The fastest way to solve problems is through collaboration with a diverse group of smart people. Look no further than the 2016 New Year’s LOFT (Leaders On Fast Track) Retreat for proof.
The Hispanic Heritage Foundation organized the Jan. 2 event with a focus on technology and brought together over 50 people with diverse backgrounds and interests to IndieDesk in Downtown Los Angeles. The agenda consisted of participants giving five-minute talks on any topic they wanted. The format of the presentations was similar to Ignite talks, and speakers shared personal and professional passions and experiences. Topics included startup fundraising, networking tips, humanizing technology, storytelling, interpreting dreams, breastfeeding (yes, breastfeeding) and mindfulness.
After the retreat, we had a social hour, and all the participants got a chance to know each other better in an informal setting. The varied content of the participants and diversity of the attendees created an open, collaborative environment where participants learned from each other, created new relationships and working opportunities, and planted the seeds to solve the world’s biggest problems.