Transparent Leadership Camp -- For Leaders and Teams

July 21, 2017
Boulder, CO
Transparent Leadership Camp -- For Leaders and Teams

What is MergeLane?

MergeLane is an investment fund focused on companies with at least one female in leadership. We’ve made 37 total investments in stellar companies that meet this criterion. See MergeLane’s portfolio.

What is Transparent Leadership Camp -- For Leaders and Teams

Transparent Leadership Camp is a concentrated, intensive, transformative three-day program designed to accelerate participants’ growth as aware and empowered leaders and teams. This unique Camp will focus on introducing core concepts of transparent leadership within the context of the operating realities of fast-growing companies or dynamic divisions within companies. This program can kickstart an immediate increase in self-awareness, engagement, communication, candor, and innovation for you and your leadership or co-founder team. One of our recent attendees described camp this way: “Camp is a unique opportunity to dig deep into yourself in a supportive and safe environment. Gaining this understanding paired with conscious leadership concepts allows you to create new possibilities in your personal and professional life, through clearer communication, context, and vision.”

We’ve written about the impact of this work in MergeLane runs on Conscious Leadership.

Is Transparent Leadership Camp -- For Leaders and Teams for Women Only?

NO, no, and again no. This camp is for co-founding teams or executive teams that respect a diverse array of leadership types. We do run camps for female leaders, and you can find out more about upcoming programs at MergeLane Events.

When and Where is Transparent Leadership Camp?

Transparent Leadership Camp -- For Leaders and Teams is July 21st-23rd in beautiful Boulder, Colorado. All participants must attend for the full three days of the program. Participants will find the Boulder community a very hospitable location for innovative leaders and Leadership Camp. News outlets like NerdWallet and Forbes have written on this topic.

The schedule for camp events is as follows. If there is no indication that something is optional, then it is mandatory:

  • Thursday Night: 7pm OPTIONAL drink at location to be determined
  • Friday: Session from 9am - 5:30pm; 5:45pm: OPTIONAL drink at location to be determined
  • Saturday: 7:15am: OPTIONAL Yoga (bring mat and change of clothes to venue); 9am - 5:30pm Session; Start; 6:15 - 8pm Mandatory Dinner Activity
  • Sunday: 7:15am -- OPTIONAL Yoga (bring mat and change of clothes to venue); 9am - 1pm Session.

Why Does MergeLane Run Transparent Leadership Camp?

MergeLane is in its third year of running an accelerator. One of the things we hear is that founders and other leaders would like a “taste” of what MergeLane offers in order to enhance their personal leadership, their founder or e-team dynamics, or their conception of their own potential. We wanted to be able to reach more leaders than might be a fit for our accelerator.

Who Would Benefit from Transparent Leadership Camp -- For Leaders and Teams?

Leadership Camp is designed for founders, business leaders, business unit teams, executive teams, and founding teams interested in raising their self-awareness, communication, transparency, effectiveness, and upside potential in service of building more successful companies.

Transparent Leadership Camp is perfect for:

  • Individuals who operate as part of an executive, business unit, or founding team
  • Two or more co-founders working on a project, idea, or company
  • Company, government or nonprofit leadership teams intrigued by the idea of being more innovative and entrepreneurial in their roles and as a team

Is Transparent Leadership Camp for Techies Only?

Nope. MergeLane itself is not just for tech. We want to invite people from a host of sectors. Although the program is focused on startup founders and founding teams, we believe it will be of tremendous value to anyone interested in functioning at work and in life in a more self-aware, creative context.

Why is Transparent Leadership Camp Called “Camp”?

Well, we like camp. We like immersive programming that feels like camp. This three days will be extremely intense, but we expect to quickly develop the level of camaraderie and connection that drives real outcomes from short, accelerated programs like this one.

We have had feedback from attendees that they would like advance warning that this is an intensive program. They say having the freedom to dive in and process during and between sessions without extra burdens of home can be salutary to a great experience.

Who is Behind MergeLane?

The team behind Leadership Camp is the same team that runs the MergeLane accelerator and fund. You can read more about Sue Heilbronner, Elizabeth Kraus, Hannah Davis, and Leah Pearlman here. Leadership Camp is co-facilitated by Sue, Leah, and Hannah, who have shared this work with hundreds of founding teams and executive teams inside and outside of MergeLane.

Based on our shared experiences as operators, founders, investors and mentors -- we feel confident that we can deliver a transformative experience.

What do Leaders Say about the MergeLane Team?

“The Mergelane team pushed us to think bigger and bolder. They had incredibly high expectations for what we were capable of and they pushed us to rise to that expectation. Our company would not be where it is today without Mergelane's steadfast belief in our potential.” -Aviva Rosman, Co-Founder BallotReady

“Sue is PHENOMENAL! She dives in to your strengths to truly understand your style and give the development coaching best suited for you. That alone makes the time spent with her gold. Keeping my personal style in mind, she completely revamped Hidrate's investment pitch, bringing out the very best qualities both in the pitch and in me. Sue is the best coach a startup founder could ever ask for!” - Nadya Nguyen, CEO Hidrate

“Meeting with Sue is like mainlining adrenaline. She has infectious energy. I always leave with that "I'm about to conquer the world" feeling. That's one hell of a feeling. There are very few people I've met who can bring that energy out in people consistently. Sue is the best.” -Chris White, CEO Shinesty

“Having Sue, Elizabeth, and Hannah supporting and challenging us to be better is another one of many reasons why any company that has the opportunity to be a part of MergeLane should jump at the chance.” -Anke Corbin, CEO

"MergeLane started with tough conversations that didn't happen until we came to the program. Transparent leadership has been a highly effective tool for us to work through these.” -Priya Dandawate and Melissa Albert, Co-Founder, Tousled

What is the Charge for Participating?

Leadership Camp costs $999 per person. There is a 10% discount for groups of three or more. Participants will be responsible for their own room and board.

What is the refund policy?

You will receive a full refund less $25 of administrative expense if you cancel by June 1st. You will receive a 50% refund if you cancel between June 1st and June 30th. As of July 1st your registration will be non-refundable. We will consider requests to substitute yourself for an attendee that you choose on a case-by-case basis, with due regard to the waitlist.

Have More Questions?

We love questions. Please email with any questions about Leadership Camp.

July 21, 2017
Boulder, CO

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