In 2013, we chose to revive the spirit of the Junto in the form of a retreat, as we believe that running a business in a "not just for profit" way is rewarding both financially and emotionally. By coming together, as Franklin and his friends did, we hope to share valuable knowledge and reflections that can improve ourselves, our businesses, and our communities. In the grandest sense, we hope such an exchange will indeed help us create a more thoughtful world.
The Junto Retreat has grown into a richer, more diverse group of individuals looking to make an impact on their communities and contribute to a more thoughtful world. The Junto Retreat is intentionally and specifically a retreat—it is designed so you won't be talked at all day and, instead, are a part of the conversation. During the course of this annual two-day event, featuring carefully curated talks, the majority of the time is for attendees to think, reflect, write, and share.
Attendees participate in hands-on exercises and activities to help them reflect on what they stand for and the impact they hope to make. In past Junto Retreats, we’ve heard from: chefs, architects, entrepreneurs, musicians, librarians, writers and founders & CEO’s of leadership organizations, yoga studios, foundations, technology companies, ice cream companies, ad agencies, radio broadcast organizations, theatre companies and social enterprises—to name just a few!
The community that has formed through the retreat continues to engage throughout the year for Junto Dinners. In the same spirit as the Junto Retreat, these dinner events are geared towards an exchange of knowledge and ideas through an interview and dinner conversation with a guest of honor, as well as time for attendees to to think, reflect, write, and share in their journals and with the group.