2019 Champions Retreat Schedule

2019 Champions Retreat Schedule

September 16 -18, 2019. Check back as sessions and speakers are announced.

 

Monday, September 16
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Opening Day Activities (Optional) 

Champions Retreat kicks off with three unique immersions for those who are planning to arrive early. Learn about LA’s rich environmental and cultural fabric while rolling up your sleeves to have an impact! Attendees may purchase a ticket to one of the following:

Venice Beach Cleanup with Surfrider: LA B Corps MaCher, Bureo and Inspire Energy have teamed up with B Local Los Angeles to lead a cleanup of Venice Beach. Surfrider, a volunteer-activist network dedicated to protecting and enjoying the world’s oceans and beaches, will lead this educational opportunity under the sun, with lunch to follow at nearby Waterfront Cafe.  Register here. Space is limited to 40 attendees.

Giving back at the LA LGBT Center with Leesa Sleep: Homelessness is a significant issue in Los Angeles, and LGBT people are particularly vulnerable. Spend the day learning about the critical support the LA LGBT Center provides to homeless LGBT youth and work with the team on their highest-need projects. And we’ll leave a lasting B Corp impression by helping distribute in-kind donations from more than 20 B Corps, including upgrading all the Center’s beds with brand new Leesa mattresses. Register here. Space is limited to 35 attendees.

Facilitated mentorship session with Defy Ventures Entrepreneurs in Training (EIT) 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.: Join B Lab and Defy Ventures for an intimate and engaging coaching session with participants in their Entrepreneur in Training (EIT) program, which provides incarcerated individuals with employment-readiness training, post-release job placement and business mentorship. You will share your business acumen with participants as you learn about opportunities for business leaders to serve returning citizens, as well as how businesses can address mass incarceration through Open Hiring practices. Register here. Space for this unique opportunity is limited to 25 attendees.

9:00 a.m.: Registration

Loews Hollywood Hotel

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.: Opening Reception

The Lombardi House, Hollywood.

The Opening Reception brings together all 600-plus Champions Retreat attendees for a warm welcome to Los Angeles. Guests will enjoy light refreshments, live music and interactive activities in preparation for the days ahead.

8p.m. - 10p.m.:  Film Screening of The Biggest Little Farm (Optional)  

Loews Hollywood Hotel 

Join us for a film screening of The Biggest Little Farm, an award-winning American documentary about Apricot Lane Farms, a Regenerative Organic and biodynamic farm 40 miles north of Los Angeles. Since its debut at the 2018 Telluride Film Festival, this film has charmed audiences with its chronicle of one couple's trial-and-error attempts to build a farm in harmony with nature. It is an inspiring ode to uncompromising idealism and a graceful reminder of the magnificence and resilience of the natural world. This event is free but capped at 120 guests. Please register. This event is made possible by Dr. Bronner’s and Patagonia with special thanks to Apricot Lane Farms, Regenerative Organic Alliance, and B Lab.
 

 

Tuesday, September 17
7:30 a.m.: Check-in and breakfast

Loews Hollywood Hotel

8:30 a.m.: Plenary: This Is Personal

Loews Hollywood Hotel.

To envision and plan collective action toward an inclusive and regenerative economy, we must first take stock of where we are today. James Anderson, Hacedor at the Yerba Mate Co., Denise Taschereau, CEO and Co-Founder of Fairware and Diana Marie Lee, Founding CEO & Alchemist of Sweet Livity will address the failures of our current system and the bold ways they’re using their businesses to contribute to a just and durable alternative. Emcee Lynn Johnson will guide us in building a foundation of shared purpose, inclusion and candor for our days together.

10:00 a.m.: Morning Plenary: Making Intentional Connections

Loews Hollywood Hotel.

The power and longevity of our movement will be determined by the strength of our relationships within our community and our ability to collaborate on systems-changing initiatives. This session is structured to help you make intentional connections both during and after the conference. Pro tip: Bring a stack of business cards to share and make sure you’ve downloaded the conference app to facilitate future conversations.

12:00 p.m.: Lunch & Mealtime Conversations

Loews Hollywood Hotel

Attendees will be invited to host emergent conversations based on affinity (e.g. ‘marketing professionals’ or ‘veterans in the workforce’) or topic area during meals.

1:30 p.m.: Afternoon Plenary: State of the B

Loews Hollywood Hotel

B Corp certification rests upon the pillars of impact, transparency and accountability. Before we dive into an exchange of impact practices at workshop sessions, we’ll discuss the opportunities—and complexities—in growing the movement and how to strengthen the fabric of our community network.

2:30 p.m.: Impact Practice Workshops

Loews Hollywood Hotel

Learn innovative and effective best practices, tools and business models in these interactive workshops led by B Economy leaders to accelerate the adoption of new ways of doing business that truly move the needle. Confirmed workshops include:

  • How Brands Can Get #PoliticalAF 
  • Regenerative By Design: Business Models and Products That Go Beyond “Carbon Neutral”
  • Let’s Get Comfortable with Discomfort: A Fishbowl for Non-marginalized Voices 
  • Innovation Inspired by Nature: Generous Design for an Abundant World 
  • Measuring and Reporting on Regenerative Impact 
  • Employee Financial Health as Smart Business  
  • Hiring from America’s Most Overlooked Talent Pool: Formerly Incarcerated Individuals in the Workforce
  • Setting Science-Based Targets to Mitigate Climate Change
  • Rethinking Opportunity: Solving Social and Business Challenges through an Impact Lens  
  • Lifting the Curtain: A B Corp Design Thinking Workshop 
  • Empowering Local Nonprofits: Best B Corp Practices By Us + For Us with the Dismantle Collective
4:30 p.m.: Evening Plenary:  Healing the Planet and Saving the World: An Inclusive & Regenerative Economy

Loews Hollywood Hotel

Creating the inclusive and regenerative economy that we envision will require active and collective participation from business leaders, policymakers, advocates and customers alike. Our keynote speaker, Rose Marcario, CEO of Patagonia, will discuss the urgency and importance of taking action together to evolve our economy and save our home planet.

5:30 p.m.: Rest and Reflect

 

A break in programming for attendees to rest, continue connections they’ve made during the day, and explore LA.

7:00 p.m.: B Together: a unique and inspiring evening brought to you by Wanderlust, Participant Media, SoulPancake, and The Bama Companies 

Join us for this unique gathering of curated experiences designed to inspire and encourage meaningful connection, creative expression, and reflection. The evening will all take place in the beautiful and expansive Wanderlust Hollywood center, a short walk from the Loews Hollywood Hotel. 

  • Stories for Good sponsored by Participant Media & SoulPancake (in The Greatest Place, First Floor) will bring you an interactive experience of films, performances and dialogue exploring the inclusive and regenerative economy and demonstrating that a story well told can change the world. It will inform and inspire attendees on new and exciting ways to move the needle for lasting social impact and to further their impact and purpose narratives. Special thanks to Greg Hemmings, Megan Thelosen, and Richard Huggard of Hemmings House for producing the evening’s film experiences and to our DJ extraordinaire, Rebecca Hamilton of W.S. Badger.
    • 7:30PM **Welcome!** with Greg Hemmings & Wanderlust
    • FILM SHORTS: American Factory by Participant Media
    • STORYTELLER: Heriselda Begaj
    • FILM SHORT: My Last Days by Soul Pancake
    • STORYTELLER: Effie Peserro
    • 8:30PM **Intermission**
    • FILM SHORT: Refuge by Patagonia
    • STORYTELLER: Patagonia 
    • STORYTELLER: Michelle Delemar
    • FILM SHORTS: Ron Finley & Gardening the Gangsta Way
    • STORYTELLER: Ron Finley
    • STORYTELLER: Aaron Samuels
    • 9:30PM **Closing Remarks** with Greg Hemmings
  • Throughout the Wanderlust building there will be opportunities for connection and creative expression, courtesy of The Bama Companies, including:
    • First Floor Patio: Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Cart  
    • First Floor Patio: Typewriter Poetry
    • First Floor: Wanderlust Retail Store. Loving the vibe at Wanderlust and want to carry some home with you? Check out their beautiful merchandise.
    • Second Floor (The Lab) Films for Change. Drop in to view a wide range of “indie” films on a loop reel produced by, for, and about B Corporations. Special thanks to our filmmakers for their contributions: Hemmings House, Rise, Joel Thompson, Ecodeo, Zach Shapiro, New Belgium Brewing, Gaia Herbs, Dr. Bronner’s, Cage Free Productions, Bodhi Surf, Soul Pancake, Patagonia, Common Good Solutions, and more.
    • Third Floor (The Haven): Meditation and Sound Bath. These 20 minute rotating sessions will be led by Kerri Kelly, founder of CTZNWLL, renowned pro surfer Kassia Meador, and farmer Dave Scher. Kerri is recognized for her inspired work bridging transformational practice, social change, and politics. In the meditation session, she’ll lead the group through a lightly-guided meditation that will combine purpose with mindfulness. Kassia and Dave will lead a truly unique “sound bath” experience that uses a variety of instruments to invite deep rest, relaxation, and self-inquiry.
  • Food and drink will be available with special thanks to our beverage sponsors, Fetzer Vineyards and Patagonia Provisions, and from the Wanderlust Cafe, creator of delicious local, organic, and mindful California-inspired cuisine.
10:00 p.m.: After-Party

Tropicana Bar at the Roosevelt Hotel

Party with your fellow impact enthusiasts for a special celebratory close to an incredible day! Made possible by Clearinghouse CDFI.             

 

Wednesday, September 18
7:30 a.m.: Breakfast

Loews Hollywood Hotel

8:30 a.m.: Morning Plenary: Harnessing this Inflection Point

Loews Hollywood Hotel

We’ll kick the morning off with “Unleashing the Power of the B: Collective Action Driving Systems Change & Impact.” This powerful and inspiring session will feature lightning talks from leaders of several community-led efforts, including the Dismantle Collective, B Academics, #WeTheChange, B Local, and the B Corp Climate Collective. You’ll learn what they’re working on, why you should care, and how to plug in. Then we'll hear from Deval Patrick, Managing Director of Bain Capital Double Impact and former Governor of Massachusetts, alongside B Lab's Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Andrew Kassoy, in a fireside chat to discuss the powerful potential of the B Economy movement.

10:10 a.m.: Collective Action Workshops

Loews Hollywood Hotel

B Economy leaders will guide us in conversation and planning sessions that facilitate connections across roles, industries and sectors to further collective action initiatives in pursuit of an inclusive and regenerative economy. Confirmed workshops include:

  • #WeTheChange: Women Leading Business for Good Part 1 & 2    
  • Climate Emergency to Climate Action: Unleashing the Power of the B     
  • The Telling Series Part 1 & 2: Storytelling (Dismantle Collective)
  • Businesses Are Uniquely Positioned to Fight Human Trafficking 
  • Opportunity Zones: How Inclusive Community-Led Development Can Expand Impact 
  • Birds and the B: “The Talk” on Recertification 
  • Engaging College Students to Build the B Economy 
  • Putting the Heart in the Heartland: Growing the B Economy in the Midwest
  • How the B Economy I Uniquely Positioned to End Human Trafficking
  • Reshaping the Future of Work: Building Thriving Companies by Investing in Workers
  • Collaboration for Game-Changing Climate Action 
  • Disrupting What We Think We Know About Solving Climate Change 
  • Growing Our Businesses Within the B Corp Community
  • Market and Build Community With Your B Corp Status 
  • Preserving your Business Legacy Through Employee Ownership 
     
12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.: Impact Practice Workshops

Loews Hollywood Hotel

Learn innovative and effective best practices, tools and business models in these interactive workshops led by B Economy leaders to accelerate the adoption of new ways of doing business that truly move the needle. Confirmed workshops include:

  • Climate Emergency to Climate Action: Unleashing the Power of the B
  • Growing the Midwest B Economy
  • The Telling Series Part 2: Truth-Telling
  • Opportunity Zones: How Inclusive Community-Led Development Can Expand Impact 
  • Engaging College Students to Build the B Economy 
  • How Businesses Are Uniquely Positioned to Fight Human Trafficking 
  • Birds and the B: “The Talk” on Recertification
  • #WeTheChange: Women Leading Business for Good
1:15 p.m.: Lunch & Mealtime Conversations

Loews Hollywood Hotel

Attendees will be invited to host emergent conversations based on affinity (e.g. ‘marketing professionals’ or ‘veterans in the workforce’) or topic area during meals.

2:30 p.m.: Closing Plenary: Our Collective Future

Loews Hollywood Hotel

We will conclude our time together with a gathering of hearts and minds, looking forward and envisioning the future of our movement and our roles within it in an inspiring all-hands closing session.

3:30 p.m.: Champions Retreat Close

 

3:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.: (Optional) Regenerative Farm Tour 

Apricot Lane Farms

Wrap up an incredible Champions Retreat experience by getting out in the dirt with your peers, breaking bread together, and enjoying a first-hand experience of the regenerative economy at work. We will learn and witness firsthand how regenerative organic agriculture is solving climate change Made possible by Dr. Bronner's, Patagonia, Regenerative Organic Alliance, Apricot Lane Farms, and B Lab. This event has limited registration so register soon to secure your spot!

 

5:15pm - 8:30pm Serve a Meal at the Hollywood Food Coalition, organized by Danone North America (optional)

Hollywood Food Coalition

Thanks to Danone North America, whose mission is to bring health through food to as many people as possible, this year’s Champions Retreat is giving back to the local community by partnering with the nearby Hollywood Food Coalition. Every night since 1987, the Hollywood Food Coalition has served a hot meal for those in need – 1.5M meals and counting! This volunteer opportunity includes helping to set up the dining room, serving freshly prepared meals and cleaning and washing up. This opportunity only has 8 spots available so please sign up in advance using this link. Please meet in the lobby of the Loews Hollywood Hotel at 5:15pm to walk over.

 

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