Upcoming Weekends:


March 21-24, 2019 | San Leandro, CA (FULL)
July 25-28,2019 | Castro Valley, CA

Programs Start: Thursday @ 4:00pm
Programs End: Sunday @ 5:30pm

If you can't attend but would like to be notified when we announce future weekends, sign up here.

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How can a T-group Weekend help me?

A T-group weekend is kind of like a hackathon: intense focus and long hours over a single weekend. Lots of experiments and iteration that drive quick learning. A gathering of super smart, highly skilled and deeply passionate people who may have never worked together before.

The only difference is that instead of writing code and building prototypes, you’re learning about your long-standing interpersonal patterns and your communication habits so that you can grow as a leader. In a T-group, the product you are building is you—a more self-aware, emotionally intelligent and effective-startup-leader version of yourself.

After joining us for a T-group Weekend you will learn immediately applicable skills and insights like:

1When and how you are most influential to others

2What other people (really) think and feel about how you act and how you lead

3What behaviors or attitudes from others trigger specific emotional responses from you

4How to give feedback that actually motivates others to change their behaviors

5How to express your emotions in a way that will elicit the response you want from your teammates/co-founders

6How to regulate your emotions so you neither repress your feelings nor let your emotions undermine your leadership

The “T” stands for “Training”

In T-groups, you learn by doing rather than through theoretical study

T-groups are experiential interpersonal laboratories pioneered at MIT by one of the founders of modern social psychology, Kurt Lewin, and further developed at the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB), which is where Fort Light's founders trained as facilitators. Stanford has been using T-groups to train MBAs for over 50 years through its legendary Interpersonal Dynamics aka “Touchy Feely” course.

What Is A T-Group?

Role of T-Group Facilitators

T-Group Takeaways

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If you have any other questions about T-groups or our retreat weekend format, just drop us a note. 

According to our Participants:


Jack Conte

Founder & CEO, Patreon

"This workshop was the single best workshop I've ever participated in. The value for me and my company will be lasting. I feel so lucky to have experienced this."

Gauri Manglik

Co-founder & CEO, Instrumentl

“T-group helped me tap into the unknown unknown and grow in ways I couldn't have predicted. I came away with concrete feedback on how I could be a more confident, effective leader and interpersonal tools that I can use to help in a variety of human interactions."

Read Her Medium Post

Jeff Scheur

Founder & CEO, NoRedInk

“Thanks to my T-group members, and to Michael and Anamaria, for helping me have an unforgettable experience. I’m a better leader because of it.”

Read His Medium Post

KJ Erickson

Co-founder & CEO, Public Market

"T-Group was probably the highest ROI way I could have spent 3.5 days: for the health of my company, the happiness of the amazing individuals who work here, and for my own ability to create and sustain meaningful relationships."

Stephane Kasriel

CEO, Upwork

“We keep saying that defining culture is the most important role of a startup executive, and yet most of us tend to forget the emotional component of startup culture. Startup life is a continuous rollercoaster and a marathon, and we need to be in touch with our own feelings as well as understand others’ in order to succeed. T-Group will help you grow these skills.”

Sonali Kothari

COO / CPO, Kiva

"I recommend this weekend intensive to experience transformation, not just talk about it."

Vanessa Green

Co-founder, FINsix

“T-Group provides an excellent foundation for growing as a leader of your business. It builds awareness of leadership strengths and blind spots, builds authenticity, and strengthened my belief that I am a leader worth following.”

Raymond Weitekamp

Founder & CEO, polySpectra

“T-Group has helped me to connect to emotional skills I didn't realize I had, which I'm confident will enable me to engage more deeply with others in my personal and professional lives."

Read His Medium Post

Stephanie Shyu

Founder & CEO, AdmitSee

“T-group provides one of the only environments that grants you true, unfiltered insight into how you influence and are perceived by other people.”

Greg Tseng

Co-founder, Tagged & if(we)

“By connecting better with yourself and your thoughts and feelings, you will be able to connect much better with your co-founders, team, investors, and all other people on your journey. This will increase the chance of your startup’s success and make the journey much more enjoyable and meaningful.”

Ben McKean

Founder & CEO, HungryRoot

"Wow. Eye opening. I loved it."

Angela Braren

Co-founder, Instrumentl

“Fort Light T-Groups are extremely high ROI. The learnings you experience in just 4 days will fundamentally improve who you are and how you lead."

Cara Meverden

Co-founder & CEO, Scout FM

“As a founder, I'm willing to do almost anything to give my company the best possible chance of succeeding. I signed up for T-Group Weekend because if it could help me become a better leader, I needed to do it even if it was painful or uncomfortable. It far exceeded my expectations. T-Group weekend was by far the most impactful thing I have ever done to realize what was holding me back as a leader, and it did so in a surprisingly short amount of time."

Matt Butner

Co-founder & CTO, Stride Health

“Effective leadership and relationship building requires connecting with all kinds of people in all kinds of situations. T-Group will give you the tools and knowledge to do this more effectively and naturally."

Yunha Kim

Founder & CEO, Simple Habit

“T-groups will help you better understand yourself and how others perceive you."

Jensen Harris

Co-founder & CTO, Textio

“This is the rare opportunity to become not just a better leader, but also a more complete person."

Anjana Rajan

CTO, Callisto

“T-Group gives you the tools and vocabulary to have the most engaging and successful relationships in your personal and professional life. It provides a trusted circle who will illuminate the truest understanding of yourself while building a lasting network of founders who will be emotionally invested and support your success beyond the weekend."

Sai Soundararaj

Co-founder & CEO, FloydHub

“As I very driven and analytical person, I went into T-Group as a skeptic. I left the weekend having learned skills to make me much more effective, without sacrificing anything that I already was."

Chas Ballew

Co-founder & CEO, Aptible

“T-Group is a transformational opportunity to become a more effective, influential leader by learning and practicing how to quickly build powerful, authentic emotional connections with other people in a supportive environment."

Prasanna Sankar

Co-founder & CTO, Rippling

“I've always been a very analytical guy and have had issues connecting to others because of that. Thanks to T-group, I'm now able to see and express emotions. It feels like I've learned to recognize a new set of colors that I was blind to before. The things I learned in T-group are going to pay compound interest for a long long time. I've changed as a person because of this experience."

Leslie Voorhees Means

Co-founder & CEO, Anomalie

“If you're worried about the time, don't be. This has been a monumental weekend in terms of personal growth, and I see it significantly improving my ability to lead, inspire, and regulate my internal emotional dialogue."