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CEONet 2024 Annual Retreat: Wrestling with the Big Issues

April 11 @ 9:00 am - April 12 @ 11:00 am PDT


San Diego Foundation
2508 Historic Decatur Rd
San Diego, CA 92106 United States

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Event Overview

CEONet is excited to present this year’s in-person Retreat in beautiful San Diego, California. The first day offers an engaging and interactive program that moves from global to local to personal. On the second day our facilitators will offer an experience for attendees to identify their core learnings and crowd-source


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CEONet Member Registration
26 available
Non-Member Registration
26 available

Event Details

Join your CEO and ED colleagues for a one-and-a-half-day Retreat for inspiration, discussion, networking and sharing focused on issues of importance to all community foundation leaders. The theme of this year’s retreat is “Wrestling with the Big Issues” which features a keynote address from Lucy Bernholz, who will share her latest perspectives including those from her Blueprint 2024, a responsive panel of CEOs talking about how their programs are positioned for the future, and a workshop on fresh approaches to leadership that avoid burnout and provide tools to lead well in the “next normal” of impact-driven leadership.  As with all CEONet Retreats, time is built into the schedule for open discussion with your colleagues. Our Retreat is at The San Diego Foundation in Liberty Station, walking distance from hotels and other activities.  


Registration Details 

Member early-bird registration, until February 15, 2024 –  $625

Non-member early-bird registration, until February 15, 2024 – $925

***Please review your current membership status HERE before selecting which ticket type to register under.***

Optional Pre-Retreat Site Visit, Wednesday April 10 

For those attendees who arrive by noon on Wednesday April 10, the planning committee is working with The San Diego Foundation to have a site visit to one or more of their programs. The optional site visit will cost $50 and is limited to the first 25 people who sign up. If you would like to be notified of the site visit agenda and registration when it becomes available, please check the box.  


Recommended Hotels

Courtyard by Marriott, Liberty Station and Homewood Suites, Liberty Station


Detailed Agenda and Speaker Profiles


Optional Pre-Retreat—Wednesday April 10, 2024

3:00pm—6:00pm (tentative time)

For those attendees who are arriving in San Diego early on April 10, join us for a site visit planned in partnership with The San Diego Foundation. Space is limited to the first 25 registrants and costs an additional fee of $50.

Wednesday April 10, 2024, 6:00pm-8:00pm

          Welcome Cocktail Reception-Courtyard Liberty Station Patio

Thursday, April 11, 2024—9:00am—5:00pm


  • Lucy Bernholz is a senior research scholar and director of the Digital Civil Society Lab, which is part of Stanford University’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS). Lucy is author of “Philanthropy and Digital Civil Society: Blueprint” which is the annual industry forecast. Lucy has authored many papers and briefs on philanthropy. She was a co-author of “On The Brink of New Promise: The Future of U.S. Community Foundations, a seminal study on community foundations, now nearing its 20th anniversary of release.

CEO Responsive Panel

  • Simeon Bannister, Rochester Area Community Foundation
  • Mark Stuart, The San Diego Foundation



    • Tucker Wannamaker, Chief Executive
    • Sara Fanslau, Chief of Impact
    • Aaron Cohen, Relationship Leader

THRIVE IMPACT is defining the next normal of workplace leadership for impact-driven organizations. With the speed and complexity of change happening at an exponential rate, the old ways of leadership don’t work in the new day we find ourselves in.  Using neuroscience-backed tools and practices, they help teams create impact from the inside out by aligning at all levels – starting at the individual level and then moving outwards to teams and organizations, arriving at the end result of true community impact.


Thursday Agenda


Welcome—Kristi Knous, Chair CEONet and Diane Miller, ED CEONet

Icebreaker Introduction Exercise


          Keynote Speaker: Lucy Bernholz

Using the Blueprint 2024 as a framing document, Lucy will speak to the larger issues facing civil society with a philanthropic lens. As part of Lucy’s presentation, there will be table discussions using the “sensemaking” exercise found in Lucy’s monograph. There will be time for Q & A as well as reporting out.



          Speakers: CEO Panel

In response to some of the morning topics, a panel of CEOs will offer their perspectives on how they are addressing key issues through their programming at the local level. Q&A follows the discussion.


          Facilitators: THRIVE IMPACT

Through this 3-hour interactive workshop, THRIVE IMPACT will introduce tools for the next normal of impact-driven leadership. CEOs will learn and be able to apply principles of conscious leadership and co-creative leadership in the room. These principles, when applied, can lead to key outcomes in your lives and organizations such as reduced burnout, increased resilience, greater alignment, and the ability to unlock the collective wisdom of your team.

5:00—5:15 Wrap Up

6:00pm —8:00pm

          Casual Dinner at Gogo Amigo

Margaritas, beer, and wine, make your own taco bar. Outside patio. 10-minute walk from San Diego Foundation.


Friday April 12, 2024

Friday morning will be a lightly facilitated time for attendees to assimilate their learning and prioritize their top takeaways with input from their peers.

Friday Agenda


Breakfast and CEONet Overview to lead into the final session with THRIVE IMPACT


          Facilitators: THRIVE IMPACT

          Reflecting, Learning, and Crowd-Sourcing Wisdom Experience

Through this 2-hour facilitated conversation, CEOs will be able to reflect on their core learnings from the retreat, work on how you might apply those learnings back home in your organizations and connect with each other in small groups to share wisdom and innovations.

11:00am—Adjourn (San Diego airport 15 minutes away)

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