Home of Jane Shivers (GA, '92)
and Bill Sharp (GA, '85)
San Francisco, California
Cocktails & heavy hors d'oeuvres
The individual curriculum for both sessions of the SIBF Leadership Academy has been thoughtfully developed to offer a broad spectrum of opportunities to investigate innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship. World-class business coaches and global business executives with proven expertise serve as session instructors for the plenary sessions. In addition, a select group of experienced international business professionals serve as facilitators; two or three facilitators manage participant Learning Groups and lead the conversations that deepen and extend learning and personal growth. The underlying credo for the Academy is that everyone is a teacher; each participant is expected to share personal knowledge and experiences as they assimilate each session’s lessons.
Session 1: Dallas, Texas - November 10-15, 2019
Session 2: Atlanta, Georgia - February 16-20, 2020
Both sessions are required and participants will remain in contact to work on individual business projects between sessions 1 and 2.
Local breakfasts provide another opportunity for everyone to connect on an informal basis. Because space is limited, it is critical that you let us know if you are planning to attend by clicking the registration link below.
Tennessee Holiday Party - Nashville, TN
Tuesday, December 3
Texas Holiday Party - Dallas, Texas
Sunday, December 8
Alabama Holiday Party - Mountain Brook, AL
Tuesday, December 10
Carolinas Holiday Party - Greenville, SC
Wednesday, December 11
Chesapeake Holiday Party - Washington, DC
Thursday, December 12
Georgia Holiday Party - Atlanta, GA
Thursday, December 12
Thursday, December 5, 2019
7:00 - 10:00pm
Home of Ping Faulhaber (FL, '19)
Nokomis, Florida (Sarasota)
Click through for program schedule and hotel recommendations
The SEALA Academy is a 10-day immersion in a demanding environment. It is a leadership boot camp whose watchwords are purpose, authenticity, character, values. You will need all your skill to master the high refinements of leadership arts. But you will need all your courage to go deep in exploring your default reaction to authority – how to manage the stress of handling systems – your true ability to work with power – before, as a leader, you can fulfill your potential and promise.
SEALA is not all lectures and general theory. Plenary learning sessions alternate with breakout groups facilitated by experienced businesspeople, seasoned practitioners from around the world. Every idea is up for discussion; every lesson is tested against experience to prove its worth. SEALA focuses on the real-life applications of leadership skills especially seen against the developing needs of South East Asia today.
Our aim is not 10 days of “chalk-and-talk” and a handsome certificate at the end of the office wall. Our aim is a transformation of business and society in South East Asia.
Main Event: January 17-19, 2020 — Ambalantota, Sri Lanka
Post Event: January 19-21, 2020 — Colombo, Sri Lanka
Network reunions offer the educational opportunities to improve upon the foundation of your SEALA membership, but more importantly, they offer the environment to meet and become friends with great people and refresh already existing relationships. From these friendships come personal and professional connections. Membership in the SEALA network has always been about an opportunity to meet others and actively pursue those connections.
To register, please complete the following online form and we will email you an invoice with payment instructions.
The Cigar Band of Brothers (“CBOB”) will hold its sixth Dominican Republic program with longtime friends and hosts, the Fuentes and the Newmans. Enjoy great cigar venues together with historical and cultural exchanges, meet with key political and business leaders of the country while spending intimate and exclusive time with the leading families in the cigar industry. Visit the Fuentes’ famed cigar making facilities, world-renowned Hemingway house and plantation, and much more. This is a showcase event limited to 20 attendees. Please consider bringing along a prospective SIBF member.
Facilitators arrive any time February 24 and depart any time March 7
The Masterclass is an intensive 10-day immersion leadership program that inspires purpose, authenticity, character and values. The framework of the program is neither fixed. Learning sessions alternate with breakout groups facilitated by experienced business people and seasoned practitioners from around the world. The Masterclass focuses on the real-life applications of leadership skills as well as a gateway to build a global profile.
For every Masterclass, approximately 40 upcoming leaders from business, education and civil society sectors are selected from all around the MENA region from: Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. Candidates can apply online and go through the interview process that examines their outlook and commitment to their prospect.
During the Masterclass, participants will experience hours of extensive breakout sessions where they will explore their leadership needs and find common interests in making a positive impact in their respective countries and communities in the Middle East and North Africa.
The exchanges within the Masterclass lead to a discovery of new ideas and long-lasting professional relationships. It is also an opportunity to engage with international business innovators, instructors, and public figures.
Network reunions offer the educational opportunities to improve upon the foundation of your membership, but more importantly they offer the environment to meet and become friends with great people and refresh already existing relationships. From these friendships come personal and professional connections. Membership in the global network has always been about an opportunity to meet others and actively pursue those connections.
Post-Reunion: March 8-10 , 2020
Network reunions offer the educational opportunities to improve upon the foundation of your membership, but more importantly, they offer the environment to meet and become friends with great people and refresh already existing relationships. From these friendships come personal and professional connections. Membership in the global network has always been about an opportunity to meet others and actively pursue those connections.
Based on a successful and highly rated Forum held in March 2019, SIBF is excited to announce the 2020 Silicon Valley Business Forum. This year’s program will feature discussions on electric vehicles, the future of energy and angel investing – plus a visit to Stanford University and networking reception with local tech influencers. We expect a big response like this year, so consider registering early. You will not want to miss this informative briefing in the global center for high tech and innovation!
The Driver in the Driverless Car
The autonomous car is both an exciting industry as well as a metaphor for the future of business. Distinguished panelists who are involved with the autonomous car project will discuss: how it is being made possible; how the auto industry and other major industries will change; and what will be the broader societal implications. They will also comment on how this is a metaphor of how things will change industry across industry and the effect on humans and their vision of life and work.
As renewable energy becomes market competitive, what is the future for American energy? As electric vehicles become more prevalent, where does this leave oil? What roles do the new technologies of battery storage play and how far has the cutting edge of storage come? How will transmission network and the grid react and what technology upgrades would this infrastructure require? Are micro grids a reality? What new business models are coming in to play? How are shale, oil and gas being impacted by the technology revolution? Which are the companies to watch for? This energizing panel will answer these exciting questions.
Do Angels fly higher in Silicon Valley?
Angel investing is flourishing as a concept everywhere.Is there something special about being an angel investor in Silicon Valley? Do angels here have more wing power? Do they invest in different set of companies? Do they get more involved in making their portfolio companies succeed? Do they get better deals? Are they willing to make bold bets, where other angels fear to tread as in the case of Biotech and Healthcare? This panel will explore how being an angel in Silicon Valley is different and how SIBFers can participate in angel investing in the valley.
SIBF will travel to one of the most intriguing areas of the world in June 2020. Through an exclusive network of on-site contacts in business, politics and culture, you will discover the uniquely transforming nations of Lebanon, Tunisia and Malta. We begin the journey in Beirut, Lebanon’s largest seaport and one of the oldest cities on Earth. Lebanon, a small country wedged against the Mediterranean Sea, has long been a center of trade, with coastal cities like Beirut acting as gateways for critical east-west trade routes. A historic walking tour introduces us to the city, followed by an overview from SIBF Senior Advisor Rami Khouri, journalist, senior public policy fellow-AUB professor and senior fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. We will visit the prestigious American University of Beirut for discussions with students and professors, and bond with MELA members who will join us for several sessions.
Notable sights include the jewel of tourism, the Jeita Grotto (a 5.5-mile limestone cave network); Byblos, one of the world’s oldest inhabited cities; and Baalbeck, site of the nation’s greatest Roman treasures. Evenings include group dinners in the homes of local business and cultural leaders. A flight now takes us to Tunis, where we enjoy the spectacular, new Four Seasons hotel. Wedged between Libya and Algeria, the North African republic of Tunisia is often overlooked; however, as a Mediterranean country with deep European economic ties and a stake in transnational security issues, it plays a critical role in the global order.
After a briefing on Tunisia, we visit the National Bardo, boasting an unparalleled collection of mosaics. Spend time in the medina, a UNESCO site with cobbled alleys, souks, and glorious mosques. Just beyond the city limits, visit Sidi Bou Said, a picturesque village brimming with artists. We also tour Tunisia’s most important archaeological treasure and UNESCO site Carthage, known as the great opponent of Rome in the duel for supremacy in the civilized world. Our visit includes an overview of Tunisia’s economy and introductions to prominent local business leaders.
We conclude our travels in beautiful, vibrant Malta, another UNESCO World Heritage site whose streets are a veritable open-air museum. With its location in the Mediterranean, the country enjoys a position of great strategic importance. Capital city Valletta, the smallest national capital in the EU, has welcomed emperors, knights, heads of state, and renowned artists over the centuries. Delve into the island's mysterious history during an interactive session with local residents and a tour of the former capital Mdina, an ancient fortified city.