In 1981, friends lamented with Phil & Linda Lader that there were rare occasions to learn from their most fascinating work and everyday-life acquaintances in a personal, substantive way. Consequently, 60 families shared the Laders’ “Renaissance Weekend,” their four-day, New Year’s “house party” on Hilton Head Island.
For four decades, that gathering’s spirit – an “extended family reunion” – has distinguished some 150 Renaissance Weekends: a cross-generational, “continuing conversation” among innovative leaders from diverse fields. Most are authorities; many have amazing achievements and contributions ahead. All are committed to making a genuine difference with their lives.
Each – long-time “regulars” & extraordinary newcomers alike – has a noteworthy story: often, incredibly inspiring. Hundreds of programs and activities in just a few days. Ideas and relationships celebrated. No political or commercial agenda.
And the enduring friendships, often the most unlikely, have continued to foster historic projects, ventures and public service – even several dozen marriages.