FRED convened in the coastal city of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada to explore ideas for elevating the quality of leadership in the world, September 10-12, 2014.

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:

> Uncertain Confidence:  David Labistour, CEO of Vancouver’s Mountain Equipment Co-Op (MEC), will discuss leadership in today’s increasingly complex environments, social media communication and shifting consumer preferences – a fine balance of knowing what you don’t know, being open to input and empowering others, but having the courage and confidence to make a tough or unpopular decision with the long view in mind.

Inspirational Leadership, Inspired by Shakespeare’s ‘Henry V’:  Richard Olivier, the founder of Mythodrama in London, will share his ground breaking approach to developing world-class leaders using tools not often associated with corporate leadership: mythology, archetypal psychology, philosophy and Shakespearean theatre. The prestigious Best Practice Institute recently honored Richard for his work with its 2013 Top Thought Leader Award.

> Leadership Expeditions:  Participants will work in small teams and visit exemplary Vancouver organizations. The objective is for each team of participants to experience organizations and leadership that is different from what they might typically be exposed.

> Leadership, Values & The Great Society  Todd Breyfogle, Head of Executive Seminars at the world-famous Aspen Institute, will present their methodology first pioneered by Mortimer Adler, the famous educator who helped create the Great Books program of learning.

> Learning from Mandela:  Rita Barnard, editor of the new Cambridge Companion to Nelson Mandela, will discuss a number of defining incidents in Mandela’s life, from which we may glean a deeper understanding of his personal qualities, political vision, and legacy as a leader.

> The Address:  The Address is a 90-minute feature length documentary by Ken Burns that aired on PBS. The film tells the story of a tiny school in Putney, Vermont, the Greenwood School, where each year the students are encouraged to practice, memorize, and recite the Gettysburg Address. The film also unlocks the history, context and importance of President Lincoln’s most powerful address. The Greenwood School Headmaster, Stewart Miller, and one of the students will tell us the fascinating story behind the adoption of The Address as a teaching method and the impact on the School and their students.

> Special Events:

  • Welcome Reception Tuesday evening, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Hotel Georgia Bowden Room
  • Wednesday  Reception & Dinner Cruise on The Magic Charm
  • Thursday evening Celebration Reception & Dinner, Grouse Mountain Timber Room
  • Spouse & Partner Activities (optional) arranged by Hotel Georgia Concierge

FRED Forum 2014 Agenda

FRED Forum 2014 Daily Newsletter & Full Summary

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.