Mid-Year Conference 2019 – Dove Mountain2019-06-18T07:26:51+00:00

“Influence Ecology produces the most relevant, valuable learning environment for its conferences. Nothing is not deliberate. Every year is better than the last.”

July 18-20, 2019  Dove Mountain, Arizona

The Mid-Year Conference is designed specifically to concentrate and focus your aims for the second half of the year.

Led by the founders, program leaders, and our most advanced members, this three-day live event provides highly specialized training and practice tailored to help you accelerate your learning.

Mid-Year Conference is an interactive educational environment of practice and practical application. It is designed to provide you with the environment, guidance, and resources to elevate your transactional competence.

“This conference has saved my company in the past. It is worth every penny to get there.”

“A swift kick in the ass to launch what’s next.”


15000 North Secret Springs Drive
Marana, AZ 85658

Map & Directions


Thursday 6:00pm-9:00pm
Friday 9:00am-5:00pm
Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm


Tuition is $2150 US

Payment plans are available. Tuition does not include travel or accommodations.


Co-Founder John Patterson
Co-Founder Kirkland Tibbels
Program Leader Marne Power
MAP2 Advanced Members

“More than worth the thousands of miles of travel to engage and become friends with such an ambitious group of influential leaders.”



Conference Week Schedule – Mid-Year 2019*

Day Time Evening / Social Events
Thursday July 18 6:00 pm–9:00 pm Conference 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Mingle and Meet with Snacks
Friday July 19 9:00 am–5:00 pm Conference 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Formal Social on the hotel property TBD
Saturday July 20 9:00 am–5:00 pm Conference Informal Social Activity

* This schedule is subject to change. 
The conference is Thursday evening through Saturday.

*Newcomers Breakfast will be Friday at 8:15 am in a location TBD

Each morning will begin with a buffet breakfast at 8:15 am on Friday and Saturday.


You are welcome to include special guests, spouses, or colleagues for the following:

Thursday evening (first day) from 6pm to 9pm
Saturday afternoon (final day) from 3pm to 5pm
All social events (where fees apply, these are to be paid by participants/guests)
Not permitted otherwise

Details and Agenda

NOTE: This section is updated as more details unfold. All details herein are subject to change.

Conference Location

Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain
15000 North Secret Springs Drive
Marana, AZ 85658

Check-in time begins at 4pm, check-out time is noon.

The conference will take place in one of the main Ballrooms.

Airport Transfer

You can fly into Tucson (35min – an hour) and we recommend taking an Uber or Lyft or Pheonix ( 1hr 30 min – 2hr. ) and rent a car.

Buffet Breakfast

We will feature a hot buffet breakfast Friday, and Saturday beginning at 8:15am. The conference doors open at 8:30am and we begin promptly at 9am.

The Environment



Thursday–Saturday: Business*

Resort and local activities: Resort Casual

*A note on attire: We always recommend that people present themselves according to their ambition and offer in the ecologies in which they transact. This is demonstrated in varying ways depending on the ecology; however, please note that in this conference, you’re demonstrating your ambition and offer within the Influence Ecology member ecology. Dress to your identity aims within the ecology.

Weather Forecast

Link to see 10 day forecast

The Resort


Tucson resorts like The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, honor its natural beauty with an enduring spirit. Our luxury hotel’s guests can sense it by immersing themselves in the spectacular mountain terrain — on a hike, a mountain bike or by playing golf on our Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf course. Or simply by taking in a star-filled sky alongside a terrace fire pit. Let us open your eyes to a place that will touch both your soul and sense of adventure.

Conference Location

The Ritz Carlton, Dove Mountain
15000 North Secret Springs Drive, Marana, AZ 85658
 (520) 572-3000


Please use this link to book your rooms at a discounted rate.

  • Resort fee $20 rather than $50
  • All internet / WiFi included in Resort Fee.
  • 24 hr Business Center
  • 24 hr Fitness Center
  • Daily Experiential Mixology Class.
  • Daily Newspaper.
  • Access to the Golf Club Driving Range and Putting Green utilizing complimentary Callaway Clubs.
  • Use of Tennis courts and balls.
  • Ultimate Street Bike Experience.
  • Use of Specialized Mountain Bikes.

Guest Room Features & Amenities

In this refined desert oasis, our Tucson hotel rooms and suites reflect the local landscape and culture, featuring natural elements of dark mesquite woods, richly hued fabrics, light stones and a taste of Southwestern flair. Featuring the understated ambience of comfortable luxury, these rooms and suites are beautifully appointed with a mix of modern comforts and authentic, handcrafted architectural and design details. All rooms offer inspiring views of nearby mountain ranges, the Tortolita Foothills or the Wild Burro Canyon.

  • High-Speed Wireless Internet Access (wired access also available)
  • 55” LG 4k television
  • Nespresso machine with assortment of coffees and teas
  • King bed or two queen beds
  • Voicemail with customizable greeting
  • Multiple telephones, including one cordless, with private voice mail
  • 24-hour concierge service
  • 24-hour in-room dining
  • Daily housekeeping attention
  • Same-day laundry and dry cleaning services
  • Complimentary overnight shoeshine
  • Feather beds with down duvets
  • 400-thread-count linens by Frette in all of our luxury hotel rooms
  • 100% goose down and non-allergenic foam pillows
  • Spacious Closets with safe
  • Two Ritz-Carlton signature terry bathrobes
  • Separate shower and deep marble soaking tub
  • Lighted make-up mirror and hair dryer
  • Asprey bath amenities
  • Balcony with spectacular views

Travel Information

Arrive no later than Thursday for a 6 pm Start to the Conference.

If flying out on Saturday please book flights after 7:30 pm from Tucson and 8:30 pm Phoenix. We end promptly at 5 pm.

You have a choice of 2 airports.

  • Tucson (35 min – an hour) and we recommend taking an Uber or Lyft.
  • Phoenix ( 1 hr 30 min – 2 hr. ) and rent a car.

Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions

  • Conference content and exercises are sequential and experiential in nature and as such, missing any portion of the conference may impact the intended outcome.
  • Tuitions do not include travel, accommodations, or airport transfers.
  • Tuitions do not include food and beverage unless otherwise posted on the web page for that conference (e.g., buffet breakfast, snacks, etc.).
  • Social mixers vary, and any excursion, food, beverage, or transport is not included in your tuition unless otherwise posted.
  • Special sessions, guest lectures, and Founder Studies admittance and seating is subject to availability.
  • Some portions of conference are restricted and only accessible for MAP or MAP2 level participants.
  • Guests are welcome for limited portions of the conference or social mixers and are not permitted in most special sessions, guest lectures, or Founder Studies. Active or Inactive customers of Influence Ecology may only attend conferences as paid participants and not as guests.
  • $500 is fully non-refundable. 90 days prior to Conference 100% of any paid tuitions are non-refundable and non-transferable. This includes all conference tuitions paid as any aspect of a MAP or MAP2 contract. Participants claiming confusion or unclarity about which conferences they are registered to attend do not earn the right to refunds or transfers. Those who postpone their MAP or MAP2 start date are subject to these terms and conditions.
  • Prior to this 90 days, any conference tuition transferred to a later date forfeits previously earned discounts and requires payment of this balance to transfer.
  • No-show tuitions are fully non-refundable.
  • We have secured a special discounted room rate only available for the days posted. These rooms and room types are available on a first-come, first-served basis subject to the availability of guest rooms at the time of reservation.
  • We require that you complete your Conference Preparation Package upon notification which includes session and social event attendance, signed agreements, and legal releases.
  • Influence Ecology makes no claim to the validity or accuracy of information offered as help by its participants to other participants. Please be mindful of coaching or advice. You must think accurately for yourself and on behalf of your own aims; transact at your own risk. Furthermore, conference is not a free license to solicit business. Rather, it is an educational environment offered to illuminate the knowledge or resources in which to satisfy ambitious aims. As always, if you are interested in someone’s offer, by all means, ask.
  • We reserve the right to inspect or cease any participant activity to preserve the ethics of this educational environment.
  • Posted schedules and content are subject to change.


The Member Conference is exclusive to our alumni, members, and program participants.


You are welcome to include special guests, spouses, or colleagues for the following:

Thursday evening (first day) from 6pm to 9pm
Saturday afternoon (final day) from 3pm to 5pm
All social events (where fees apply, these are to be paid by participants/guests)
Not permitted otherwise

Mid Year Conference 2018 Testimonials

MYC Influence Ecology 2018 was just the motivational boost I was needing! I loved the simplicity of topics to frame the conversation and yet the depth of inspiration, information and involvement was notably significant. I loved the exercise of coming up with a quick, catchy one-liner Invite for my offer. Thanks to my seat neighbor, it ignited an idea to consult with an Inventor personality for help in developing the Invite and Present phases of my offer.

Alice Hinkle

The value was immeasurable! I learned skills to assist me to transact with others in a productive environment, to grow as a leader, and to assist new leaders in my field.

Ana Athanasiu

Conference plays the important role of ensuring I inspect, validate and modify my yearly goals and achievements. My goal is always the same—leave with an increased capacity to impact my financial health, my career reputation and the way I spend my time. My key takeaway from this conference was discovering my passion for fixing issues on behalf of my clients and their products enabling me to recognize what we as a team have accomplished.

Alison Bruesehoff

Conference is always a time for me to re-energize and get fired up. The conferences are the best I have ever attended. I especially like the opportunity to socialize with the ambitious participants. I level up in this ecology. The information, facts and help available to me have made a profound difference in my life. I’m already working on the goals I set to complete in the next six months.

Barb Milne

As always, conference was exactly the kick in the pants that I needed at exactly the right time. Miranda and I both came out of conference excited for having been in the ecology for the week and for the value that our learning will bring to our offer.

Bill McCroskey

I was so impressed with all the participants. Whether you have graduated from FOT or MAP2 everyone is there to practice transacting. The advice and counsel that I received on numerous topics was amazing.

Carrie Tabor

The value of the conference is in the combination of the information delivered and the ecology present to work with the information. Unlike many conferences, the founders delivered sensational content and then gave us time to work with it so I walked away with a much deeper understanding and the ability to weave it into my world. If you don’t go to the conferences, you miss out on leveraging a very powerful ecology.

Darby Fazekas

It is so important to get reconnected with this community and this material. I am always pleasantly surprised by the conferences and this was no exception. Being reminded of the characteristics of an ambitious adult and discussing those was the highlight for me. Time to get back to work.

David Cottrell

The conference was valuable to me. I connected the mood work we did with the “treat your offer as your kid” and came to some tough realizations about my future offer and the focus of my MAP manual. This caused me to reinvent my offer (that’s right—I am a Judge….) and I practiced it in the group discussion.

David Romano

Once again, my high expectations were exceeded. It is mind-boggling just how much impactful content is provided in such a short amount of time without becoming tedious or too overwhelming. The semi-annual vacations from The Current are often the happiest times of my year, and the opportunity to transact with not only the founders but the other members of the ecology in person is invaluable. As CFO I am not usually excited to spend the company’s money. That being said, I am eagerly awaiting the invoice for our team to attend the next conference and beyond. Sending our top four executives to conference is the easiest financial decision I will make all year.

Doug Robertson

Every time I attend an Influence Ecology Annual or Mid-year Conference, I am reminded of the rare value and specialized knowledge that I learn only here among an ecology of truly generous and cooperative help. It is a privilege to be counted among them. I cannot wait for the next one!

Jack Nesbit

A great experience in unpacking the nuances of transacting effectively and practicing to embed the concepts.

James Walls

This conference supported my aims in practicing transactional competence and stimulating accurate thinking. I expanded my relationships and found every minute and every dollar well spent. I am looking forward to future conferences in 2019, 2020 and beyond! Thank you for the enriching environment and room full of diverse individuals all with integrity and class.

Janet Vreeland

My experience at Mid-Year Conference was great. It was wonderful to put faces with names and to meet so many new members of the ecology. The sessions were extremely informative and provided so much food for thought. Overall, Mid-Year Conference helped me put the pieces of the puzzle together and understand the principles of Influence Ecology more clearly. I really enjoyed the interaction and the many moments of sharing and feedback. Overall, my experience was enjoyable, informative and refreshing.

Je’Nise Goss

The MYC is like getting a mega boost for my aims in July. It’s such an important time to reflect upon my aims, adjust actions and ensure that I’m moving toward them.

Joanna Burgraf

The participants accepted to be in the program could not have been better selected. Many of us have forged relationships that will last a lifetime.

Joe McNerney

During my time as a student with Influence Ecology, I have completed several important life-changing projects. This includes building a business from just an idea to being a successful corporation and most recently purchasing a massage school including the building and the land. Influence Ecology will provide me a place to make our latest purchase a success. We will be able to put the new business through the Influence Ecology curriculum finding its weaknesses and most important creating a transactional environment where we will be successful.

John James

My aim was to build an environment that meets my aims. I would say you guys worked on the most fundamental principles of Transactionalism—Listening and Speaking

John Severson

I can offer many many different types of invitations.

Johnny Washington

As expected from previous experiences, conference was an incredible opportunity to engage with other highly regarded business professionals from around the world and practice the art of exchange. I have never encountered any other professional education like the one offered by Influence Ecology and I am so grateful for it. Conference has truly changed my perspective about my colleagues, employees, and clients. Thank you to all of Influence Ecology’s founders and staff for the superior immersion in transactional competence. It was a gift.

Joni Rocco

What a difference 3 days can make! I was planning my exit strategy from the ecology to be next August as I thought I was at the end of what I personally could take in and use in my world (orbit). After the neural network brain (all of us) got together and started to inquire about making offers, listening, and paying attention to the orbits, my mind was blown. I learned so much about new areas of development for myself. I am NOT done with this ecology! In fact, I took effort to contract for even MORE rigorous study in MAP2! I look forward to beginning in January. Thank you for putting such care and insight into this working conference. My brain is FULL but it’s expanding and ready for more.

Kathryn Webster

Game changer!

Kim Corbett

The conferences play a key role for me in many areas, but the most valuable is I get to see myself from aside, how I transact, what I have achieved or have not. This is the only environment that allows me to SEE and use the tools I learn about throughout the year to apply in between the conferences to get to the next level.

Kristina Panchenko

I used to be a loner caught up in assessments of myself that almost cost me my career and identity as a professor. After 6 years of deliberate monthly study with ambitious members of Influence Ecology and 4 years of participation in its awe-inspiring conferences, I say without a doubt there has been NOTHING more valuable in satisfying the problems I’ve faced and the naive mistakes I made than this work in transactional competence. The know-how and reciprocation that emerges and levels you up are moving, literally and figuratively. I have made my offer of value such that unheard of offers come my way. The know-how from study AND deliberate practice has given me access to influence and power I never knew in my 20-year academic career as a woman of color. I’m deeply grateful for the value and usefulness of this education.

Kyra Gaunt Ph.D.

The 2018 Mid-Year Member Conference was an incredible experience, a privilege to attend, and the perfect start to the second half of my year. The material at this conference was almost comically relevant to my life and made me question whether my office had been bugged. I can only imagine the amount of planning, coordination, and work that goes into producing these events, and I am so grateful to the faculty and staff of Influence Ecology for building such cooperative, organic, thoughtful environments. The traditions, friendships, and legacies being built inside of this organization make my heart full, help me meet my aims, and keep me coming back year after year. Thanks, y’all!

Lauren Robertson

I am so inspired after every conference. The people, the learning, and the experiences are invaluable.

Lea Wold

Being in the company of ambitious adults who are learning, practicing and willing to be offers of help made my time well spent. The collective focus on key topics creates a level of exchange that can’t be replicated unless you are there. There is as much to learn from watching and listening as this is to learn from acting and speaking.

Mark Kammerer

This was the best conference yet (and Annual in Cabo was pretty great)! Not only did I learn new ways to transact more powerfully in my business, I was witness to and therefore a part of bringing forth a new way to listen and transact with anyone. I think this will positively impact all areas of my life and all of my aims both personally and professionally.

Maura O’Flynn

This experience is pivotal for ambitious young business professionals that want to be challenged in ways that nurture focused personal growth and share the company of equally driven individuals with ambitious aims.

Michael Teehee

Every Influence Ecology conference that I attend provides value. The 2018 Mid-Year in Las Vegas was no exception. The other participants are successful and ambitious professionals. They are also warm and enjoy contributing to others. The learning is novel and inspiring. Don’t miss the conferences—to me they are the heart of Influence Ecology.

Miranda McCroskey

Going to the Influence Ecology Mid-Year Conference with my team allowed us to get out of the environment of the office and in a learning environment together.

Paul Adams

Made me realize I need to talk less—be succinct in my invites, pay attention to moods needed to attract more interest in my offer.

Peggy Campagna

This Mid-Year has been the best conference so far because of the caliber of people that are now attending these events. Mid-Year is a great time to get into an inquiry on where you are with regards to your 2018 AIMS. It’s extremely valuable to recognize not to change your aims, but to ask for more help from your resources. Great work guys cannot wait for the next conference.

Peter Burgraf

The live Influence Ecology conferences are the perfect coming together of the fundamental “legs” of the study: Knowledge, Practice, and Transacting with other people. I am always blown away and endeared to the masterful coaching of both John Patterson and Kirkland Tibbels. The love they have for this ecology and the specialized knowledge they offer is palpable. I am forever grateful to have this teaching in my life.

Preston Dane

Every Influence Ecology conference that I attend I think, “Well, you can’t do any better than that,” and every time the next conference is even better! I have been to four Influence Ecology conferences now, and I am always amazed by the level of the content that is presented. The founders of the program deliver conferences that expand the thinking of the members as well as having plenty of practical exercises to practice and hone our skills. I will say it again—I don’t know how the conference could be any better!

Ron Sprengeler

Practice. Practice. Practice. Conference provides me with a safe opportunity to practice transactionalism and improve, build confidence, and return to my ‘real’ life ready to achieve my aims.

Sarah Meharg, Ph.D.

This particular conference was my third full conference, and every convening seems to have a cumulative effect with the high-quality membership and facilitators. These conferences are one-of-a-kind; meticulously planned, concentrated efforts to benefit everyone who attends. Thank you beyond words and moods.

Sarah Shepherd

The Mid-Year Conference was a great opportunity to discover a variety of ways that others are putting the content of the Influence Ecology programs into practice, and to get a deeper, more hands-on cut at some of the distinctions of the study papers. It was also a great chance to connect, engage, and practice with others of similar ambitions. What was most striking, however, was the level of authentic helpfulness of so many others.

Scott Wolf

The Influence Ecology 2018 Mid-Year Conference was one of the best conferences I’ve attended. John Patterson and Kirkland Tibbels created a fertile environment for learning, and practice with other motivated and knowledgeable participants provided me the opportunity for some profound insights. I’m really looking forward to applying what I’ve learned in the training workshops I lead.

Simon Chesney

Conference is learning, practicing, consequential and face to face with those I study and learn. Always inspiring and a great time! The depth and richness of experience are incomparable! It’s the formula for having what I want and taking my game up a notch!!

Sue Rhomberg

The level of mastery of the presenters is mind-blowing. Attendees aren’t just passive observers, they are active participants in an experience that produces immediate and long-term results.

Tim Nicklas

The people and content were engaging and the mission of Influence Ecology is much bigger than I knew. Courses and conferences from all other sources in my life have left me disappointed. Influence Ecology under-promises and over-delivers. I can’t imagine missing a future conference.

Timothy Wilbur

Attending MYMC is the best way to ensure I’m on track with my aims for the entire year. The faculty provided an incredible environment for us to practice transacting while building highly valuable relationships in the ecology. Without pressure, I experienced the call to be more ambitious to meet certain aims of mine that have been a relentless low-grade irritant (because they are unmet without a plan to meet them) that go beyond what I thought thriving was for me. A beautiful wake-up call paired with the tools and training to meet aims that I’ve never crafted strategies to meet before. Once again, this organization has delivered beyond their promises.

Trisha Tyler

The conferences consistently get better, year after year.

The leading business education in transactional competence.

Those who transact powerfully, thrive.