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The Freedom at Work Experience

Oct. 22-23, 2018 | Loews Resort
San Diego, CA

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The Tribe Experience
October 20-21st

Join us for an optional two days for fun, networking, and building lasting relationships
with other member of the WorldBlu tribe.

We know that some of the best relationships aren't always formed in the conference
ballroom - they happen in unexpected moments of serendipity.

That's why during our optional pre-event on Saturday, October 20th and Sunday, October 22nd, we'll be hosting a range of experimental activities that will involve surf, sand, and a lot of sun.

Feel free to bring your family and join us for two days of relaxation, connection, and fun!

Join us for an optional two days of fun, networking, and building lasting relationships with other members of the WorldBlu tribe.

We know that some of the best relationships aren't always formed in the conference ballroom - they happen in unexpected moments of serendipity.

That's why during our optional pre-event on Saturday, October 20th and Sunday, October 22nd, we'll be hosting a range of activities that will involve surf, sand, and a lot of sun.

Feel free to bring your family and join us for two days of relaxation, connection, and fun!

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Loews Resort

Coronada Bay | San Diego | CA

The Main Experience
October 22-23rd

At the Freedom at Work Summit we bring to life the proven practices, skills,
and behaviors for building a high-performing,
freedom-centered, workplace culture.

We teach you the proven Freedom at Work™ system we've taught companies and
leaders for over 20 years, and give you a community of support to take action
to create extraordinary transformations in your company.

Every day we see leaders and organizations wasting thousands of dollars on perks and
culture programs that don't address the real issues, lack a clear deep strategy,
and don't create lasting, transformational change.

The fact is, there's a huge difference between the ideas you see other businesses do
that you hope will work in your organization and having an
actual proven system that does work.

At the Freedom at Work Summit, we take a deep dive into the proven mindset,
leadership skills, and organizational systems and processes you
must have in place to succeed.

The methods we teach aren't about perks or cramming you with more information
that you will forget in a week.

Instead, we teach you the actionable best practices, insights, and strategies you can
immediatelyapply that will help build a high-performing
and in-demand workplace culture.

Along the way, you will hear from world-class SURPRISE guest speakers who will offer
their insights, tips, and inspiration for your freedom-centered journey.

We will cap off our powerful and transformational two-day gathering with our
Night of Honor, a black-tie gala that honors champions of Freedom at Work.

This is why many of the top brands in the world come to the Freedom at Work Summit.

Our process simply works.

Join us for this life-changing event.

At the Freedom at Work Experience, we bring to life the proven practices, skills, and behaviors for building a high-performing, freedom-centered, workplace culture.

We teach you the proven Freedom at Work™ system we've taught companies and leaders for over 20 years, and give you a community of support to take action to create extraordinary transformations in your company.

Every day we see leaders and organizations wasting thousands of dollars on perks and
culture programs that don't address the real issues, lack a clear deep strategy and don't create lasting, transformational change.

The fact is, there's a huge difference between the ideas you see other businesses do
that you hope will work in your organization and having an
actual proven system that does work.

At the Freedom at Work Experience, we take a deep dive into the proven mindset,
leadership skills, and organizational systems and processes you
must have in place to succeed.

The methods we teach aren't about perks or cramming you with more information
that you will forget in a week.

Instead, we teach you the actionable best practices, insights, and strategies you can
immediately apply that will help build a high-performing
and in-demand workplace culture.

Along the way, you will hear from world-class surprise guest speakers who will offer
their insights, tips, and inspiration for your freedom-centered journey.

We will cap off our powerful and transformational two-day gathering with our
Night of Honor, a black-tie gala that honors champions of Freedom at Work.

This is why many of the top brands in the world come to the Freedom at Work Summit.

Our process simply works.

Join us for this life-changing event.

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Traci Fenton

Founder of WorldBlu

The Culture Experience
October 24th

Join us for an optional post-event look inside the brand-new corporate offices of
The WD-40 Company, a WorldBlu certified Freedom-Centered Workplace™,
and discover how they infuse Freedom at Work into the design of their workplace.

After the tour, join Garry Ridge, CEO of WD-40, and other member of the
WD-40 tribe for an exclusive Q&A session where they will share their secrets
to building a phenomenal freedom-centered culture that's delivering
breakthrough bottom-line growth.

Wrap up a morning of inspiration and discovery with a delicious lunch and further
conversation on their beautiful outdoor patio.

Space is limited for this exclusive event.

Join us for an optional post-event look inside the brand-new corporate offices of The WD-40 Company, a WorldBlu certified Freedom-Centered Workplace™, and discover how they infuse Freedom at Work into the design of their workplace.

After the tour, join Garry Ridge, CEO of WD-40, and other members of the WD-40 tribe for an exclusive Q&A session where they will share their secrets to building a phenomenal freedom-centered culture that's delivering breakthrough bottom-line growth.

Wrap up a morning of inspiration and discovery with a delicious lunch and further conversation on their beautiful outdoor patio.

Space is limited to 50 people for this exclusive event.

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The WD-40 Company

San Diego | California | CA

Here’s what leaders are saying about
Freedom at Work™

"Companies With Freedom-Centered Cultures Enjoy Better Returns."

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WD-40

Garry Ridge

CEO, The WD-40 Company

"Freedom at Work allows me to go all in."

Having the freedom that I do in my work at Zappos allows me to go all-in. It empowers me to take full ownership over my projects, my career path, and the culture we create. That same freedom affords me opportunities that I might never have had at a traditional company. At Zappos, I can reinvent myself daily based on the company’s and my needs. Read More ...Read Less

Zappos

Krissee Danger

Deputy Chief of Staff, Zappos

"Creating a freedom-based environment is essential"

Our teammates have a central role in shaping the future of DaVita and our ability to innovate. Creating a freedom-based environment where individual voices are heard is essential in that journey. Read More ...Read Less

DaVita

Kent Thiry

CEO, DaVita

"Freedom at Work Helps us achieve our financial goals."

Geonetric is a Freedom-Centered Workplace because we remain convinced it’s the best way to implement our mission: to build an exceptional team that does revolutionary work to “wow!” our clients. Freedom at Work™ means we trust our employees in ways most traditional corporations fear. Our employees are financially savvy; they understand our financial goals and how their team’s work contributes to Geonetric’s overall success. Our employees also understand our clients, their needs, and the ever-changing healthcare market. Because teams are able to organize, prioritize, and manage their own work, they deliver value to our clients faster than ever. The people closest to, and most knowledgeable about, any problem are the ones who are responsible for solving it. The results? Consistently high scores in both client and employee satisfaction, the ability to hire and retain top talent in a highly competitive environment, achieving our financial goals, and helping our clients do the same. Read More ...Read Less

Geonetric

Eric Engelmann

Founder, Geonetric

"Freedom at work is right in principle and practice."

Freedom at Work™ is right in principle and right in practice. A freedom-centered workplace means one where people are able to focus on simply doing their best, rather than politics and silly rules. It can create a great place to work in, and as a result, a more effective, productive, and profitable company. Freedom at Work™ is common sense. Why would anybody want to restrict people’s freedom?
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Happy Ltd.

Henry Stewart

CEO, Happy, Ltd.

"Freedom at work has driven a 10% reduction in labor cost."

At NRI, the values of “Fairness + Dignity” and “Individual + Collective” drive our belief that we must commit to the people who come to work every day if we expect them to make any sort of commitment to us. Our challenge was to break the industry norm of using temp agency employees, and hire people based on values and fit within NRI. We mentored people, set specific goals and accountability, and increased the ratio of NRI employees on the production floor from 40% to 99%. These people are now more engaged, happier, and have seen an increase in pay and benefits, and NRI has seen a 10% reduction in labor cost.
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NRI

Bruce Churchill

Chief Financial Officer, NRI

"You achieve your highest aspirations when you operate from a place of freedom."

I believe you achieve your highest aspirations and dreams when you operate from a place of freedom and inspiration, rather than fear. Bringing my team into true ownership and vision of sweetriot passes on this energy of freedom-based thinking.
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sweetriot

Sarah Endline

Mastermind & Chief Rioter (aka: Founder & CEO), sweetriot

"Working in a freedom-centered workplace is a breath of fresh air!"

Working in a freedom-centered, democratic workplace is a breath of fresh air! Over the years, I have been a slave to micromanaging supervisors, stressing over perfect time clock punches, and subjected to unfair schedule and workplace practices. DreamHost sounded way too good to be true, and I was waiting for the honeymoon to be over. Several years later, and I’m still a happy camper! Freedom at Work™ used to be an unfamiliar concept as I have never had that before. It’s refreshing to see honest and open conversations regarding all aspects of the company, and all the cards on the table, whether good or bad. Read More ...Read Less

Dreamhost

Jamie Muller

Customer Experience, DreamHost

"The democratic principles we follow have kept Great Harvest relevant and agile."

Great Harvest is made up of smart, capable individuals whose ideas, creativity, and ability to collaborate for the greater good, are crucial to our long-term success. We’re into our third decade in business and truly believe the democratic principles we follow have kept Great Harvest relevant and agile. Read More ...Read Less

Great Harvest

Mike Ferretti

Chairman + CEO, Great Harvest

"Freedom at work allows people to bring their true best selves to work every day."

At New Belgium, we knew early on that we wanted to share the rights and responsibilities of ownership with our co-workers. We initially created a phantom stock plan which has transitioned into a full, 100% employee-owned, ESOP. Part of being an owner here is understanding the business of running the business. To that end, we practice open book management and engage all co-workers in our annual strategic planning. We encourage open and honest communications throughout the organization. You can question, prod, and disagree with decisions, which makes for a robust planning process. We feel transparency and inclusivity foster trust and engagement, while allowing people to bring their true best selves [to work] every day. Read More ...Read Less

New Belgium

Kim Jordan

Founder, New Belgium Brewing

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FAQs on the Freedom at Work Experience

1: Who is the Freedom at Work Experience For?

Who is the FAW Experience For?

The Freedom at Work Experience, produced by the WorldBlu Academy, is for C-suite leaders, HR strategic leaders, and Learning and Development professionals (or equivalent), who are committed to learning about how to build high-energy, high-growth, and high-performing workplace cultures using freedom rather than fear and control.

 

2: When and Where is it Happening?

Time to Network

The Freedom at Work Experience main experience is happening Oct. 22-23, 2018 at the Loews Resort in Coronado Bay, San Diego.

We have a tribe experience happening Oct. 20-21st for two days of fun activities and time at the beach for members of our global community to further connect and build relationships. Families are welcome to join us!

After the main experience, on Oct. 24th, up to 50 people will get to take a deeper dive into the Freedom at Work culture experience with a visit to the new offices of the WD-40 Company, a WorldBlu Certified Freedom-Centered Workplace™ and engage in an exclusive Q&A with Garry Ridge, the CEO of WD-40 and fellow members of their tribe.

We strongly encourage you to book your hotel rooms at the Loews Resort. Tell them you're with WorldBlu to get our special room rate. The rates are great and there is nothing else really close by. Don’t waste valuable networking time stuck in traffic trying to get across the bridge to beautiful Coronado Bay!

 

3: What Exactly is Freedom at Work™?

Freedom at Work

Freedom at Work™ is a proven trademarked system developed by Traci Fenton and taught by WorldBlu globally. It is a system for developing high-energy, high-growth, and high-performing workplace cultures and organizations that operate using freedom rather than fear and control.

Freedom at Work has been used in small to large organizations in almost every industry, all over the world. You can explore a list of WorldBlu Certified Freedom-Centered Workplaces™ here.

 

4: WHAT will i learn?

What Will I Learn?

Interested in higher engagement? More trust? Solving communication problems? Increasing innovation and creativity? Better well-being? Attracting and retaining top talent? Knowing how to scale your already great culture?

If you said yes to any of the above, then we have you covered. There are three core areas we focus on at the Freedom at Work Experience that make up the Freedom at Work system. They are:

Mindset: We will teach you the proven 5-step mindset practice used by leaders in 65 countries worldwide for how to shift your thinking from fear to freedom in an instant. Knowing how to do this will enable you to overcome any limitation, make better decisions, feel super-charged, live stress-free, and achieve the results you want. Our practice is something you can use with your teams, one-one-one with employees, and even in your personal life.

Leadership: We will teach you the proven Freedom-Centered Leadership model, which includes the three core attributes of a Freedom-Centered Leader. These three attributes are what we believe every leader must understand and practice if they plan to lead others using freedom rather than fear.

Organizational Design: We will teach you how to intentionally design a freedom-centered organization, making the shift away from the outdated command and control model using the WorldBlu 10 Principles of Organizational Democracy. Benefits include learning our 7-step process for how to both design AND implement freedom-centered best practices for your organization. Participants will also get our exclusive e-book entitled, “50+ Transformational Practices in Freedom at Work,” full of cutting-edge ideas in organizational design.

Throughout the event, Transformational Coaches will be available to support and guide you through the material we cover and how it applies to you and your workplace.

We encourage you to bring your three biggest culture challenges and we will teach you how to solve them!

 

5: Is freedom at work just a nice idea, or can I expect to get real results for my business, too?

Real results

WorldBlu is serious about getting results for our clients.

While it’s hard to quantify the bottom-line results of culture transformation, WorldBlu has been able to because of our tools and methods.

According to an independent study, companies that practice the Freedom at Work system have, on average, 7x the revenue growth over a three-year period, compared with the S&P 500.

You can check out the results we’ve achieved for our clients.

 

6: WHAT won't be happening AT the experience?

More than a conference

Don’t come expecting to party like its 1999 or sing kumbaya!

We’re serious about having good clean fun together, building positive relationships, and teaching you the proven methods, tools, and skills to move your organization forward.

Come expecting to go deep, work hard, make real friends with a tribe of incredible people, and leave on a natural “high.”

 

7: isn't this just a conference? why do you call it an "experience?"

Dive Deep, Having Fun

Most conferences are about information – we are about transformation, and real transformation only happens when you are having a shared experience.

Research shows that most of what you learn at a traditional conference is forgotten in a matter of days, whereas when you learn ideas and immediately apply them to your life and your organization, they tend to stick. 

Most conferences bring in a lot of speakers to talk on a theme. We don't. The Freedom at Work Experience is designed to TEACH you the proven Freedom at Work™ system, not entertain you for a few days with a bunch of talking heads.  

Our event is called an “experience” because it’s just that – we’ve designed it for you to experience real freedom personally, interpersonally, and by experiencing a WorldBlu certified Freedom-Centered organization. 

We aren't about hype – we’re about substance and results. We’re for the serious players, not the dabblers who want Band-Aids and quick-fixes.

We’re here to make the most of your time and resources and teach you the tangible tools and strategies you can immediately apply when you get back to your organization.

 

8: there are so many things competing for my time and money, why should I attend?

Transforming leaders

The Freedom at Work Experience is for leaders who really want to learn how to transform their mindset, leadership skill and organizational design to build a world-class culture using the proven Freedom at Work system. You simply cannot learn this anywhere else. 

Sure, you can go to a conference where you get to see your friends and listen to speakers you can also listen to online, or you can come to a life-changing experience that will make the most of your time and resources by teaching you a proven system that delivers real bottom-line results. And yes, you will make some wonderful new connections and friends along the way, too!

 

9: how does freedom at work™ compare to other methods (like self-management, holocracy, agile, sociocracy, teal, b-corps, conscious capitalism, etc.)?

Why Freedom at Work?

Here at WorldBlu, we have a lot of respect for other methods and organizations out there working raise the bar on work.

While it’s difficult to comment generally on all the methods listed above, what makes the Freedom at Work™ system different in general is that we take a principle-based vs practice-based approach to building high-performing organizations, which allows more flexibility and creativity, whereas most (but not all) of the methods above have an exact way of practicing them. 

The Freedom at Work system also starts with making sure you have the right mindset to build a freedom-centered organization. Most other methods don't touch on mindset and how to cultivate it. 

When it comes to organizational design, we are specifically teaching the proven system called organizational democracy (which is not simply voting), based on 10 core principles. Most of the above methods touch on some but not all of the principles and therefore, we believe, are an incomplete system. 

Lastly, another major difference is that we address the #1 root cause of most workplace issues, whereas most methods simply deal with the symptoms. Interested in knowing what the #1 root issue is of most workplace culture problems? Come to the Freedom at Work Experience!

 

10: who else IS attending?

HR and L&D leaders

We have C-suite, HR and L&D leaders attending from all over the world. Past brands that have participated include Apple, FIrefox, Zappos, Spotify, Groupon, Pandora, DaVita, Podio and hundreds more.

Those attending will receive a list of Experience participants so they can network, connect, and maintain friendships long after the event.

 

11: WHAT is the agenda?

October 20 - 21st (optional) Pre-event tribe experiences in the San Diego sun!

October 22nd (main event) – The core focus is on the first two parts of the Freedom at Work system, mindset and leadership. 

October 23rd (main event) - The core focus is on the third part of the Freedom at Work system, organizational design. The evening event is the Night of Honor gala awards and dinner.

October 24th (optional) – Tour The WD-40 Company, engage in a Q&A with Garry Ridge, CEO, and have lunch. (Space is limited to the first 50 participants).

 

12: who is traci fenton? is she the only one speaking?

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Traci Fenton is the Founder and CEO of WorldBlu, as well as a globally recognized speaker, researcher, writer, and transformational coach.

Traci has worked with leaders from small to Fortune 500 companies in over 80 countries worldwide. Traci frequently addresses audiences globally and has shared her message with individuals at diverse conferences and organizations such as South by Southwest, Harvard University, Yale University, the CIA, Yahoo, the US Naval Academy, and at TEDx.

Traci and WorldBlu have been featured in Fortune, Forbes, Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, The New York Times, Inc., BusinessWeek, US News & World Report, BBC, NPR and dozens of other media outlets around the world as well as in over three dozen books.

Traci was recently recognized by Inc. Magazine as a “Top 50 Leadership Thinker,” and the “Game Changer” award for “outstanding results in shaping the world.” 

There will be a few surprise guest speakers at the Freedom at Work Experience. Why are they a surprise? Well, because we have a slight flair for the dramatic AND because unlike other events, we’re not trying to sell you on coming because of the speakers – we want you to come because you want to learn the proven strategies and methods we will teach regarding freedom, not fear, in the workplace.

 

13: why is the freedom at work experience priced as it is?

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The Freedom at Work Experience is priced as it is because of the lifetime value of the system, ideas, and practices we will teach you.

It is also priced as it is because of the proven results we get for our clients building high-performing workplace cultures using Freedom at Work.

 

14: WHAT do I get for the registration fee?

The Freedom at Work Experience

Registration for the Freedom at Work Experience includes: 

  • 1 ticket for the Main Experience
  • 1 ticket for the Culture Experience (for the first 50 people)
  • 2 light breakfasts, 2 lunches, all networking breaks and the Night of Honor gala dinner
  • 1 ticket to the Night of Honor
  • 1, hour-long coaching call with a top WorldBlu Transformational Coach (after the event)
  • All materials
  • Our exclusive e-book entitled, "50+ Transformational Practices in Freedom at Work"

15: WHAT is the night of honor? do I really have to dress up?

3 - WorldBlu 2015 - Summit.NightofHonor.1 (262 of 293) copyThe Night of Honor, happening the evening of October 23rd is a black-tie invited gala awards ceremony, dinner and dance honoring champions of freedom in the workplace. 

While the attire for the main event is business casual, at the Night of Honor we ask men to come wearing black tie (or equivalent) and women to wear a cocktail dress (or equivalent) as a way of honoring the nobility of freedom and democracy.

Every day, people languish in fear-based workplaces, schools, communities, and countries. Dressing up is a way of acknowledging that we’re not just honoring ideas and leaders who will soon be forgotten – we're honoring freedom and democracy, something people have been fighting for and dying for, for millennia.

 

16: WHAT happens after the freedom at work experience is over?

Freedom at Work Community

Once the Freedom at Work Experience is over, you will have connections with an incredible tribe of leaders from all over the world and a strategy you can go back and implement in your organization. Every year we hear people tell us, “I finally met my tribe!” and they don’t want to leave. And we don’t want to, either! 

The good news is that there are several ways you can stay connected (until next year, of course!) – 

  • Join our Freedom at Work Facebook Group – After the FAW Experience, if you aren’t already a member, you can join our Freedom at Work Facebook group and stay connected with our tribe here to support you in your practice of Freedom at Work. 
  • Sign up for the 12-week Freedom at Work Foundations Course – While the FAW Experience gives you a comprehensive overview and many of the tools and practices of Freedom at Work, if you’re serious about building a world-class freedom-centered workplace, this is the course for you. Learn more by watching our webinar and book a call to speak with us about it. The next Freedom at Work Foundations course begins Jan. 2, 2019. 
  • Join the WorldBlu Partners Program – If you’re already a WorldBlu certified Freedom-Centered Workplace™ or you’ve completed the Foundations course, you can join our 12-month WorldBlu Partners program, loaded with benefits that we will tell you all about at the Freedom at Work Experience!

17: I'm in and I want to attend, but how do I sell this to my budget holders?

WorldBlu 2015 - Summit.TuesMorning (278 of 345)There are three main points you may want to make to sell attending the Freedom at Work Experience to your budget holders:

  1. A Proven System. You will be learning the PROVEN Freedom at Work system used by top brands around the world to build world-class cultures. These are substantial tools you will immediately be able to apply back at your workplace.
  1. Real Bottom-line Results. You can point them to the results we’ve achieved for clients around the world. Not many global conferences can do that.
  1. On-Going Learning and a World-Class Global Tribe. After the Freedom at Work Experience is over, you will be connected and stay connected and learning with our global tribe of world-class leaders through our exclusive Freedom at Work Facebook group.

18: can my organization sponsor the event?

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The Freedom at Work Experience is open to sponsors who can add real value to our participants.

Please contact us to discuss the possibilities. 

 

19: will the event sell out?

Night of Honor

Yes! This is the 8th global event we have done, and whenever we go to hotels they do sell out.

In order to maintain high-quality interactions, the event is limited to 200 leaders.

We encourage you to register now as tickets are selling quickly.

 

20: what is the deadline to register and how do I register?

WorldBlu 2015 - Summit.WedMorning (78 of 271)The deadline to register for the Freedom at Work Experience is October 1, 2018.

Please register by clicking the green button below.

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