In the 10 years she’s spent working alongside NYT bestselling author and optimist Simon Sinek, Start With Why CEO Kim Harrison has met, collaborated with and been mentored by many great leaders. Her big takeaway is that all great leaders have one thing in common: love is the core tenet on which they stand. At the Love Summit 2017, Kim will share what she has learned about building a love based culture, the foundation of the Why Movement.
OCTOBER 12, 2017 // Day 1
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
REGISTRATION + GRAB & GO BREAKFAST
9:00 AM – 9:05 AM
Samantha Thomas, Founder, Love Summit
9:05 AM – 9:15 AM
Mayor John Cranley
9:15 AM – 10:00 AM
ADDICTED TO LOVE: CREATE AND FEED THE ULTIMATE HABIT
Andrew Sykes, President, Habits at Work
What can we learn from countries, families and ordinary people loving others in extraordinary ways that we can apply to our businesses? How can we design the world of work to transform well-wishing into well-doing? Thinking about creating love habits as a design problem to solve for leaders of businesses, governments and schools will challenge your view of the real frontier of competitive advantage.
10:00 AM – 10:15 AM
WORK AT LOVE, LOVE AT WORK
Kim Harrison, CEO, Start With Why
“When it gets harder to love, let’s love harder.” - Van Jones
This quote embodies everything Kim stands for. In the nearly 10 years she’s spent working alongside Simon Sinek, Kim has met, collaborated with and been mentored by many great leaders. Her big takeaway is that all great leaders have one thing in common: love is the core tenet on which they stand. Kim will share what she has learned about building a love based culture, the foundation of the Why Movement.
10:15 AM – 10:35 AM
LA TERZA COFFEE + TEA BREAK
10:35 AM – 11:05 AM
GOOD MORNING, BEAUTIFUL BUSINESS
Judy Wicks, Author, Activist, Entrepreneur
Believing that business is about relationships, and money simply a tool, Judy tells her story of moving beyond responsible business practices within her company, to working cooperatively with other entrepreneurs to build a local economy based on love of place, nature and community. Localization not only brings economic power back to our communities, but also builds authentic relationships with suppliers, customers, employees, community and nature that support business decisions from the heart.
11:05 AM – 11:35 AM
WELLNESS: THE PREREQUISITE TO THRIVING ORGANIZATIONS
Ryan Picarella, President & CEO, Wellness Council of America
The health of America continues to decline even as wellness programs grow in popularity. Ryan will explore the current state of wellness in America and discuss a new paradigm that can spark change and inspire individuals, organizations, and communities to find a new path to better health. He will share the cutting-edge model of conceptualizing the wellness programs of tomorrow – the ones that take in account People, Place, Purpose and Performance – providing a framework for building strong organizational cultures that improve health, create conditions for employees to succeed, and ultimately impact the bottom line of the business.
11:35 PM – 12:00 PM
THE LINK BETWEEN PRESENCE & COMPASSION
John Wallis, Principal, Farley Hill; Former CMO, Hyatt Hotels Corporation
John believes that every organization should confront its challenges with open minds, analytical precision, and fearless creativity. And from his own vast experiences, he knows that when this process occurs, the results are remarkable for organizations and the people within them. His compassion and insights into Purpose Culture and Behavior earned him the nickname of "Ambassador of Love" at Hyatt Hotels where he spent 35 years, working in operations in 9 countries before becoming Chief Marketing Officer, a position he held until 2015. John will explain why the first step to creating a compassionate, heart-centered organization is to be present.
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
1:30 PM – 1:55 PM
IGNITING PASSION WITH A SPARK OF CHANGE
Mary Miller, CEO & Co-Owner, JANCOA
Too many people fail to take control of their lives to capture opportunities. When you choose to dream, you change direction and accomplish nearly anything you set out to achieve. Attendees will learn the importance of focusing on their Why, the importance and impact of encouraging others to dream, and be given ideas on changing their mindset for bigger success.
1:55 PM – 2:20 PM
TRANSFORM YOUR COMPANY CULTURE WITH GRATITUDE & EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION
Andrew Horn, Founder, Tribute
This session will start by introducing compelling research on gratitude and its ability to transform physical and mental health in and out of the workplace. Andrew will also share some of the simple gratitude meditations, and communication techniques that top leaders are adopting to be happier and more effective. Next, Andrew will showcase the important role that employee recognition plays in accelerating employee engagement and lay out tangible strategies that you and your employees can use to share their appreciation more consistently, host better meetings and celebrate work anniversaries in style.
2:20 PM – 3:00 PM
THE SOUND TRACK OF OUR LIVES
Felicia Perseguer, Founder, Ser in Motion (To Be in Motion)
Life is like a sound track. We have all been collecting—choosing songs throughout our lives. Some of them were there while living a magical moment, or maybe a painful one, and yet that song stayed with us as a powerful anchor. We have been recording day-to-day moments filled with life experiences as melodies that we tend to repeat once and once again. Some of them fall into automatic pilot—generating a loop of life habits that don’t create the best version of who we are. How can we break the loop and choose a better life song? How can we create more options, better thoughts and emotions to "move" us better through our daily existence as professionals, as mothers, as fathers or friends—in any given role we play in life?
3:00 PM – 3:20 PM
CHANGE THE GAME
Andrew Hewitt, Founder & CEO, GameChangers
“Work” has become a four-letter word. It is the #1 cause of stress. A mere 13% of workers feel engaged at work. For over a decade Andrew has been searching for and sharing best practices of companies that are changing the game of business. Purpose-driven pioneers like Patagonia, creators of tribe-like culture such as Zappos, and cause champions like TOMS are among the organizations Andrew has worked with and showcased through his journey. He will share what he’s learned to inspire you to get thinking about what you can do to help change the game. This talk is an invitation to join the GameChangers leading the way within your organization and community
3:20 PM – 3:30 PM
CREATING THE CHANGE WE DREAM OF
Rob Evans & Carolyn Buck Luce, Imaginal Labs
An introduction on how to get the most of our afternoon workshops.
3:30 – 5:00 PM
7:15 PM – 12:00 AM
BLINK ART & LIGHT FESTIVAL
OCTOBER 13, 2017 // Day 2
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
GRAB & GO BREAKFAST
9:00 AM – 9:15 AM
John Perkins, Founder, Dream Change
9:15 AM – 9:40 AM
LOVE WITH A VENGEANCE: UNDERSTANDING THE TRUE HUMAN NATURE OF HUMAN DESIRES TO ADVANCE A HEART-CENTERED AGENDA IN BUSINESS
Nathan Hendricks, Chief Creative Officer, LPK
We all want a world where heart-centered business practices are the norm, right? Well, not really. Unfortunately, we live in a business culture that continues to worship the four horsemen of desire: winning, power, status and wealth. In this provocative and informative 20 minutes, you’ll be introduced to a model of human motivation that has the potential to turn even the most craven capitalist into a force for the common good.
9:40 – 10:05 AM
CHOOSING LOVE & BEING RESILIENT DURING TIMES OF ADVERSITY
Miki Agrawal, Co-Founder, THINX, Icon, Tushy & Wild
Miki Agrawal, Co-Founder of THINX, Icon, Tushy & Wild will speak about building businesses in taboo categories and what she learned from her experiences dealing with society and media's pressures to "stick to conformity". "When they go low, we go high" was her mantra throughout her entrepreneurial journey and she will share some of her best practices to get through times of adversity.
10:05 AM – 10:20 AM
LA TERZA COFFEE + TEA BREAK
10:20 AM – 10:50 AM
THE SCIENCE OF SELF-TRANSCENDENCE: YOU & YOUR ORGANIZATION
Victor Stretcher, Professor, University of Michigan School of Public Health + Director for Innovation & Social Entrepreneurship; Author, Life on Purpose: How Living for What Matters Most Changes Everything
Can Aristotle help us repair our DNA and our corporate bottom line? Science and philosophy align as Dr. Vic Strecher describes the benefits of ego-transcendence and ways it can change your life and your organization. Participants will gain an understanding of (1) the scientific and philosophical perspectives of self-transcendence, (2) evidence demonstrating the impact of self-transcendence, and (3) ways of enhancing self-transcendence. They also might cry with joy.
10:50 AM – 11:10 AM
WANTED: THE WHOLE HUMAN AT WORK
Rachel Druckenmiller, Director of Wellbeing, SIG
Beneath all of our behaviors are these core human needs: to grow, connect and contribute; to be seen and heard; to feel like we matter. What if each one of us put more energy into bringing out the best in people by being kind, curious and courageous, creating a safe space for people to be who they truly are?
11:10 AM – 11:40 AM
DISCOVERING LOVE IN DAILY BUSINESS PRACTICES
Alper Utku, Founding Partner, Management Center Turkey; Co-Founder, European Leadership University
Let's talk about love as a business practice—beyond a romantic or spiritual concept. Alper will exhibit various practices of love already present in business, making them more accessible and practical for any business leader. Positioning love as a quality that balances and makes businesses better, Alper will share real life stories from his leadership practice that demonstrate (1) a practical framing for love applicable to any business, (2) examples of practices of love that would be helpful to businesses and leaders, and (3) ways to implement such practices in our organizations.
11:40 AM – 12:00 PM
CREATIVE CONVERSATIONS WORKING IN SMALL GROUPS
Rob Evans & Carolyn Buck Luce
Learn how to synthesize and deepen learning and insights.
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
1:30 PM – 1:50 PM
LOVE: OUR COMMON DENOMINATOR
Nick Jackson, Founder, Speakers of Love
What if she chose to set our differences aside and work towards emphasizing our similarities? This is possible when we place love as our common denominator. With a focus on the principles of loving thy neighbor and serving one’s community, Nick will share how we can help each individual reach their higher purpose and unleash their true potential.
1:50 PM – 2:10 PM
WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP: HEAD, HEART & HANDS
Miriam Senft, President & CEO, Motivity Partnerships; Co-Founder, Global Women 4 Wellbeing
Despite the best efforts of organizations, the number of female leaders at the top has stalled over the past 10 years in almost all industries. And yet, research shows that when you have women at the top, the bottom line is stronger. The focus on sustainable work environments and better management of supply chain sustainability issues is stronger. We need more women in leadership, so we need to address the issues that are keeping women from the board room and the C-Suite.
2:10 PM – 2:40 PM
FIRESIDE CHAT WITH MANDAR APTE // hosted by Ruben Cantu
Until March 2016, Mandar managed Shell's flagship GameChanger program on social innovation, focusing on impact investing in solutions to social and environmental challenges that would create shared value for both business and society. Through the portfolio of investments, Mandar strived to showcase that global brands can and must play a greater role (beyond just CSR/philanthropy) to enable and scale social impact. He was recognized with the prestigious "Ashoka League of Intrapreneurs" award for his efforts to design and facilitate the EMPOWER program to nourish the innovation culture at Shell using mindfulness techniques. Mandar will share 1) how businesses and leaders can start incorporating mindfulness concepts into their everyday operations, 2) his journey from an executive at Shell to co-founder of the non-profit social enterprise, Media Rise, and 3) the inspiration for producing the documentary film, "From India With Love": a story about the transformational pilgrimage to India taken by a group of Americans, who have all suffered from violence, in search of solace, healing and wisdom.
2:40 PM – 2:55 PM
LA TERZA COFFEE + TEA BREAK
2:55 PM – 3:40 PM
#LEADWITHLOVECHALLENGE // The Austin Trio: Ruben Cantu, Elijah May & Alex Cequea
Elijah, Ruben and Alex, friends and entrepreneurs in Austin, TX, report on the results of the #LeadWithLoveChallenge: where they challenged the CEOs of consumer-facing brands to write love letters to their employees, and asked their employees to write love letters to their customers in turn. Elijah, Ruben and Alex will: 1) present the results and impact of the challenge, 2) share two of the most inspiring stories, 3) provide an interactive experience for the audience, 4) give instructions for how attendees can take the challenge to their own workplace.
3:40 PM – 4:40 PM
MINING THE COLLECTIVE WISDOM OF THE AUDIENCE
Facilitated by Rob Evans & Carolyn Buck Luce
4:40 PM – 5:00 PM
7:15 PM – 12:00 AM
NETWORKING + BLINK ART & LIGHT FESTIVAL