The Gentlemen's Retreat

Providence, Rhode Island
November 2016 / July 2017

Two retreats focused on emotional intelligence, conversational intelligence and storytelling where 16 young men, sophomores and juniors at St. Raymond’s High School in the Bronx, have a true Gentlemen’s experience. 


Launch Day with Coach Cooley

To kickoff off the Gentlemen’s Retreat, Providence College basketball coach Ed Cooley addressed the young men on the PC campus. Throughout the weekend retreat, top leaders from the business and academic worlds joined the young men from the Bronx for panel discussions and workshops focused on emotional and conversational intelligence.

"You can scour the country and find plenty of hometown success stories of coaches coming back to their alma maters or the places where they grew up. But there will be few that can match the authenticity of Cooley and Providence.
He is a product of the city. Cooley was one of nine children in a family of a mother on welfare. She did what she could, but clearly Cooley felt even before he was 10 years old that he needed to seek help."
- Andy Katz, ESPN Senior Writer

Our Speakers


Host of 2016 Gentlemen's Retreat


Aiyah Josiah-Faeduwor

Director of Operations, Opportunities Industrialization Center of RI


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Carol Salloway

Executive Coach, Performa Consulting Group



Carl Maccario

Founder, The Center of Nonverbal Communication

Panel Discussion Participants

Jason Siperstein, Vice President, Eliot-Rose Wealth Management

Porta, Rapper and Entrepreneur from the Bronx, NYC

Anjel Newmann aka Medusah Black, AS220 Youth Director

Martin Austin, 2015 Brown University Social Innovation Fellow Founder of Rhyme with Reason 

Jermaine S. Johnson Sr. aka Mr. Bow Tie Guy, Designer and Entrepreneur

Special Guests

Stephon Alexander, Professor of Physics, Brown University

Steven Bloomfield, Associate Director, Watson Institute For International And Public Affairs, Brown University

C. Brandon Ogbunugafor, Research Associate with Dual Appointments in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

Warren Simmons, Senior Fellow; Former Executive Director; Adjunct Professor, Master's in Urban Education Policy Program, Brown University



The Gentlemen's Retreat November 2016
Schedule of Events


November 11th

6:00 AM

Bus leaves St Ray's

10:00 AM

Arrive at Providence College, Slavin Center 

10: 30 AM

EQ, Part 1 with Carol Salloway

11:30 AM

Opening with Coach Cooley 

12:00 PM

Lunch, provided by The Thirsty Beaver and Keynote: Stephon Alexander

1:15 PM

EQ Part 2: Empathy Poker

2:00 PM

Bus leaves for PeaceLove Studios

2:30 PM

Art at PeaceLove Studios

4:00 PM

Bus to Middletown, RI/ G Headquarters

6:30 PM

Dinner at Dave & Busters / Speaker: Alex Silva de Balboa 

Keynote: Sylvester James Gates


November 12th

6:45 AM

Wake up/Snacks 

7:00 AM

Yoga and Meditation 

7:30 AM

Breakfast at G Headquarters / G-Talks

8:00 AM

Pack for Providence 

9:00 AM

Bus to Providence Public Library 

10:00 AM

Arrive at Providence Public Library 

10:30 AM

Panel Discussion 

11:45 AM

Bus to Times2 Academy 

12:00 PM

Lunch/Coding Workshops

2:00 PM

Basketball Game: Providence Vs. Bronx
and Sports Analytics

6:00 PM

Dinner at Gracie's

8:30 PM

Ending Ceremony with IntraCity Geeks

November 13th

9:00 AM

Nonverbal Communication Workshop with Carl Maccario at The Watson Institute, McKinney 

10:30 AM

Tour of Brown University

12:00 PM

Closing prep at Gentlemen's Retreat HQ

1:00 PM

Bus leaves Providence for St Ray's