A Heartfelt Reflection on Keith Ferrazzi’s Talk at the 2023 Conscious Entrepreneur Summit


What an incredible journey we’ve had together at the 2023 Conscious Entrepreneur Summit in Boulder, Colorado! One of the most touching and transformative talks this year was from my dear friend Keith Ferrazzi. His wisdom on relationships, community, and the future of work left an indelible mark on all of us. Let’s dive into the magic he shared.

The Essence of Relationships

Keith’s story began in a humble home, the son of an Italian immigrant steelworker. His early life experiences shaped his views on work and leadership in a way that resonates deeply with me, and I’m sure with many of you. Keith reminded us that relationships aren’t transactions; they’re investments of love, generosity, and authenticity. He even gave us homework with his “relationship action plan,” urging us to think of three people who could help us realize our dreams. And not just to take, but to give, to serve, to love.

From Scarcity to Community

Keith’s journey from Yale to Harvard Business School, and then becoming the youngest partner at Deloitte, is awe-inspiring. But what struck me was his courage to seek authenticity. He transitioned from networking out of fear to building a community out of love and mutual growth. His term “co-elevate” encapsulates this beautifully. During the pandemic, he took this concept further by starting the “Go Forward to Work” research community. It’s a testament to how we can grow together, even in challenging times.

The Future is Co-Elevation

Keith’s work with General Motors and his extensive research during the pandemic have convinced him, and me, that we’re on the brink of a new era. He believes we need to shift our focus from individual leadership to collective “teamship.” This isn’t just a semantic change; it’s a paradigm shift that could revolutionize how we work and live.

The Journey Within

Keith opened up about his personal struggles, including his challenges with intimacy and self-worth. He shared how plant medicine like Ayahuasca and psilocybin helped him open his heart to love and purpose. It’s a brave and intimate share that reminds us all of the importance of inner work, done responsibly and under guidance.

The Power of Community

Keith ended his talk with a heartwarming story about his mom and her lifelong friends, the “Card Club Girls.” It was a beautiful reminder that we all need a tribe, a community that has our back. It’s something I’ve always aimed to create with this summit, and hearing Keith affirm it was incredibly validating.

Wrapping Up

Listening to Keith was like receiving a warm hug filled with wisdom. His insights are not just intellectual nuggets but soulful mantras that can guide us in this complex world of modern entrepreneurship. As Keith beautifully put it, the most potent tools for our future are acceptance, love, and partnership.

Thank you, Keith, for sharing your heart and wisdom with us. And thank you, beautiful souls, for being a part of this transformative journey. Until next time, keep co-elevating!


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