The Surprising Power of Liberating Structures: Simple Rules To Unleash A Culture of Innovation

The Surprising Power of Liberating Structures: Simple Rules To Unleash A Culture of Innovation

New Date: November 17, 2017

8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Conventional structures used to organize how people routinely work together stifle inclusion and engagement. Conventional structures are either too inhibiting or too loose and disorganized to creatively engage people in shaping their own future. They frequently generate feelings of frustration and/or exclusion and fail to provide space for good ideas to emerge and germinate. This means that huge amounts of time and money are spent working the wrong way. More time and money are then spent trying to fix the unintended consequences. Liberating Structures offers an alternative way to approach and design how people work together. It provides a menu of thirty-three tools to replace or complement conventional practices. Liberating Structures used routinely make it possible to build the kind of organization that everybody wants. They are designed to include everyone in shaping next steps.

Key Learning Objectives

  1. Learn facilitation techniques/tools for maximum engagement of teams/groups
  2. Practice 6 Liberating Structures during workshop timeframe
  3. Understand why traditional methods of engagement are either too inhibiting or
    too loose to create change


You have been such an incredibly valuable member of our team and my peer. Your work was instrumental to the success of our Epic implementations. I don't know what I would have done without you. 

Elizabeth Petrich Kennedy

Chief Nursing Informatics Officer (CNIO), Providence Health and Services, California Region


I am honored to have worked with such an amazing woman. I felt energized and confident in the presence of this team.  


Nycole Sanchez

MA, Supervisor, Call Center, Providence Hospice


Leslie in her professional and engaging manner communicated what graduates, their families and friends really need to hear at a graduation ceremony. Leslie affirmed the graduate's diligence in finishing their program and challenged them to press on to be the best in their new career field.  


Bill Honeycutt

Student Services, Sumner College


You are an amazing and inspirational leader!


Cindy Mc Donald

Clinical Practice Coordinator, Providence Little Company of Mary Torrance


Leslie is very professional. I've heard her speak several times and each time I've learned something new. She can cater a topic according to the needs of the group. She incites participation and she leaves the audience excited about what they've learned and thirst for more.  


Paula Purdy CMA (AAMA)

Director of Operations, Medical Society Staffing


Her upbeat personality and enthusiasm is infectious and encourages others to be positive and work to their full potential.


Kathy Puckett

Certified Medical Assistant, Salem Health

You were a HUGE part of our very successful implementation of EPIC – and we will be forever grateful for your assistance.


Spike Sumner

CFO, Providence Newberg Medical Center


You're always so pleasant to be around, yet able to get the job done.


Janet Zelda

BSN, RN, CMSRN, PHN, Supervisor Clinical Informatics, Providence St. Joseph's Medical Center


She is extremely organized, a dynamic speaker and knows how to help any group to be more organized and productive. Our society has found her help invaluable and look forward to working with her as our Keynote speaker at our Annual Conference in April.


Molly Ann Bilyeu

Past  President,

About the Presenter

LeslieRuminski.jpgLeslie Ruminski is a seasoned professional with over 25 years experience in multiple industries. Leslie currently works with senior level healthcare leaders across five states for Providence Health & Services in Organizational Readiness. She guides healthcare leadership through the human side of organizational change initiatives.

Leslie’s background includes involvement in social work, employee education, training and administration. Leslie’s experience is thanks to long tenures at the following organizations: Providence Health & Services, Oregon Health & Sciences University, Clackamas Community College and Multnomah County Health Department.

Leslie received her Masters in Social Work over 12 years ago, and had the pleasure of developing and leading several patient and family programs as a practicing social worker at the local, state and national levels.

Organizations of note include: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, The American Cancer Society, Parkinson’s Resources of Oregon and Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church.

The hybrid of direct patient care and management lead Leslie to her current professional practice of change management.

Leslie’s passion is creating conditions for others people’s success through mentor-ship, public speaking engagements and executive level coaching.

Success is achieved with Leslie via her ‘boots on the ground’ approach, her empowerment of existing informal leaders, her straightforward, no nonsense attitude, and her charm and humor.

Leslie’s industry knowledge of proven change management philosophies is solidly grounded. Leslie is Green Belt prepared in Lean Six Sigma, she is a Master Change Manager for GE’s Change Acceleration Process, and is a Facilitator in IMA’s Accelerated Implementation Methodology.

Leslie has provided change management consultation for multiple organizations including: OCHIN, BridgeFront, Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce and the Oregon Society of Medical Assistants.

Leslie is a wannabe runner, she tries really hard, has fun at it – and loves the bling at the finish line!




  • $425 Non-members
  • $325 Chapter Members
  • $175 Chapter Student Members
  • $25 Earlybird Discount for registrations by 10/24/2017
  • $50 Late Fee for registrations after 11/15/2017
  • Registration closes 11/17/2017

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Portland World Trade Center
121 SW Salmon
Portland, OR, 97204

Parking available at attendee's expense; continental breakfast and lunch provided.  


The course will apply to the PMP, PMI-ACP, RMP and SP. It will be 8 PDUs and the PMI Triangle breakdown will be:
  • Business/Strategy = 8 PDUs 
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Event Properties

Event Date 11-17-2017 8:30 am
Event End Date 11-17-2017 5:00 pm
Registration Start Date 09-27-2017
Cut off date 11-17-2017 11:55 pm
Individual Price $425.00
Late Fee $50.00(From 11-15-2017)
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25 SW Salmon Street
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