Remarkable Women Leaders Retreat FAQ

Who will be there?

Women leaders in various stages of their careers across the mid-west who share a passion for growing their own careers and supporting other women in meaningful ways. More specifically, this is a multigenerational leadership program, with both Women of Distinction (seasoned professionals who are seeking even higher levels of career satisfaction and success) and Women of Promise (emerging women leaders who want even more responsibility and are looking for role models and mentors). It will be a small intimate group (30 or less), enabling you to make meaningful connections. 

What does the retreat cover?

You’ll learn how to use the Design Thinking process to find innovative ways to approach a leadership challenge you are facing. Specifically, you’ll come away with:
  • How to use design thinking to create solutions and not just solve problems
  • Time for self-reflection and action-plan building on enhancing your leadership
  • Opportunity to form cross-generational / cross industry relationships – at the retreat and potentially long afterward
  • The chance to learn from other women leaders through structured exercises, mastermind sessions, informal conversations and follow up opportunities

What will we be doing?

You’ll have a chance to connect with other remarkable women leaders in a variety of ways. You’ll be able to recharge through time in a beautiful location and time to walk outdoors, practice yoga and disconnecting from the outside world. The retreat provides the perfect opportunity to connect to other remarkable women leaders through small group sessions, masterminds and informal time together. You’ll be able to refocus and plan your next steps in creating an approach to a leadership challenge you face and you’ll be able to learn more about your leadership and innovation via interactive learning sessions. And we believe that you’ll be inspired – and inspire others by sharing and learning together with other successful women leaders.

What is the Agenda?

Thursday, May 4
  • 3:00       Arrive & Check In
  • 4:00        Connect: Setting the Stage for an Exceptional Experience
  • 5:30        Dinner
  • 7:00        Innovate: Design Thinking Workshop
  • 9:00        Campfire
Friday, May 5
  • 7:00        Yoga (optional)
  • 8:00        Breakfast
  • 9:00 to Noon: Morning Sessions
    • Discover: Use the Discovery Phase of design thinking to Identify a personal leadership challenge you can practice Design Thinking on in this space and with your fellow retreat peers
    • Mastermind Sessions: Use the Interpret stage of design thinking to broaden and enrich your perspective and to envision options for your leadership challenge
  • Noon to 4:00: Lunch and Afternoon Sessions
    • Connect & Inspire: Join a small group for an Ideation session over lunch to explore how to create a better future for yourself and those you lead
    • Reflect & Create: Use the Wooded Glen reflection trail for introspective time on your leadership, your challenge and your future
    • Dream & Plan: Craft a personalized go-forward plan in which you use the Experiment phase of design thinking to implement your next steps forward
    • Connect & Support: Gather with a small group to share your plans and find ways to support each other in making your plans a reality
    • Inspire: In our closing session, you’ll learn how you inspired others and share your sources of inspiration
  • 4:00        Retreat concludes

 

I’ve not been to Wooded Glen before.  What is it like?

Wooded Glen is a premier retreat center just off I65 about 1.5 hours south of Indianapolis and 30 minutes from Louisville, KY. It is in a beautiful wooded setting of  600 acres of the Spencer State Forest, has great accommodations and meeting rooms, walking trails and amazing food. It is the perfect place for recharging and renewal.

What are the accommodations like?

You’ll have your own private room with two queen beds and bathroom at the Lost Lake Lodge. Accommodations are spacious, clean and comfortable. Rooms all have balconies overlooking the woods and lakes. Home cooked dinner, breakfast, lunch, a wine reception and snacks are included.

What should I wear?

Dress comfortably and casually. We’ll spend some time indoors and sometime outdoors, so you might want to dress in layers. There are great trails at Wooded Glen for running and hiking – so pack accordingly if you’d like to use some of your free time to explore.

What should I pack?

  • Comfortable clothes
  • Walking shoes
  • A coat or jacket
  • Stretchy pants and top if you are doing yoga
  • A desire to learn and grow
  • An interest in connecting and helping other women leaders achieve their goals

What if I have special dietary needs?

Let us know about any special dietary or other needs in advance so that we can make this experience a great one for you. The Wooded Glen staff will ensure you have meals that nourish you based on your own needs.

Should I ask my employer to pay?

Yes! This is a bona fide professional development experience that will empower you at work and enable you to share what you learned with colleagues and direct reports. You will receive a certificate at the end of the retreat that you can show your employer.