"Across our portfolio, companies are recognizing the importance of conscious leadership as a critical skill in developing their organizations.”
-- Seth Levine, Foundry Group
Leadership Camp is a philosophy and toolkit that accelerates self-awareness and growth. We ground this practice in the context of work, whether that is with startups, government, non-profits, education, a professional transition, or more.
What is MergeLane?
MergeLane is a venture fund that focuses on companies with at least one female in leadership. You can see our active portfolio here.
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.
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. 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.”
What Is the Most Important Thing for Me to Know About Camp?
Leadership Camp is an emotionally intense, introspective experience. We will be working with attendees to uncover often lifelong patterns that generally facilitate leadership, but occasionally get in the way unconsciously. One thing we notice is that most of these patterns have meaningful and deep emotional connections.
Conscious leaders are present and aware of the emotional underpinnings they bring to their work encounters, decisions, and judgments. Leadership Camp helps attendees explore their emotional substructure in a way that may feel direct and intense. You will have full control over what you choose to share, but others will be sharing intimate and revealing stories and beliefs from which we hope the entire group will learn. Be prepared to witness charged discussions. We believe noticing, naming and welcoming your patterns in an trusted group is key to the transformative conscious leadership experience and to reducing drama at work.
As leaders, we often suppress emotions as not being "allowed at work." Conscious Leadership recognizes that increasing access to and understanding of our emotional motivations and unconscious commitments are keys to unlocking a leader's full potential. Camp will dive in through this lens, and that makes camp exciting and challenging at times.
Again, we do this not to challenge for its own sake but to uncover contextual issues present in leader's performance and in the successful performance of teams.
If you've been waiting for a chance to deepen your self-awareness as a leader, Camp is for you.
When and Where is Leadership Camp?
Leadership Camps are run on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Attendees must attend all 2 1/2 days of the program.
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 for attendees (Camp staff may not be present, but will ensure attendees can find each other)
Friday: Session from 9am - 5:00pm; 5:15pm: OPTIONAL drink at location to be determined
Saturday: 7:15am: OPTIONAL Yoga (bring mat and change of clothes to venue); 9am - 5:00pm Session; Start; 6:15 - 8pm Mandatory Dinner Activity
Sunday: 9am - 1pm Session.
Why Does MergeLane Run Leadership Camp?
We have learned that Leadership Camp kickstarts an immediate improvement in engagement, communication, candor, and innovation. Leadership is formed through relationships, whether that’s with your boss, employees, investors, kids, or spouse, we help leaders:
Spot their personality patterns and blindspots
Develop a culture of candor that supports functional conversations and enduring relationships
Build skills and tools for embracing and working through conflict
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 and emerging leaders in or 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
Is Leadership Camp for Techies Only?
Nope. MergeLane itself is not just for tech. We want to invite people 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 venture fund. You can read more about Sue Heilbronner, Elizabeth Kraus, and Leah Pearlman here. Leadership Camp is co-facilitated by Sue and Leah.
Based on our shared experiences as operators, founders, investors, and mentors -- we feel confident that we can deliver a transformative experience.
What do Leadership Camp Alumni Say about Leadership Camp?
“MergeLane Leadership Camp is the safest, wildest, roller coaster you will ever ride.” “Radical, refreshing, overdue, and relief to finally relate to a leadership style.”
“A catalyst experience for emerging leaders and a challenging experience for seasoned ones.”
“A deep dive into truth.”
“An intense learning experience and self-reflection that can help you discover patterns you have that affect your life personally and professionally.”
What is the Charge for Participating?
Leadership Camp costs $1299 per person. We offer an early-bird discount to $1199 which is valid up to two months before the event. We also offer a discount of 10% for teams of 3 or more.
Is there a scholarship?
All diversity, not just gender, is important to us. We have two scholarship seats each camp for participants that enhance racial diversity. Apply here.
Have More Questions?
We love questions. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about Leadership Camp.