What is MergeLane?
MergeLane is a startup accelerator and investment fund that focuses on companies with at least one female in leadership. You can see our 2015 Cohort and 2016 MergeLane Cohort on our site. You can also take a look at the MergeLane Fund Investments we have made outside the accelerator program.
What is Leadership Camp?
Leadership Camp is a concentrated, intensive, transformative three-day program designed to accelerate participants’ growth as aware and empowered leaders and teams.
Camp will focus on introducing core concepts of conscious leadership within the context of the operating realities of startups, and entrepreneurial divisions and companies. This program can kickstart an immediate increase in self-awareness, engagement, communication, candor, and innovation for you, your leadership team, your head of culture/HR, key managers, or your entire organization.
One of our recent attendees described camp this way: “Camp is a unique opportunity to dig deep into yourself in a supportive and safe environment of other women. Gaining this understanding paired with conscious leadership concepts allows you to create new possibilities in your personal and professional life, through clearer communication, context, and vision.”
We’ve written about the impact of this work in MergeLane runs on Conscious Leadership.
To register for Leadership Camp by MergeLane 2017, sign up here.
When and Where is Leadership Camp?
The next Women’s Leadership Camps by MergeLane is March 24th - 26th 2017, in beautiful Boulder, Colorado. All participants must attend for the full three days of the program. Participants will find the Boulder community a very hospitable location for innovative leaders and Leadership Camp. News outlets like NerdWallet and Forbes have written on this topic.
The schedule for camp events is as follows. If there is no indication that something is optional, then it is mandatory:
- Thursday Night: 7pm OPTIONAL drink at location to be determined
- Friday: Session from 9am - 5:30pm; 5:45pm: OPTIONAL drink at location to be determined
- Saturday: 7:15am: OPTIONAL Yoga (bring mat and change of clothes to venue); 9am - 5:30pm Session; Start; 6:15 - 8pm Mandatory Dinner Activity
- Sunday: 7:15am -- OPTIONAL Yoga (bring mat and change of clothes to venue); 9am - 1pm Session.
Why Does MergeLane Run Leadership Camp?
MergeLane is in its third year of running an accelerator. One of the things we hear is that founders and other leaders would like a “taste” of what MergeLane offers in order to enhance their personal leadership, their founder team dynamics, or their conception of their own potential. We wanted to be able to reach more leaders than might be a fit for our accelerator.
Who Would Benefit from Leadership Camp?
Leadership Camp is designed for leaders, founders, and executive teams interested in raising their self-awareness, effectiveness, and upside potential in their careers.
Leadership Camp is perfect for:
- A founder or group of co-founders working on a project, idea, or company
- Leaders interested in transitioning to an entrepreneurial career
- Large company, government or nonprofit leaders intrigued by the idea of being more innovative and entrepreneurial in their roles
How Big is Leadership Camp?
Sessions sizes vary. We cap Leadership Camp at 35 attendees.
Why Is Leadership Camp for Women Only?
Well. It’s a great question. You may know that the MergeLane accelerator is not limited to females, but to companies with at least one female in leadership. We hear again and again, however, that our work at MergeLane and our point of view developed over these years is of specific and unique service to women. Our mission at MergeLane has always been to #changetheratio. We chose to make Leadership Camp specifically for women because we believed this was one more way to radically and quickly accelerate women’s views of their potential for their projects or careers. Oh, and one more thing. You asked for it!
You Make a Gender Delineation Here. How Will You Interpret That?
We won’t. If you identify as a woman on the date you register and show up for Leadership Camp, we will be delighted to have you with zero questions asked.
Is Leadership Camp for Techies Only?
Nope. MergeLane itself is not just for tech. We want to invite women from a host of sectors. Although the program is focused on startup founders and founding teams, we believe it will be of tremendous value to anyone interested in functioning at work and in life in a more self-aware, creative context.
Why is Leadership Camp Called “Camp”?
Well, we like camp. We like immersive programming that feels like camp. This three days will be extremely intense, but we expect to quickly develop the level of camaraderie and connection that drives real outcomes from short, accelerated programs like this one.
We have had feedback from attendees that they would like advance warning that this is an intensive program. They say having the freedom to dive in and process during and between sessions without extra burdens of home can be salutary to a great experience.
Who is Behind MergeLane?
The team behind Leadership Camp is the same team that runs the MergeLane accelerator and fund. You can read more about co-founders Sue Heilbronner, Elizabeth Kraus and Program Director Hannah Davis here. We also will be joined by Leah Pearlman. Leadership Camp is co-facilitated by Sue, Leah, and Hannah.
Based on our shared experiences as operators, founders, investors and mentors -- we feel confident that we can deliver a transformative experience.
What do Leaders Say about the MergeLane Team?
“The Mergelane team pushed us to think bigger and bolder. They had incredibly high expectations for what we were capable of and they pushed us to rise to that expectation. Our company would not be where it is today without Mergelane's steadfast belief in our potential.” -Aviva Rosman, Co-Founder BallotReady
“Sue is PHENOMENAL! She dives in to your strengths to truly understand your style and give the development coaching best suited for you. That alone makes the time spent with her gold. Keeping my personal style in mind, she completely revamped Hidrate's investment pitch, bringing out the very best qualities both in the pitch and in me. Sue is the best coach a startup founder could ever ask for!” - Nadya Nguyen, CEO Hidrate
“Elizabeth has been an incredibly valuable resource to my partner and I as we work on growing our business. Elizabeth has a great deal of investing experience, a robust network and the genuine desire to help startups thrive. She has assisted with advice on building a strong foundation, addressing investor concerns and presenting clear information to make due diligence smoother for interested parties. She has recommended us for great community events, introduced us to other leaders in our industry and always been very responsive to any questions I've had. I cannot recommend her enough.” - Willow King, CEO Ozuke
“Meeting with Sue is like mainlining adrenaline. She has infectious energy. I always leave with that "I'm about to conquer the world" feeling. That's one hell of a feeling. There are very few people I've met who can bring that energy out in people consistently. Sue is the best.” -Chris White, CEO Shinesty
“Elizabeth brings creativity, energy and enthusiasm to our startup community like a force of nature. She is insightful, curious and extremely genuine in her commitment to supporting entrepreneurs. She has demonstrated the ability to analyze and tackle areas that are easy to identify but difficult to solve - organizing early-stage capital providers and users to connect, close and then execute. For these and many other reasons, I fully recommend Elizabeth.” - Mark Weakley, Deputy Leader of the International Technology, Entrepreneurial and Commercial Law Practice, Bryan Cave
“Having Sue, Elizabeth, and Hannah supporting and challenging us to be better is another one of many reasons why any company that has the opportunity to be a part of MergeLane should jump at the chance.” -Anke Corbin, CEO
What is the Charge for Participating?
Leadership Camp costs $999 per person. The fee is $899 if you register by November 30th. There is a 10% discount for groups of three or more. Participants will be responsible for their own room and board.
How Do I Register for Leadership Camp?
To register for Leadership Camp by MergeLane 2017, sign up here.
Have More Questions?
We love questions. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about Leadership Camp.