Leading the Entrepreneurial Life

Leading the Entrepreneurial Life:
A leadership and personal development workshop for social entrepreneurs

Featuring leadership coach Christopher Gergen, highly acclaimed author of Life Entrepreneurs: Ordinary People Creating Extraordinary Lives and Founder of New Mountain Ventures

Date: May 7th, 2009
Time: 10:00am-5:00pm
Location: A Studio in the Woods, 13401 River Road, New Orleans, LA 70131
Price: $25.99 (includes breakfast, lunch, and a copy of Life Entrepreneurs); SENO members receive a discount; workshop cost subsidized by Echoing Green
Workshop Objective
To provide New Orleans social entrepreneurs with a dynamic and engaging workshop that fosters personal development and entrepreneurial leadership development.

Workshop participants will benefit from the following:
• Exposure to the entrepreneurial mindset and how to apply it in the social context
• Opportunities for professional performance acceleration and transformation
• Mapping out a personal path for sustained community impact
• Strengthened sense of fellowship and accountability within the New Orleans social enterprise community

This dynamic workshop is a systematic approach to leadership development, drawing on research and interviews with leading entrepreneurs and thought leaders including Mike Feinberg and David Levin (KIPP Schools), Kim Smith (New Schools Venture Fund), Gary Erickson (Clif Bar), Seth Goldman (Honest Tea), Billy Shore (Share Our Strength), Steve Ells, (Chipotle), Howard Schultz (Starbucks), and Randy Komisar (Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers).

What people have said about Life Entrepreneurs:

“Pick up this book and read it.  It might change your life.”
--Stephen Covey, author, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“An intriguing, challenging guide for the next generation of leaders”
--Wendy Kopp, president and founder, Teach For America

“Buy this book, read it, and then do it!”
--Alan M. Webber, co-founding editor, Fast Company magazine

“Belongs on the nightstand of every thoughtful businessperson in America.”
--Daniel H. Pink, best-selling author, A Whole New Mind


Workshop Welcome & Overview [10:00 – 11:00 a.m.]
• Overview of agenda, timeline, and goals for the workshop
• Orientation:
o Understanding the entrepreneurial mindset
o Life entrepreneurship
o Entrepreneurial leadership in the social entrepreneurship context

Personal Leadership Foundations [11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.] [WORKING LUNCH]
• Patterns of Living Matrix
• Personal history: defining personal and professional experiences
• Discovering core identity:
o Strengths
o Passions
o Values
o Purpose

Awakening to Opportunity [1:00 – 1:45 p.m.]
• Awakening to new opportunities
• Identifying personal and professional opportunities for community impact
• Opportunity Selection Matrix Overview

Break [1:45 – 2:00 p.m.]

Envisioning the Future [2:00 – 3:00 p.m.]
• Crafting a vision statement
• Recognizing obstacles
• “Conviction” exercise

Break [3:00 – 3:15 p.m.]

Executing on the Vision and Holding Yourself Accountable [3:15 – 4:30 p.m.]
• Characteristics of effective goals
• Review of model goals
• Development of top five goals
• Resource strategies for achieving goals
• Model of action plan
• Recruiting support and accountability: The Role of Peer Leadership Groups

“Check-Out” [4:30 – 5:00 p.m.]
• “Check-out”: reflections on and key take-aways from the workshop
• Concluding thoughts & Next Steps

Advance Preparation: 

1. Log on to www.lifeentrepreneurs.com and take the Life Entrepreneurs Personal Assessment©. 


• Read Life Entrepreneurs: Ordinary People Creating Extraordinary Lives (by Christopher Gergen & Gregg Vanourek). Each participant will receive their own copy of the book.
• Each participant will have the opportunity to create their own Entrepreneurial Leadership Plan, if they so choose
• Workshop Evaluation Form 

About New Mountain Ventures:

New Mountain Ventures is a personal leadership development firm that works with emerging leaders to create extraordinary lives, higher performance levels, and lasting community impact by embracing the entrepreneurial mindset.  Our clients include universities, entrepreneurial non-profits, performance-driven companies, school systems, communities, and cutting-edge leadership development programs.  Participants in NMV’s programs are trained in the art of entrepreneurial leadership and life entrepreneurship.  Each of our engagements is focused on creating an electric attitude of what is possible.

For more information, please visit:

About Christopher Gergen:

Christopher Gergen is a founding partner of New Mountain Ventures (www.newountainventures.com), a national leadership development company, and co-author of Life Entrepreneurs: Ordinary People Creating Extraordinary Lives (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2008). Additionally, Christopher is a visiting lecturer and Director of the Entrepreneurial Leadership Initiative at Duke University within the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy’s Hart Leadership Program.

Christopher is the co-founder and chairman of SMARTHINKING, the leading online tutoring provider in the United States—serving over 200,000 students from more than 1,000 universities, colleges, and high schools. Other entrepreneurial ventures include starting a coffeehouse/bar dedicated to promoting the arts and music in Santiago, Chile and helping to launch the “Entrepreneur Corps”—a national service initiative sponsored by AmeriCorps*VISTA that placed 400 full-time business volunteers for a year of service in over 90 non-profit organizations across the country. Previously, Christopher started LEAD!, a non-profit leadership, entrepreneurship, and service program for Gonzaga College high school students in Washington, D.C. and is a founding board member of the E.L. Haynes Public Charter School also in D.C.

Christopher and Gregg Vanourek, NMV founding partner and co-author of Life Entrepreneurs, currently write blogs and columns for Harvard Business Online, Inc.com, and the Washington Times.  For more information on their book, please visit www.lifeentrepreneurs.com.

Name Sales End Price Fee
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