Radical Visionary

A 2-Day Leadership INTENSIVE for Emerging & Established Creative Leaders

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May 21-22, 2015

Starting at 9:00am


San Francisco, CA

Cova Hotel

"The Radical Visionary is a fantastic opportunity to learn creative leadership skills from the best. The vision, values, and alignment work Sarah and Radically Human did with our leadership team is absolutely foundational to the ongoing success of the UX organization.”
Aaron Nather, VP Digital Media Group, DirecTV


Creative Leaders Just Like You Face Enormous Daily Challenges...


Does this sound familiar? YOUR BOSS EXPECTS YOU TO:

  • create a powerful vision of the future of your product, service, or experience
  • know what is coming next
  • inspire your team everyday to make the vision a reality
  • resolve conflict and remove roadblocks
  • deliver all this under relentless crazy deadlines


  • throw out your vision
  • develop a new one
  • re-align the team
...on a moment’s notice.



Brutal, right? That is a tremendous amount of pressure, because....

Your challenge (and what your boss may not understand) is this: your team operates where all conflicting organizational priorities collide! Your team is in the hot seat, almost all the time — and this puts them at a high risk for burnout and attrition.

As a Creative Leader, you MUST sustain a thriving creative culture that consistently produces high quality results. Your company NEEDS your team to be razor sharp, producing visionary ideas, radical beliefs, and strong opinions. Your company NEEDS passionate voices to remain competitive.

Another Roadblock...

Traditional Design education does not prepare us for this specific challenge. You have risen to your leadership role likely because people recognize that you are a brilliant designer. However, the skills that got you here won’t get you to the next phase of your career.

Colleague Empathy Building

You are responsible for getting the best work from your team.... on time, every time. So how do you do it?

These endless challenges are exactly why we at Radically Human created The Radical Visionary — to give emerging and established creative leaders just like you direct, hands-on experience with powerful vision creation, alignment building, and creative-specific skills for working with the emotional creatures (yourself included) that make up your team and organization.

We will show you a new way, a radically humanistic approach that will redefine your vision of leadership.

Think of The Radical Visionary as part training, part mastermind, and part creative renewal retreat. We want you to get the most out of the experience, so we are keeping the number of attendees low (no more than 15), the interaction high, the food healthy, and the atmosphere creative.

“Sarah demystifies the creative process and brings humanity to management and leadership. I learned to approach my team with a greater compassion, creativity, and a focus on the big picture.

More than that — thanks to Sarah I found myself more in love with what I do than ever, and have gone on to take bigger risks with much greater rewards.”
Tricia Choi, Creative Director, Eventbrite


We’ll accelerate your creative leadership in three main areas:

Vision Development

A vision is a compelling picture of the future — of your team, your product, your company, your user experience, the market — that so jazzes other people, they can't wait to jump in with you. Having, nurturing, and executing a vision like this is the difference between management and leadership. We'll help you articulate your vision, uncover obstacles to that vision and start a brawny execution strategy.


Now that you have this vision — now that you can taste it and smell it — how can you get other people excited about it, too? We'll help you uncover what really matters to the people around you, and identify keen collaborators with whom you can build durable alliances.

Embodied Leadership - for a CHANGE

This is where it all comes together... where you learn to step up and into the new, transformed you... a Radical Visionary who IS the catalyst for team alignment - a new view, a renewed purpose, and a confident delivery.

With a powerful visionary leader, chaos and conflict fall away. Your team understands who they are, why they exist, and where they are headed!
Imagine that, as a consequence of attending The Radical Visionary, you are now able to step into your vision, quickly eliminate conflict, create a powerful, exciting team space that accelerates creative solutions and consistently deliver innovation... ahead of schedule.


Need to know more?


Sarah B Nelson

Who runs Radically Human?

In 2011, after 16+ years as a pioneering UX design leader, strategist, and speaker, Sarah B. Nelson founded Radically Human to address the unmet needs of Creative Leaders. Radically Human coaches and trains diverse teams from Fortune 100 companies, growth-stage startups, and world-class design agencies.

"At Radically Human, we are on a mission to unlock the creativity available to every person, team, and organization. Over the years, we've lead multi-disciplinary teams working on some of the biggest brands. We know exactly what it is like to work as a creative person in business."
Sarah B. Nelson, Chief Instigator and Igniter of Passions, Radically Human

What will The Radical Visionary experience be like?


Think of The Radical Visionary as part training, part workshop, part cohort, and part creative renewal retreat. We are keeping the number of attendees low (no more than 15), the food healthy, and the atmosphere creative.

In some sessions you'll consult your peers on team challenges, or gut-check your alignment strategy. In other sessions, you'll tap into alternate intelligences — physical, emotional, social, relationship — to gain insights into your own leadership and into the experience of others in your organization.

And in still other sessions, you'll be listening to seasoned leaders share their insights and experience with you. And, all the while, you'll be developing an action plan to take what you learn and make a permanent transformation in your team's productivity, positivity, and creativity.

What topics will we cover?


Here's where it gets fun. We have so much to share with you that honestly, we are a bit worried that we'll throw too much at you. Don't worry, though. We take cognitive limits seriously and will make sure that you’ll get a ton of information, but you'll also have ample opportunities to process and make the information your own.

Some immersions include...

  • What powerful visions look like and how to get others excited about yours
  • Proactive leadership and acting with intention
  • Proposing change of any kind — and working with potential emotional fallout
  • How to reveal inter- and intra- team relationships, and identify the highest potential alliances
  • Making visioning a natural part of your work

And much much more.

Are you NOW READY to get out of your analytical mind and tap into the power of alternate intelligences - physical, social, relationship, emotional, and cultural? Are you ready to get re-energized and love your work again?
Then take action now - become The Radical Visionary for your team!


Is this right for me?


You may especially benefit from this intensive if:

  • You have a big vision (for your team, your product, your user experience, or startup) and you don't know what to do next
  • You crave a big vision and you don't know where to start
  • You used to have a big vision and you can't seem to remember where you put it down
  • you want to join a community of people who are passionate, courageous, and creative

This is NOT right for you if:

  • you don't yet have any leadership experience but want to go there eventually. Get a good year of management under your belt, then come back to us!
  • you don't think emotions belong in the workplace or you think "soft" skills are a waste of time
  • you want tools and tips to make people see things your way or to manipulate them to get what you want
  • you don't like to work with other people
  • your real problem is a boss/company/team/customer that that just doesn't "get it."



We want to fill the 15 slots with motivated, enthusiastic people who are NOW ready to dive in courageously, share their own experience with peers, and become part of a community of passionate creative leaders.

Want to know more?

We'd love to answer your questions.

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One (1) Workshop
One workshop of your choice
One week pre-workshop online course ($279 value)
Access to the Radical Visionary Google Community (priceless!)
Optional monthly Google Hangout w/ Sarah ($95 value)
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Two (2) Workshops
10% off
Two different workshops of your choice
One week pre-workshop online course ($279 value)
Access to the Radical Visionary Google Community (priceless!)
Optional monthly Google Hangout w/ Sarah ($95)
1 30min private coaching w/ Sarah ($250 value)
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Three (3) Workshops
15% off
Attend all three workshops
One week pre-workshop online course ($279 value)
Access to the Radical Visionary Google Community (priceless!)
Optional monthly Google Hangout w/ Sarah ($95 value)
2 30min private coaching sessions w/ Sarah ($500 value)
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