FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is Hive?

Hive is a global membership community of leaders who are committed to creating a better world.

What is the Hive mission?

Hive's mission is to "advance leaders through community." We are working on creating an active community of leaders working together on creating a better world and supporting each other in their lives and careers in each major global city.

Why was Hive created?

The Hive community was founded in 2014 in order to deepen authentic community among leaders in the business, government, scientific, philanthropic, and non-profit sectors who were deeply passionate about creating a better world and communities and wanted to support each other throughout the journey. We hope to create a world filled with emotionally open and heart-centered leaders.

Can I become a Hive Member?

Yes, anyone who is a leader committed to creating a better world can become a Hive member. You can apply to become a member here.

What are the Annual Dues to Be a Hive Member?

The membership dues to be part of Hive are between $50 and $500 per year, depending on your income level and what you can afford. We want to make being part of Hive accessible to all leaders who are committed to creating a better world.

Who comes to the Hive Global Leaders Program?

Hive hosts extraordinary global leaders for a transformative 3-day event called Hive Global Leaders Program. So far, we’ve convened over 2,600 entrepreneurs, leaders, and innovators from over 130 countries around the globe and have received over 60,000 applications from 200 countries. We are specifically looking for leaders who are committed to making a big impact in the world. 

Over 50% of attendees are from outside the United States by design and over half are CEOs, Co-founders, Managing Directors, Executive Directors or Presidents of their organizations. By intentional design, 50% of Hive attendees are female and 50% are male. Regardless of their backgrounds, what each attendee has in common is a shared passion for creating a better world.

Is Hive for me?

Hive is for you if you are an ambitious leader who is deeply committed to service and to making a positive impact in the world. We have designed Hive to make you a better leader who achieves more through your work. At Hive, you will learn from our transformational leadership curriculum, be inspired and moved by leaders like you, build your network across sectors, and reflect on your deeper purpose. You’ll have the opportunity to gain clarity on your biggest desires and goals, and you’ll learn tools and habits that will help you lead an impactful life personally and professionally. Hive gives you a lifelong network of purpose-driven leaders who will help you achieve your vision.

At each Hive there are innovators and leaders from many fields including science, technology, engineering, journalism, activism, design, education, public service, philanthropy, finance, business, entrepreneurship, and social entrepreneurship.  We strive for our programs to be as diverse as possible across gender, race, socioeconomic status, and geography. 

Is there an age minimum or maximum? What is the average age?

We are bringing together extraordinary leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators from around the world. In past programs the average age has been around 35. However, participants so far have ranged from age 18-83. We welcome mission-driven leaders ages 18 and above to apply

What happens at Hive?

Hive enables high-impact leaders like you to discover and clarify your purpose through three-day workshops in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Boston we call the Hive Global Leaders Program. We bring together 100 to 150 leaders from 30+ countries for each program. Just being in such a diverse room of thought creates some extraordinary opportunities for connection.

Once you have clarity on your purpose (your personal mission for the next phase of your life), we help you create a detailed execution plan to achieve your purpose and your goals.

What we specialize in is helping leaders and innovators discover their purpose and then join or build teams to create solutions to humanity's most pressing challenges in fields like renewable energy, global education, basic needs access, mindfulness and wellness, water, the environment, peace and conflict resolution, refugee settlement, leadership coaching, technology, engineering, design, healthcare, biotechnology, finance, government 2.0, AI, robotics and many more. 

At the end of Hive, you'll leave with a framed life plan, clear direction, and a community of changemakers in your city and around the world that has your back for life. 

What's The Difference Between Hive Programs in the United States Versus Other Countries?

Hive Global operates the Hive events in the United States (usually in California). We train alumni volunteers to operate the Hive programs outside the United States. Hive operates on an open source model in order to spread the work globally. We provide a free renewable license to our alumni who wish to operate Hive programs outside the U.S. Please note that all Hive programs operating outside the United States (such as Hive Africa, Hive Pakistan, Hive India, Hive Australia, Hive Europe, Hive Canada, etc.) are run by trained Hive alumni under separate organizations. 

How many people attend each Hive Global Leaders Program?

Hive grew from 32 attendees in January 2014 to 252 attendees in August 2018. Most programs now have between 50 and 250 attendees.

What is the Hive Global Leaders Summit?

The Hive Global Leaders Summit is the annual gathering for the full Hive community. It was first hosted in August 2018. All Hive alumni and members are invited to attend, along with dozens of speakers. If you are not yet a Hive member, you can apply using the links in the page navigation. Once you are selected as a member, you'll be able to register for the Hive Global Leaders Summit.

What is included in the ticket price?

Tickets includes the entire three-day Hive Global Leaders Summit (speakers, lectures, discussions, and participatory content). Tuition does not include accommodations, meals, or transportation costs, including airfare.  

Will my employer pay for or reimburse me for the tuition?

As Hive is a leadership training program, you may wish to check with your employer to determine if they will pay for directly or reimburse you for development and training programs from their HR training budget. We've had many applicants receive approval for their company to pay for the leadership training. 

Can I crowdfund my tuition?

Yes, a number of past Hive attendees have successfully crowdfunded their Hive tuition using tools like Indiegogo and GoFundMe.  

Where should I book lodging?

It depends on the event. We tend to provide lodging information (and all logistical details) to all attendees approximately two months prior to each event. 

What is your refund policy for event tickets?

Hive allows transfers from one scheduled event to another event of the same program content (i.e. a global leaders program can be swapped with another global leaders program) provided that the attendee provide Hive Global with 14 days notice and that event has availability. We do not currently allow for refunds for any registrations as we invest those funds in advance to produce and execute each event. 

If inclement weather prevents an attendee from attending an event do to travel disruption, an attendee may work with Hive Global to transfer their registration to another event. However, Hive is not responsible for any associated costs (hotel, etc.) that the registrant may have incurred as a result of their registration with a program.

What is your refund policy for memberships?

Hive offers a 30-day No Questions Asked refund policy for memberships. Please note that after the first 30 days of membership, past membership payments cannot be refunded.

How is Hive structured as an organization?

We are a for-benefit social enterprise (Delaware Benefit Corporation), a new type of legal entity that was created in 2014 to allow a company to pursue social impact goals above profits. 

What is Hive's Long Term Vision?

Our vision is a joyous, loving, present, and sustainable world. We are here to develop emotionally connected, heart-centered, and present leaders and in so doing help accelerate the evolution of human consciousness.

When we imagine the future, we see a happy, healthy, and sustainable world in which everyone around the world can pursue their dreams. We wish to deepen the interconnection among leaders and entrepreneurs who care in every major city in the world.

We are convening and connecting the leaders who will re-imagine the 21st century. We are pragmatic optimists who believe the future is bright, with many challenges to overcome to get there.

We see building Hive as a small part in helping to usher in a world that works for everyone and everything. We’re just 5 years into our plan, and we’re excited to have you join us.