The Elite Anti-Conference
For Scaling Founders

The Elite Anti-Conference For Scaling Founders

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Welcome to the underground haven for founders & CEO’s!  This community unites visionaries across industries, offering exclusive events and a deeper, annual membership for nurturing long-term professional and personal growth.

If you are in the pivotal 5-25 million grow & scale phase, if you’ve transitioned from the initial hustle of entrepreneurship to that of strategic leadership, if you want to have good times with other founders, cut lightyears off your learning curve, and grow financially…

Then join us for our TENTH birthday celebration on Hilton Head Island, where southern hospitality meets business brilliance, without the status games.  Think mouth-watering food, fantastic music, zero celebrities, and content & conversations with real folks doing real business.



Our flagship events are a chance to break out of your shell, supercharge your network, hit that pressure release valve, and return home recharged with some actionable takeaways from 20+ content sessions and countless life-altering convos. There will be ~200 guests at this Hilton Head Flagship, including both Members and newcomers.

You’ll be surrounded by:

  • Like-minded peers who genuinely understand your journey and are willing to help
  • Content & conversations that will cut lightyears off of your business growth
  • Support & energy to carry out your lofty ambitions
But space is extremely limited: We launched this event exclusively to our Members in April ‘24, and are thrilled to report they have already snatched up over half of the available tickets. The remaining spots have now been opened to the Non-Members.  Demand is high, with over half of the tickets already spoken for and the remaining spots are going fast.  We STRONGLY suggest you take action to avoid a most severe case of FOMO.


A glimpse into the peer group you will meet – real folks on their own version of a similar path.

The reason we attend social gatherings is to hang out with friends and make new connections.  To ease your curiosity, here’s a sneak peek of a few of the confirmed attendees you will meet on Hilton Head Island.  They come from various walks of life, industries, and industries, but have common threads. Collectively, they have seen it all, and they’re ready to share their knowledge with you


A glimpse into the peer group you will meet – real folks on their own version of a similar path.

The reason we attend social gatherings is to hang out with friends and make new connections.  To ease your curiosity, here’s a sneak peek of a few of the confirmed attendees you will meet on Hilton Head Island.  They come from various walks of life and industries, but have common threads. Collectively, they have seen it all, and they’re ready to share their knowledge with you.

Kevin Dahlstrom

Founder & CEO, Swell | CMO, Embark

Kevin Dahlstrom is a 4-time founder with multiple exits, 3-time public company CMO, investor in over 50 startups, and elite level rock climber. He is currently the CMO of Embark, the world’s fastest-growing consulting firm, where revenue has grown from $7 million to $150 million over the past 5 years. Kevin is the only person to rebrand 3 public companies and is widely recognized as a thought leader in branding and growth strategy. 

Steve Sims

Speaker & Coach,

Steve Sims has been quoted as “The Real Life Wizard of Oz” by Forbes and Entrepreneur, and is the best selling Author of “BLUEFISHING – The Art of Making Things Happen” & “Go For Stupid – The Art of Achieving Ridiculous Goals”. He is also a sought-after coach and top-rated speaker after keynoting at a variety of networks, groups and associations as well as the Pentagon and Harvard – twice!

Miranda Lievers

Co-Founder, Thinkific

Miranda has supported over 50,000 entrepreneurs, impacting 100 million students. Crucial in taking Thinkific public in 2021 with a $1B+ market cap and earning top workplace accolades, she excels in both small and large businesses. Having transitioned twice from public companies to small ventures, she understands the challenges at any business stage.

John Hall

Strategic Advisor at | Co-founder at

John Hall authored the best-selling book “Top of Mind,” published by McGraw-Hill. He has been called a top “sales speaker”, “virtual keynote speaker“, “motivational guest speaker” that people should pay attention to. When you combine his experience he’s one of the best speakers to increase your revenue and employee productivity.

Mac Lackey

Founder of Exit DNA and Owner of Algeciras CF (A Professional Soccer Team in Spain)

Mac is a serial entrepreneur that has successfully started, scaled, and sold six companies, with multiple eight-figure exits. With a proven system, he shares invaluable insights on preparing for exits while scaling for personal freedom and success.

Amy Killen

Founder & CEO, Human Optimization Project | Co-Founder & CMO, Humanaut Health

Dr. Amy is a leading anti-aging and regenerative physician. She co-pioneered the Full Body Stem Cell Makeover and founded the Human Optimization Project, a dynamic supplement subscription system. She also co-founded Humanaut Health, a tech-enabled longevity clinic franchise launching in early 2024.

Elliot Roe

Founder, Primed Mind

Elliot Roe is a world-renowned Mindset and Performance Coach who helps those in highly demanding industries unlock their full potential and perform on-demand.

Erik Korem


Dr. Erik Korem is a High-Performance expert who brought sports science and athlete tracking to college and NFL football. He’s collaborated with the NFL, NCAA Power-5, Olympic champions, Nike, and the U.S. Department of Defense. His doctorate is in Exercise Science, specializing in sleep and stress resilience.

David Boger

Co-Founder, Jiberish | Original Favorites

From 12 tee shirts to a seven-figure business with retail accounts in 18 countries, two flagship stores, and a cult-like following, Dave’s journey reflects a blend of creative management and entrepreneurial grit. 

Melanie Merkling

Founder & CEO, Bonfire Ventures

From scaling consumer brands at Walmart and Sam’s Club to launching global adventures with her twins, Melanie embodies the adventurous spirit and business acumen that drive today’s dynamic markets. Her unique perspective on balancing life’s adventures with entrepreneurial ventures will both inspire and challenge you.

Andy Fossett

CEO, GMB Fitness

Andy bootstrapped a global fitness brand from scratch (and he doesn’t even bench). His brand has been refining their approach to exercise since 2010 and has worked with tens of thousands of clients.

Lisa Cloutier

Co-Founder & Owner, Whistling Andy Distillery

Lisa started down the hospitality rabbit hole right after college. Over the years she has opened numerous restaurants and is still running 2 restaurants, 1 small inn, and a farm-to-bottle distillery.


Our guestlist is a highly-curated melting pot of brands, services, investors, mentors, thought leaders and up-and-comers. This special stew will catalyze growth and leave you filled to the brim with the energy, support, and relationships needed to carry out your lofty ambitions.


This event is your safe, pitch-free place to grow. No one’s gonna ask you to sign up or buy anything. The person you sit next to at lunch won’t try to recruit you or give you the hard sell.

Along with never being pitched and never being asked to open your wallet… this also means that all your other inhabitants are more comfortable kicking back and getting real here than anywhere else.

What Really Makes This Event Different?

The curation is real, the community is inviting, and the attention to detail is unmatched

All attendees are pre-vetted over a 45 minute interview call.

Things we don’t give a damn about:

✖️ How much money you make

✖️ If you are considered “a big deal”

✖️ Who you know

Now here is what we DO care about:

✔️ You’re a nice person—we’re from small towns and we’re pretty good at reading people

✔️ You’re a “giver,” not a “taker”

✔️ You have useful business skills… You know what you’re doing

✔️ You LOVE who you’re selling to… We call it the “Give a Shit” factor

✔️ You aren’t scamming people or doing anything unethical

✔️ You’re fun, easy to talk to, and self-reliant



We’ve snagged Hilton Head Island’s most coveted oceanfront resort all to ourselves.  The ultimate boutique retreat, delivering unmatched beach access and an ambiance that’s uniquely ours.

The property features 200+ spacious guest rooms, a newly renovated pool with poolside cabanas, multiple bars & dining areas, and a world-renowned beachfront music venue.

Nestled on the vibrant shores of Coligny Beach, you’ll revel in oceanfront views, rooms and suites designed with relaxation in mind, and front-row seats to breathtaking sunrises & sunsets, allowing you to recharge in coastal comfort.

We’ve got your animal pleasures right here.

Here, culinary delights meet southern coastal charm, featuring beachfront dining, fancy cocktail lounges, and the freshest catch at our doorstep.

Our boundless meal plan will have you covered from sun-up to sun-down, and anytime in between. Not to mention a seemingly endless open bar to ensure you and your new friends will never run dry.

Cheers to making new connections that last a lifetime…

Activities: Choose Your Own Adventure

At our events, we’re all about giving you options galore!  Craving some action? Dive into beach volleyball, paddle out with a board to ride the gentle waves just steps from the venue, or navigate the waters with kayaks at your leisure. For the land lovers, bikes are available to whisk you away on a coastal exploration, with the ocean breeze as your guide.

For those who lean towards zen, start your day with beach yoga and massage.  And when relaxation calls, our poolside cabanas await—recently upgraded with cozy lounge sofas, setting the stage for pure relaxation or intimate gatherings with friends.

Unlike other events, we do not have a strict schedule you must follow.  This is YOUR entrepreneurial adventure, tailored to mix business with pleasure, all on your own terms.

SUP / Kayak





Beach Cruisers



Life is way too short for just learning stuff… so we’re cutting loose with live music across multiple genres every night.  Our venue is home to Hilton Head Island’s ONLY beachfront live music venue, and an iconic epicenter of live tunes for nearly five decades.

But we’re not talking about just any lineup. We’re bringing in the very best—artists who’ve rocked stages from Red Rocks to Madison Square Garden. And the best part? They’re all here exclusively for us, ready to turn beachfront vibes into unforgettable, intimate concerts each night of our event. These aren’t just performances; they’re immersive experiences, with artists who have been curated to join us not only as entertainers, but as true participants throughout the entire experience.


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Answers to All Your Questions Right Here

The Hilton Head Flagship will officially kick off on Monday, October 21st at 2PM local South Carolina time.

Tuesday and Wednesday are full days packed with content, wellness, activities, surprises and good times.

The event will wrap up at 2PM local South Carolina time on Thursday, October 24th.

Guests will receive more detailed agenda information via our event app.

Baby Bathwater will provide transportation between Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) and the venue, which is about an hour away from the airport. 

Your registration includes:

  • Participation in the event
  • Shared oceanfront accommodations  
  • Incredible food
  • Alcohol (No bar tabs!)
  • World renowned musical entertainment
  • Stimulating content
  • Access to all activities and wellness offerings
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Spacious Guest Rooms equipped with 43” Flat Screen TV,  Mini Fridge, Small Safe, Iron & Ironing Board, Hair Dryer, and more…
  • Oceanfront views and direct beach access
  • Newly renovated outdoor pool 
  • Poolside cabanas
  • Open-air event space
  • On-site dining options, including a beachfront restaurant 
  • Access to beach activities and water sports

Click HERE to review our event cancellation policy.

When you attend your first Baby Bathwater event it is a first date of sorts… Only after getting to know each other over four or five days can we decide if we’re a good match for each other for the longer term.

Just know that at our events, you will never be pitched and we will never ask you to open your wallet. Period.

After our events we review any new folks that we may want to invite into our core membership community. This includes getting feedback from our members, team, event staff, bartenders, and service staff.

If after the event you feel like you have “finally found your people”, and we believe that you are also “our kind of people”…. then we may invite you to join our year-long membership community.

Any new addition is an integral part of Baby Bathwater Institute’s tradition – Mixing Business With Pleasure like no other group!

You’ll finally have friends who understand you: Let’s be real, being an entrepreneur can be a lonely journey. But at Baby Bathwater, you’ll be surrounded by a bunch of other weirdos who get you, and have experience navigating similar issues in business and life.

You’ll get access to brilliant minds: Ever get stuck on a problem for hours, days, or even weeks? With Baby Bathwater, you’ll have access to some of the brightest entrepreneurs and business owners who have already been through it. Just ask a question and they’ll share their wisdom.

You’ll be part of a community that actually cares: No fake smiles or forced conversations here. The Baby Bathwater crew genuinely cares about each other’s success, and they’re not afraid to show it. If you need help with anything, just say the word and they’ll come running.

You’ll have more fun than you ever thought possible: Baby Bathwater isn’t your typical stuffy networking event. With events on an Island, in the mountains, heli-skiing, and river rafting, you’ll have a blast while building valuable relationships. And who knows, you might even meet your future business partner, best friend, or significant other. Anything is possible at The Baby Bathwater Institute.

We understand that being an entrepreneur can be a lonely journey, which is why we’ve created a community that emphasizes authentic connections and emotional support. At Baby Bathwater, you’ll be surrounded by like-minded individuals who share your experiences and challenges. Through our events and ongoing membership community, you’ll form friendships and connections that provide the understanding, empathy, and encouragement you need to thrive.

The ideal fit for the Baby Bathwater community is a company founder with a success story built on following their instincts, grit, and creativity. They come from various backgrounds and financial levels of success, and typically have a business ranging from 7 to 9 figures. These individuals didn’t necessarily follow traditional career paths, often facing doubts from others, but have proven their resilience and passion for creating. They value genuine connections and understand that status games don’t lead to happiness. With a thirst for life and a commitment to enjoying the journey, our members embrace the entrepreneurial roller coaster and prioritize support, camaraderie, and good times within the Baby Bathwater community.


A small glimpse into the peer group you will meet – Collectively, they have seen it all, and they’re ready to share their knowledge with you.

Ashton Shanks

Owner & CEO, Hemon Media Group

A highly respected thought leader on marketing and media buying, and CEO of two self-founded companies.  In the past two years he has served over 5,000 customers and clients.  He is passionate about helping businesses reach new levels of growth & scale through the power of advertising and team building. 

Katrina Hutchinson -O'Neill

Founder & CEO, Join Talent

A powerhouse in talent acquisition, Katrina’s forward-thinking approach has rocketed her company to impressive growth in just a few years. In 2023, Join Talent was listed as the 11th fastest-growing company in Europe and the number 1 fastest-growing company in the UK.

Sean Lake

Co-Founder, BUBS Naturals

After decades in action sports marketing, Sean co-founded BUBS Naturals, a line of all-natural supplements including collagen peptides, designed to enhance athletic performance and well-being. Naming the company after his friend, Navy SEAL Glen “BUB” Doherty, BUBS honors his memory by donating 10% of all profits to veteran-supporting charities.

Danny Feldman

CEO & Founder, FRSH

Danny founded Stellar, a tech marketplace enhancing property maintenance across 150,000+ SFR properties, and FRSH, a justice tech company aimed at providing financial services to those with criminal records. Additionally, he has significant ventures in construction and FinTech. Danny’s diverse businesses reflect his commitment to innovation and social impact. 

David Roberts

Co-Founder, BrocElite

David Roberts is the co-founder of BrocElite – the only stabilized sulforaphane supplement on the market. Before BrocElite, he co-founded the gut supplement RESTORE.

Emily Blain

CEO, Wellnesse | Co-Founder, Byrd Tool Experts

Emily runs a product-based D2C company (Wellnesse) as CEO and co-owns another (Byrd Tool Experts).  She has 4 children that keep her busy, and she loves ultrarunning.

Matt Barnes

Founder, Proteus Digital Lab

Matthew is a guru in conversion rate optimization and analytics, with over a decade of ecommerce experience. He has spearheaded teams that have driven tens of millions in conversion wins for major online retailers. Beyond his professional life, Matthew is a local food advocate, an avid rock climber, a parkour enthusiast, and a budding fencer. He’s always eager to learn new skills and exchange knowledge.

Tyler Malinky

CEO, Lowbrow Customs

Tyler turned a garage hobby into a global go-to source for motorcycle builders, now shipping over 100,000 retail packages per year all over the world out of their warehouse in Brunswick, Ohio.  His bootstrap success story embodies the spirit of hands-on leadership and the power of staying true to your passions

Jacqueline Lieberman

Founder & Chief Strategist, BrandCrudo Marketing Consultancy

Before founding her marketing consultancy BrandCrudo, Jacqueline was the Head of Strategy at Story Worldwide, where she honed their brand storytelling for over a decade. At BrandCrudo, she specializes in positioning and repositioning companies, skillfully untangling complex messaging to discover a brand’s core truth. Her approach, deeply rooted in a brand’s DNA, enables companies to uncover unique positioning and outmaneuver competitors.

Peter Kell

Founder of Genius.AI & VSL.AI

Peter Kell is one of the world’s top advertisers, going from $0-40M twice with VSLs & creating the world’s #1 VSL campaign in October 2022. He is now the founder of the newest revolution in online advertising: is the world’s first tool that can create push-button advertising campaigns that convert on cold traffic.

Tracy Matthews

Chief Visionary Officer​, Flourish & Thrive Academy | Creatives Rule the World

Tracy is an award-winning jewelry designer featured in top magazines like InStyle and Elle. Founder and CVO of Flourish & Thrive Academy, she also hosts the Thrive by Design Podcast, educating jewelry makers on brand enhancement through business skills. Additionally, Tracy guides creative leaders in small, product-based fashion businesses.

Grant Kendzior

Head of Strategic Partnerships at 4ocean / CEO & Founder of Eco Breakthroughs

Grant is a leading expert on using the power of business as a force for good. With 3 business degrees and 15 years of experience, he helps corporations, non-profits, celebrities, professional athletes, and early-stage Ecopreneurs turn their eco-friendly visions into reality. He has spoken globally at the UN, Concordia, and Global Citizen Forum.

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