Champions Retreat 2019 Call for Breakout Session Proposals
The B Corp Champions Retreat is the annual catalytic gathering in which leaders from B Corps and the broader B Economy come together to experience themselves and their companies as integral actors in an inclusive movement of people using business as a force for good. This year’s 11th Champions Retreat will take place September 16-18th in Los Angeles, California. Over 600 leaders will convene to strengthen connections, learn from one another, and fortify our resolve as we face some of the most pressing issues of our time.

The power of the B Corp movement is the power of you - our B Economy leaders. This year we are committing even more focus on taking the lead from you and are designing the Champions Retreat experience, based on your feedback and needs.

If you have expertise to share and a desire to facilitate a solutions-oriented conversation with fellow members of the B Economy at Champions Retreat, please send us your breakout session proposal before MAY 30TH, 2019.

What topics should the breakout sessions focus on?
Champions Retreat content is focused on two themes at the intersection of business and impact: building an inclusive economy and a regenerative economy. We recognize that these themes are interdependent, and expect workshop leaders to orient towards one track but showcase interconnections.

An Inclusive Economy is one that creates opportunities for people of all backgrounds and experiences to live with dignity, support themselves and their families, and make a contribution to their communities. These sessions will focus primarily on using business to achieve improved outcomes for groups that have experienced systemic barriers to inclusion, including racial minorities, womxn, people with disabilities, veterans, returning citizens and people who identify as LGBTQIA. Example topics are:

Corporate Activism for Equity
Affinity Spaces
Elevating Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at Work
Improving Societal Outcomes

A Regenerative Economy takes “sustainability” to the next level. It is rooted in metrics and market structures that meet human needs through equitable access, distribution, fully-costed and priced services and goods, and delivers flourishing value for all within nature’s bounds. This track will offer tangible learning and workshopping on some of the most innovative climate and environmental solutions of our time including:

Climate Change Mitigation
Reducing Waste and Toxins
Learning from Nature
Taking a Stand for the Environment

What is the purpose of the breakout sessions?
In addition to focusing your workshop within a content track, we invite you to model your workshop approach according to one of the following:

HOW - TO: these are interactive sessions that showcase an impactful business practice, tool or business model, and support participants to apply it to their work context. (Example: “How to Be an Anti-Racist Company”)

WORKING TOGETHER: these are interactive sessions that make connections across businesses, roles, industries and sectors to further collective action initiatives in pursuit of an inclusive and/or regenerative economy. (Example: “Collective Action and the B Corp Climate Action Collaborative").

B BUILDING BLOCKS: these are sessions on topics that are core to individual business success or our movement achieving the scale. Topics may include scaling with integrity, flexing the B Corp brand, engaging employees in a mission driven organization, or the role of multinational companies in growing the B Economy.

Beyond the guidance here, we do not have a set format for the breakouts because we want facilitators to be able to be creative in their design. See below for selection criteria to guide your planning.

Selection Criteria
Workshops at Champions Retreat should create an opportunity for participation to learn tangible tools and best practices, connect with one another and feel connected to the larger vision of the movement.

We request that for workshops/sessions led by two or more individuals, at least one of those individuals identify as belonging to an historically underrepresented group, including but not limited to: racial minorities, womxn, people with disabilities, veterans, returning citizens and people who identify as LGBTQIA.

PARTICIPANT CENTERED - designed with the attendees experience and needs at forefront; clear learning and experience objectives; defined target audience; not direct business pitches.

ACTION-ORIENTED - engage the audience, spark discussion, and inspire new ideas and collaborations through facilitated dialogue and interactions.

RELEVANT - focused on the intersection of business and impact and aligned with the themes; innovative and cutting edge.

CONTEXTUALIZED - highlight the social context and power dynamics within which the discussion topic unfolds, including reasons why certain groups interact with and experience the discussion topic differently; explore the conditions necessary to address the topic in a transformative way, including addressing structural challenges, stigma, and cultural attitudes

Who should submit a breakout session proposal?
We are seeking knowledgeable and experienced workshop facilitators. Leading a breakout session at the Champions Retreat is an opportunity to serve the B Economy as a leader and collaborator. Breakout session leaders are not compensated for their service and we are unable to offer discounted tickets to the event.
Who will be in attendance at Champions Retreat?
Leaders of the B Economy which are those who work for or support Certified B Corps through their partnerships, investments or research. Attendees are primarily from the United States and Canada.

80% are employees of Certified B Corporations or companies pursuing B Corp certification.
20% of the attendees are from key collaborators and partners in the B Economy - foundations, nonprofits and academics.

A majority of Champions Retreat attendees come from B2B businesses that range in average from 0-50 employees. The next largest segment of attendees are from consumer product businesses that range in average from 50-500 employees.
The primary job functions of attendees are: executive leadership, communications and marketing, human resources and/or people and culture teams.

Submission Process
Complete and submit this form by May 30th at 5pmET
Submissions will be reviewed by a selection committee
Selected proposals will be notified by June 13th
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