Transformational Leadership

Training and community building for global social change leaders
with Robert Gass EdD

Transformational Leadership

April 14-19, 2018: Warrenton, VA

Apply online here.


Unreasonable Group and Social Transformation Project are bringing together an exclusive group of top social change and socially responsible business leaders for a life-changing leadership development opportunity.

This five-day training with Robert Gass, a master teacher who has trained hundreds of world-renowned social change leaders on every continent, will be a rich and unique learning experience as well as a rare chance to form deep and sustaining relationships with peers and colleagues from around the world.


The Approach

The Transformational Leadership Retreat provides a range of learning: from visionary leadership, managing organizational change, and team performance; to emotional intelligence, courageous conversations, personal ecology and conflict resolution.  But the powerful transformations that previous participants have experienced come especially from our emphasis on personal mastery: how your state of being impacts the results you create as a leader.

To get these profound breakthroughs in your leadership, you must be willing to engage in deep and honest self-reflection, and to share your personal shortcomings and vulnerabilities, confidentially, with a group of trusted colleagues. Undertaking this self-reflection and engagement together will organically create bonds of friendship and community among the global leaders who participate.


The Trainers

Robert Gass is one of the world’s most respected leadership teachers and co-founder of the renowned Rockwood Leadership Institute. Dr. Gass has mentored and coached hundreds of top social change leaders, including the heads of AVAAZ, Greenpeace International, the NAACP, Amnesty International US, the Global Fund for Women, the Sierra Club, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Open Society Institute, National Congress of American Indians, the Ford Foundation,, as well as members of the U.S. Congress and the Obama White House.

Faculty for the retreat will also include master trainers and executive coaches Judith Ansara and Gina Laroche.


The Details

Date: April 14-19, 2018

The training will begin at 6pm on Saturday, April 14th and conclude at 4pm on Thursday, April 19th, 2018. All participants must attend the training in its entirety.

Location: Airlie, 6809 Airlie Road: Warrenton, Virginia 20187 Phone: 540-347-1300. More details about the location can be found here.

The venue is approximately 1 hour from the DC airports.

Cost: This covers the cost of the leadership training, all meals and accommodation. Participants are responsible for all costs associated with travel to and from the venue.

For-profit leaders: $4000 per person

Non-profit and political leaders: $2900 per person

To apply: Admission to the program is by application only.  As Robert’s programs are typically over-subscribed, we invite you to complete your application as soon as possible.  Click here to submit your application. We will be in touch shortly to let you know whether you have been accepted.

Should you have any questions, please contact Leila Talore, Program Coordinator, for the Social Transformation Project, at Leila@stproject.org510.987.8505 ext 701



“Robert Gass is the best leadership trainer and coach I’ve met. His trainings use a powerful methodology that is consistently transformative for virtually everyone who participates. Honestly, if you’re lucky enough to have the chance to work with him, take it.” —Ricken Patel, Executive Director, AVAAZ

 “The most valuable piece of training I’ve ever attended. It had a transformative impact on my ability to lead 38 Degrees through a period of rapid growth in our ambition, impact and income. I’m such a fan that I’ve encouraged all other senior staff at 38 Degrees to attend, with similarly spectacular results.”  —David Babbs, CEO 38 Degrees, London

“This training will rock your world. It certainly changed mine. Robert’s program has given me the skills, guidance, and perspective to lead with both more elegance, and more effectiveness. I’m deeply grateful for all that Robert has done for my organization and the progressive movement in the U.S.” —Mike Brune, Executive Director, Sierra Club

“Truly transformational – in every sense. This was the most relevant, most impactful and most meaningful course I’ve had the privilege to go on. Ask anyone, they’ll say the same thing – if you have the chance to do it, don’t hesitate.” —Cathy Runciman  CEO, Open Democracy United Kingdom

“There are only very few moments in my life where I have the impression of truly growing in my leadership and my personal development. This training was such a moment.” —Christoph Pautz, Managing Director, Campact Germany

“World class training that has transformed me personally and the way I lead my charity!” — Brett Wigdortz, CEO and Founder Teach First, United Kingdom

“My training with Robert transformed me in surprising and wonderful ways, ways that help me every day to be a better person and leader.  If you have a chance to work with him, take it!  He empowers leaders around the world to bring about transformational change as no one else I know.” —Jennifer Morgan, Executive Director, Greenpeace International, Amsterdam



This training is cosponsored by Unreasonable Group and The Social Transformation Project.

Unreasonable Group’s mission is to be the most effective platform in the world for entrepreneurs solving key global challenges (i.e. ensuring renewable energy reaches the 1.3 billion people currently without electricity, reimagining the future of healthcare, or addressing the global unemployment crisis). Through running worldwide accelerator programs, a globally oriented private equity fund, an extensive network of over 300 serial business leaders as mentors, and advanced storytelling and media activities, Unreasonable is designed to exclusively support entrepreneurs positioned to solve society’s toughest problems. For further information please visit

The Social Transformation Project was co-founded by Robert Gass and Jodie Tonita to support and strategize with senior leaders, consultants and intermediaries to increase the power and impact of the progressive movement. Learn more at