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"During and following my time in PCT101 our practice found our focus clarified, our network expanded and with added capacity, our marketing strategy better resourced and strengthened, and our marketplace effectiveness increased. We are growing at breakneck speed."

Michael Magalsky, Founder & CEO @ infoVia

Upcoming Courses and Events

    • Friday, October 07, 2022
    • Sunday, October 09, 2022
    • The Rose Hotel, 5200 Pearl Street Rosemont, Illinois, 60018


    Society for Process Consulting
    Learning Summit

    3 Day In-Depth Retreat for In-Person Certification 

    October 7th - 9th @ The Rose Hotel, Chicago

    Offering two tracks in an expedited format to earn the Certified Process Consultant™ (PCT 101) or Advanced Process Consultant credential (PCT 201)


    • $3000 for Non-Society Members (includes a free year of Society membership)
    • $2700 for Society Members

    For the first time, the Society is offering an in-person chance to meet instructors, members and other course participants. 

    We will offer two tracks in an expedited format, with pre-work and post-work required for certification.

    What will the two tracks look like?


    • The initial certification course for process consulting professionals, with one private business coaching session after the Summit. Can be modified for “internal consultants” and organizational leaders.
    • At the end of the course, each participant will be equipped to earn the Certified Process Consultant™ credential based on their knowledge of process consulting and development of a viable business plan, or internal organizational strategy plan.


    • The advanced certification course for consulting professionals, with one private business coaching session after the Summit. The course is for people who have completed PCT101 and focuses on the 12 Core Competencies of Process Consulting.
    • At the end of the course, each participant will be equipped to earn the Advanced Process Consultant™ credential based on their completion of the course work and the certification assignment.

    *The 101 and 201 courses are normally taken sequentially, but you can take PCT 201 first if you'd like. You will receive the Certified Process Consultant credential until completing PCT 101 within the next 18 months. After completing 101 and 201 you will receive the Advanced Process Consultant credential.

    Download an info sheet with the full Learning Summit details & lesson-by-lesson breakdown of each track!

    QUESTIONS? Email [email protected]

    What will my travel and stay look like?

    Participants will stay at the Rose Hotel (O'Hare Airport), a member of the Tapestry Collection by Hilton. The Rose Hotel has a free shuttle to and from the airport, and discounted surface parking will be available for $15 per day. You must book your room via the link shared in your confirmation email upon registration. The Summit price for a King Room will be $169 plus taxes and fees. All Summit activities will take place at the Rose Hotel.

    What is the schedule of events?


    • Course Table and Lessons Distributed
    • Pre-reading Completed
    • Lessons 1 & 2 Virtual Kick-off (attend one): Monday, October 3, 2022 3:00 – 4:30pm CT OR October 4, 2022 10:00 – 11:30 am CT


    Friday October 7

    • 6-7pmRegistration
    • 7-9pmPrivate dinner for participants/meet instructors

    Saturday October 8

    Breakfast vouchers provided for Thorn restaurant
    8:30am – 12:30pm (break included)
    • PCT 101 & PCT 201: Large group and breakout

    12:30 – 1:00pm

    • Lunch provided
    1:00 – 5:00pm (break included)
    • PCT 101 & PCT 201: Large group and breakouts
    5:00 – 6:00pm
    • Complimentary hosted bar for participants

      (Dinner on your own)

    Sunday October 9

    Coffee and pastries provided in the meeting space

    8:00 – 11:45am (note earlier start time)
    • PCT 101 & PCT 201: Large group and breakout
    • Noon – Adjourn


      • Final assignments due by October 31 for certification.
      • One coaching session with an instructor focused on your business plan for independent consultants or strategy plan for people who serve as internal consultants.

      Still have questions? Check out our FAQ page here!

      Meet Your Facilitators:

      Mark L. Vincent

      Founder, Executive Advisor, and Author

      Mark L. Vincent is an Executive Advisor and Facilitator for Maestro-level leaders and is the founder of Design Group International and the Society for Process Consulting. Walking alongside organizations and leaders for 30-plus years, he has developed successful initiatives with over 800 domestic and international clients. Mark can often be found having earnest conversations inside the coffee shops of Eastern Wisconsin and Boise, Idaho.

      Lon L. Swartzentruber

      CEO of Design Group International & Senior Design Partner

      Lon has more than 25 years of professional experience in strategic planning, fundraising, and organizational transformation & change. He has walked alongside organizational leaders to help them articulate their vision, build consensus, obtain funding, and engage true and lasting change to realize that vision. Lon earned his B.A. in Business from Goshen College and earned an MBA from George Mason University. 

      As an executive leadership coach credentialed by the International Coach Federation, Executive Process Consultant credentialed by the Society for Process Consulting, and an Accredited Practitioner with iEQ9 Integrative Enneagram, Lon is able to support you in a variety of ways.

      Meet Your Host:

      Kim Stezala

      CEO of Society for Process Consulting

      Kim Stezala, M.S., has devoted more than 25 years to the nonprofit, education, and business sectors in management, volunteer, and founder roles. She is dedicated to educational access, specifically the pipeline to and through college. Combining objective analysis with the power of process consulting, Kim assists scholarship providers, youth agencies, college prep programs, colleges and universities, foundations, and membership associations to improve outcomes and handle complex organizational change. This is accomplished through program planning, evaluation and improvement, stakeholder engagement, and student access and success projects. As a result, clients are better equipped to achieve their desired impact and tell their success story.

      • Thursday, October 13, 2022
      • Thursday, November 17, 2022
      • 6 sessions
      • Virtual through Zoom

      The past few years have taught us to adapt to change while holding on to our core values. Even as we embrace new realities and strategies, the first step of process consulting remains unchanged: listening. Listening actively and comprehensively to colleagues, clients and co-workers will always be the foundational core competency of process consulting.

      Join us by earning your Certified Process Consultant credential through the PCT 101 course today! 

      This concentrated, 6-week cohort is scheduled for October 13, 2022  - November 17 2022 with each session taking place from 4:00pm-5:30pm CENTRAL TIME on Thursdays. The cost of the course includes one year of Society for Process Consulting membership, and you will receive an email with your membership login instructions after registering for the course.

      • Are you currently a consultant looking to grow your practice, or new to the field and want to start a consulting practice? 
      • Do you prefer to help clients transform through a meaningful process and humble inquiry instead of a set product? 
      • Are you interested in furthering your professional development as a consultant?

      If your answer to any one of those questions is "yes," then PCT 101 is for you!


      PCT 101 Course Description

      PCT 101 is the first course of its kind that combines the tenets of process consulting as a vocation with the practical lessons of starting and/or building a consulting business.  The course is a student-centered, inquiry-based cooperative learning experience with a group of peers, facilitated by Arlen Vernava, Executive Process Consultant and Senior Consultant at Design Group International.  



      At the end of the course, each participant will be equipped to earn the Certified Process Consultant™ credential based on their knowledge of process consulting and development of a viable business plan.


      Learning Outcomes 

      All sessions will occur on Thursdays from 4:00-5:30pm CENTRAL TIME.

      • Session 1 – October 13, Understanding the Iterative Process
      • Sessions 2 and 3 – October 20, Understanding the Consultative Pipeline, Pricing and Negotiating a Consulting Agreement
      • Sessions 4 and 5 – October 27, Building Your Network for Long-term Success, Maintaining Brand Standards
      • Sessions 6-8 – November 3, Discovering Your Personal Brand, Using Social Media as a Business Builder, Filling Your Pipeline
      • Sessions 9 and 10 – November 10, Working Under a Specific Consulting Platform, Discovering the Consultative Ecosystem 
      • Sessions 11 and 12 – November 17, Ensuring Authenticity, Continuous Learning, Continuous Improvement, Planning Your Next Six Months



      Each participant will actively engage through discovery, reading, reflection, group discussion, personal assignments and mentoring. Coursework is managed through the Society Membership portal with conference calls and video conferencing hosted by the course facilitator.  Two individual mentoring sessions with the facilitator are also included, via phone or video conferencing.

      We look forward to seeing you in PCT 101!

      Questions about the Society?

      Email [email protected] or call 1-877-771-3330 ext. 2.

      About the Facilitator

      Arlen Vernava, EPC, is a Professional Transition Specialist, Coach, and Strategic Interim Minister. A Senior Consultant at Design Group International, Arlen walks alongside clients through coaching, and helps not-for-profit organizations, communities of faith, and individual leaders affirm and live into their vocation during times of change and transition. He believes generous hospitality, respectful communality and glad collaboration are heart habits that support this life-giving work. He’s been practicing this way of being and doing since he was ordained in 1985, and has consulted professionally since 1998. For over ten years, Arlen has taught and helped shape curriculum as faculty and education team lead for the Interim Ministry Network, a leader in preparing interfaith leaders to serve well during change and transition. He looks forward to greeting you this fall.

      Learn more about Arlen here.

    Past events

    Thursday, September 08, 2022 Learning to Exchange Ideas With Competitive Colleagues
    Tuesday, August 30, 2022 Data Skill-Building for Consultants
    Wednesday, August 17, 2022 Helping When a Closed Culture Must Become Open
    Wednesday, July 27, 2022 Listening Architecturally As a Process Consultant
    Wednesday, June 22, 2022 Discovering the Process Consulting Approach
    Thursday, June 16, 2022 Book Launch Virtual Celebration
    Wednesday, June 08, 2022 PCT 101 - Process Consulting Training (June 2022 - Accelerated)
    Tuesday, June 07, 2022 Free to Fee: Using Content to Build Business
    Wednesday, June 01, 2022 Members-Only Mixer: Summer Happy Hour
    Tuesday, May 24, 2022 Free to Fee: Using Content to Build Business
    Tuesday, May 03, 2022 Members-Only Mixer: Spring Forward - Make New Connections!
    Wednesday, April 13, 2022 Productivity & You.
    Thursday, March 31, 2022 Actions Speak Louder Keynote
    Tuesday, March 22, 2022 Members-Only Mixer: What Are You Reading or Listening To?
    Wednesday, March 09, 2022 Empowering Women in Leadership
    Thursday, February 24, 2022 Members-Only Mixer: Time Saving Tools and Tips
    Thursday, January 27, 2022 Members-Only Mixer: New Year, New People
    Thursday, January 20, 2022 Tax Tips for Consultants
    Tuesday, December 14, 2021 Jumpstart Your 2022 Pipeline
    Thursday, December 02, 2021 Members-Only Mixer: Collaboration
    Wednesday, November 03, 2021 Power of Podcasting for Process Consultants
    Thursday, October 28, 2021 Speed Networking Happy Hour (Members Only)
    Thursday, October 14, 2021 Society Re-Boot! Chat with the CEO (11am CT)

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