Island to host millennial-led network event
A gathering of business leaders, entrepreneurs, and networking experts, led by the “most connected millennial” will take place in Bermuda in September.
Jared Kleinert, who gave a sell-out talk on the island in January, is co-organising the private event, which could have spin-off benefits for Bermuda.
The Meeting of the Minds network brings together successful individuals, and a number of times each year its members gather for a retreat-type experience.
Mr Kleinert, said: “We are building one of the top, millennial-led mindshares in the world. We already have an intimate group of highly regarded CEOs, business owners and entrepreneurs from all over the world, from different industries and walks of life. Not all of them are millennials, but it is millennial-led.”
He explained that the idea is to bring together individuals who are interested in growing their business by networking and interacting with other experts, while also “contributing their own expertise to the conversation and learning how to best leverage their pre-existing network”.
Mr Kleinert has been referred to as “the most connected millennial” by USA Today. He is the founder and author of 3 Billion Under 30, and is chief executive officer of Kleinert Ventures.
Regarding the types of people who are likely to attend Meeting of the Minds gatherings, he said: “Our sphere of influence includes individuals who have collectively started companies worth billions of dollars, positively influence hundreds of millions of people through their work, and include subject matter experts from diverse backgrounds.
“Our events attract New York Times bestselling authors, CEOs of nine-figure businesses, co-founders of start-ups with $100 million in funding, Forbes 30 Under 30 honourees, Hall of Fame athletes turned entrepreneurs, podcasters with hundreds of thousands of downloads, executive coaches for top Fortune 500 executives and household name business titans, social media influencers with millions of followers, creators of hit shows on Netflix, and many others.”
Meeting of the Minds has held gatherings in Atlanta and New York, and has another planned for Los Angeles. Mr Kleinert said the Bermuda gathering, which is being done in collaboration with Bermudian-based Par 3 Consulting, will be special.
He said: “It’s an opportunity to bring our global network to Bermuda and help Bermudian business owners, CEOs and professionals who may not normally have access to this group of talent, or the coaching and teaching on networking and relationship building that we can offer.
“It’s less of a conference or event and more of an experience. It is very much about everyone in the group teaching one another.”
Mr Kleinert added: “Our past intensives have included surprise magic shows, tequila tastings, improv, DIY cocktail bars, rappelling off the side of a mountain, and endless amounts of music, delicious bites, dance parties, and more. We are intentional about breaking down barriers so the ‘Minds’ who join us can connect with other attendees, receive helpful and actionable feedback they can use to ‘level up’ personally and professionally, and walk away inspired to work harder, smarter, and more collaboratively.”
Anthony Mocklow, chief innovation officer at Par 3 Consulting, is contacting entrepreneurs on the island to invite them to be part of the select group when it meets in September. He said it was about “educating, training and providing an avenue [for Bermuda entrepreneurs] to reach a wider network of international entrepreneurs”.
In addition, for Bermuda there could be wider benefits. Mr Kleinert said: “From our standpoint there is an opportunity to promote Bermuda and its benefits, from a business development standpoint and a tourism standpoint, to our group of individuals who come from all over the world, but mostly the US, where they can seriously consider Bermuda as a place to open a second or additional office for their business, or come back and visit as tourists.”
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