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Make A Difference

Welcome to the dawn of business reimagined. The day of mindful leadership, impact and triple bottom line has arrived. From Larry Flink’s Blackrock Purpose & Profit letter to 200 CEOs declaring shareholder value is no longer their main objective, it’s no longer business as usual.  We’re doing our small part in our corner of the world to give back and we believe you can to! We can all start somewhere.  Purpose Harvest Summit is an event fueled by purpose. The founders donate their time to produce the summit each year and do so because it matters. Here’s their why: This…

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The state of VR

Look up “VR experiences near me” and you may be surprised at what you find. There’s even a library hosting a casual game of Pictionary in virtual reality in Millbrae. When first-gen virtual reality headsets were introduced back in the spring of 2016 an anticipated revolution was underway. But it’s been slow going to become as mainstream as anticipated. For the average person, the headsets are still expensive, which is why you see more organizations, arcades and companies hosting VR experiences. Will wearing a headset become as pervasive as walking around with a smart phone in your pocket?  We caught…

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The experience is everything

Long after a trip, an event, a tasting or dinner, it’s the experience you remember. It’s why companies like Airbnb offer “experiences,” why tasting rooms are switching to seated engagement and chefs engineer your flow the moment you walk in the door. The stakes are high to get your attention, serve up a lasting experience and retain your engagement. The tourism industry that supports these experiences is one of the largest industries in the world. Here in Sonoma County, CA it’s $2.175 billion opportunity. At Harvest Summit you’ll have the rare opportunity to share a one-of-a-kind experience  with chefs and…

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Get Woke to Your Environmental Impact

Let’s talk about innovating your morning routine. Small changes can make a difference. Start with your cup.  Below is perspective we’re sharing from our partner Klean Kanteen who tapped Faye Lesser on how you can start to combat climate change with your morning cup of coffee.  *Spoiler Alert: All Harvest Summit delegates will get a killer new Klean Kanteen in our efforts to reduce single use items. Breakfast, it’s the first and most important meal of the day (or so we hear). Waking up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee and a hearty breakfast is something that humans around the…

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Say Goodbye to Cheap Conference Swag

We did a little a fist pump when we read Elizabeth Segran’s “It’s time to stop spending billions on cheap conference swag” article this year in Fast Company Magazine. We couldn’t agree more.  At Harvest Summit not only are we mindful of the environmental impact of giving away a bag stuffed with useless junk that will end up in the landfill, we’re focused on offering our invited delegates a transformative experience. We realize our delegates will remember the Harvest Summit experience long after a swag bag item finds its way to a landfill.  This is why we offer morning meditation,…

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Earth Day is Everyday!

Earth day is everyday and today we celebrate the doers – those who don’t just talk about a problem, like plastic pollution, but who take action. From the shores of O’ahu we can tell you plastic is a problem. It’s easy to become numb to the headlines – whales washing ashore, their bellies full of plastic. Then you stroll down a beach and see it. Miles of plastic, from tiny bits to big containers, all lined up. We can do better. O’ahu locals like musician Jack Johnson are leaning in. Jack Johnson’s 2010-2011 To The Sea tour partnered with over…

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GET OUT AND GET REAL

It’s been said doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity. So why keep going to the same old conferences and expect a different result? The model is broken. Hotel ballroom + panels + rubber chicken lunch + grin and grab = lame experience and marginal results at best. We believe there’s a better way. Get out and get real. For executive leaders in particular, conferences are more of a PR strategy than an authentic learning and networking experience. It’s a speaking opp. Executives arrive and have a handler escort…

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What are you doing Friday, October 19th?

Take a look at your calendar on Friday 19 October. Where are your meetings taking place? Who are you in conversations with? What will your view look like? The most successful executives ruthlessly look ahead at their calendar and delete, decline, and dump meetings and commitments that don’t inspire them or improve the probability of them hitting their goals. So, for Friday October 19, are you having conversations in a vineyard overlooking acres of beautiful Sonoma County? Are you planning to get out of your usual networking bubble and meet executives from different industries and functions? If you would like to join an innovation field trip…

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HARVEST INNOVATION

Harvest is in full swing here in Sonoma County wine country. You bump into tractors and follow trucks stacked sky high with bins full of harvested fruit. It’s an exciting time. The promise of a whole new vintage. We intentionally hold Harvest Summit in Sonoma County this time of year because it is not only exciting and beautiful as the leaves on the vineyards turn but farming and harvesting is a metaphor for what is required in business. We must plant the seeds of progress, seek new practices, test new tools, cultivate ecosystems and be mindful of the impact we…

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HARVEST SUMMIT ANNOUNCES 2018 SPEAKERS AND PARTNERS

Third Annual Innovation Field Trip Attracts Business Leaders and Influencers to Sonoma County Wine Country to Spark Change and Drive Innovation HEALDSBURG, California – August 28, 2018 – Harvest Summit, the outdoor invitation-only Innovation Field Trip in Sonoma County wine country, announced today its speaker and sponsor partner line up. The third annual Harvest Summit will bring together 250 cross-industry innovators, influencers and tastemakers joined by award-winning chefs, winemakers and artisans for a reception Thursday, October 18 and a full day summit on Friday, October 19 at an undisclosed estate in Sonoma County’s premium wine country. The Summit will feature more than…

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