Blog Post: CEOs from 18 Countries Coming to the Hive Entrepreneur Retreat

CEOs & Founders from 18 Countries Coming to the Hive Entrepreneur Retreat March 22-25

We’re excited to share that so far there are 58 CEOs and founders from 18 countries coming to the first-ever Hive Entrepreneur Retreat March 22-25 at 1440 Multiversity in the redwood-covered hills of Scotts Valley, CA.

We’ll be spending three-days going deep with each other on how to make a bigger positive impact in the world, use business as a force for good, and how to grow our companies.

The full attendee list is below. Discounted tickets are available until Saturday, February 10 at 11:59pm PT.

We are also in the early stages of planning the first-ever Hive Global Leaders Summit to be held this August 16-19, 2018 also at 1440 Multiversity in Scotts Valley, CA. We’ll be in touch with more information about this event next month.

Who’s Coming: The Attendee List So Far

CEOs and founders from the following 18 countries are registered to attend the retreat so far:

Afghanistan, Austria, Bolivia, Cameroon, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Ghana, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, United States, Uganda, and many more to come.

Registered attendees to date include:

  • Alejandro De Santiago, Founder and CEO, Ignixion, Mexico 
  • Alejandro Lopez Hernandez, CEO, Ulfix S.C., Mexico 
  • Ana Tavares Founder, Wmnhood, Canada 
  • Ankit Shah, Managing Director, Dopamine, United States 
  • Bibian Mbei Dighambong, CEO, Bihndumlem, Cameroon
  • Catherine Lindroth, Founder, Social Contract, United States 
  • Chimezie Emewulu, Managing Director, Seamfix Ltd., Nigeria 
  • Chiraz Bensemmane, Owner & founder, Pitch World Fast, France 
  • Chris Rauton, Founder / CEO, American Development Group, Mexico 
  • Cody Candee, CEO / Co-founder, Bounce, Inc., United States 
  • Dalton Lilley Founder, CEO Taurus 56, United States 
  • Erika Wichro, Founder & CEO, Peacebuilding & Partners, Austria 
  • Fazel Rabi Aryobee, CEO, City Wall Dubai International Group, Afghanistan
  • Ian Mcwalter, CEO & Co-Founder, Hale, United States 
  • Ibrahim Wuntah, Group CEO, Wi Tech Group Ltd, Ghana 
  • James Ingallinera, CEO, Tribe, United States 
  • Javier A. Galindo, O. CEO, Grupo Mazahua, Mexico 
  • Jean de Dieu Benda, CEO, Bharti Airtel Rwanda, Rwanda
  • Jennifer Kushell, CEO, YSN, United States 
  • Jennifer Sherman, Founder and Chief Strategist, The Influencer Collective, United States 
  • Jessica Cameron, Co-Founder, The Refugee Lab
  • John Ntonta Managing Director, Kadiwaku Family Foundation, United States 
  • Jonathan Defoy, Founder & CEO, FoodHero, Canada 
  • Jordi Vidiella Amposta, CEO, Opportumeety, Spain
  • Joshua Kaston, President Clearwater Merchant Corp, United States 
  • Katamba Ronald, CEO / Founder, Jaguza Tech Ltd, Uganda 
  • Keerthi Kodithuwakku, Co-Founder & CEO, Effective Solutions (Pvt) Ltd, Sri Lanka 
  • Kwiri Yang, Founder/ CEO, LifeGyde, United States 
  • Laurel Mintz, CEO and Founder, Elevate My Brand, United States 
  • Lourdes Berho, President and Chief Catalyst, Alchemia, Mexico 
  • Marc Castro, Director Spanacom Ltd, United Kingdom 
  • Margaret Burns, Owner, The Medicine Woman Way, United States 
  • Marwan Aljahani, Managing Partner, ShiftIn Partners, Saudi Arabia 
  • Masheal Bin Saedan, CEO, Al Saedan, Saudi Arabia 
  • Matthew Taylor, President, Fiber House Berkeley, United States 
  • Megan O’Rorke, CEO, AI Collective, United States 
  • Meghan Wallace, Founder, Social Contract, United States 
  • Ngu Denis, CEO and Founder, Denis Brown General Trading, South Africa & Cameroon 
  • Nicole Gresham Perry, CEO PhotoBall, United States 
  • Olajide George, CEO, Georola Projects Limited, United States 
  • Osaro Abusomwan, Chief Innovation Officer/MD, Tyro Greens Investment Ltd, Nigeria 
  • Oscar Francisco Gonzalez Valadez, CIO, Ulfix, S.C., Mexico 
  • Oluyemi Abaolu-Johnson, CEO, BVS Professional Services
  • Ray Kallmeyer, CEO, CreateAR, United States 
  • Richmond Barbinton Mensah, CEO, Menrichbar Company Ltd., United States 
  • Robert De Liefde, Managing Director / Co-owner, InsideRisk, United States 
  • Sereme Maphaka, CEO, Methano Group, South, Africa 
  • Sissel Hansen, CEO & Founder, Startup Guide, Denmark 
  • Stephanie Jhala, Founder, All The Mama Feels, Canada 
  • Steven Richer, Founder, Nice Human & Escape Table, United States 
  • Taye Awofiranye, Partner, The Trusted Advisors, United States 
  • Tiana Laurence, CEO, Laurence Ventures, United States 
  • Tina Choi, Founder and CEO, TRAvonDe, United States 
  • Tricia Teague, CEO, Founder Plethora Publishing, Inc. United States 
  • Marcus McNeill, Presenter, Advanced Facebook Strategies, United States 
  • Julia Allison, Presenter, Advanced Publicity Strategies, United States 
  • Ryan Allis, CEO & Chairman, Hive, United States 
  • Danielle Blum, CEO, WorldNativ, United States 
  • Tom Chi, CEO, Prototype Thinking, United States 

We hope you can join us!

Hive News – Jan 2018

The Hive Newsletter for January 2018 was just published and can be read here.

In this issue, we talk about:

Thanks for being part of building the global community for leaders!

See more on the Hive Blog.

Hive Entrepreneur Retreat – March 22-25, 2018

We’re planning the first ever Hive Entrepreneur Retreat March 22-25, 2018 in Silicon Valley just for CEOs and founders of companies with $0 to $10M in annual sales who are serious about getting results and growing their companies.

It will be held at 1440 Multiversity in the redwood-covered hills between San Jose and Santa Cruz, CA.

We’ll cover topics including:

  • digital marketing
  • customer acquisition
  • Facebook advertising
  • building a sales team
  • raising venture capital
  • unit economics
  • authentic leadership
  • rapid prototyping
  • product development
  • software tools
  • company culture
  • business strategy
  • recruiting your team
  • building systems

If you are a CEO or founder of a company who is serious about growing in 2018, join us. You leave the three-days with a strategic plan for your company and a global network of CEOs and founders who are there for you as you grow your company.

You can learn more here. Early bird tickets are on sale until January 31

The Venue – 1440 Multiversity in Scotts Valley, CA

Hive Community News – Dec 2017

The Hive Community Newsletter for December 2017 was just published and can be read here.

In this issue, we talk about:

  • Hive Los Angeles Recap
  • 2018 Hive Official Schedule

    • Hive Entrepreneur Retreat – Mar 22-25, 2018
    • Hive Africa – May 2-5, 2018
    • Hive Costa Rica – June 14-17, 2018
    • Hive Europe – Jun 21-24, 2018
    • Hive Asia – July 6-9, 2018
    • Hive Mexico – Sep 27-30, 2018
  • Hive Coaching 
  • How to Host Your Own Hive
  • Alumni Announcements

Thanks for being part of building the global community for leaders!

See more on the Hive Blog.

Hive Community News – November 2017

The Hive Community Newsletter for November 2017 was just published and can be read here.

In this issue, we talk about:

  • Hive Africa Recap
  • Hive Los Angeles
  • Hive Costa Rica
  • Hive Coaching Launch
  • How to Host Your Own Hive
  • Alumni Announcements

Thanks for being part of building the global community for leaders working on creating a better world!

See more on the Hive Blog.

Who’s Coming to Hive Los Angeles?

Hive Los Angeles is just 35 days away.

We are excited to announce the list of initial attendees for the upcoming Hive Global Leaders Program in Los Angeles this December 8-11, 2017 to be held at the Loews Hollywood Hotel.

CEOs, leaders, founders, investors, and innovators representing over 38 countries are coming for three days of world-class leadership training, life coaching, and collaboration on solving humanity’s greatest challenges. 

Who’s Coming to Hive Los Angeles

Attendees so far for the Hive Global Leaders Program this December include:

  • Leaders from Facebook, Google, Headspace, Tata, First Bank, Veritas, Etisalat, Powur, Red Films, Stanford, and Duke University;
  • CEOs from Promise Energy, Mobilize, Blokable, Grupo Ideação, Beckaphyll Renewable Energy, Royal TKO Media, Care Indeed, Grupo Mazahua, Inversiones Rambla, CodeZone, Ulfix, Livingtex, Lurich Logistics, Sixt Nepal, Subysols Nigeria, The Collaboratory, Caltrex Petrol Gujrat, Humble Design, Blank Slate Advisors, Artisan and Fox, Hopeful Horizons, and Tariq Traders;
  • NGO Leaders from the United Nations, United Nations Development Program, World Vision, Avsi Foundation Uganda, the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative, Technovation Montréal, Leaders in Peace, Global Autism Project, Right to Health, The Entrepreneurship Academy, the United Methodist Committee on Relief, the Thailand Institute for Next Generations, the NYC Department of Education, the Somali Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, the Emergency Medicine Foundation, and the Horn of Africa Strategic Initiatives;
  • Global Leaders from 38 countries including Afghanistan, Argentina, Spain, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Egypt, Ghana, Haiti, India, Mali, Mauritius, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, Somalia, South Africa, Spain, Thailand, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States, Yemen, and Zambia.

Applications for this round are being accepted until Wednesday, November 15 at 9pm PDT. You can watch the Hive overview video and apply here. Thank you for helping us spread the word about Hive to your networks of mission-driven leaders and entrepreneurs.

Hive alumni now include 1600 leaders and entrepreneurs from 120 countries who are working together on creating a better world and solving humanity’s greatest challenges. If you are a mission-driven leader, please apply to join us in Los Angeles at before the November 15 deadline.

Recap: Hive Africa 2.0 Held in Lagos

90 leaders from Africa, the Middle East, and North America convened for Hive Africa in Lagos, Nigeria October 25-28, 2017. 

Last week, Hive Africa 2.0 was held on Victoria Island in Lagos, Nigeria. This event was the 2nd Hive Africa in 2017, following the kickoff of Hive Africa in Abuja, Nigeria in April.

The three-day event brought together 90 leaders from Africa, the Middle East, and North America who are working on solving humanity’s greatest challenges and creating a better world. Attendees were entrepreneurs and executives working on building organizations focused on areas including renewable electricity production, education, peace and reconciliation, government transparency, entrepreneurship training, refugee resettlement, and women’s training.

One of the most unique aspects of Hive Africa is that it was hosted, paid for, and created entirely by Hive Alumni from Nigeria. They did all the work, promotion, and logistics for the event, spearheading a new decentralized model for Hive to continue its mission of building the global community for leaders working on creating a better world.

Hive Africa was created earlier in 2017 by Hive alum Grace Osula and her friend Christopher Imong. Grace attended the 8th Hive Global Leaders Program in San Francisco, CA in May 2016 and was so inspired she decided to launch Hive in Africa. She has big plans for the future.

Grace Osula discussed the future of Hive Africa

The next Hive Africa has already been scheduled in Lagos, Nigeria for May 2-5, 2018. You can apply and learn more at The next Hive Global Leaders Program in the United States will be held December 8-11, 2017 in Los Angeles, CA.

Below is a recap of the event.

Opening Crucible Dinner – Wednesday October 25, 2017

Attendees gather in small groups to complete their Hive Life Plans

Hive Africa 2.0 began with an opening dinner at the Maison Fahrenheit hotel. Attendees were placed into small groups of 8, each with a Group Leader.

Group leaders facilitated each attendee sharing for 6 minutes the prompt we begin every Hive with: “What is the most challenging experience you’ve ever been through, what did you learn from it, and how did it lead you to your purpose?”

Attendees shared their “Crucible Moments” with their other small group members and realized the deeper truth that everyone goes through substantial challenge and suffering in their lives–regardless of where they are from.

Day 1: The World – Thursday October 26, 2017

The first day was held at the Victoria Crown Plaza hotel and included experiences focused on looking at what was going on in Africa and across the world today.

  • Event Emcee, Tricia Teague (Hive 8) kicked off the morning discussing the schedule for the three days
  • Dennis Okurmu (Hive 10) of Uganda started us of with 20 minutes of morning mindfulness.
  • Ryan Allis (Hive Chairman) of the U.S. led the Designing a Better World workshop, which focused on the work of philosopher John Rawls and The Global Report Card
  • Olusola Amusan of Microsoft Nigeria led us in a Rapid Prototyping exercise.

Olusola Amusan of Microsoft Nigeria talks about rapid prototyping solutions to challenges facing Africa and the world


  • Ifeoma Malo of the Nigerian Energy Ministry and Power for All gave an impassioned talk about The Fourth Industrial Revolution (renewables) and the opportunity to expand solar power and renewable energy in Nigeria — and shared the story of how she became clear on her purpose to bring electricity to all households in Nigeria.

  • Tricia Teague (Hive 8) of the U.S. led us in a Speed Friending exercise.
  • Shadnaz Azizi (Hive 8) of Iran led us in a talk about sustainable development.
  • Joseph Nwishienyi of Abuja, Nigeria led us in a Play Shop with interactive dancing and games designed to bring out attendees’ creative and playful sides

Joseph Nwishienyi of Abuja, Nigeria

Day 2: Designing Your Life – Friday, Oct 27, 2017

The second day was held on the rooftop of the Maison Fahrenheit hotel and included experiences designed to allow attendees to create a new life plan for themselves and focus in on their purpose, goals, health, and habits.

Ifeoma Malo of the Nigerian Energy Ministry

  • Ifeoma Malo of the Nigerian Energy Ministry and Power for All shared her life story and how the route to success isn’t always a straight line and often includes loss, pain, and deep uncertainties.
  • Tricia Teague (Hive 8) and Ryan Allis (Hive Chairman) co-led the Designing Your Life Workshop. Attendees filled out the Designing Your Life workbook and completed the drafts of their one page life plans.
  • Attendees took a field trip to a Victoria Island park for silent reflection, lunch, and the official Hive group photo.
  • Dayo Ayeni of Lagos, Nigeria gave a talk on Mental Resilience for Entrepreneurs
  • Attendees met in small groups to fill out their Needs & Gives sheets, which were then posted on the wall to allow matching between what people needed (like coaching, web design, capital, marketing help) and what people had to offer.

Day 3: Your Leadership – Saturday, Oct 28, 2017

The final day was held in the Maison Fahrenheit conference center and included:

  • Oyeleke Ajiboye (Hive 12), CEO of Efficacy Group, gave a talk on Authentic Leadership and aligning your personal purpose with your professional purpose.

Oyeleke Ajiboye CEO of Efficacy Group gives a talk on Authentic Leadership

  • Dr. Charles Prince Dickson gave a talk on How Purpose-Driven Businesses Can Make an Impact in Africa.
  • Ifeanyi Oputa, CEO of Studio 24, gave a talk on Advanced Entrepreneurship: How to Scale Your Business in Africa.
  • Attendees completed their final One Page Plans in their small groups

Hive Group leader Shadniz Azizi leads her group through the completion of one page life plans at Hive Africa in Lagos

  • Ryan Allis (Hive Chairman) spoke on The Future of Hive
  • Grace Osula (Hive 8) and Christopher Imong talked about The Future of Hive Africa including Hive Africa 3.0 coming up May 2-5, 2018
  • Attendees completed the final Hive graduation ritual of The Purpose Circle. Each attendee stood at the center of everyone assembled in a circle and shared their purpose statements, “My name is _______. I am from _______ and I am on this planet to ______.”
  • Attendees picked up their newly framed One Page Life Plans, a Hive t-shirt, and Hive sticker. Some stuck around for one final group photo…

Hive Africa 2.0 Group Photo, October 28, 2017 at the Maison Fahrenheit Hotel in Lagos, Nigeria

Hive Los Angeles to be Held Dec 8-11

Four years ago, we asked ourselves the question, “why isn’t there a global community of extraordinary leaders and entrepreneurs working together on creating a better world?” It was 2013. Why hadn’t this community been built yet? 

It was what we wanted for ourselves. Where was the support community for the round pegs in the square holes, the purpose-driven CEOs, the inventors, the healers, the reformers, the tireless entrepreneurs, the activists, those working in the field, the impact investors, and the artists who care? Where was the community that was with you no matter where you went in the world?

Where was this community of diverse leaders who were committed to supporting each other throughout life’s ups and downs? When we were feeling lonely–like no one could truly understand us–where could we turn?

We’ve spent the last four years building the community that we only wished existed. It’s becoming real. We’ve now hosted fifteen Hive Global Leaders Programs across San Francisco, Boston, and Nigeria — and grown to over 1600 alumni across 120 countries. Our alumni are planning 2018 Hive programs in Costa Rica, Singapore, Berlin, Romania, Kenya, Mexico City, and Brazil. 

We have one more Hive program coming up this year. In just 50 days, we’re excited to be hosting the first ever Hive Los Angeles. The 15th Hive Global Leaders Program will be hosted in LA this December 8-11 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel

Hive Global Leaders Program #15
Loews Hollywood Hotel
1755 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA

We’d like to invite you to join us–and bring your friends who are changing the world for the better. We’d love to have you join us for our last Hive of 2017 as your prepare yourself for 2018. You can learn more about Hive here. Our Designing Your Life Workshop on the 2nd day of Hive is what so many of our alumni remember most, and this is especially helpful right before a new year starts.

Attendees at Hive LA are coming in from 37 countries around the world (so far) and include leaders from top organizations including Google, Facebook, Tata, the United Nations, and Stanford are joining us. It’s quite the group that’s coming. We have just a few spots remaining for the LA program.

If you’d like to join us, you can reserve your spot at We also have an early bird discount is available until October 31. 

Thank you for helping us build the global community for leaders and entrepreneurs working on creating a better world. This has been long dream of mine, and thank you for being part of that dream!

Written with purpose,
Ryan Allis, Chairman
Hive Global Leaders Program