Katharine Herrup is the Opinion Editor for Reuters.com. This is the second of a three-part series on Summit Series. Read the first part here.

The first major Summit Series event happened in May of 2010. Just after starting the company two years ago, the team of seven young men between the ages of 24 and 26, were able to get President Bill Clinton, media mogul Ted Turner and co-founder of the Carlyle Group David Rubinstein to come and speak. They were a part of an impressive group of 750 attendees.

“We hosted the country’s most innovative young minds and thought leaders from presidents to astronauts to social media gurus to photographers to celebrities,” Josh Zabar, one of the original seven members, said.

For three and half days, Summit Series guests had access to a slew of leading professionals in their fields. They also participated in activities such as rock climbing, yoga, a casino night and jamming with musicians.

“One of the reasons why I think it’s taken off the way it has is because of the experience,” said Thayer Walker, who is the director of reconnaissance for Summit Series and one of the four co-founders of it. “We get people out of normal day-to-day business events, and provide intellectual conversation and discussions and physical activity.”