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Brigadoon is expanding to Scotland | Tickets now available

Brigadoon is expanding and will host a gathering of entrepreneurs and thought-leaders this November in Scotland.

The event will take place November 12-14 near Edinburgh.

The final location will be announced shortly, but you can expect a compelling property with world-class surroundings to drive connections and creativity.

For more information or to secure your spot, hit the link here - http://thebrigadoon.com/store/brigadoon-scotland-2017

Thanks for the support and interest. Brigadoon is special because of you.

The Best Places to Travel in 2017 - by Condé Nast Traveler

Scotland

First it was Iceland. Everyone in our office was going to Iceland. Then South Africa. Now, it's Scotland—four of us went this fall alone, and came back asking for more time off to go back. “I didn’t see enough,” was the refrain. For some, the cities were the draw—the medieval lure of Edinburgh, with a "New Town” from the 1800s, but a food scene that's so contemporary, it makes Brooklyn look behind the times; or the gritty-but-great art and music scene of Glasgow, where underground is sometimes better than aboveground. Then there’s the reaches of the Highlands, from Oban up to the Orkneys, plus dozens of islands, some known for their whisky, others history, still others their white-sand beaches (no joke). The year 2017 marks the year of History, Heritage, and Archaeology in Scotland, which means it's time to explore the standing stones (made famous, for better or for worse, by Outlander), discover your roots, and find your tartan. And now, with new nonstop Delta flights from New York-JFK to Edinburgh, it's easier than ever to get there. —L.D.R.

Full article here: http://bit.ly/2oiTQze

Brigadoon 2017 - Reading List

A quick list of some of the books mentioned at Brigadoon 2017 during the lectures, discussions, and fire pit conversations.

Several speakers remarked that this year's gathering of Brigadoon was the most well-read group they have ever addressed.

Happy reading.

-Marc

Magic and Loss - Virginia Heffernan

The Mystery of Capital - Hernando De Soto

The Other Path - Hernando De Soto

Startup Nation - Dan Senor

The Book of Joy - Douglas Abram

Entertaining the Citizen - Liesbet Van Zooner

Man's Search for Meaning - Victor Frankl

The Cost of Discipleship - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Post-broadcast Democracy - Markus Prior

Niche News - Natalie Jamini Stroud

Daring Greatly - Brene Brown

Sapiens - Yuval Noah Harari

How to Communicate Like a Buddhist - Cynthia Kane

Love is the Killer App  – Timothy Sanders

Beyond Happy - Beth Cabrera

365 Thank Yous - John Kralik

The Leader Who Had No Title - Robin Sharma

The Great Risk Shift - Jacob S Hacker

Hillbilly Elegy - JD Vance 

The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid - CK Prahalad

Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power- Robert D. Kaplan

The Party: The Secret World of China's Communist Rulers - Richard McGregor

To Change China: Western Advisers in China - Jonathan D. Spence

The Unbanking of America - Lisa Servon

Treasury's War - Juan Zarate

Predictably Irrational - Daniel Ariely

Brigadoon 2017 Student Scholars Announced

Graduate students invited to attend fifth Brigadoon gathering in Sundance, Utah
Pierce Gaynor of UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School and
Chris Ruhl of Lehigh University are second recipients of this prestigious award

WASHINGTON, DC - February 6, 2017: Today the founders of Brigadoon and The Avalon Institute announced invitations were extended to graduate students at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School and Lehigh University to attend Brigadoon 2017 in Sundance, Utah.  

The Brigadoon Student Scholar is a program to invite promising graduate students who display unique leadership qualities to engage with seasoned entrepreneurs and thought-leaders at the yearly Brigadoon gathering in Sundance, Utah.
 
Marc Ross, founder of Brigadoon, and Perry Smith, co-founder of The Avalon Institute, issued this statement announcing the Brigadoon 2017 Student Scholar invitations:

Marc Ross: “When I first envisioned Brigadoon years ago, I wanted to create an intimate gathering that would connect entrepreneurs and thought-leaders as well as promising graduate students to spend a few days in a magical venue to exchange and try new business ideas. I have long felt that cross-generational dialogue is essential to fostering new business models, capturing new business opportunities, and solve challenging societal problems.

“As a graduate of UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School myself, I know first-hand the value of alumni providing opportunities for students to network and meet world-class leaders. I am thrilled to be able to provide this small opportunity to encourage business students to see the larger world and engage with people who are working to solve challenges in medicine, diplomacy, management, and performance. 

“I am inspired that someone of Pierce's background and experience is second Brigadoon Student Scholar from UNC. I look forward to working with him and UNC Kenan-Flagler for years to come to identify and invite other promising leaders from UNC to attend future Brigadoon gatherings.”

Perry Smith: “I first attended Brigadoon in at the invitation of Marc Ross to speak on rapidly changing 21st-century leadership models and the acute need for companies to explore new methods of connection between employees and senior leaders. The informal nature of this conference was amazing and greatly facilitated the open exchange of ideas in a relaxed environment. Last year’s gathering was so inspiring that I formed a new entity called The Avalon Institute,  where we are now entirely focused on developing positive change models and neuroleadership tools for business leaders, entrepreneurs, and the United States military.  

"Avalon is proud of our partnership with Lehigh University. We continue to receive invaluable feedback on our work and product development by way of an outstanding group of students and administrators at the Office of Leadership Development.  As an alumnus of Lehigh, I am thrilled to say thank you and extend the opportunity to one of these student leaders to participate and network with an outstanding group of entrepreneurs and business leaders at Brigadoon 2017!  

"This year our student scholar is Chris Ruhl.  Chris is completing his Master of Engineering in Technical Entrepreneurship and embraces the creative mindset upon which Brigadoon was launched. Our long-term goal at Avalon is to partner with Brigadoon each year and provide the opportunity for a promising student scholar from Lehigh to attend future gatherings.”

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About Brigadoon: Brigadoon is a gathering of leaders from around the globe with diverse talents to exchange insights and drive creativity. Brigadoon is a unique forum that engages attendees to think about enterprise, culture, sport, and policy in a setting that is truly fireside chats and an audio-visual equipment free environment. Now entering its fifth year, Brigadoon is where entrepreneurs and thought-leaders gather every February at Sundance Resort in Utah. www.thebrigadoon.com | @the_brigadoon

About The Avalon Institute: The Avalon Institute, co-founded by Brigadier General John E. Michel and Perry J. Smith, is a forward thinking company dedicated to teaching new methods of leadership, entrepreneurial thinking and the "boots on the ground" lessons learned in the private sector, Afghanistan, local and federal government and corporate America. In addition, Avalon continues to develop unique products, sustainable systems models, and IP for businesses in need of outstanding human performance and workplace development.  www.avalonleadership.com | @AvalonLead

About Pierce Gaynor of UNC Kenan-Flagler:  Pierce Gaynor is a second-year MBA Student at UNC Kenan-Flagler and the President of its Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club. Before business school, Pierce worked in pharmaceutical advertising, creating numerous campaigns from concept to execution, launching several brands, and supervising the creative and copy side of his teams. Since starting at UNC Kenan-Flagler, Pierce has founded the literary site NoiseMedium.com, which he plans to pursue full-time after graduation. He is an avid snowboarder, reader, and writer. 

About Chris Ruhl of Lehigh University: Chris Ruhl is currently a graduate student at Lehigh University completing a Master of Engineering in Technical Entrepreneurship. He also works in the Lehigh Athletics Department as a graduate assistant. Ruhl earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh in December 2015. As an undergrad, Ruhl played on the Lehigh’s Division 1 Football Team where he served as captain his senior year. He has also worked for three years with Mechanical Engineering professors on the research and development of an additive manufacturing process that produces metal. Chris is particularly interested in the intersection of engineering and athletics.

UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School + Brigadoon Student Scholar Program

Samantha Cunningham Register goes to Sundance!

UNC MBA Community March 2016 Newsletter

Samantha Cunningham Register (MBA '16) was selected to be the first student from UNC Kenan-Flagler to receive a scholarship to attend the annual Brigadoon gathering in Sundance, Utah.  Marc Ross (OneMBA ’08), Caracal Strategies co-founder and founder of Brigadoon, and Perry Smith, founder of the Avalon Institute, created the scholar program to invite promising graduate students who display exceptional leadership abilities to engage with seasoned entrepreneurs and industry experts from diverse fields such as military intelligence, new media, and professional sports. 

According to Ross, “As a graduate of UNC Kenan-Flagler myself, I know first-hand the value of alumni providing opportunities for students to network and meet world-class leaders. I am thrilled to be able to provide this small window to encourage business students to see the larger world and engage with people who are working to solve challenges in medicine, diplomacy, management, and performance.”  Congratulations Samantha!

Brigadoon 2016 Student Scholars Announced

Graduate students invited to attend fourth Brigadoogathering in Sundance, Utah

Samantha Register of UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and Chris Lum of Lehigh University are first recipients of new program

WASHINGTON, DC - February 9, 2016: Today the founders of Brigadoon and The Avalon Institute announced invitations to attend Brigadoon 2016 in Sundance, Utah were extended to graduate students at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School and Lehigh University.  

 The Brigadoon Student Scholar is a new project to invite promising graduate students who display unique leadership qualities to engage with seasoned entrepreneurs and thought-leaders at the yearly Brigadoon gathering in Sundance, Utah.

Marc Ross, founder of Brigadoon, and Perry Smith, founder of The Avalon Institute, issued this statement announcing the Brigadoon 2016 Student Scholar invitations:

Marc Ross: “When I launched Brigadoon, I wanted to create an intimate gathering that would bring together entrepreneurs and thought-leaders as well as promising graduate students to spend a few days to exchange and try new business ideas. I have long felt that cross-generational exchange is essential to fostering new business models and capturing new business opportunities.

"As a graduate of UNC Kenan-Flagler myself, I know first-hand the value of alumni providing opportunities for students to network and meet world-class leaders. I am thrilled to be able to provide this small window to encourage business students to see the larger world and engage with people who are working to solve challenges in medicine, diplomacy, management, and performance.

“I am inspired that someone of Samantha's background and experience is one of the first Brigadoon Student Scholars. I look forward to working with her and the Kenan-Flagler Business School for years to come to identify and invite other promising leaders from UNC to attend future Brigadoon gatherings.”

Perry Smith: “I first attended Brigadoon in 2015 at the invitation of Marc Ross to speak on rapidly changing 21st-century leadership models and the acute need for companies to explore new methods of connection between employees and senior leaders. The informal nature of this conference was amazing and greatly facilitated the open exchange of ideas in a relaxed environment. Last year’s gathering was so inspiring that I formed a new entity called The Avalon Institute, where we are now fully focused on developing neuroleadership tools and positive change models to enhance productivity for business leaders and their teams.  

 “Over the past year, I received invaluable feedback on our work and product development at Avalon by way of an outstanding group of students and administrators at Lehigh University’s Office of Student Leadership Development. As an alumnus of Lehigh, I am thrilled to say thank you and extend the opportunity to one of these student leaders to participate and network with an outstanding group of entrepreneurs and business leaders at Brigadoon 2016!

“This year our student scholar is Chris Lum. Chris is completing his MA in Engineering and Technical Entrepreneurship and embraces the creative mindset upon which Brigadoon was launched.  Our long-term goal at Avalon is to partner with Brigadoon each year and provide the opportunity for a promising student scholar from Lehigh to attend future gatherings.”

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 About Brigadoon: Brigadoon was formed with the simple idea to connect leaders from around the globe with diverse talents to exchange insights and drive creativity. Brigadoon is a unique gathering that engages attendees to think about enterprise, culture, sport, and policy in a setting that is truly fireside chats and an audio-visual equipment free environment. Now entering its fourth year, Brigadoon is where entrepreneurs and thought-leaders gather every February at Sundance Resort in Utah. www.Brigadoon2016.com | @the_brigadoon

 About The Avalon Institute: The Avalon Institute is a company dedicated to teaching entrepreneurial thinking and the "boots on the ground" lessons we have learned in the private sector, Afghanistan, local and federal government as well as in universities and various branches of the military. In addition, we are developing unique products, sustainable systems models and IP for businesses in need of outstanding human performance and workplace development. We began in 2015 and have been working closely with US Special Forces as well as a number of corporations in the transportation, legal, technology and HR sectors. www.avalonleadership.com | @AvalonLead

About Samantha Register of  the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School: Samantha Register is a second-year MBA student at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School. Between insatiable travel adventures (she lived overseas for a year and was married in Tokyo last May), she has worked at GlaxoSmithKline developing patient insights for a biologic asset and at a boutique consulting firm in Washington, DC specializing in Fortune 500 talent strategies. She has undergraduate degrees in Economics and Mandarin Chinese from Duke University, where she also helped launch K-12 afterschool programming. Her favorite hobbies are scuba diving, photography, and baking.

 About Chris Lum of Lehigh University: Chris Lum is currently a graduate student at Lehigh University completing an M.Eng. Technical Entrepreneurship. Lum also works in the Lehigh Athletics Department for our Alumni Partnership and Leadership Academy teams. Before returning to Lehigh for his master’s Lum worked for 3+ years in supply chain management for two different companies. As an undergrad at Lehigh, Lum received a degree in supply chain management, served as captain of the football team, and participated in many other groups and activities. | @ChrisLum12

Brigadoon and The Avalon Institute Announce Strategic Partnership

Collaboration will expand reach to engage more entrepreneurs and thought-leaders

Dynamic media platforms will be utilized to foster learning and networking

Gatherings in metropolitan areas in the United States and Europe to be launched

WASHINGTON, DC — February 2, 2016: Today the founders of Brigadoon and The Avalon Institute announced a new strategic partnership. The formal relationship will ensure collaboration to expand the reach of both organizations and engage more entrepreneurs and thought-leaders. Also, Brigadoon and The Avalon Institute will utilize dynamic media platforms to foster learning and networking as well as launching events in major metropolitan areas in the United States and Europe.

Marc Ross, founder of Brigadoon, and Perry Smith, co-founder of Avalon Institute, issued this statement announcing their new strategic collaboration:

Marc Ross: “I have long felt that the world is cluttered with worn-out conference formats and one-way panel events. Many conferences I attend rarely connect onstage information with offstage networking opportunities.

“When I launched Brigadoon, I wanted to create an intimate gathering that would bring together entrepreneurs and thought-leaders to a venue where real networking could take place, an environment where ideas could be shared without overused technology to dampen engagement, and a setting where new business partnerships could be hatched. Now entering its fourth year, I am proud to say Brigadoon is growing as I had hoped.

“Today’s announcement launching this new partnership with Avalon Institute and Perry Smith proves the value of small being better when it comes to events. Brigadoon’s unique format ensured Perry and I could try some new business ideas and foster a productive business model. At Brigadoon the setting is truly fireside chats and is audio-visual equipment free, you can think, plan, and experiment at this gathering.

“I am excited to see where the partnership leads. Both of us agree more can be done to utilize dynamic media platforms for learning and networking. In addition, we have both been approached to organize gatherings in major metropolitan areas in the United States and Europe.”

Perry Smith: “We are proud of our relationship with Brigadoon. One year later, I have seen first-hand how an intimate gathering of business leaders, entrepreneurs and scholars can lead to exciting new business models and learning platforms.

“The relaxed setting really drew me in, and I noted how it was truly unique in that the presenters and attendees took the time to speak with one another directly and throughout the gathering which did much to foster a sense of well-being and trust.”

“Brigadoon is a wonderful format to promote the lasting exchange of ideas and creativity and would be equally as successful in cities across the United States and abroad. We are excited to be on board and look forward to continuing in future endeavors!”

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About Brigadoon

Brigadoon was formed with the simple idea to connect leaders from around the globe with diverse talents to exchange insights and drive creativity. Brigadoon is a unique gathering that engages attendees to think about enterprise, culture, sport, and policy in a setting that is truly fireside chats and an audio-visual equipment free environment. Now entering its fourth year, Brigadoon is where entrepreneurs and thought-leaders gather every February at Sundance Resort in Utah. www.Brigadoon2016.com | @thebrigadoon

About Marc A. Ross

Marc A. Ross is the founder and creator of the yearly gathering Brigadoon that connects entrepreneurs and thought-leaders in Sundance, Utah.

Ross has extensive experience in business development for companies as well as leading the advocacy operations, fundraising programs and communications efforts for nonprofits, trade associations, corporations and political campaigns, many for the highest offices in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Ross’ work in government relations has allowed him to work on a number of diverse public policy issues, such as global climate change, national energy policy, natural resource management, intellectual property, technology antitrust, US-China commercial relations, and international trade. Also, his experience working with several Internet startups and entrepreneurs has allowed him to wear many hats, including marketing, business development, finance, and strategy.

Ross is a frequent speaker, commentator, and author on all matters of global business and public affairs as well as political campaigns. Ross has been a guest speaker at several universities on how politics impacts global business as well as the rise of new media for grassroots advocacy and political communications.

Ross holds an MBA with an emphasis on international business from the University of North Carolina’s OneMBA program at the Kenan-Flagler Business School. | @marcaross

About The Avalon Institute

The Avalon Institute, founded by USAF Brigadier General John E. Michel (RET) and Perry J. Smith, is a company dedicated to teaching entrepreneurial thinking and “boots on the ground” leadership lessons learned in Afghanistan, the private sector, small business, local and federal government as well as in universities and different branches of the military. In addition, we are developing unique products, sustainable systems models and IP for businesses in need of outstanding human performance and workplace development.

We began in 2015 and have been working closely with US Special Forces as well as a number of corporations in the transportation, legal, technology and HR sectors.

www.avalonleadership.com | @AvalonLead | @JohnEMichel | John E. Michel Bio

About Perry Jobe Smith

Smith is a lifelong entrepreneur and avid learner. Smith has created, operated and scaled a wide variety of self-financed hospitality and retail businesses — most recently founding, building and scaling the multi-unit Matchbox Food Group in Washington, DC.

While hospitality is in his DNA, Smith has always focused on the people and performance side of his enterprises.

In addition, Smith continues to assist small business start-ups and have a particularly strong interest in developing Millennial Leadership strategies, speaking, strategic coaching and sports performance and occasionally rescuing pigs. @PerryJobeSmith / Perry J. Smith Bio

Frederik de Pue @ Brigadoon 2016

Brigadoon is thrilled that The Avalon Institute and Perry Smith has arranged for Frederik de Pue to join Brigadoon 2016.

He'll be preparing food at two special events for Brigadoon 2016 attendees.

About Frederik de Pue

Frederik is the execute chef and owner of Frederik de Pue LLC, a DC-based catering, consulting, and restaurant company.

Frederik is well-known throughout DC’s dynamic food scene as an international trendsetter where he translates his global culinary experience through his unique menus crafted for a sophisticated and modern palate.

Born and raised in Belgium, at a very young age, Frederik became addicted to cooking and was able to study at a great culinary school. He trained at the Hotel School Ter Duinen and worked at several top European restaurants. Starting as a line cook at the age of 21, he worked his my way to becoming a sous chef at Alain Chapel, a 3-Star Michelin establishment.

In 2001, he traveled to DC as the executive chef of the European Commission Delegation. Over the course of five years, Frederik was praised in diplomatic circles for creating one of the most exceptional dining tables in the Embassy world. Frederik recognized the opportunity to expand beyond DC’s Embassy Row. He started 42 Catering Services in 2007 and opened Table restaurant, named one of the top 10 best new restaurants in the US. 

Since his separation from Table restaurant, he has been concentrating on consulting, developing a new restaurant project, and catering for private and corporate events. He is currently looking to expand his services to Annapolis, Maryland - a market he feels is untouched and ready for higher quality food options.

Also, he prefers to wear Adidas indoor soccer shoes when cooking - so you know he is a real baller, super cool, and world-class.

http://www.frederikdepue.com/

https://www.chefsfeed.com/chefs/838-frederik-de-pue