Frequently Asked Questions

What is Hive?

Hive is a global community of CEOs, leaders, and entrepreneurs who are working together on creating a better world, solving humanity’s greatest challenges, and strengthening local communities.

What is the Hive mission?

Hive’s mission is to create a deeply interconnected community of leaders and entrepreneurs working together on creating a better world in each major global city.

Why was Hive created?

The Hive community was founded in 2014 in order to deepen authentic community among leaders in the business, government, scientific, philanthropic, and non-profit sectors who were deeply passionate about creating a better world and communities and wanted to support each other throughout the journey.

Who comes to the Hive Global Leaders Program?

Every couple months, Hive hosts extraordinary global leaders at the Innovation Hangar at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco for a transformative 3-day event called Hive Global Leaders Program. So far, we’ve convened nearly 1200 entrepreneurs, leaders, and innovators from over 100 countries around the globe and have received over 13,000 applications from 175 countries. We are specifically looking for leaders who are committed to making a big impact in the world.

There are three ways to join the Hive community. You can apply to be invited, be nominated by a Hive team member, or be nominated by any Hive alum.

Over 50% of attendees are from outside the United States by design and over half are CEOs, Co-founders, Managing Directors, Executive Directors or Presidents of their organizations. By intentional design, 50% of Hive attendees are female and 50% are male. Regardless of their backgrounds, what each attendee has in common is a shared passion for creating a better world.


Is Hive for me?

Hive is for you if you are an ambitious leader who is deeply committed to service and to making a positive impact in the world. We have designed Hive to make you a better leader who achieves more through your work. At Hive, you will learn from our transformational leadership curriculum, be inspired and moved by leaders like you, build your network across sectors, and reflect on your deeper purpose. You’ll have the opportunity to gain clarity on your biggest desires and goals, and you’ll learn tools and habits that will help you lead an impactful life personally and professionally. Hive gives you a lifelong network of purpose-driven leaders who will help you achieve your vision.

At each Hive there are innovators and leaders from many fields including science, technology, engineering, journalism, activism, design, education, public service, philanthropy, finance, business, entrepreneurship, and social entrepreneurship.  We strive for our programs to be as diverse as possible across gender, race, and geography.

Learn more about the Hive Network here.


I received an invitation to join Hive. How did you find me?

As part of growing the Hive community around the world, we have built a research team that identifies leaders in the social enterprise, business, government, science, philanthropy, the arts, and entrepreneurship fields who are working on creating a better world, solving big challenges, and working on community issues who we then invite to attend. We look through all the various events/conferences/programs to identify leaders who keep coming up and we think would be a good addition to the Hive community of people who deeply care about the world. We then manually research each person and invite them to join the community so that they do not have to apply to join.


Is there an age minimum or maximum? What is the average age?

We are bringing together extraordinary leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators from around the world. In past programs the average age has been around 33 however, participants so far have ranged from 21-75. We welcome mission-driven leaders ages 21 and above to apply.


What happens at Hive?

Hive enables high-impact leaders like you to discover and clarify your purpose through three-day workshops in San Francisco and Boston we call the Hive Global Leaders Program. We bring together 100 to 150 leaders from 30+ countries for each program. Just being in such a diverse room of thought creates some extraordinary opportunities for connection.

Once you have clarity on your purpose (your personal mission for the next phase of your life), we help you create a detailed execution plan to achieve your purpose and your goals.

What we specialize in is helping leaders and innovators discover their purpose and then join or build teams to create solutions to humanity’s most pressing challenges in fields like renewable energy, global education, basic needs access, mindfulness and wellness, water, the environment, peace and conflict resolution, refugee settlement, leadership coaching, technology, engineering, design, healthcare, biotechnology, finance, government 2.0, AI, robotics and many more. You can read about our curriculum here.

At the end of Hive, you’ll leave with a framed life plan, clear direction, and a community of changemakers in your city and around the world that has your back for life.


How many people attend the Hive Global Leaders Program?

The Hive Global Leaders Program has grown from 32 attendees in January 2014 to 157 attendees in April 2016. Most programs now have between 100 and 150 attendees to ensure intimacy and close connection.


What is the tuition price to attend Hive? 

The tuition price to attend Hive is $1249, which allows us to break even on event and staff costs. We do not make a profit on the events as we have subsidized them to invest in the long-term community and in scholarships. We determine who receives a scholarship by their income and travel costs that attendees note on their application form, in addition to any extenuating circumstances they may face.

If you need a scholarship to attend, you can apply here for a scholarship. We work incredibly hard to make it financially feasible for everyone to attend. Be honest with us and we’ll be honest with you about what we can make happen. We’re only human after all.


What is included in the tuition price?

Tuition includes the entire three day Hive Global Leaders Program (speakers, lectures, discussions, and participatory content) as well as some meals during the weekend. Tuition does not include accommodations or any transportation costs, including airfare. The Hive Global Leaders Program begins with a reception and dinner at 7:00 PM on the first night of the program and ends with a closing reception (at 6:00 PM) on the final day.


Will my employer pay for or reimburse me for the tuition?

As Hive is a leadership training program, you may wish to check with your employer to determine if they will pay for directly or reimburse you for development and training programs from their HR training budget. We’ve had many applicants receive approval for their company to pay for the leadership training.


Can I crowdfund my tuition?

Yes, a number of past Hive attendees have successfully crowdfunded their Hive tuition using tools like Indiegogo and GoFundMe. You can download the Hive Crowdfunding Guide here.


Where should I book lodging?

Hive is proud to partner with Hotels for Hope to identify ideal hotel partners in our event cities. We will provide lodging information to registered attendees a few weeks before the event. We recommend booking necessary air travel as soon as possible to secure an affordable flight.


What is your refund policy?

Hive allows transfers from one scheduled event to another event of the same program content (i.e. a global leaders program can be swapped with another global leaders program) provided that the attendee provide Hive Global with 14 days notice and that event has availability. We do not currently allow for refunds for any registrations as we use those funds to produce and execute each event.

If inclement weather prevents an attendee from attending an event do to travel disruption, an attendee may work with Hive Global to transfer their registration to another event. However, Hive is not responsible for any associated costs (hotel, etc.) that the registrant may have incurred as a result of their registration with a program.


Are you looking for sponsors?

Hive is currently looking for sponsors to cover the costs of the event and provide scholarship funding. You can download the Hive Sponsorship Flyer here. Contact us at if you are interested in sponsoring.


Will there be Hive events outside of San Francisco?

We plan to host programs in other US cities outside of San Francisco in 2017. Our hope is to be able to bring the program to an international destination by the end of 2017. If you are interested in bringing Hive to your city, please fill out our contact form.


How is Hive structured as an organization?

We are a for-profit social enterprise (Delaware Benefit Corporation) that is also in the process of forming a not-for-profit arm in order to be able to accept tax-deductible contributions for scholarships.

Who created Hive?

We began working on Hive in 2014 with a vision to create the world’s most impactful community of leaders and entrepreneurs working to create a better world. Our team is growing! If you are interested in working with us please fill out our contact form.


What is Hive’s Long Term Vision?

When we imagine the future, we see a happy, healthy, and sustainable world in which everyone around the world can pursue their dreams. We wish to deepen the interconnection among leaders and entrepreneurs who care in every major city in the world.

We are convening and connecting the leaders who will re-imagine the 21st century and work together to create a happy, healthy, and sustainable world. We are pragmatic optimists who believe the future is bright, with many challenges to overcome to get there.

We see building Hive as a small part in helping to usher in a world that works for everyone and everything. We’re just 3 years into our plan, and we’re excited to have you join us.


What if I have more questions?

Please fill out our contact form, we’d love to hear from you!