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The Back Forty Leadership Series

  • 07 Apr 2022
  • 04 Aug 2022
  • 3 sessions
  • 07 Apr 2022, 4:00 PM 5:00 PM (EDT)
  • 02 Jun 2022, 4:00 PM 5:00 PM (EDT)
  • 04 Aug 2022, 4:00 PM 5:00 PM (EDT)
  • WebEx-Virtual
  • 35



Career Transitions SIG presents

a mini-course WEBINAR via WebEx 

April 7, June 2, & August 4, 2022*

@ 4:00 p.m. EST

*Attend 1 or all 3 sessions!


The Back Forty of Leadership

Developing Consciousness-Driven Cultures

Are you in (or want to be in) an organization that does the best for its people and the best for itself?

The “Great Resignation” continues to wreak havoc for companies being blindsided by today’s dictum from employees: “Recognize and care for my needs, or I’m outta here!” A record 4.5M employees took flight in March alone, with nearly the same numbers monthly for the last 10 months!

Too many employers are cluelessly uninvolved in the personal and professional reevaluations going on in the hearts and minds of their top talent today. Pandemic times have created an awareness for workers that time is short and they’re not willing to put off having a life of purpose and personal fulfillment now.

If your organization wants to retain and attract top talent today, you must show the desire to support your people’s quest for purpose and personal fulfillment, whether they stay with you or not! If you’re involved in the conversation going on in their head, at least you have a fighting chance by showing goodwill and sowing stickiness.

The question is: If individuals are searching for their true self and personal fulfillment right now, how much do you benefit from them bringing that true self and fulfillment to your workplace? The answer: Lots!!

This 3-part series explores talent retention and attraction utilizing the Amazon bestselling book The Back Forty: 7 Essential Embraces to Launch Life's Radical Second Half as a tool for leadership, communication, collaboration and, ideally, coevolution. Drawing a parallel professional path through the very personal-life “7 Embraces” covered in the book, this experimental and experiential series will embrace a set of professional-life elements of authentic organizational leadership development:Your Path, Your Gifts, Your Values, Your Becoming, Your Voice, Your Vision, and Your Presence.

Through engaging in this series, you will work through the model of very personal-life transformation in order to better understand how using a parallel professional-life model will benefit those in your organization to find purpose and fulfilment through their work—ideally while remaining with your organization.

What if an organization’s best leadership is yet to rise from within? Can you afford to not be involved in what they want and need now? 

This series is a perfectly timed tool to inspire nurtured leadership growth from within by establishing a more perfect union between the desires of restless talent and the support of bold, wise and forward-thinking employers.


This 3-part series is designed for leaders and Organizational Development professionals interested in impacting change within their organizations.

Learning objectives for the series:

  • Introduce the seven elements of leadership growth which open collaborative dialogues with top talent and nurture leaders from within

  • Support OD and Talent professionals with a model to engage and encourage individuals’ fulfillment, thereby uplifting the whole organization to be a best place to work

  • To further enable organizations to build cultures that support the personal and professional lives that today’s workforce demands


  • Purchase a copy of The Back Forty: 7 Essential Embraces to Launch Life’s Radical Second Half as the standard text for the program

  • Complete the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RJSW9YD

  • Engage in tools and exercises personally to gain an awareness for a parallel application of these principles curated specifically for focus on organizational and leadership development 

  • If possible, complete assigned prework before each bi-monthly meeting: April 7, June 2, August 4

  • NOTE: With prework beginning as early as mid-March, this is, in effect, a six-month training curriculum


ATD Capability Model:

  • Lifelong Learning

  • Organization Development and Culture

  • Career and Leadership Development


Darrell Gurney, PCC, CPC, RScP(Emeritus)

Speaker, Author,

Career/Executive Coach, and Midlife Maestro

Chief Empowerment Optimystic (CEO) Darrell W. Gurney is an executive, business and career advisor; speaker; workshop facilitator; author and licensed spiritual counselor. Founder of CareerGuy.com and TheBackForty.com, Gurney coaches individuals to achieve their highest self-expression and presents to professional, trade and community groups as well as MBA programs and university alumni organizations nationwide. He is known for his commitment to supporting individuals in creating and living their best life now.

His Amazon best-selling books include Never Apply for a Job Again: Break the Rules, Cut the Line, Beat the Rest, which covers his unique, “backdoor” lifetime career management methods, as well as his newest release, The Back Forty: 7 Essential Embraces to Launch Life’s Radical Second Half, hailed by Midwest Book Review as “a perfectly timed tool for reevaluation brought on by ‘The Great Resignation’ occurring in today’s world economy.” The Back Forty posits that the first half of life is simply R & D, research and development, for who we came to be and what we came to do, and that our biggest games are yet to come. The world’s #1 executive coach, Marshall Goldsmith, endorses Darrell’s work: “This is indeed radical thinking!”

For more than 30 years, Darrell has helped individuals discover and create lives and careers that make a difference: for themselves and others. At midlife and beyond, he says the heart of what works is play. . .and, as Frank Sinatra sings, “the best is yet to come, and won’t it be fine!”

Alexandra I. Levin, MBA, SPHR, PCC

Organizational Development & Talent Leader | Leadership Coach | Conscious Organizations Expert | Co-founder, TheBackForty.com

Alexandra is an Organizational Development and Talent leader, leadership consultant, executive coach, and training and development expert. She designs and delivers training and coaching programs that facilitate personal and organizational transformations. She works with executives, entrepreneurs and leaders supporting them in producing breakthroughs that lead to extraordinary results, directly impacting performance, effectiveness, financial success, joy and quality of life.

Her expertise is in the areas of performance, effectiveness, leadership development, team integration, management training, communication, teamwork, business consulting, and human capital development.

Alexandra leads organizations and consults on issues such as transforming organizational culture, leadership, management training and development, humanity in the workplace, corporate integrity, teamwork, and executive reinvention.



When:    April 7, June 2, & August 4, 2022

Where:   Via WebEx- Career Transitions SIG series

Time:      4:00 pm to 5:00 pm EST

The Career Transitions SIG was established to support professionals who are seeking to transition into the field of Talent Development/Learning & Development. As a service to our colleagues, events hosted by the Career Transitions SIG are free and open to all. 
The event is free for ATD South Carolina members and for all non-members.  

Additional Information:

  • You must be registered to get the meeting access link.  
  • An email with the access link will be sent prior to the webinar.

For additional information, contact Jennifer Bosworth, VP of Education at vp_education@atdsouthcarolina.org 

      We look forward to seeing you!

ATD South Carolina is an approved provider:

ATD CI Preapproved Education Provider

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Mailing Address:
ATD South Carolina, P.O. Box 512, Columbia, SC 29202 


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