About the Origin Leadership Camp: Camps for Women

At its start in 2016, Leadership Camp began as a program for women leaders. The program emanated from MergeLane, a venture capital fund focused on companies with at least one woman in leadership. We felt the most immediate opportunity was to create a women's leadership development program, offering a place for women especially to use the principles of Conscious Leadership to work through leadership challenges and opportunities unique to women.

The Leadership Camp facilitators, Sue Heilbronner and Leah Pearlman, provided the perfect team to lead this specific training program for women executives, leaders and emerging leaders. Although we didn't think about it often, we realized there aren't many leadership training programs led by two women. It worked well.

After running a series of sold out Leadership Camps for Women, we opened Camp up to men. Female leaders began expressing an interest in bringing their entire leadership teams to Leadership Camp, and the gender restriction made that impossible. In 2018, we made the decision to make all of our Leadership Camps available to everyone. We wrote about our thinking.

Although all our camps are now for leaders of every identification, we still know that Leadership Camp is the perfect personal growth and leadership training program for women. Still led by two seasoned operators and world-class female facilitators, and still based on Conscious Leadership principles that speak directly to core tenets of inclusion.

Types of Camps

Mini-Camp
Get a quick, actionable, immersive look at the principles of Conscious Leadership in this four-hour camp.
Leadership Camp
Join leaders excited to deepen their effectiveness, alignment, joy, and personal power.
Couples Camp
Build the relationship you want most: romantic, business, familial and more.

Frequently Asked Questions

What will I get out of Camp?

Using the tools of Conscious Leadership, Leadership Camp will increase your command of the following key leadership and management skills:

  • Managing “down” — bringing out the very best in your team members; delegating; managing underperformers; appreciating overperformers
  • Managing “up” — optimizing your potential across and above the organization
  • Managing client relationships — creating win-win engagements; managing expectations; setting boundaries     
  • Giving and receiving feedback — resulting in more closeness (rather than more distant) after the exchange
  • Creating clean agreements (and cleaning up the messy ones) — reducing miscommunication
  • Building muscles around taking ownership over your own issues — creating less work for yourself and others
  • Running effective and productive meetings
  • Defining, adjusting, and managing roles & responsibilities
  • Eliminating drama and gossip; making “venting” productive
  • Creating an environment that welcomes candor and space for others to be candid around you
  • Bringing more authenticity to your relationships, enhancing communication, and building intimacy

Why is Leadership Camp Called “Camp”?

Well, we like immersive programming that feels like camp: rich, connected, experiential, intense, fun, transformative.

Which Camp is right for me?

We offer three types of Camp

Leadership Camp: If you’re looking for a deep immersion into the principles of Conscious Leadership, self-awareness, and authenticity in service of optimizing your own leadership strengths and style. Leadership Camp is also a great option for a leadership team.

Couples Camp: If you’d like to enhance communication within or deepen a specific relationship, including your romantic relationship, your family relationships, or your business partnership.

Mini-Camp: If you’d like to learn the basic tenets of Conscious Leadership in a fast-paced, highly efficient half day with us.

We invite you to bring your entire team — executive or functional — to any of the three types of Camp. The teams who have done this reap tremendous rewards of quickly and efficiently creating a shared language of Conscious Leadership and also deepening the bond and increasing the candor across the team.


What makes Camp unique from other leadership training programs?

Executive leadership training and CEO coaching programs are in abundance. You may be wondering what makes Leadership Camp unique. It’s this: Authenticity. We deliver programming that allows people to create for themselves increased permission to be who they are in their leadership and in their lives. Read more about our philosophy on Authenticity.

What's the history of Leadership Camp? Did it start as a leadership training program for women leaders?

Leadership Camp started as a product of MergeLane, the VC fund for companies with at least one female in leadership. Read more about the history of Leadership Camp.

Where is Leadership Camp?

Leadership Camp is in a beautiful, airy, bright office space in the center of Boulder, Colorado, the "happiest city" in the US and a hub for dynamic business. You can read more about Leadership Camp Headquarters.

Where should I stay during Leadership Camp?

Leadership Camp is headquartered in the center of the walking mall in Boulder, Colorado. Everything you do pertaining to Camp and the activities surrounding Camp can be done on foot.

Lodging near downtown Boulder is abundant, either in hotels like the St Julien or the Boulderado (closest), Embassy Suites or the Residence Inn (one mile), or Airbnb properties located near downtown.

Whatever you choose based on your budget, you'll find the experience of attending Camp beautiful and user-friendly. Learn more about the space and the dining, yoga, gyms, and other fun distractions near Camp HQ in our Lodging & Other Suggestions document.

What else should I know about Camp?

Leadership Camp is an emotionally intense, introspective experience. We will be working to uncover often lifelong patterns that can facilitate leadership but also get in the way unconsciously. One thing we notice is that most of these patterns have deep and meaningful emotional connections. As leaders, we often suppress emotions as not being "allowed at work." Conscious leaders learn to be 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 assume others will be sharing intimate and revealing information from which the entire group can learn. Be prepared for charged discussions. We believe noticing, naming and welcoming our patterns in an trusted group is key to  creating transformation and reducing drama at work.

If you've been waiting for a chance to deepen your self-awareness as a leader, Camp is for you.

What’s the schedule for Camp?

The schedule for Leadership Camp is as follows. Anything not labeled optional is mandatory:

  • Thursday Night: 7pm  OPTIONAL socializing at location to be determined for attendees
  • Friday: Session from 9am - 5:30pm; 5:45pm: OPTIONAL socializing at location to be determined
  • Saturday: 7:15am: OPTIONAL Yoga (bring change of clothes to venue); 9am - 5:30pm Session; 6:15 - 8pm Mandatory Dinner Activity
  • Sunday: 9am - 1pm Session.

The schedule for Mini-Camp is as follows:

  • Half Day: Session usually from 1/1:30pm-5/5:30pm

The schedule for Couples Camp is as follows. All session times and Saturday dinner are mandatory:

  • Saturday: 9am - 5:00pm Session; 6:15 - 8:00pm Mandatory Dinner
  • Sunday: 7:30am Optional Yoga; 9am - 5:00pm Session

How much does it cost to attend?

Leadership Camp — $1299 per person. We offer an early-bird discount for $1199. We also offer a discount of 10% for teams of 3 or more.

Mini-Camp — $199 per person for the 4-hour camp. We offer a discount of 10% for teams of 3 or more.

Couples Camp — $699 per person. We offer an early-bird discount for $599.

Are there scholarships?

Yes! We have two scholarship seats each camp for participants that enhance racial diversity. Apply here.

"Across our portfolio companies are recognizing the importance of conscious leadership as a critical  skill in developing their organizations.” 

Seth Levine
Managing Director, Foundry Group

"This. $#!*. Will. Change. Your. Life."

Tina Scala
Managing Director, myThings

"Before Camp, I thought I was going to leave my job. Now I'm more engaged than ever."

Lucia Ballard
Engineering Manager, Apple

"Radical, refreshing, overdue, and a relief to finally relate to a leadership style."

Michelle Frye
Director of Strategy, Trimble

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