The Women’s Purpose Retreat
November 3-6, 2019
Laguna Beach, CA
Where Powerhouse Women of Purpose Come Together.
Picture a place where ancient redwoods tower above, hiking trails extend for miles, and yoga, meditation, and massage are offered daily.
Now imagine what it would be like to be at this place connecting with hundreds of other female change agents who are working to make the world a better place.
See yourself having deep conversations with your peers about what matters most in business, laughing with new friends, and connecting and networking with the leading businesswomen from around the world at a world-class retreat center.
This is the World-Changing Women’s Summit.
For three days, leading women in conscious business will gather at 1440 Multiversity to connect with each other, learn from each other, and discover new ways of thinking about how to change the world. At the Summit you will:
Hear from and meet some of the most successful women in conscious business
Participate in workshops hosted by world-class facilitators and trainers
Find fellow female business leaders you can talk to about the issues you’re facing
Connect and network with some of the most accomplished business people in the space
Take time to celebrate and make invaluable connections
Have time for yoga, hiking, or simply relaxing at a beautiful wellness center
Enjoy freshly made, nutritious, daily meals
*Deep discounts available for startups, small businesses, entrepreneurs, non-profits, and on an as-needed basis. Inquire with firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
A carefully curated, by invitation retreat that brings together C-Level / senior executive women who are committed to leading and living with purpose.
Imagine coming together with your female business peers in a beautiful retreat setting, in the heart of a canyon, next to the healing energy of the Pacific Ocean. As you listen to the quiet nestling of the trees flocked by an ocean breeze....you relax. Finally free from any distractions or city noise you take a moment to go within. Sitting amongst your soul sisters, you get ready to be open, vulnerable and honest. Ready to embark on a transformative experience with likeminded women for two days of growth, learning and community, all the while nurturing your spirit. If you can imagine this, then you belong at the 2019 Women's Purpose Retreat.
You'll start off each day with yoga and meditation, followed by a nourishing organic breakfast made using sustainable, local ingredients. Then you'll come together with what is sure to become your life-long tribe to expand your personal growth and go deep on the spiritual lessons inherent in your leadership journey. You'll work on leading from a place of deeper self-awareness and purpose; aligned to your inner wisdom and power. For as you elevate your personal and professional growth, you are better able to empower your teams, company and the world.
At the end of each day, we'll commune under the stars, sharing delicious nourishing food, and honest, open conversation.
Here's what you'll experience:
INSPIRATION: Inspirational speakers, motivating workshops and intimate conversations.
TRANSFORMATION: A process of self-discovery and personal development to become a better leader.
PEER LEARNING: Sharing and learning with your peers, who are at the forefront of Purpose, female empowerment and change.
SPIRITUAL TOOLS: A set of tools to enhance your self-awareness and consciousness, including understanding the spiritual lessons inherent to your leadership journey.
COMMUNITY: The opportunity to form deep relationships and lasting connections with your peers.
ONE-ON-ONE COACHING: You'll receive a complimentary coaching session, prior to the event, to ensure customization of the experience to your specific needs.
RESTORATION: An opportunity for self-care in a beautiful setting, through yoga, meditation and various retreat activities.
What to Expect at the Retreat
An incredible two-day experience designed to elevate executive women through a transformative personal and professional development experience.
Prepare to Be Transformed.
The Women's Purpose Retreat attracts women from across the Country, in the highest of positions, who are committed to their personal growth. In a rare and intimate, peer-to-peer setting, they support one another through deep self discovery and exploration – an expansive personal and professional growth experience. They are pushed beyond their comfort level to enhance the expression of their purpose in the world and at their companies.
Inspirational speakers serve to motivate and inspire, while expert coaches help them expand their self-awareness and wellbeing to better thrive in all they do. By taking this journey with other like-minded women in a casual, intimate setting, bonds and relationships are created that stand the test of time.
Topics covered at the retreat include: female leadership and empowerment, spiritual and personal growth, wellbeing, mindfulness, and self-awareness coaching.
Unlike other conferences and retreats, speakers are selected from the group of registered attendees. This keeps the experience intimate and personal, while allowing everyone to be the "teacher and student," they innately are.
Jessica is a keynote speaker, on-air host, author and coach with a single mission: To help people align with their soul's purpose. Her journey and teachings have captured the hearts and minds of many. As an example of relentless courage and perseverance in the face many challenges. Jessica shows us that anything we imagine for ourselves is truly possible.
Bestselling Author, Inspirational Speaker & Coach
Retreat Leader & Keynote Speaker
Sheri's current ventures are the evolution of her 20-year career with Oprah Winfrey. Her action-packed days as Executive Producer of The Oprah Winfrey Show were chronicled in the acclaimed docuseries Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes. Sheri also served as Co-President of Harpo Studios and OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network. She has been named one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business.
Author of 'The Beautiful No',
Co-founder of thepillarlife.com & Co-host The Sheri+Nancy Show podcast
As Founder & CEO of Kindred Lane, Elaine's purpose is to spark healthy growth through people and organizations. As leaders and organizations evolve, they require new practices to best sustain growth, while keeping their purpose and values at the core. Elaine guides clients in purpose advisory, spark coaching and designing learning experiences so they are able to sustain healthy growth and positive impact in the world.
Founder, Kindred Lane
Speaker & Attendee
Laura Maness leads Havas New York, the flagship agency of Havas U.S. In her role as CEO, Laura is tasked with driving a culture of creativity and innovation, and breaking tradition for some of the most recognized companies in the world including TD Ameritrade, Liberty Mutual Insurance, IBM, Keurig Green Mountain, Reckitt Benckiser, Mattress Firm, Edible and Con Edison.
CEO of Havas New York
Speaker & Attendee
Fiercely loyal with a collaborative leadership style and a passion for travel & fashion, Sophie Merven is an award-winning PR professional with experience working across many industries both on the agency and client side. Born and bred in Canada, Sophie has lived in Australia and France before landing in the hot city of Atlanta. Sophie is the mom to a 6-year old boy and together they like to travel the world – staying at IHG hotels, of course.
Head of Global Mainstream
& Upscale PR & Americas
Speaker & Attendee
Meredith Marsh Latham is a multi-tasking working woman, wife, and mother of two. Raised in Mississippi and born in Maine, with a decade of living in New York, some years in Oxford, MS and Atlanta since, she has never met a stranger. Meredith is the Regional Vice President of Crowne Plaza, Americas, at Intercontinental Hotels Group.
VP, Global Hotel Indigo
and Americas Upscale Hotels
As 360i’s Chief Operating Officer, Andrea is a key member of the agency’s executive team, responsible for driving growth and efficiency across all capabilities and clients. She has earned a reputation in the industry for her ability to tackle complex challenges with an exceptionally high standard of integrity, and in close partnership with her teammates and clients. Andrea was part of WPP for nearly 20 years, having joined Y&R from its Colombian subsidiary in 2000 before moving to New York in 2002.
Chief Operating Officer, 360i
Carrie is a proven leader with a demonstrated track record of driving step change in business model and results. She has a strong passion for the online space and an innate understanding of what it takes to drive success in the digital world. As such, she's enjoyed the excitement of leading a business through periods of explosive growth. Having learned from the rigor and discipline required to manage a business forced to consolidate.
CMO, Ashton Woods
Jennifer Convery is a recognized authentic, purpose driven food industry leader achieving results through developing an inclusive, empowered culture. As a thought leader, Jennifer excels in critical and global thinking, both strategic and visionary, yet practical in approach. Jennifer has deep expertise of global food ingredients and sustainability best
Group President N.A.,
Griffith Foods Inc.
Ms. Bird founded her consulting practice in 2010 in an effort to respond to the extraordinary need she recognized for small and mid-sized nonprofit organizations to have access to the affordable and creative experience and counsel necessary to support of their mission. A nationally recognized leader in the nonprofit community, Ms. Bird has more than 25 years of experience in service to philanthropy, with particular emphasis in capital campaigning and major gifts.
Nonprofit executive, fundraiser, leader, change agent and innovator
Speaker & Attendee
Marianne is the Chief Marketing Officer of Rakuten Kobo, one of the world’s fastest-growing eReading services, offering over six million eBooks and audiobooks through top-rated apps and award-winning eReaders. Responsible for the entire customer journey, Marianne applies an integrated marketing discipline to deliver brand and business growth. Marianne is a dynamic leader, mentor and strong collaborator who motivates teams toward data-driven customer experiences.
CMO, Rakuten Kobo Inc.
Stephanie is an Atlanta based mom-of-two and Founder of We Are Rosie - a modern & people-first approach to bringing expert marketing consultants to brands seeking flexible talent. Before launching We Are Rosie, Stephanie spent her career at major tech companies like Microsoft and AOL. She's the daughter of a refugee, which is a part of her life path that has influenced her life mission - to provide access to opportunities to marginalized communities.
Founder, We Are Rosie
Speaker & Attendee
Described by her clients as warm, professional, insightful, authentic, empathetic, and honest, Barbara has been in the field of Leadership Development for over 20 years. Her commitment to growth is evident in how she engages in coaching, team development, and facilitation; she creates safe, non-judgmental spaces for personal and professional exploration, as well as shares hard truths with grace.
Chief Growth Officer,
Leadership Growth Partners
Speaker & Attendee
Ashley is the founder and executive director of Love Not Lost, a nonprofit on a mission to revolutionize the way we grieve. From losing her daughter to growing Love Not Lost, Ashley has a lot of experience in death and grief; something she never thought would be in her bio. Yet, she's learned how to process, heal, and grow through the pain and is sharing that information with others to help them do the same. Ashley's driving question is "How can I love people better?"
Founder & Executive Director,
Love Not Lost,
Speaker & Attendee
Trisha founded Significance, her purpose-driven consultancy and speakers bureau, and the Champions of Good campaign to unleash the potential of people and brands to be a force for good. Trisha is also a Co-Founder and the Americas Lead for Sideshift, the first “social opportunity network”. Sideshift brings together solutions, thought-leaders, and changemakers to inspire people from all walks of life to take action for something that resonates personally.
Founder, Significance & Co-Founder and Americas Lead for Sideshift
Vicky has over 15 years of brand, digital & marketing experience for leading Fortune 500 brands across technology, sports, media & entertainment sectors. At IBM and The Weather Channel, Vicky was VP of Global Consumer and Brand Marketing, leading brand strategy and growing user acquisition and awareness of digital products into new global markets, resulting in the world’s most downloaded weather app.
Chief Marketing Officer,
Tatia Torrey is a consultant in Spencer Stuart’s Chicago office and a member of the firm’s global Consumer and Retail, Apparel & Luxury Goods Practices. Tatia has worked extensively advising senior executives at leading brands in the retail and consumer markets. She has a track record in talent recruitment, growing sales, transforming organizational culture and finding operational efficiencies.
Speaker & Attendee
Blair is the CEO and Co-Founder with the WITH/agency. Since founding the agency in 2012, she has grown its client roster to serve brands like AT&T, Coca-Cola, Kaiser Permanente, Southern Company, PG&E and more. Blair is passionate about equity, access and inclusion and she won’t stop until the whole world understands how important it is to stock your companies and creative teams with different perspectives and backgrounds.
CEO & Co-Founder,
Kerry's early career was a rags to riches to rags story in the first rise of the internet. Kerry is focused on what makes people tick and how do to get people to see the potential in themselves. Though Kerry formally joined Sun Valley Rice in 2017, she’d been working with Planet Rice, Sun Valley Rice, and LaGrande Family Foods for several years prior to that, as principal of her own executive coaching and consulting business. She loves shining a light on people's strengths and showing them a path to realizing their full potential.
VP People & Culture, Executive Coach,
Board Chair Epilepsy Foundation
Speaker & Attendee
Terri has dedicated her career to Human Resources. Her journey has included stops in big box retail, technology, and most recently non-profit. On the side Terri also maintains an active HR consulting business focused on teams, leadership, retreats, and more. Clients appreciate Terri's candor, her commitment and care she brings to every interaction. Terri dedicates time to her local Kirkland Rotary Club and is the Board President of her condo homeowners association.
Global HR Leader, HR Consultant,
Expert Facilitator, Leadership Coach
Kori works with people-centered leaders through her company, Symbio Strategies. Symbio is on a mission to improve the connection between the head and the heart in the workplace. They help leaders integrate an Employee Experience System that includes the right questions, right scales, right timing, right follow-up to yield powerful employees with authentic engagement. Kori is a founding board member of Conscious Capitalism San Diego, currently serving her second year as Board President. She has been active in the global movement for over five years.
Principal, Operations Director
As an Entrepreneur and Investor for the past two decades Lori has worked alongside CEOs and senior corporate officers, coaching and advising them on accelerating their business and careers, building high performing teams and connecting people to create winning corporate cultures. Lori approaches all her client-based work with a mix of heart, sass and gravitas. She’s not afraid to ask the tough questions, and she’ll keep asking until she gets a straight answer.
CEO, 5 Mile Run
Speaker & Attendee
Shannon oversees the strategy and execution of growing Cardlytics’ bank partnerships. From May 2013 to January 2018, Shannon was SVP and Head of Consumer Direct Lending, following Consumer Deposits and Payments at SunTrust where she sponsored and launched the Cardlytics program. From January 2009 to April 2013, Shannon served as EVP of Customer Programs then Consumer Checking & Rewards at PNC where she began her relationship with Cardlytics and co-developed the program as one of the first two large bank contracts and implementations.
Group President, Financial Institutions
Speaker & Attendee
Rachael Stamps is a fresh creative currently working at Goodby Silverstine & Partners. She is a multidisciplinary designer and photographer who travels far and wide to hear good stories and witness sunsets from as many sides of the sea as is humanly possible. Her life mission is to bridge profitable, inspiring, creative work with a holistically healthy, professional culture through processes that flow with the wisdom of the body.
Superhero of quick turn social content at Goodby Silverstein & Partners
Abby Frimpong is a business executive with nearly two decades of successful experience leading organizations from early-stage product development through to commercialization. Abby thrives at building and sustaining strong corporate cultures, providing steadfast leadership to her teams and establishing effective working relationships with her board of directors. Abby specializes in implementing corporate strategy to profitability and cross-functional leadership for high potential start-ups.
Christy is a role model for creative thinking and large scale contribution for many grown up start-ups in the digital media space. Christy is unfailingly encouraging and a killer saleswoman with over 15 years experience disrupting new markets and building authentic relationships. She has a strong passion for connecting people and fresh ideas to drive business outcomes. In her "spare" time she and her partner manage a home with 4 children and 4 fur babies.
Virginia has over 15 years experience in Healthcare sector at a Senior Executive level. Her primary focus is on global operations, M&A, medical devices and entrepreneurial ventures. Virginia is am a mom of two, a triathlete and runner. Along with her husband, they own five Melting Pot Franchises across the country.
CEO, Great Lakes Medical Imaging
Katherine was recently named as the Vice President of Global Sustainability for Griffith Foods, a family-owned global developer and manufacturer of customized food ingredients. At Griffith Foods, Ms. Pickus oversees the strategic direction and implementation of the company’s sustainability strategy and shared value initiatives. Katherine is a member of the Executive Council on Development at the Center for Strategic & International Studies in Washington, D.C. She is also a member of the Women in Global Development Committee of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
Vice President of Global Sustainability,
Passionate about Fenton and those who experience our company, Kari leads organizational strategy, legal and overall employee experience in her role as Executive Vice President, Employee Lifestyle. A mom of two young boys, devoted friend, champion of personal and professional growth and active participant in all aspects of the Company, Kari inspires others to achieve results.
EVP, Employee Lifestyle,
H.G. Fenton Company
Wendy DaDalt is a consumer products veteran with over 25 years experience in the consumer- packaged goods industry, having previously worked at The Hain Celestial Group and Clover Sonoma dairy. DaDalt worked at Hain Celestial for 18 years where she held various senior level sales positions within the natural channel division. Her passion has always been health, wellness, and shining the light on the strengths and hidden talents within every person she encounters.
Vice President of Sales at Clover Sonoma Farms
Stay tuned for more 2019 speaker and
2019 Speakers & Attendees
Who is Attending?
The women that have been invited to attend are in C-Level positions or department heads at brands, agencies and socially conscious startups. They are purpose-driven leaders who understand that every leadership journey is inherently a spiritual one. They welcome a holistic approach to professional growth, that empowers them to be the visionaries they naturally are.
C-Level women and department heads from Fortune 500 brands, top 10 agencies and socially conscious startups
Departments include: Marketing, HR, Operations, Sales & Exec
Consciously minded female leaders who know as they expand personally, they do so professionally
Women who are committed to deepening their potential, through greater self-awareness and expansion
Our retreat theme, "Your Infinite Potential," is about stepping into the highest, expanded possibility for your life. For the only thing limiting you, on any level, is the belief that you are limited. At this year's retreat, we smash that notion and claim our inherent truth and power, as female executives, leaders, visionaries, mothers, wives and sisters. We're going to expand our thinking and beliefs to remove the self-imposed restrictions that are keeping us blocked. Including transcending and rising above the fears, worries and doubts that only serve to keep us small. For as when we step into the knowing — that we are truly limitless — do we transform ourselves and those around us. From those we lead to the companies we serve; to our families, friends and communities.
Why this, Why now?
It’s a transformational time for us
We all want to make the world better
Women are at the forefront of change
We are leading the charge through alignment to purpose
We want to empower ourselves and other women
Supporting one another is key
“The change that will save the world is a personal one”
Jessica Joines is a former Global CMO turned bestselling author, coach and inspirational speaker. She is best known for completely reinventing her life shortly after turning 40; when the one she had built was no longer serving her. She now helps women master the twelve spiritual lessons that have been so essential to her own journey, as featured in her book, Dare to Believe. Through this work, she empowers women to thrive in all they do, living and leading from their highest potential and truth.
Jessica's own career path and personal story have been marked by a long commitment to leading with purpose. While she excelled in her corporate marketing career over the last two decades — most recently as the Global CMO at Rakuten — she felt something was missing. So she bravely stepped into the unknown and changed, well…everything. Eventually finding fulfillment through an alignment with her soul purpose.
Now, as a spiritual coach for business leaders, Jessica helps her clients leverage consciousness and self-awareness to deepen their own leadership ability. Inherent to this, she teaches and leads workshops on how to not engage with fear as truth, but as our most profound teacher.
Jessica is a contributing author to Thrive Global. Her bestselling book, Dare to Believe: 12 Lessons for Living Your Soul Purpose, topped charts on Amazon for two months and has been applauded by authors and teachers alike. Jessica is excited to announce the launch of her new TV show, Soul Purpose Sessions, launching on the United Intentions network in August 2019. You can learn more about Jessica's work here.
2019 Retreat Agenda
Up to date retreat agenda and topics for the 2019 retreat. Check back for more info closer to the date.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I book my ticket to attend the Women's Purpose Retreat?
This is an invitation-only event. If you'd like to be considered to attend, please email us at: . Upon approval, you will receive a password protected Eventbrite link that you can use to purchase your ticket and learn about other important information related to the event.
Does the price of the ticket include accommodations?
The price of the retreat ticket is $3,285. While we try to keep the costs as low as possible, because attendance is limited to 40 women, our options are somewhat limited vs. traditional conferences. The price does includes two full days of programming, yoga, coaching, retreat activities and all food and beverage.
Where is the retreat located and how do I book accommodations?
This year's retreat is being held at the Ranch at Laguna Beach Hotel. Accommodations are to be booked directly with the event venue. Upon purchasing your event ticket, you will receive a separate email with instructions on how to secure your room at the Ranch at Laguna Beach for the discounted price of $270/night.
What are the travel dates and other key logistics?
Event dates are Nov. 3-6. You should plan to arrive to the resort on Sunday, November 3rd, no later than 4pm. Departure is anytime the morning of November 6th. While it might be tempting to leave the night prior, you will miss the closing ceremony, which lasts until approximately 9pm. Out of respect for your fellow attendees, we suggest you plan to attend for the entire experience. There are four different airports you can fly into: 1) John Wayne Airport – Orange County 18 miles / 25 minutes, 2) Long Beach Airport 38 miles / 50 minutes, 3) Los Angeles International 52 miles / 90 minutes, and 4) San Diego International 65 miles / 75 minutes
Are tickets refundable?
Yes, all tickets are refundable up to 90 days prior to the event. Due to our contractual agreements with the venue, refund cut-off is August 6, 2019. After this, no refunds are possible in any case, including unforeseen circumstances and emergencies.
I'd like to be a speaker at the event. How can I be considered?
Because this is a peer-to-peer experience, the women we invite to attend are the same women we invite to speak. Therefore, all retreat attendees are considered. And those who book their tickets early are at the top of the consideration set. Please feel free to email us to discuss speaker topics.
Why is Spiritual Growth Relevant to Leadership?
When you hear the phrase spiritual growth, what we're really referring to is an understanding of the "life lessons" or "personal growth challenges" that are inherent and unique to your leadership journey. This is a more expanded way to think about your growth than what a skills-based approach might reveal. As we all have personal lessons that continue to show up for us in ALL aspect of our lives, and block us; until we understand them beyond the surface level.
What is the Retreat Attire?
Wear the clothes that represent the most authentic you. We recommend casual comfort and leaving all the business attire at home. Make sure to bring a variety of ensembles for both indoor and outdoor activities. Clothes for yoga and meditation as well as walking shoes are a necessity. Other than that, bring layers and a couple of options per day. We'll email attendees more details as we get closer to the event and when all programming has been finalized.
How Can I Get My Company to Fund the Cost?
The Women's Purpose Retreat is a one-of-a-kind experience for C-Level women. In fact, there are very few opportunities for female executives to connect in a fashion that supports what they need to truly grow and evolve to the next level. While traditional conferences and networking have a purpose, they aren't always designed with the unique needs of women in mind. Therefore, supporting women in a time where equality still doesn't exist, in a way that allows them to hit new levels of growth, is something all companies can get behind. Just look at the testimonials from last year's retreat and you'll see, the power and impact of the Women's Purpose Retreat. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us if you can use our help with how to position your participation at the retreat.
The Ticket Price Seems High, Why Is This?
When you bring together a small group of women for a fantastic experience, that is't about "selling," but community-based growth; the cost is naturally higher than other, larger events, that are able to draw upon big sponsorship dollars. We've done our absolute best to minimize the ticket price in every possible way we can, including offering very customized, integrated sponsor experiences.
2019 Corporate Sponsor
“The Women's Purpose Retreat is a life-changing experience. As someone who has attended hundreds of events and conferences throughout my career and prides herself on being a high performance, wholehearted leader, I don't say this lightly. It's truly a rare and unique opportunity where C-Level women can come together in an intimate setting to do deeply vulnerable personal growth work. The relationships I've built as part of this experience have been transformative to both my personal and professional life.”
- Laura Maness, CEO, Havas New York
"I didn't know what to expect, when attending the Women's Purpose Retreat, but I can tell you it beyond exceeded anything I could have hoped for. Jessica's natural healing presence creates an environment where women are able to commune and share, at levels I haven't experienced before. I am grateful for the positive shifts this has created in both my professional and personal life.”
- Wendy DaDalt, VP Marketing, Clover Sonoma Farms
The retreat was amazing, very well done, one of the best retreats I’ve attended. An incredible, highly curated, group of women, with great topics and content. Extremely beneficial both personally and professionally!
- Lori Ann Franklin, COO, Rakuten
The Women’s Purpose Retreat is an amazing group of engaged, professional women! The content, speakers and take-aways left me feeling energized and excited about dedicating myself to creating change in my life.
- Meredith Latham, SVP, IHG Hotels
I've both attended and presented at dozens of conferences throughout my career, and not one even comes close to the transformational experience of the Women's Purpose Retreat. The content, curriculum and caliber of the attendees were awe-inspiring, and while I was a 'teacher,' I quickly became a student. This experience transformed my own business and life and I am forever grateful for this experience. I cannot wait for the next one!
- Jen Wiley, Founder & CEO, Wet-Cement
Jessica is a master facilitator and connector. The group of women that she brought together was extraordinary and the level of conversation was unparalleled. It was an incredible gathering that I felt grateful to be a part of.
- Meghan French Dunbar, Founder & CEO, Conscious Company Magazine
Superb community of women - in a beautiful venue. Postiively challenging and life-changing dialogue! I’ve never experienced anything quite like it and feel honored I was able to be a part.
- Ruth Cochran, Principal, Korn Ferry