A retreat for professionals who seek the best of themselves in these worst of times, and beyond. No religion required; all are welcome. Best experienced with family. We cannot guarantee lasting impact, but it is a likely outcome.
Let’s be honest. Before the pandemic, we were seekers of success. Will we be any different when this is all over? How can one’s pursuit of worldly success be at the same time a deeply spiritual and lifelong transcendence? How can we reframe success so that (like love) it really, truly, deeply, madly fills?
A serial entrepreneur who has founded and invested in 30+ ventures teams up with a Jesuit priest and former university president whose Ph.D. Research is on the impact of Jesuit education on non-Christian leaders.
Andre and Fr. Gus take turns sharing short reflections before opening the floor to fellow retreatants who are free to share their own reflections or just listen to peers.
We will draw on 500-year-old traditions of Ignatian Spirituality (Find God In All Things, agnostic of one’s religion or even of one’s atheism) and mix with generous doses of modern-day discernments about humanity’s unquenchable thirst for purpose, meaning, and yes, success!
The focal point of our Retreat will be, on one hand, this passage: To whom much is given much will be asked in return.
And on the other hand, the Ignite Manifesto, which believes these to be true:
First, that I am gifted with my own Genius –
unique, unrepeated and unrepeatable
for all time.
Second, that my singular Genius bears
the thumbprint of Who I Am and Why I am Here.
Genius points to Purpose, Purpose to Genius.
Third, that I can only give out
of what I have been given.
And what I have been given,
I must give and live for others.
Genius finds its fullness in Service –
a Purpose bigger than self.
Fourth, that if I am honest and brave,
my Genius and Purpose will find
their manifest call in a shared Mission –
with others, for others.
A Mission rooted in finding
that particular slice of humanity
whose particular pains
I am particularly gifted
(and compelled!) to heal.
Fifth, that shared Mission
leads naturally to Collaboration.
Shared Mission demands
Shared Genius: mine, yours, ours.
If we are a collection of our own Genius –
each unique, unrepeated, unrepeatable –
where then can we go, but to Innovation.
We Ignite, therefore, not just for self,
but for each other.
Because what we are born to do,
we are born to do with others
and for others.
We need each other’s Genius.
And far beyond Genius,
we need each other to be on this journey,
to fulfill this necessary progression:
from a sense of our own individual
Genius, Purpose, and Service (GPS)
toward shared Mission and Collaboration,
and ultimately, to Innovation and Impact.
This is the path of transcendence.
This is how we lift each other
to heights we never in our wildest dreams,
or loftiest ambitions, dared.
Uniquely at the nexus of corporate, innovation, venture capital, and igniting all we touch to their greatest promise.
You’ve never met anyone like us.