I just finished my first Renaissance Weekend conference. This is an organization that was started and run by Phil and Linda Lader. Phil is a former US Ambassador to the UK. They put on five conferences a year in different locations across the US. Invited folks include politicos, Nobel Laureates, scientists, engineers, business leaders, professors, you get the idea. Very interesting sessions and discussions. Most everyone is quite impressive and has done much with their lives.
Discussions ranged from how the US might get out of Iraq to how to balance career and family. I was impressed with the folks who came here.
All this against the beautiful backdrop of Monterey Bay. Hard to beat!