Created by Elaine Stenger and Laurie Fitzgerald Althaus, the title and design of The Women’s Leadership Retreat is quite deliberate and makes it unique in the development of women leaders.
First, we bring together women from business, the non-profit sector, education, and volunteer organizations to create relationships and connect resources. The wealth of talent in our community grows only when it is shared.
And because leadership emanates from a person and not from a position, role or hierarchy; leadership is not limited to those in power. Furthermore, the qualities generally attributed to women - collaboration, sharing and mentoring - are the very qualities we long for in leaders.
Women focus on the growth and development of others which inspire
s passion, courage and creativity and positively impacts the larger community. As change-makers, leadership is really a way of life for women.
Second, we combine educational and self-renewal activities. Women have a critical need to renew, to catch their breath and re-energize physically and mentally.
Third, we explore the provocative issues challenging our communities. As the Cultural Mothers of our communities, women face particular challenges which impact us all. For ourselves, families and businesses, it is essential that we are prepared to take on those challenges.
The only way to create a better future is by exploring those issues that are difficult and keep us divided. It is no secret that we are a stronger community when we are connected.
What do you love most about it? What's most rewarding?
When women say, “As a result of the last Retreat:
“I formed a coalition of Food Pantry Directors.”
“I expanded the vision of my business.”
“I have a deeper respect for the lives and struggles of other women.”
“I feel capable to take on additional leadership roles.”