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.
Past speakers have included the founders of Facebook, Twitter, eBay, and Paypal, along with wisdom teachers from various wisdom traditions.
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.
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.
Ashley Spillane is a Millennial engagement strategist whose expertise bridges the political, technology and entertainment industries. With a firm belief that a small group of individuals can change the world, Ashley founded the social impact firm Impactual, which provides strategy and tools to nonprofits, corporations and philanthropists who want to engage Millennials to bring about positive change. While heading nonprofit organizations like Rock the Vote, The Atlas Project, and democratic GAIN, she forged large corporate/cause marketing partnerships with an array of companies including iHeartRadio, Microsoft, USAToday, Twitter, and Tinder. Ashley was recognized as a “Change Agent” by Marie Claire magazine in 2014 and a Campaigns + Elections “Rising Star” in 2012.
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.
Award winning filmmaker Mikki Willis is respected internationally as an innovator of socially and environmentally conscious media. His passion for uniting creatives inspired the birth of "the world's largest single screen film event," Elevate Film Festival. After a successful four year tour, the festival morphed into Elevate, a full service production company. Elevate's mission is to use the awesome power of filmed media to amplify truth, beauty and the good news of the world. Elevate is often invited to capture rarely filmed events- from sacred ceremonies with indigenous tribes, to behind the scenes of historic social and political events. Elevate's client list includes the world's foremost scientists, futurists, evolutionary experts, and best selling authors. To date, Mikki and his crews have produced over 400 breakthrough productions, including network television specials, theatrical features, viral media campaigns, and music videos for multi-platinum artists. Mikki Willis lives to the fullest in Ojai California with his wife Nadia, and their two little boys Azai and Zuriel.
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.
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.
Dr. Michael Gervais is Director of the High-Performance Psychology Program at DISC Sports & Spine Center. For more than 10 years, Dr. Gervais has consulted with top sports organizations, including the NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB, UFC, US Olympic Team and Red Bull. His work has also played an integral role to the US Military, as well as several collegiate and high school programs.
While Dr. Gervais’ roster includes some of the world’s most elite athletes, he is expanding the reach of his capabilities into the broader spectrum. Ultimately, Dr. Gervais’ goal is to create amazing journeys for clients while exploring their boundaries of human potential.
Monisha Chandanani is an Intuitive Leadership Coach for transformative leaders and the founder of See.Love.Choose, a system for conscious creation. Over the past seven years, Monisha has worked with thousands of clients on 6 continents and 25 countries. Affectionately called a “corporate analyst for the soul,” Monisha works with social entrepreneurs, executives, and transformative leaders to walk their talk and create massive impact in the world. Monisha believes we are powerful as individuals and unstoppable when catalyzing our collective energy. Her new organization, Practice for the Planet, is a platform dedicated to spreading the message of global peace through inner peace. Monisha is known for her genuinely loving disposition combined with her piercingly honest and direct approach.
Elizabeth Husserl, M.A., is thought leader working at the intersection of financial, spiritual, and psychological health and well-being. Whether as a financial planner, wealth manager, mom, or wife she is committed to bridging personal self-awareness and sound financial planning. Over the last ten years, she has developed the nuanced concept that talking with money can bring radical change and leadership to people’s business and personal lives. Since 2012 she has worked at one of the largest independent planning firm in the Bay Area. A firm believer in the importance of depth, wealth, and advocacy, Elizabeth travels throughout the United States and internationally helping individuals, businesses, and families connect to the transformative power that exists within the tension between their unexamined emotions and deep-seated beliefs around money. www.conversationsmoney.com. www.elizabethhusserl.com.
Joe Green is the co-Founder of Causes, the largest online platform for activism. Joe’s approach to building online tools is rooted in his offline experience as a grassroots political organizer for federal, state, and local campaigns. Born and raised in Santa Monica, CA, he first became engaged in the political process while serving on the local public school board. Joe graduated from Harvard College in 2006 with a degree in Social Studies.
Green has raised more than $40 million for nonprofits and is also known as Mark Zuckerberg's wingman. He lived with Zuckerberg at Harvard but turned down his offer to join Facebook.
He was also the president and is one of the founders (along with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and many others) of FWD.us, a 501(c)(4) group created to lobby for immigration reform.
Los Angeles has been known as one of the creative centers in the world, bringing us innovation in entertainment, the arts, and more. This is an ideal place to explore the important role of conscious entrepreneurs in a changing world.
Our partner in LA is Wanderlust Hollywood, which like its transformational festivals, brings together experts, techniques, and recipes for living that guide your journey toward a mindful and inspired life.
1357 N Highland Ave Hollywood, CA
Michael Gervais, Soren Gordhamer
The Yoga of Entrepreneurship: Lessons in innovation and consciousness
Russell Simmons, Soren Gordhamer
Greatest Place Room Getting to the Heart of the Matter: How to lead with your unique genius
Greatest Place Room Aligned Entrepreneurship
If you are a long time entrepreneur or considering starting your own business, this interactive breakout session will introduce the key concepts of Aligned Entrepreneurship to ensure that your business is aligned with your passion, with business fundamentals and serves the greater good.
HAVEN Room Meditation - The Art & Science of Daily Practice
Greatest Place Room Play On Purpose: Bring your company’s core values to life
In a competitive work environment where culture is king, having an organization that embodies the company's values can help you attract and retain the best new talent. In this highly experiential workshop, you will learn how to transform the concept of values into a direct experience, making them tangible, meaningful and relevant to each member of your team.
HAVEN Room Yoga - What the F*%#K: Yoga is not about being perfect
Greatest Place Room Conversations with Money (CW$): Money as a radical business teacher
We all know owning a business can be financially stressful and in our day-to-day management key insights can be overlooked or even lost. This interactive break-out will give you a simple and yet highly effective and profound technique to experience money in an entirely new way - not just as a tool but as a profound teacher. Come discover how to talk to money, why it is vitally important for your personal life and business and how an ongoing conversation with money may be the best investment you do all year.
HAVEN Room Meditation - Peace of the Present
Role of the Mentor: The art of receiving and giving wisdom
Chip Conley, Soren Gordhamer
Design and The Self: How our inner life impacts what we create
Leading with Purpose: One Entrepreneur's Experience
From Brand to Cult: The tools that drive brand loyalty
Greatest Place Room Intention & Entrepreneurship: Is there purpose in your work and does there need to be? Mallika Chopra explores the power of incorporating intention into the planning and growing of your business.
HAVEN Room Yoga - Strength & Support to Ease Low Back Pain
Greatest Place Room Creating Advocates: Measuring, managing, and growing brand equity
HAVEN Room Meditation - Demystifying Meditation: Mindful practice for manic minds
Greatest Place Room Yoga in High Heels As a woman in any industry, we face unique challenges. In this breakout, we explore how to navigate being women in leadership roles -- and how to help other women in the process.
HAVEN Room Yoga - Get Centered: Find Your Core
Greatest Place Room How Mindfulness Practices Cultivate Focus, Empathy, and Creativity In this breakout session, Irene will explore the scientific research that explores how mindfulness practices cultivate focus, empathy, and creativity which, in turn, makes people better and more effective makers.
HAVEN Room Meditation - Pranayama & Yoga Nidra
Being the Change
Can we make an impact on the world motivated by Love & Equanimity?
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We have a limited number of scholarships available each year. You can find our scholarship application here. We encourage you to create a strong case and indicate any financial contribution you are able to make. Please note scholarships will be awarded two weeks before the event in September.