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After a very successful retreat in May 2017, this second Wise Leader will take place from Friday January 26, 6pm to Sunday January 28, 2pm. In a confidential setting limited to 25 people, this Exclusive Residential retreat offered to Startup Founders and C-Suite.

This retreat was created in response to a call from leaders for creating a community around purposeful living and compassionate leadership. Along with workshops by our amazing speakers on topics including awareness training, unleashing creativity, social and emotional intelligence and wise leadership, you will experience yoga, meditation, nature walks, workshops, improv, and purposeful dialogues.

The Wise Leader Retreat was launched in May 2017 based on the recommendation by the Consulate General of India in San Francisco to foster wisdom and compassion based leadership in Silicon Valley. Selected faculty members co-facilitate each retreat with participation by leaders from of a variety of sectors and sizes. Alternating with the Retreat is an evening Heartful Dinner Conversation held in San Francisco. The first Wise Leader Heartful Dinner was held in September 2017.


John Renesch

John Renesch has been focused on social and organizational transformation for almost half a century. He has been the godfather of the conscious leadership movement, a global futurist, executive coach and prolific writer on these subjects. He has published 14 books, hundreds of articles and currently has two blogs and a free monthly newsletter. He hosted the monthly public gatherings of The Presidio Dialogues (2000-2008), co-hosted the annual International Spirit at Work Awards (2002-2010), and Meet the Visionaries monthly series of public interviews (2015 & 2016). He is founder of FutureShapers, LLC and Renesch Advisory Services.

Chinwe Onyeagoro

Chinwe serves as President & Chief Strategy Officer of Great Place to Work® which provides management consulting to over 5,000 organizations in 57 countries. Her executive advisory work with Great Place to Work® includes multi-billion dollar technology, telecom, financial services, and bio-pharma companies. It also produces many annual "Best Workplaces" lists including the popular FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list. She has worked for top management consultancies including McKinsey & Company, and serves on the boards of private equity firms and lending institutions that have invested over a $1 billion in small and medium enterprises. She holds an A.B. from Harvard University and is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute.

Eric Le Reste

Eric Le Reste is a Senior Producer for CBC/Radio-Canada, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. With more than 30 years of experience in news and documentary production, he directed some of the main Current Affairs Programs for Radio-Canada Public Television, including "Enquete", an impactful investigative program, and the evening National News Program. He now produces value-based documentaries for "Second Regard", a Current Affairs Program looking at the multiple facets of humanity, for CBC/Radio-Canada Television. Eric also acts as the National Coordinator for the Brahma Kumaris centres in Canada.

Jay Chodagam

Jay Chodagam was a techie by day and meditation trainer by nights and weekends. As a student of the Brahma Kumaris for almost two decades, his research of meditation techniques led him to become a proponent of awareness training for people of all ages and backgrounds to identify their purpose and enhance their sense of self-worth. Jay co-produces the annual SPIRIT Summit in India and Peace in the Park festival in San Francisco. He also regularly conducts workshops and seminars at the Anubhuti Retreat Center in Marin County California, and at companies, schools, hospitals and prisons in the Bay Area.


Anubhuti Meditation & Retreat Center

820 Bel Marin Keys Blvd
Novato, CA 94949 USA
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