FREDForumSanDiegoFRED returned to the West Coast on the beach at the Scripps Institute for Oceanography, September 17-19, 2013, for a three-day dive into developing better leaders who excel at both making the bottom-line and a better world.

FRED Forum Objectives

To build a powerful and passionate community that is committed to elevating the quality of leadership in the world

To provide an inspiring experience while exploring innovations in leadership, organization excellence and leadership/executive development

To honor and celebrate the contributions of exemplary leaders and to learn from their experience and wisdom

Program Highlights

> The Dueling Myths of Business:  Betty Sue Flowers, former director of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Texas, author, and editor of The Power of Myth, will discuss the economic, ecological, religious, scientific and heroic myths that are virtually invisible, yet deeply, unconsciously influence leaders.

Innovations in Government Leadership:  Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper (former Mayor of Denver and business owner), his chief of staff Roxane White, and Geoff Smart, Chairman & CEO of ghSMART, will speak about their work together to improve the quality of leadership in the Governor’s office, including bringing exceptional leaders from the private sector into government and how this is leading to an effort to hire great leaders into government in the US.

> Leadership Spotlight – The Institute for Peace & Justice Women PeaceMakers Program (WPM):  We will spend an afternoon learning about WPM. Each year four women are invited from around the world who have been locally involved in human rights and peacemaking efforts. These women are on the frontlines of ending violence and securing a just peace, and want to document, share and build upon their unique peacemaking stories. We will meet with the WPM director and these women to hear their stories.

> Organization Spotlight – High Tech High:  Larry Rosenstock is the CEO and Founding Principal of High Tech High which began in 2000 as a single charter high school. We will learn how it has evolved into an integrated network of schools spanning grades K-12, housing a comprehensive teacher certification program and a new, innovative Graduate School of Education. A member of the Massachusetts and U.S. Supreme Court Bars, Larry served as an attorney at the Harvard Center for Law and Education, and was a lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

> Fallen Heroes:  It’s stunning when a highly decorated four-star General, or corporate CEO is forced to resign. How is it that so many admired leaders in all walks of life seem to have fallen from grace? It seems to be all too frequent that we create such heroes, make them bigger than life, then seem stunned when they disappoint. Tom Kolditz, Director, Leadership Development at the Yale School of Management will moderate a panel discussion on what we can learn from the stories of admired leaders in all walks of life who have become fallen heroes.

> Leadership Development Spotlight – Lessons from the Navy SEALs:  The Navy SEALs are a unique breed of warrior who conduct special operations in any environment, but who are uniquely trained and equipped to operate from, around and in maritime areas. Captain Steve Wisotzki is the Commanding Officer, Center for SEAL and SWCC. Most of us only see the Navy SEALs portrayed in the press in combat situations working as a team that seems to be seamless; but what about leadership? Steve’s session will cover three key areas: 1) the mission of the Naval Special Warfare Organization, 2) the selection process for leaders, and 3) the leadership development process.

> Exploring the Future: Implications for Leaders:  Leaders need to constantly assess the future. Futurist and best selling author Joel Barker will help us discover and evaluate the ways we think about, explore and evaluate the future. Using a simulation process, teams will examine a topic that could change the world and is based on actual research. The debrief of the work done by the teams will include examining the key implications for leaders and those responsible for developing leaders.

> Special Events:

  • Welcome & Reception Monday evening, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa
  • Tuesday evening Expedition, Reception & Dinner at the Birch Aquarium
  • Wednesday evening Celebration Reception & Dinner, 6:30pm Estancia la Jolla Hotel & Spa
  • Spouse & Partner Activities (optional) arranged by Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa

FRED Forum 2013 Agenda

FRED Forum 2013 Daily Newsletter & Full Summary

2013 FRED Forum Interview: Joel Barker & Jim Bolt


FRED Forum 2013 Interview:  Betty Sue Flowers & Richard Kimball

About the FRED Leadership Forum

The FRED Leadership Forum gathers, connects, inspires and supports established and emergent leaders from across sectors and generations. It explores the “why” as well as the “how” of leaders’ work and serves as a nexus, catalyst and incubator for re-imagined leadership. The Forum’s most distinctive feature, a focus on moral imperatives for enriching the world as well as the bottom line, feeds the soul as well as the intellect, thereby cultivating world-shaping aspirations, expertise and skills.