive:

  • 38 PDCs for SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®
  • 34 HRCI Business Recertification Hours



Individuals: $7,875

Groups of 3-5: $7,481 each

Groups of 6+ $7,087 each

Early-Bird Pricing Available


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About the Program

Leadership Breakthrough: Walk the Talk of Change (WTTC), is an extremely powerful leadership development process designed for individual executives, leaders, and leadership teams. Many leaders describe it as “life and career changing” because of its deeply personal nature, and its application to both business and personal life. WTTC is about pursuing breakthroughs within yourself to generate breakthroughs in your work and life. We help you identify the personal breakthroughs you are after when you enter the program. Then, throughout the program, we show you how to achieve those breakthroughs.

The purpose of Leadership Breakthrough: Walk the Talk of Change is to catalyze breakthroughs in leaders’ awareness, behavior and skill that radically improve the quality of their individual performance, relationships, team performance, and their ability to lead their organizations to extraordinary business and cultural outcomes.

Leadership Breakthrough is affectionately called “Walk the Talk” by participants because it enables them to do just that – to consistently express their Best Self in their daily actions. You will find that this consistent leadership modeling of your new, positive ways of being, working and relating will impacts your people and culture in powerful ways. It deeply changes how you engage and relate with others, including your family and friends.

Walk the Talk is founded on the fundamental principle that all human excellence comes from within, from one’s ability to access higher states of Being, often called being in “the zone” or “flow.” WTTC teaches leaders and teams the inner dynamics of optimal performance and human development, and how to apply them in their self-leadership and leadership of others.

Each WTTC program is shaped by and delivers outcomes unique to participants’  most pressing agendas, like implementing key business strategies, solving market or customer challenges, innovating, or transforming culture. The experiences you have and what you learn apply directly to achieving yours and your most essential organizational outcomes.

Graduates of this program qualify for:


38 SHRM Professional Development Credits

Being First is recognized by SHRM to offer 38 Professional Development Credits
(PDCs) towards SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®.

The use of this official seal confirms that this Activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.

34 HRCI Business Recertification Credit Hours

This program has been approved for 34 Business recertification credit hours towards aPHR™, aPHRi™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™ and SPHRi™ recertification through HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®).

Outcomes We Guarantee

Leadership Breakthroughs
    • Increase self-awareness and mastery
    • See solutions to complex strategic challenges
    • Increase transformational leadership skills
    • Model desired behaviors
    • Move beyond command and control to co-creative leadership
    • Stay centered amid stress and challenge
    • Increase emotional intelligence
    • See new perspectives
    • Manage & changing self-limiting patterns
    • Deliver your full potential and leading from your Best Self
Team Breakthroughs
    • Lead transformation successfully
    • Build trust among team members
    • Increase team alignment and cohesion
    • Improve ability to handle complexity​ and solve strategic challenges together
    • Increase ability to coach and motivate others​
    • Improve innovation and creativity
    • Dialogue through tough conversations to a mutual decision
    • Collaborate and cross-boundary support
    • Improve Communications: openness, listening and truth-telling

Design of the WTTC Process

The power and effectiveness of WTTC occurs because of four design features:

    • A balanced mix of many different learning modalities: adult experiential learning, short lecturettes, simulations, one-on-one discussions, team exercises, visualizations, assessments, video, feedback, small group discussions, readings, role plays, and outdoor experiences.
    • The weaving of the above learning modalities through four different, yet fully integrated areas: 1) Self Mastery; 2) Relationship Mastery and Communications; 3) Team Mastery; and 4) Organizational Culture and Transformation. The exploration of these areas reveals the underlying human dynamic that governs behavior and performance at all levels of scale. This dramatically increases leaders’ ability to lead individuals and the organization to sustained excellence.
    • Embodied self-management practices that enable leaders to access higher states of awareness in real time, in all situations, so they change behavior and optimize their own performance, even under high stress.
    • Immediate and consistent application of the key insights, tools and skills of the program to the participants’ real leadership and change leadership challenges.


  • Participants enroll, access the online program resources, and complete assessments before their pre-retreat interview


  • Access the Being First learning platform during self-enrollment and/or via an email from Being First
  • Launch the Course Pre-Work
  • Participants complete and submit required documents and assessments by due dates


  • Help participants begin to establish the personal leadership breakthrough they are going for in the program
  • Clarify personal learning objectives
  • Begin participants’ introspection and self-discovery
  • Answer any specific questions


  • Schedule interview two to three weeks in advance of the Retreat
  • Confirm Zoom application readiness
  • Have a 75-minute discussion on Zoom with a WTTC Program Coach


  • Experientially establish self-awareness, mastery and Presence as the source of great leadership, and begin to increase each of them
  • Increase understanding of how all human excellence – whether as individuals, in relationships, teams or organizationally – begins in one’s interior (mindset and awareness)
  • Gain insight about how to apply the above realization pragmatically in one’s leadership of people and in one’s organization
  • Significantly increase one’s understanding of human dynamics and how best to manage them to bring out the best in oneself and others
  • Learn the pragmatic self-management practices of Olympic athletes and build skills to be able to shift one’s internal state to higher levels for improved performance and leadership
  • Increase interpersonal communications skills to better engage and motivate others
  • Learn methods for improving relationships within the one’s team; including how to resolve difficult past history and establish a foundation for breakthrough going forward
  • Learn ways to establish a conscious, learning orientation that will allow one’s team to grow
  • Increase one’s ability to model their organization’s desired values, culture and behavior, and to support others to do the same


  • 5 days – full days Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, half day Friday
  • Conducted at the Being First Center for Achieving Breakthrough in Durango, Colorado, a beautiful residential executive retreat center in a natural, mountain environment


  • Further participants’ ability to successfully apply what they learned in the Retreat
  • Continue encouragement to maintain participants’ motivation to pursue their personal breakthroughs and the practices that support them
  • Help participants navigate challenges and resolve problems related to their leadership, relationships and communications, and team performance
  • Answer questions and provide support


  • One post-retreat 60-minute coaching call by phone or Zoom, two to three weeks after the Retreat


  • Learn advanced material and take what was learned at the Retreat to the next level
  • Provide encouragement and help individuals navigate live leadership challenges and resolve questions
  • Deepen the participants’ application of their learning to their personal and organizational success
  • Align the participants’ around their personal choice to continue pursuing their conscious and intentional self, relational and team development


  • 3-hour online session, one month after the Retreat


Dr. Dean Anderson

Dr. Dean Anderson

Dr. Dean Anderson is an international thought leader, speaker, bestselling author, and strategic advisor to the C-Suite. For 40 years, Dr. Anderson has been guiding transformational leaders of Fortune 1000 companies, government agencies and global non-profit organizations to integrate the inner work of personal transformation and mindfulness with advanced methodologies that guides leaders in HOW to design and implement transformational change successfully. Dean is passionate about co-creation — the high-performance way of Being, working and relating that brings people of diverse perspectives together to solve complex challenges and produce breakthrough results for all.

Dr. Dean Anderson is the Co-Founder and CEO of Being First, Inc.

Dr. Linda Ackerman Anderson

Dr. Linda Ackerman Anderson

Dr. Linda Ackerman Anderson is a founding leader of the Organization Transformation field. Dr. Ackerman Anderson brings 40+ years of experience in facilitating and teaching transformational change in Fortune 1000 businesses, governments, the military and large not-for-profit organizations. Linda’s passion is to equip leaders and consultants with the capability to create transformational change strategies that produce extraordinary business outcomes while transforming leadership mindset and culture. She co-authored with Dr. Dean Anderson the seminal books on Conscious Change Leadership, "Beyond Change Management: How to Achieve Breakthrough Results through Conscious Change Leadership" and "The Change Leader’s Roadmap: How to Navigate Your Organization’s Transformation."

Dr. Linda Ackerman Anderson is the Co-Founder and VP of Being First, Inc.


Many leaders describe Walk the Talk as “life and career changing” because of its deeply personal nature and profound application to both business and personal life.

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The agenda of Leadership Breakthrough: Walk the Talk of Change includes these key topics:

Self Mastery

Relationship Mastery and Communications

Team Mastery

Organizational Culture & Transformation

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When you develop yourself from the inside out, giant leaps in performance become possible.

Gain leadership superpowers that less than 5% of humanity currently possess.

Achieving your personal breakthrough develops rare and well sought-after leadership traits. It expands your mindset and worldview, so you can solve complex 21st Century challenges.

You become a transformational leader in the truest sense of the word because you learn to transform both yourself and your organization or community. This unleashes your ability to make your biggest contribution as a leader.

Watch Dr. Dean Anderson explain more in the related webinar: “Vertical Leadership Development – The Answer to Today’s Organizational and Social Challenges”

Walk the Talk of Change Enrollment

All Executives and Leaders:
March 14-17, 2023

Venue: Being First Center for Achieving Breakthrough       
16295 W. Hwy 160 Durango, CO 81301

Tuition Includes:

Individual Tuition

$ 7,087
  • Includes Early-Bird Discount
    Expires January 31, 2023

Groups of 3-5

$ 6,693
  • Includes Early-Bird Discount
    Expires January 31, 2023

Groups of 6+

$ 6,300
  • Includes Early-Bird Discount
    Expires January 31, 2023

Interested in a private program for your team or organization?

Leadership Breakthrough is always customized, built around yours and your organization’s most pressing agenda, like implementing key business strategies, solving market or customer challenges, innovating, or transforming culture. You apply what you learn personally to achieving your most essential organizational outcomes.

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