About Hive – Hive San Francisco – May 27-30, 2016

What is the Hive Global Leaders Program?

Hive provides leadership and entrepreneurship training for extraordinary purpose-driven leaders. We bring together top CEOs, entrepreneurs, leaders, innovators, and philanthropists who are working to create a better world and solve humanity’s greatest challenges. At Hive, you’ll have the opportunity to discuss the future of society, reflect on your life’s purpose, create an action plan for the next phase of your life, learn tools and habits that will help you make a bigger impact, and join a committed network of mission-driven leaders who can help you achieve your goals.

The Hive Global Leaders Program (GLP) is a three-day immersive leadership training program designed for executives, leaders, CEOs, and entrepreneurs to:

  • Help you get clarity on your purpose, goals, and action plan for the next phase of your life
  • Bring you into a lifelong global network of leaders who will support you through the challenging times in your journey
  • Work together with a brilliant, diverse, and caring group of scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, technologists, artists, activists, academics, athletes, writers, teachers, architects, executives, investors, international development professionals, and political leaders on designing the future of human society


Day 1 is about on what’s going on in the world. Day 2 is focused on what’s going on in your life. Day 3 is focused on what’s going on in your work – and how to use your work to make a scalable positive impact. You will leave Hive with a community of supporters and a completed “Designing Your Life Workbook” that helps you get clarity on your purpose, goals, habits, and action plan for getting to the next level in your life. You’ll have time to reflect, time to learn, and time to plan your next steps as a leader.

The eighth Hive GLP runs Friday May 27 at 6pm until Monday May 30 at 6pm.

Apply here.

Watch this video below for a brief overview of the Hive experience:

What Will I Learn?

grandglobalchallengesThe Hive Global Leaders Program is designed to educate and connect extraordinary people who want to make a big positive impact in the world. The curriculum has been built for mission-driven leaders and entrepreneurs who are dedicated to creating a future that is radically better than the present. You can download our event flyer here (PDF).

The Hive curriculum has been influenced by the Harvard Business School MBA program, the Singularity University Executive Program, the Stanford d.school, the Harvard Graduate Student Leadership Institute, Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, The Landmark Curriculum for Living, the Art of Living Foundation, and the work of Google X pioneer, Tom Chi.

On day one we look at what is happening in the world. We look at the Global Grand Challenges, look at how humanity is doing across health, education, economics, happiness, and the environment, look into the future of science and technology and the biggest opportunities for millennials, work together on the principles upon which we might redesign the global system, and experience a rapid prototyping workshop with Tom Chi.

On day two we discuss what is happening your life, look at your health and wellness and your financial plan, go through a Designing Your Life Workshop, create your goals, reevaluate your habits, and walk in silence to reflect on your purpose statement.

Finally on day three we look at what is happening in your work and learn about authentic leadership and scaling an entrepreneurial organization, cover expansion stage sales and marketing, hold a Hive Unconference, and end the day with each participant framing their one page life plan and presenting their purpose to the group.

After Hive, you will have new ideas and frameworks to take back to your daily life that will make you a more effective leader, and you’ll be part of a global lifelong community of leaders working together on solving humanity’s greatest challenges. Whether you are extremely successful and established in your position, or ready to transition toward a new place in your career, you will leave Hive with greater clarity on how your work can positively affect your community and the world.


The Hive Team


Ryan Allis | Co-founder & Chairman

Ryan Allis HiveRyan is the Chairman and Co-founder of Hive. He was previously CEO and Co-founder of iContact from 2003-2012 and led the company from 300 employees and a $170 million sale to Vocus. Ryan is an Emeritus Member of the UN Foundation Global Entrepreneurs Council, served as National Co-Chairperson of Technology for Obama during the 2012 U.S. Election, and was the Chairman of Nourish.org from 2008-2012. Following the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, Ryan worked with the U.S. Dept. of State teaching entrepreneurship in Cairo. Ryan is an angel investor via Hive Ventures with investments in 36 companies including SpaceX, Change.org, LendingClub, and Off-Grid Electric. He attended UNC-Chapel Hill for undergrad holds an MBA from Harvard where he was Co-President of the Social Enterprise Club and a fellow of the Harvard Graduate School Leadership Institute. Ryan spends his time building Hive and as a leadership coach to leaders who are creating a better world.

aldi_kazaAldi Kaza | Director of Operations

Aldi works at the intersection of creative problem solving and pragmatic decision making. He recently moved to the Bay Area after working at high-level talent management and production company Anonymous Content in Los Angeles. Originally from Boston, Aldi studied Radio/Television/Film at Northwestern University, where he served as Director of Productions for the largest event production student groups: A&O Productions and Mayfest. After graduating in 2010, Aldi freelanced in television commercial production in Chicago.

asya_tabdiliAsya Azar | Director of Global Engagement 

Asya is a social entrepreneur focused on leveraging technology and social institutions in order to expand individual and global consciousness. Before joining forces with Hive, Asya worked abroad with tech & social entrepreneurs in India and Iran. While in India, she managed a tech accelerator and filmed a documentary on women entrepreneurs of Southern India. During her time in Iran, she helped organize a TEDx on Kish Island, Iran. Prior to that Asya graduated from UCLA where she majored in Communications and Globalization. At UCLA, she conducted research on the communication of consciousness and founded innergy the largest conscious living organization at UCLA. Having traveled to over 40 countries and lived in 4, Asya identifies as a global citizen and is deeply driven to help create a world where all humans can come together to enhance and celebrate our individual and collective genius! Any questions or comments about Hive? She wants to hear from you: asya@hive.org!

Victoria Moore | Hive Women’s Institute

Victoria is an author, educator, and explorer with a passion for helping women come alive. Her adventurous spirit has led her to circumnavigate the globe three times, shoot a documentary film series on international aid effectiveness in eight countries, and embark on multiple expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctica as a polar photographer. She has spent time on every continent and in more than eighty-five countries. Victoria is best known for her work as a pioneering advocate to improve the field of international aid. She started her own social enterprise at age twenty-four and later authored a best selling book on the subject of aid effectiveness called Beyond Good Intentions: A Journey Into the Realities of International AidHer work has been featured in O! The Oprah Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and on NPR. Victoria received her B.A. from Duke University, served as a Fulbright Scholar in Egypt, and obtained an M.Ed degree from Harvard University. These days her greatest joy comes from working with young women and helping them uncover what truly lights them up.

nadia_muftiNadia Mufti | Experience Design

Before helping to launch FactoryX, Hive and Kuli Kuli, Nadia worked at Ashoka in Washington D.C, where she was Founding Director of Ashoka’s A*Year Program, a start-up within the organization designed to recruit social entrepreneurs to work at Ashoka. She is passionate about life design, experience design, mindfulness/meditation, and helping others discover and pursue what makes them come alive. In addition to working on Hive, Nadia is currently launching the FactoryX Fellowship to engage inspired entrepreneurs, makers, and innovators in experimenting with new ways of launching companies with FactoryX. She attended Stanford University where she majored in International Relations and explored the intersection of design thinking and social entrepreneurship through coursework at the Stanford GSB and the d.school.

adam_pummAdam Pumm | Co-founder

 Adam is an entrepreneur and technologist focused on designing experiences and products that directly contribute to building a better world. Prior to Hive, Adam worked in Washington D.C. at Ashoka: Innovators for the Public — the world’s foremost network of social entrepreneurs. At Ashoka, Adam was Product Manager and Partnerships Manager on the Changemakers.com team. Previously, Adam co-founded a software company, YourDoor, which built a mobile application for the rental real estate market. Adam began his career as a management strategy consultant to Fortune 500 companies in Chicago, after attending Northwestern University to study Economics and Computer Science. In college, Adam led A&O Productions, Northwestern’s largest student group, and helped steward the success of Dillo Day, WNUR 89.3 FM Evanston-Chicago, and SafeRide. For these efforts, Adam was 1 of 20 students to graduate with university honors in leadership. Adam grew up in Buffalo, NY where he graduated from Canisius High School as a National Merit Scholar, and has been programming computers since age 7.


smiley_poswolskySmiley Poswolsky | Emcee

Smiley is the author of The Quarter-Life Breakthrough, which is an Amazon bestseller. He is a frequent public speaker and has inspired young professionals to find fulfilling work as a facilitator for the Hive Global Leaders Program, director at The Bold Academy, and mentor for the StartingBloc Institute for Social Innovation. His writing has been published in The Washington Post, Forbes, Fast Company, GOOD, and The Huffington Post, among others. He previously worked for the U.S. Peace Corps on special projects and was a field organizer on the 2008 Obama campaign. He is a proud graduate of Wesleyan University.

emily_pummEmily Pumm | Video Producer

Emily is a Buffalo, NY-born media creator that is focused on producing media that advocates for social change initiatives and differing perspectives. Emily has worked as a production assistant and intern for a wide range of media outlets including Anonymous Content, University at Buffalo’s Center for the Arts, UBTV: Student Run Television Station, and Squeaky Wheel Media Arts Center. Emily was also Assistant Producer on Buffalo’s largest independent film, “Let Them Have Their Way.” Most recently, Emily graduated from University at Buffalo. While at UB, Emily was an Academic Assistant within the on-campus dorms, a student leader within the Undergraduate Academies, and President of the all-female a cappella group “The Royal Pitches.” Currently, Emily is conducting independent research on female representation in media and is planning to release a YouTube channel entitled “Rethink Feminism” within the next year.

Hive Supporters

Thank you to all those who have helped get Hive started.

  • Cosmo Fujiyama, Emcee
  • Satya Kamdar, Social Media
  • Olivia Wong, Social Media
  • Yasi Baiani, Finance
  • Max Marmer, Frameworks
  • Wes Mahler, Technology
  • Tim West, Food
  • Caen Contee, Logistics
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  • Jim Kleiber, Logistics
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  • Ting Kelly, Doorstep Studios