The Path of the Wisdompreneur

Shifting the Paradigm. For Real.

Friday, February 19th. 9am – 5pm. Part of Wisdom 2.0’s “Wisdom Week”  An offering of focused Pathways that will support Wisdompreneurs to cultivate and sustain wisdom practices, creativity, diversity/inclusion, business practices, purpose, social impact, inner wisdom and collaboration. Our curated team of Catalysts and Contributors will engage you through a combination of experiential and interactive exercises, guided practices, and personal insights that will offer participants the opportunity to explore the intersection of wisdom and entrepreneurship in nine unique scenarios.   Each participant will self-select one of nine Pathways they would like to explore. While participants focus on what calls their individual attention, we will also be working with a ‘together is better’ model that facilitates group cohesion, collective learning and community building.



Pathway I

Awakening Creative Potential – Unearthing New Horizons

Many of today’s business leaders and brands are leveraging creativity to gain ingenuity and innovation. How do we: cultivate and sustain creative potential; transcend troubling business obstacles; create collaboration with the other members of our team, organization, and brand? In the exciting world of exponential technologies people are doing amazing things. But powerful creation is not only about doing. It’s about being. It’s who you are and what story you are telling in the doing of your life and work. Powerful creating is about cultivating certain attributes that facilitate a connection to the world, to your team and to your own personal source. I’ve identified five key attributes, or Creative Keys, used by exceptional creators to maintain a deep connection to their creative mastery:

  • Creators Believe: They know how to hold a thought. To tell a compelling story that others can feel.
  • Creators Iterate: They trust the unfolding process of an upward spiral of creation.
  • Creators Collaborate: Because the fastest accelerant to excellence is generous collaboration.
  • Creators Risk: A powerful creator knows that risk is a welcome opportunity for exponential growth.
  • Creators Complete: Completions are the rungs that support a creators rise.

Catalysts & Contributors: Dave Zaboski and Team

Dave Zaboski picked up a crayon as a child and never put it down, dedicating his life to the creative arts. As a Senior Animator with Disney, Sony and Warner Bros… LEARN MORE

Pathway II

Wisdom at Work – Love in Business

Are you yearning for more connection, wisdom and whole-heartedness in your workplace? Do you believe that your business – whether global corporate, edgy entrepreneurial start-up or solopreneur enterprise – would thrive more if the people within it can be fully themselves, expressing their love for life, for other people and for the planet without shame? It can be deeply challenging and feel very risky to be fully open-hearted, fully ourselves, whether in corporate cubicles, new client meetings or boardroom sessions; yet business wasn’t always so cold, abstract and detached and there is no reason it has to remain so. Come experience how we can all unashamedly bring more heart into our business; and how to safely free ourselves from business “front” which disconnects us from others and limits our creativity. We shall explore, how we can work together as a network to recalibrate business so it is no longer an activity that cares only for revenues and ROI… and is as interested in people showing up as the lovable and loving leaders we really are. As Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr. both knew, love is the only thing that can change anything for good. So let’s change the very heart of business with naked passion for disruptive creativity and positive change; and deep compassion for our fellow workers, citizens, consumers and ecologies.

Catalysts & Contributors: Nick Seneca Jankel and Jean-Pierre Brind’Amour

Nick Seneca Jankel is a business, social & leadership breakthrough expert and the creator of Breakthrough Biodynamics, a theory and toolset for creating and sustaining positive change in any human system. It unifies cutting-edge science with… LEARN MORE

As a creative market strategist, Mr. Brind’Amour has worked with a broad range of industries including airline, SaaS software, real estate development, digital ad agencies, architecture and private health care. He has impacted projects with recognized brands including… LEARN MORE

Pathway III

Where the Rubber Meets the Road – Business Acumen in the Wisdom Economy

While Wisdompreneurs generally have a plethora of heart, creativity and intention, they sometimes lack the bare bones and brass tacks necessary to successfully run and scale a business venture. What basic tools and best practices are essential to the success of our businesses?  How do we cultivate awareness regarding our blind spots in business, success and money? How do we change the wisdom economy mindset to embrace a model of thriving and surviving?  What resources are currently available to help new and existing entrepreneurs? How do we stay playful and inspired in the midst of the reality of starting, growing, running a business? How do we scale and stay aligned to the soul of our business? Catalysts & Contributors: Michael Pottern and Team

Michael Pottern has been an entrepreneur his whole life. At the age of 12, he created a popular Bulletin Board Service in Colorado to help people with similar technology interests to meet and… LEARN MORE

Mark Nicolson is a white man of considerable class privilege who was born and raised in England. He is a seeker who never gives up on himself or others in their quest for wholeness and aliveness. No stranger to pain and the effects of repression… LEARN MORE

Pathway IV

Wisdom, Empathy and Inclusion – Laying the Foundation for Transformational Change

In a safe, comfortable environment, we will explore diversity and inclusion by working to Build an Inclusive Mindset and then working to Develop an Inclusive Culture. We’ll explore what diversity and inclusion are, why they matter, and how they affect us, our businesses, and our communities. We’ll also learn to recognize and understand our own biases – we all have them! – and learn some ways to process our biases before we act. Each of us will create a strategy for bringing others with us down this inclusive path – whether it’s your team, your company, your family or your community. Intrapraneurs and entrepreneurs alike will come away with a better understanding of your own path toward inclusion, and how you can bring inclusive change to those around you.

Catalysts & Contributors: Melinda Briana Epler, Wayne Sutton, Sumayyah Emeh-Edu

Wayne Sutton is a serial entrepreneur and general partner at BUILDUP. Wayne has over 14 years experience in technology, design and business development. Wayne was recently recognized as… LEARN MORE

Melinda Briana Epler catalyzes positive social and environmental change through business model innovation, culture and behavior change, brand experience design and…  LEARN MORE

Sumayyah Emeh-Edu has almost 15 years’ experience within the K12, Higher Education and Corporate sectors directing diversity and professional development objectives. Serving in a variety of… LEARN MORE

Pathway V

True Profit – The Path Towards Social Impact

A venture grounded in wisdom strives to increase the positive social impact of it’s activity. Social impact is a healthy bi-product of a successful and profitable venture (when funds can then be donated and directed towards beneficiary endeavors). A venture designed from a place of presence can positively impact local and/or global societies through it’s day to day business model. Each of us has a perception of social impact that influences the path we take towards affecting social impact. What factors are important when designing projects and initiatives that are also in alignment with our brand, our vision and sense of purpose? How do we insure that our efforts are exacerbating a situation or negatively impacting the very communities we are hoping to help? How can a focus on social impact be a direct contribution to our bottom line? As the economy evolves, these types of ventures – which marry a profitable model with the solution to our social challenges of the day – have a new seat of electric support, rapid growth, and catalyzing impact. Catalyst & Contributor: Andrew Hewitt and Greg Berry

Andrew Hewitt is the Founder of GameChangers 500, an organization that shines the spotlight on the world’s top For-Benefit businesses. Considered an alternative to lists like the Fortune 500, GameChangers 500 looks beyond revenue as the… LEARN MORE

Greg Berry is a visionary, global connector and producer of transformational experiences. For three decades, he has been a serial, positive-impact-focused entrepreneur. During the past five years… LEARN MORE

Pathway VII

Claiming Your Path – Living Your Purpose

Are you ready to claim a fuller expression of your purpose and impact in the world? Do you feel a yearning to distill and amplify your purpose so that it better reflects all of what you are here to give? You’re not alone! Join our community of conscious entrepreneurs, fellow travelers, and influencers to explore our individual edges and collective emergence on the beautiful yet messy journey to find and fulfill our purpose. In our time together, we will learn new tools to tap into inner wisdom and intuition; experience our synchronicity and interconnectedness as a tribe of Wisdompreneurs to nurture collaboration and mutual support; and build physical and virtual communities to deepen and grow our collective impact.

Catalysts & Contributors: Steve Dewart, Laura Gates, Nancy Larocca Hedley, Belinda Liu

Steve Dewart is an organizational consultant, strategist, and leadership coach, with over fifteen years of experience providing mentorship and guidance to key leaders of Fortune 500 companies and startups, including Google… LEARN MORE

Laura Gates has over 20 years experience coaching and training leaders at such organizations as NASA, the Navy, Shell Oil, M+T Bank and Lexis Nexus as well as start-up venture backed… LEARN MORE

Nancy Larocca Hedley is a Professional Certified Coach and the founder of Crescent Coaching.  As an executive coach and workshop facilitator, she is passionate about enhancing leadership, teamwork, and… LEARN MORE

Belinda Liu is a teacher, connector, creator and explorer. For over a decade, she worked tirelessly in the urban public education system to create thriving environments for students to learn and teachers to….LEARN MORE

Pathway VIII

Embracing Wellness – A Passageway to Wholeness

If we allow ourselves to deplete to being empty cups, we have nothing left to pour out to others. Wisdompreneurs, like entrepreneurs and those who love to give of themselves for the success of others, can easily into the age-old pitfall of burn-out, fatigue, and falling sick while working beyond their capacity. As Wisdompreneurs living a life of wellbeing is essential to being in alignment with that which we hope to bring into the world for others. How does attention toward wellness and wellbeing serve as a vital foundation for effective business that evolves our understanding of the bottom line to include a life well lived?   We endeavor to model what is possible in this new paradigm, it is essential that this model includes their own health, vitality, and wellbeing. Catalysts & Contributors: Marilyn Jaeger and Lisa Rueff

Marilyn Jaeger is widely known as the Bay Area’s master esthetician, bringing bold, beautiful brows back to the bay. Throughout her 18+ year career, Marilyn has founded… LEARN MORE

Lisa Rueff is a enthusiastic entrepreneur who loves creating ways to empower, celebrate and connect people to their purpose and passions. Lisa is currently developing a board game focusing on igniting purpose and potential in the players, and will be launching… LEARN MORE

Pathway IX
Depth to Expression – Accessing, Utilizing and Implementing Inner Wisdom Who are you? What are our deepest desires and yearnings? What are the unique gifts that only you bring to the planet? What essential parts of you have been lost or buried along the journey? What do you work hardest at? What you avoid? Does your life today reflect what most important to you? In a dynamic daylong process utilizing inner work, paired sharing and group work we look deeply at the forces moving us through life. We will develop the skills of receptivity and inner listening needed to create alignment of Body, Mind and Spirit. This is a chance to reconnect with your inner world and reset how you show up in the world. Some extra info from our power point: Our greatest power, deepest intelligence, and truest inertia emanate from within – attuning to these places of inner awareness is not only our most important journey but also unleashes our most valuable resources. Highlight, support, and model attention towards the Wisdompreneurs inward process. If we cannot resolve our inward unrest, how can we ever find peace? We support work to discover, choose, and align with our true purpose, are we utilizing our potential to its fullest. If we have not stepped into the fullness of our truth and wisdom, is it likely our actions, ventures, leadership are ill founded on our own internal habits and patterns.

Justin Hilton lives in San Francisco, California with his husband of 12 years, collaborating with non-profit groups in India on LGBT and Women’s rights. He is a designer and writer dedicated to supporting… LEARN MORE


Join us for all SHIFT2016 events

Launch & Vision – Inclusion 2.0 – The Wisdom of Impermaneance – Leave A Trace

Shifting Your Paradigm: The Path of the Wisdompreneur

PLUS an intimate luncheon with Wisdompreneurs Co-Founders Paul Zelizer and Alison Raby


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