2017 Retreat Agenda

2017 BK Authors Retreat Agenda

November 2-5, 2017 Jesuit Retreat Center of Los Altos

NOTE: Subject to change, check website agenda for most up-to-date information.

2017 BK Author Retreat Agenda

“Looking Forward”


4:00-6:00    Registration, room-check in, settling in
4:00-6:00    Happy Hour, Welcome Authors, New and Old!

6:00-7:00    Dinner
7:00-8:00    Welcome / Gathering of the Community



7:00-8:00    Early bird self organizing activities:  Meet in Rotunda for Yoga with Maren, Silent Walk

8:00-9:00    Friday Breakfast

9:00-10:00    Rotunda - Opening Session, activities/icebreakers

10:00 -10:25    Socializing Break

10:25-10:30    Announcement re: 2018 BK Speaking Workshop - Rob Jolles - Rotunda
10:30-11:00    State of Publishing with Steve Piersanti, Main Room - Rotunda
11:00-12:30    Deep Dive 1 - Breakout Sessions:

  • The Beginner's Guide to the Human Soul-Tara-Nicholle Nelson
  • Conversations Worth Having - Cheri Torres
  • BK Marketing Workshop Recap - Kristen Frantz and Katie Sheehan

12:30–1:45    Friday Lunch

1:45-2:45    Rotunda - Praveen Madan, BK Board Chair shares his book-worthy journey
2:45-3:00    Socializing Break
3:00-4:30    Deep Dive 2 - Breakout Sessions

  • A Great Place to Work for All - Ed Frauenheim & Jessica Rohman - Rotunda  
  • Appreciative Authoring - Joan McArthur-Blair & Jeanie Cockell
  • Reflective Intelligence and The Art of Calling In - Marcia Reynolds

4:30-5:00    Free time to socialize, wine and soda

5:00-5:30    Celebrating the life of

5:30-6:30    Friday Dinner

7:00 – 9:30    O’Mara room - Live Auction hosted by Rob Jolles

9:30pm     Dancing, Wine and Socializing - Main Room, Rotunda


7:00-8:00    Maren leads yoga in main Rotunda room

8:00-9:00       Saturday Breakfast
9:00-10:00       Opening Session with small group activities/icebreakers

10:00 -10:15    Socializing Break

10:30-12:00      Deep Dive 3 Breakout Sessions:

  • Brainstorming Your Next Book - Charlotte Ashlock
  • B Corporations: Using Business as a Force for Good - Ryan Honeyman  
  • The Five Essential Practices of Collective Wisdom - Alan Briskin
  • Finding Your Passion - Steve Cady, The Change Handbook

12:00–1:30       Saturday Lunch

1:30-2:30    The Future of BK Publishers Leadership: Authors’ Input into the
        Leadership Selection Process for the Next Company President
        - Steve Piersanti and Jesse Lyn Stoner

1:30-5:30pm    Free time with optional self-organizing activities on and off-site:

See easel sign up sheets for where and when to meet to go on your excursion.

5:30-6:30    Saturday Dinner

7:00-9:30    Talent Show / Sharing From the Heart in the Rotunda

9:30         Dancing, Wine and Socializing  in the Rotunda



8:00-9:00        Sunday Breakfast

9:00-9:15    Room Checkout, Store suitcases or bags in Rotunda.

9:15- 9:30    Open Space Facilitation  - Dick Axelrod

9:30 - 9:40     Open Space Set Up

9:40-11:00     Open Space Sessions

11:00-11:30     Closing

11:30-12:00     Break

12:00 - 1:00     Lunch (sack lunch set up for those who can’t stay for lunch is at 10:30am)