A simple idea, trusted and developed, can change the course of our lives and that of society. Every great company and invention came, at first, as an idea. Taking these ideas and bringing them into the world is what entrepreneurs have always done.
Today, with our world facing so many struggles, the ideas we need are not only those that have market resonance, but ones that also address real needs in the society. In this two-day event, we will take a deep dive into the art of conscious entrepreneurship - how we can create successful & innovative companies that align with our greater purpose.
How do we receive or come up with an innovative idea that serves a real need?
How do we develop teams that support bringing this into the world?
How do we consciously bring forth a new product or service into the world?
The Wisdom 2.0 LA experience includes:
A Two-Day Program with top tier speakers sharing lessons on the important role of entrepreneurs in our culture. Hear from leaders in this field!
In-Depth Conversations will take place in the afternoons, where you will be able to share your lessons and hear from others on specific areas of interest to you. These intimate groups will allow for shared learning, and deeper connections to be had.
Parties & More will take place at Wanderlust LA and surrounding venues.
Awareness Practices including meditation and yoga will happen every morning and be woven throughout.
A State-of-the-Art Conference App for connecting with other attendees before, during, and after the event.
Past speakers have included the founders of Facebook, Twitter, eBay, and Paypal, along with wisdom teachers from various wisdom traditions.
Gunnar Lovelace is a serial entrepreneur in nonprofits, technology, fashion and real estate. Most recently he is the founder and Co-CEO of Thrive Market, an online wholesale buying club on a mission to make healthy living easy and affordable for every American family. Thrive Market currently offers the 4,000 most popular natural and organic products in the world at 25-50% off retail, shipped anywhere in the U.S. for free. For every paid member on the site, the company also sponsors a free membership for a low-income family. Previously he co-founded Love Heals - a conscious jewelry company that has funded the planting of over 1,500,000 trees and sponsored of over 50,000 malnourished children. Prior to Love Heals, Gunnar started two technology companies in Los Angeles in software education and natural language processing, both of which were sold. In addition to his for-profit companies, Gunnar has started two non-profits in education and environmental training.
Mallika Chopra is a mom, media entrepreneur, public speaker and published author. Her most recent book, Living With Intent: My Somewhat Messy Journey to Purpose, Peace and Joy, was published in April 2015.
Mallika is the founder of Intent.com, a website and app focused on personal, social and global wellness. Her intent is to harness the power of social media to connect people from around the world to improve their own lives, their communities and the planet.
Entrepreneur, author, activist and philanthropist Russell Simmons has launched scores of groundbreaking careers and innovative enterprises in arenas as varied as music, film, television, fashion, comedy, poetry, digital platforms, theater and finance. His lifelong mission has been giving a voice to extraordinary talent and empowering underserved communities as they in turn shape the mainstream of culture. After having produced or managed artists such as Kurtis Blow, Run DMC, Whodini and Jimmy Spicer, Simmons joined forces with producer Rick Rubin to found Def Jam Recordings. Under Simmons’ leadership as Chairman, Def Jam signed acts including the Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, LL Cool J, Jay Z and Kanye West.
Simmons has written three New York Times best-selling books, including Success Through Stillness: Meditation Made Simple, which was published in 2014. He has also launched a multitude of diverse business ventures including pop-culture website Global Grind, UniRush Financial Services, Simmons Jewelry, Run Athletics and clothing subsidiaries Phat Farm, Baby Phat, Argyleculture, and American Classics. Most recently, he has been building All Def Digital.
A longtime champion of social justice and equality, Simmons was honored with the 2011 GLAAD Excellence in Media Award. He is also a leading animal rights activist, having been named PETA Man of the Year in 2011. A native of Queens, NY, Simmons has two daughters, Ming Lee and Aoki Lee.
In 2000 Jamie founded Your First Step, the company developed global wholesale Voice over IP networks in developing countries including, Eastern Europe, Latin America and Africa, the company later merged with Nobel Ltd. Becoming the world’s largest online phone card seller.
In 2005 Jamie was inspired by the archaic nature of voicemail to found the world's first voicemail-to-text company, PhoneTag. In September of 2009 PhoneTag was acquired by Ditech Networks for $17 million.
Jamie currently is the CEO and Chief Inventor of Ring, the doorbell for the smartphone which has raised $100 million from Kleiner Perkins, Sir Richard Branson and other distinguished investors.
Jamie holds a Bachelor of Science in entrepreneurship from Babson College.
Entrepreneur, consultant, author, and coach, Craig Wilson is a leading authority on loyalty, brand development, and direct marketing. He counts some of the world’s most iconic brands in his listing of experience, including Kiehl’s, Patagonia, Seventh Generation, prAna Living, Revolution Living, among others. Over the past decade Craig has studied the businesses that create the most passionate, loyal customers and holds a firm belief that creating advocacy is possible anywhere. He is the author of The Compass and the Nail in which he presents a model that defines how companies, governments, and institutions relate to their end users, illuminating how to leverage the phenomenon of “following.” He consults, teaches, and conducts workshops on optimizing human interactive experiences. Craig is a National Champion coach, the co-author of a peer-reviewed study on advocacy, and the founder of Compass and Nail, a strategic consultancy, focused on the importance of cultural empathy in brand relationships in the new global economy. Craig serves on advisory boards for The Renewal Workshop and ánimana, businesses featuring emerging models of sustainability and social responsibility.
The founder and former CEO of Joie de Vivre Hospitality, Chip Conley at age 26 took an inner city motel and turned it into the 2nd largest boutique hotel brand in the world. The author of four books, including PEAK and The New York Times bestseller, EMOTIONAL EQUATIONS, he shares his theories on transformation and meaning with audiences around the world. Chip joined Airbnb as Head of Global Hospitality & Strategy in 2013, where he's been instrumental in turning it into the world’s largest hospitality company – teaching his award-winning methods to hundreds of thousands of hosts in nearly 200 countries. Chip founded Fest300 in 2013 to share his passion for travel and the world’s best festivals. He received his BA and MBA from Stanford University, and holds an honorary doctorate in psychology from Saybrook University. He serves on the boards of the Esalen Institute, Burning Man Project and NeueHouse.
Cory Smith is the co-founder and CEO of Wisdom Labs. Wisdom Labs delivers science-based mindfulness, resilience and wellness solutions that support employees to thrive in organizations such as Facebook, Starbucks, Ford, Workday, Kaiser and Salesforce.
Previously, Cory was the CEO of Impact Hub Bay Area, CEO of the Social Capital Markets Conference, the first Innovation Fellow for the SF Mayor's Office, CEO of Webcast Solutions (Acquired by StarMedia/France Telecom) and Co-founder of MediaCast, the first on-location webcast company.
Jenny Sauer-Klein is an expert at building collaborative teams, and shaping the culture of companies through play. Through her Play On Purpose programs, she helps rapid-growth companies like SAP and Samasource maintain their culture while they scale so they can attract and retain the best talent. She is also the co-founder of AcroYoga, a global movement with hundreds of thousands of practitioners, including Hollywood celebrities, professional athletes and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. She successfully scaled a vibrant culture based on the values of trust, connection and playfulness into a thriving international brand, community and organization. She is a regular conference presenter at Wisdom 2.0 and Summit Series, and has been featured in The New York Times, Forbes, Fast Company, and Newsweek.
Irene Au is Design Partner at Khosla Ventures, where she works with early, mid, and latestage startup CEOs. Irene has unprecedented experience elevating the strategic importance of design within internet companies, having built and led the entire User Experience and Design teams at Google (2006-2012), Yahoo! (1998-2006), and Udacity (2012-2014). She began her career as an interaction designer at Netscape Communications, where she worked on the design of the internet’s first commercial web browser. Irene graduated summa cum laude from the Honors College at the University of South Carolina in Electrical and Computer Engineering and received her Master's Degree from the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering with a focus on HumanComputer Interaction at the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign. Irene also teaches yoga at Avalon Yoga Center in Palo Alto where she is part of the teacher training program faculty and is a frequent author and speaker on the relationship between mindfulness practices, design, and creativity.
Los Angeles has been known as one of the creative centers in the world, bringing us innovation in entertainment, the arts, and more. This is an ideal place to explore the important role of conscious entrepreneurs in a changing world.
Our partner in LA is Wanderlust Hollywood, which like its transformational festivals, brings together experts, techniques, and recipes for living that guide your journey toward a mindful and inspired life.
1357 N Highland Ave Hollywood, CA