Helena is a group of leaders. Half are under the age of 25, half are over, and each is from a different field.

Members meet consistently to forge relationships. Bridging divides of age and domain, they combine their expertise to create ideas that yield positive change in the world.

Where possible, Helena works to develop and implement these ideas.

Each year, Helena names a class of 30 members. 15 of the 30 members are under the age of 25, and 15 are over the age of 25. Each of the 30 members is a global leader in a distinct field.

At present, they represent linguistics, economics, biochemistry, human rights activism, futurism, plasma physics, film, artificial intelligence, geopolitics, music, cryptocurrency, space exploration, military intelligence, finance, healing, data analytics, conservationism, entrepreneurship, literature, medicine, sustainability, governance, media, education, digital payments, marketing, academia, indigenous culture, and computational neuroscience.

Helena holds meetings between its members around the world, both physically and digitally. The meetings are frequent, and take place throughout the year. Their sole purpose is to strengthen relationships between the members and create ideas that yield positive impact.

Members meet consistently to forge relationships. Bridging divides of age and domain, they combine their expertise to create ideas that yield positive change in the world.

Where possible, Helena works to develop and implement these ideas.

Each year, Helena names a class of 30 members. 15 of the 30 members are under the age of 25, and 15 are over the age of 25. Each of the 30 members is a global leader in a distinct field.

At present, they represent linguistics, economics, biochemistry, human rights activism, futurism, plasma physics, film, artificial intelligence, geopolitics, music, cryptocurrency, space exploration, military intelligence, finance, healing, data analytics, conservationism, entrepreneurship, literature, medicine, sustainability, governance, media, education, digital payments, marketing, academia, indigenous culture, and computational neuroscience.

Helena holds meetings between its members around the world, both physically and digitally. The meetings are frequent, and take place throughout the year. Their sole purpose is to strengthen relationships between the members and create ideas that yield positive impact.

The
Meetings

The Helena meetings act as an exchange between people and ideas that rarely intersect. They are centered on the belief that innovation and progress result from the combination of different ways of thinking.

The meetings also build relationships between leaders of different generations. Helena’s younger members have leveraged the digital age to develop technologies and lead movements. They enjoy a mutual exchange with Helena’s over-25 members, who provide wisdom through experience.

The Helena members meet and collaborate throughout the year rather than at a single summit or conference. By meeting regularly rather than rarely, Helena members are able to develop relationships and ideas with greater speed and consistency.

Helena’s meetings typically consist of fewer than 10 of its members at a time and occur privately. This creates a quiet, flexible, and intimate environment where discussions can occur openly.

These discussions rarely focus on a single theme or issue. Rather, they operate organically, allowing members to direct the flow of conversation as desired. Members, who are the best judges of their own interests and abilities, can choose to collaborate as they see fit. This allows Helena to act where it can be of most help rather than in a single, arbitrarily chosen field.

The Helena meetings act as an exchange between people and ideas that rarely intersect. They are centered on the belief that innovation and progress result from the combination of different ways of thinking.

The meetings also build relationships between leaders of different generations. Helena’s younger members have leveraged the digital age to develop technologies and lead movements. They enjoy a mutual exchange with Helena’s over-25 members, who provide wisdom through experience.

The Helena members meet and collaborate throughout the year rather than at a single summit or conference. By meeting regularly rather than rarely, Helena members are able to develop relationships and ideas with greater speed and consistency.

Helena’s meetings typically consist of fewer than 10 of its members at a time and occur privately. This creates a quiet, flexible, and intimate environment where discussions can occur openly. These discussions rarely focus on a single theme or issue.

Rather, they operate organically, allowing members to direct the flow of conversation as desired. Members, who are the best judges of their own interests and abilities, can choose to collaborate as they see fit. This allows Helena to act where it can be of most help rather than in a single, arbitrarily chosen field.

The frequent collaboration between Helena’s members and its extended network consistently leads to new ideas in many different fields.

These ideas are pursued in a variety of ways. Helena members often take on and develop ideas that result from meetings, drawing from Helena’s broader network and partnerships for external support.  

As an organization, Helena sometimes develops and implements ideas itself. These ideas can come from both inside and outside the group. There is no specific criteria that guides the project-selection process. Rather, Helena decides to pursue an idea based on its desire and ability to create change in a given field.

Learn more about Helena’s current projects.

Helena partners with a small set of organizations with whom it shares a close alignment in mission and purpose. These partners provide deep support for its members and projects. Helena often works with partners to expand the reach of an initiative, physically develop a technology, or receive expert guidance in a specific field.

Learn more about Helena’s current partners.

Projects

The frequent collaboration between Helena’s members and its extended network consistently leads to new ideas in many different fields.

These ideas are pursued in a variety of ways. Helena members often take on and develop ideas that result from meetings, drawing from Helena’s broader network and partnerships for external support.  

As an organization, Helena sometimes develops and implements ideas itself. These ideas can come from both inside and outside the group. There is no specific criteria that guides the project-selection process. Rather, Helena decides to pursue an idea based on its desire and ability to create change in a given field.

Learn more about Helena's current projects.

Helena partners with a small set of organizations with whom it shares a close alignment in mission and purpose. These partners provide deep support for its members and projects. Helena often works with partners to expand the reach of an initiative, physically develop a technology, or receive expert guidance in a specific field.

Learn more about Helena's current partners.

Helena’s
Structure

Every year, Helena selects a class of 30 members.

At the beginning, half of each class is under the age of 25, and half is over the age of 25. Each of a class’ 30 members must be from a distinct field. They are sought out for their intellectual curiosity, belief in the Helena mission, and capacity to affect positive change in the world. Even as time progresses and members age or take on new endeavors, the class of 30 remains unchanged.

When Helena creates a new class, the process begins again. Classes remain in distinct groups of 30, allowing Helena’s reach and scale to increase without dilution. While meetings are held within classes, members from different classes are free to interact with each other on a case-by-case basis. Even after a new class is selected, the prior classes continue to meet and generate ideas.

Learn more about Helena's current class.

Helena’s broader community is formed by its “Brain Trust.” Separate from Helena’s members, the Brain Trust also consists of individuals of extraordinary achievement from many different generations and fields. The Brain Trust is a growing body of leaders that serves to broaden and deepen the Helena community. It does not have a membership cap, nor annual classes.

Learn more about Helena's Brain Trust.

Every year, Helena selects a class of 30 members.

At the beginning, half of each class is under the age of 25, and half is over the age of 25. Each of a class’ 30 members must be from a distinct field. They are sought out for their intellectual curiosity, belief in the Helena mission, and capacity to affect positive change in the world. Even as time progresses and members age or take on new endeavors, the class of 30 remains unchanged.

When Helena creates a new class, the process begins again. Classes remain in distinct groups of 30, allowing Helena’s reach and scale to increase without dilution. While meetings are held within classes, members from different classes are free to interact with each other on a case-by-case basis. Even after a new class is selected, the prior classes continue to meet and generate ideas.

Learn more about Helena's current class.

Helena’s broader community is formed by its “Brain Trust.” Separate from Helena’s members, the Brain Trust also consists of individuals of extraordinary achievement from many different generations and fields. The Brain Trust is a growing body of leaders that serves to broaden and deepen the Helena community. It does not have a membership cap, nor annual classes.

Learn more about Helena's Brain Trust.

Helena is a private organization independent from any government, corporation, or political party. It does not exist to promote the interests of any government, corporation, or political party. 

Helena does not espouse or endorse any political, economic, or religious beliefs. Instead, it aims to represent viewpoints and experiences that may sometimes conflict or overlap, in order to establish dialogue and encourage innovative ideas.

Helena is not a business offering a product or service for sale, and does not operate for monetary gain of shareholders. It is not VC funded, and does not exist to create revenue. Some of Helena’s members, founders, and staff have other businesses; Helena is not affiliated with those businesses. Helena’s membership is merit-based, and members do not pay a fee, nor do they earn fees, for their participation. Helena Group Foundation is a registered not-for-profit corporation.

Helena was founded in 2015 by Henry Elkus and Zachary Bohn and is headquartered in Los Angeles, California. 

Click here to contact Helena.

Extended information

Helena is a private organization independent from any government, corporation, or political party. It does not exist to promote the interests of any government, corporation, or political party.

Helena does not espouse or endorse any political, economic, or religious beliefs. Instead, it aims to represent viewpoints and experiences that may sometimes conflict or overlap, in order to establish dialogue and encourage innovative ideas.

Helena is not a business offering a product or service for sale, and does not operate for monetary gain of shareholders. It is not VC funded, and does not exist to create revenue. Some of Helena’s members, founders, and staff have other businesses; Helena is not affiliated with those businesses. Helena’s membership is merit-based, and members do not pay a fee, nor do they earn fees, for their participation. Helena Group Foundation is a registered not-for-profit corporation.

Helena was founded in 2015 by Henry Elkus and Zachary Bohn and is headquartered in Los Angeles, California.

Click here to contact Helena.

Contacts

For general inquiries: 
info@helena.co 
For media inquiries: priscila@helena.co 
For partnerships and projects: ideas@helena.co