The Junto Retreat - A retreat for thoughtful leaders
Many of us run businesses not only to support ourselves and the people we work with, but also as a way to make a positive impact in the world. In fact, some of us think it is the best way to help create the world we want to live in. We desire a consistency between who we are, what we believe, and the work we do. We are humans, and we want our businesses to be human . . . and profitable. The Junto retreat will be an opportunity to explore and connect our business practices with what we aspire to be and what impact we hope to make.
What to Expect
People won't be talking at you all day. This is intentionally and specifically a retreat. There will be some carefully curated talks, but the majority of the time will be for you to think, reflect, write, and share. There will also be some hands-on exercises and activities to help you reflect on what you stand for and what impact you hope to make.
The Junto was originally formed by Ben Franklin and his friends in 1727 "to exchange knowledge of business affairs" with the goal of mutual improvement. This diverse group of business leaders met on a regular basis to share knowledge that would improve themselves, their businesses, and their community.
We have chosen to revive the spirit of the Junto in the form of this retreat, because we believe that running a business in a "not just for profit" way is rewarding both financially and emotionally. By coming together, as Franklin and his friends did, we hope to share valuable knowledge and reflections that can improve ourselves, our businesses, and our communities. In the grandest sense, we hope such an exchange will indeed help us create a more thoughtful world.
“The good men may do separately is small compared with what they may do collectively.” - Ben Franklin
The Junto Retreat will be a time to meet other business owners and to develop meaningful relationship. Running a business can be a solitary experience if you don't have someone within your own business that understands the pressures. Intentional time will be scheduled for open dialogue with colleagues. Expect to share, learn, and maybe even be a little vulnerable along the way.
This is strictly limited to 50 tickets, so grab your spot now if you know this will help you run your business in a more profitable and meaningful way.
What Did People Say About Last Year's Retreat?
@thejunto is the best event I've been to this year. Mad props to @geoffd and the @punkave team. Very much looking forward to tomorrow.
– Dan Mall @danielmall
The Junto attracted whip-smart techies, artists, and social entrepreneurs. They traded tips on how to define and hold tight to mission, while running your ship with the rigor and elan that foster sustainability. The meeting house had a buzz that helped you feel Philly rising. These people clearly love their city, want to make it a place that is both great and kind.
–Chris Satullo, WHYY
Ben Franklin would be really proud of what we've done for the last few days @thejunto. Wish we could have a beer with him tonight.
– Alex Hillman @alexhillman
It's going to take me a while to comprehend what just happened the last two days at @thejunto. Nothing like I expected in an amazing way.
– Kyle Fiedler, @kylefiedler
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