About Us

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Our Team

We're a team of friends and colleagues living and working in the greater Washington D.C. area.

We're intentional about how we work together because we know that we cannot create anything

in the world without first creating it within ourselves and our own teams. 

We'd love to hear from you. Contact us at artofhostingdc@gmail.com and one of us will be in touch soon!

Lindsey Keck

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Lindsey currently works as a communications and change consultant supporting leaders and helping teams navigate large organizational transformations. Part of her approach to change stems from her own personal practices and engagement with mindfulness and meditation. Lindsey currently volunteers with Insight on the Inside (IOI), a non-profit comprised of nearly 40 volunteers that bring meditation to people who are incarcerated in the DC metro area. As part of this program, Lindsey is leading small group meditation and mindfulness discussions at a local area detention facility. Mindfulness practices are also foundational to her work as an Art of Hosting practitioner, a leadership approach that scales from the personal to systemic using personal practice, facilitation, dialogue, and co-creation to address complex challenges.

Jenny Hegland

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Jenny is a facilitator, experiential educator, and social entrepreneur whose life’s work is centered around meaningful community engagement and aims to contribute to equitable opportunities for all people to live free and fulfilling lives. Jenny moved to the Washington D.C. area in 2018 and currently runs a small consulting practice working with organizations and initiatives to cultivate community and leadership evolution through practices that scale up from the personal to the systemic, bridging personal development with interpersonal, community, and whole systems change work. She draws from a variety of disciplines and fields in her work, including participatory and strengths-based leadership, systems thinking, visual thinking, Theory U, Appreciative Inquiry, and deep listening. She has been an Art of Hosting practitioner since 2008. She's also currently a listener poet with The Good Listening Project, and co-leading the creation of a global Wise Democracy Community of Practice. 

Zarko Palankov

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Zarko seeks to connect ideas, people and organizations, to create platforms for learning, collaboration and growth. He founded LeadIN to change the leadership paradigm: how we see and treat each other and how we work together toward a common vision. Zarko was born and raised in Bulgaria and has lived, studied or worked in Bulgaria, Hungary, France, and the United States. He speaks Bulgarian, English, French, and Spanish and currently lives in Washington, DC with his wife, new son, and cat.

Our Inspiration

We draw inspiration from and parter with many others whose work and ways of being inspire us. 

Serendipity is a group of friends who value and practice intentional ways of learning and growing together. 

The Civil Conversations Project is an evolving adventure in audio, events, resources, and initiatives for planting relationship and conversation around the subjects we fight about intensely — and those we’ve barely begun to discuss.

Over the past two decades, the team at the Presencing Institute has developed Theory U as a change framework, led cross-sector leadership, change and innovation initiatives worldwide, and created an innovation platform called u.lab.

 
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