ELEVATE Leadership Retreat

for Professional Women

April 16-19, 2024

Key Largo, Florida

Space is Limited

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Join us for the perfect combination of professional development, peer advisory, networking, and connection.

Get ready for an extraordinary experience featuring a powerful female keynote speaker, professional development content, and the opportunity to network, problem-solve, and connect with some of the most amazing women.

We've redefined the conference experience.

It’s more than just sessions and speakers; it’s about forging connections that last a lifetime. Immerse yourself in a supportive community of like-minded women, where the bonds you create are as valuable as the content you absorb.

Set against the stunning backdrop of Playa Largo Resort, our retreat transports you to a world of natural beauty and tranquility. The perfect environment to inspire creativity and personal growth.


Arrive on Tuesday the 16th for a welcome dinner, pick up your gift bags, and join your fellow Elevate Retreaters for an unparalleled experience where you'll connect, grow, and elevate your leadership in ways you never thought possible.

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Day one of the retreat kicks off with a warm and inviting Check-in and Welcome Dinner. It's a special evening where attendees gather to start their journey of growth, connection, and empowerment. As you check in, you'll receive your gift bags filled with valuable resources, setting the stage for an enriching experience ahead. During the welcome dinner, you'll have the chance to meet your fellow Elevate Retreaters, fostering the beginnings of meaningful connections and a supportive network.

8 AM - 10 AM -

VIP Breakfast & Registration

Our carefully designed breakfast setup makes networking a breeze, featuring fun and engaging card prompts on each table. This interactive game is your ticket to getting to know your fellow attendees, fostering connections, and sharing fascinating insights about yourself. It's the perfect way to start your journey of connection and collaboration at Elevate.

10 AM - 12:30 PM Opening Keynote
How Women Leaders Find Their Voices and Break Barriers

How Women Leaders Find Their Voices and Break Barriers

Dr Carrie Arnold

During Dr. Carrie Arnold's talk, you'll discover how to find your authentic leadership voice, recognize and overcome self-imposed limitations that silence your power, and learn strategies to develop resilience and shift your focus. You'll also explore your unique style of powerful leadership and gain insights on helping others who may feel silenced, all while receiving Dr. Carrie Arnold's book, "Silenced and Sidelined," as a valuable resource in your gift bag.

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM


Indulge in a delightful lunch experience designed to complement your Elevate Leadership Retreat journey. Join your fellow retreaters for a mouthwatering meal that not only satisfies your taste buds but also provides the ideal opportunity to reflect on the morning's insights and recharge for the afternoon's enriching activities. Bon appétit!

1:30 PM -2:00 PM

It’s Not Just A Walk on the Beach

Embark on a transformative meditative beach walk and unlock the power of Blue Mind! Immerse yourself in the soothing sounds of waves, the smell of the ocean water, the feeling of sand between your toes.  A place so calming that stress melts away, creativity flourishes, focus sharpens, and connection to others reaches new heights

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Talk the Talk: How to Have Every Kind of Conversation at Work

Talk the Talk: How to Have Every Kind of Conversation at Work

Brenda Abdilla

At the heart of successful leadership lies effective communication, a vital skill for fostering understanding, connecting with others, and building strong teams to achieve organizational goals. This session delves into the intricate relationship between effective communication and bottom-line performance, highlighting how leaders can leverage neuroplasticity to enhance their communication skills. Participants will gain insights into conducting challenging conversations, coaching high-performing individuals, navigating issue discussions without solving them for the team, managing upward communication with difficult bosses, delivering critical feedback, and bouncing back from tough conversations, ultimately enabling them to create meaningful connections and drive success in their leadership roles.

4:00 PM -5:30 PM



5:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Beach Yoga

Practice yoga on the beach with the ocean as your soundtrack and the beautiful views as a backdrop. Feel relaxed and rejuvenated as you stretch your muscles and breathe the fresh air.

6:15 PM - 7:30 PM

Mastermind Dinner

Elevate your networking and friendship building experience at our Mastermind Dinner! Enjoy dynamic conversations, answer inspiration questions, enjoy delicious meals, and forge meaningful connections with like-minded professionals. Stimulate collaboration, share insights, and be inspired in an unforgettable evening of thought leadership. Join us for an unparalleled atmosphere of connection and inspiration.

9 AM- 10 AM

Breakfast & Placemat Exercise

Start your day at the Elevate Leadership Retreat with a moment of personal reflection that you seldom find time for in your daily routine. Each morning, our specially designed post-breakfast placemat invites you to pause, reflect, and contemplate your days and weeks ahead. It's a unique opportunity to set intentions and gain clarity, ensuring you make the most of your retreat experience.

10:30 AM - 12:30PM

Motivational Maps Debrief

Unlock the map to your world with Motivational Maps®. Your happiness and success at work are closely tied to the fulfillment of your core 'Motivations,' which are deeply rooted in your self-concept, beliefs, expectations, and personality. These Motivations aren't conscious choices; they naturally emerge. Just as in life, we don't create motivations; we uncover them. It's crucial to align with your Motivations to build solid foundations and foster a focused, high-performing team

12:30 PM -1:30 PM


Indulge in a delightful lunch experience designed to complement your Elevate Leadership Retreat journey. Join your fellow retreaters for a mouthwatering meal that not only satisfies your taste buds but also provides the ideal opportunity to reflect on the morning's insights and recharge for the afternoon's enriching activities. Bon appétit!

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Team Performance & Change Readiness

Team Performance & Change Readiness

Stephanie Wachman

In this dynamic workshop on team performance and change readiness, you'll uncover whether your team is prepared for change and discover strategies to elevate their performance. By participating in interactive exercises, engaging in group discussions, and delving into real-life case studies, you'll gain a profound understanding of high-performing teams and their ability to adapt and excel in challenging circumstances. This workshop empowers you to think strategically, embrace a growth mindset, foster psychological safety, and employ creative problem-solving techniques within your team, ultimately enhancing your capacity for problem-solving, strategic thinking, and positive collaboration to drive corporate growth.

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM Forum

Burnout and Moving Forward

Join us for a crucial session on "Burnout & Moving Forward." In today's fast-paced world, it's essential to distinguish between mere fatigue and genuine burnout. Recent statistics reveal that work-related stress negatively impacts nearly 3 in 5 employees, resulting in a lack of interest, motivation, and energy for many. Cognitive weariness, emotional exhaustion, and physical fatigue are also on the rise. In this enlightening session, we'll guide you in identifying signs of burnout and provide actionable strategies to overcome it. It's time to regain your vitality and rekindle your passion for what you do.

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Vision boards & Cocktails Session

Unleash your creativity and aspirations at the "Vision Boards and Cocktails" session, a beloved retreat tradition facilitated by Brenda with over two decades of experience working with executives. In this relaxed, happy hour-style setting, you'll craft a visual masterpiece that encapsulates your dreams and goals. Plus, your finished creation conveniently fits inside your notebook, ensuring easy transport back home. Afterward, enjoy dinner at your leisure; we can even recommend some fantastic dining spots to explore on your own. It's an evening of inspiration, relaxation, and culinary delights.

6:30 PM

Dinner on your own

Whether you opt for an intimate dinner for one, relishing each bite in tranquil solitude, or immerse yourself in the camaraderie of shared laughter and delightful conversations with others. Tonight, the choice is yours, and the experience is exactly how you want it to be.

8 AM - 9:30AM

Breakfast on the Balcony

The final day of the retreat begins with a delightful breakfast on the balcony, providing a serene setting for reflection and connection. It's a time to bring your action plan to life, integrating the valuable insights gained throughout the retreat into actionable steps for your leadership journey. As we wrap up this transformative experience, each participant will receive a parting gift, a token of appreciation to carry the inspiration and knowledge gained from the retreat into their professional and personal lives. It's a fitting conclusion to an enriching and empowering retreat experience.

Elevate your leadership

Neuroscience-Based Material.

Gain insights into how the brain responds to various leadership techniques, empowering you to lead with authenticity and impact.

Your Keynote Speaker


Dr Carrie Arnold

Leadership Consultant & Executive Coach

Carrie Arnold, Executive Coach and Principal of The Willow Group, has built her career working in non-profit, complex healthcare systems. Carrie has 20 years leadership experience working in human resources, training, and organizational development. She holds a Bachelors in Psychology, Masters in Organizational Management, and a PhD in Human Development. As a post-doc Fellow with the Institute for Social Innovation, she continues to conduct research on voice and leader silencing.

She began her coaching/consulting practice in 2011. Prior, she worked as a director and internal consultant for a large healthcare system serving multiple sites and corporate services in the Denver metro area working in human resources, leadership & organizational development, quality and communications/marketing. Carrie is certified in the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), the Leadership Circle Profile, the Social + Emotional Intelligence Profile (SEIP), and she is a trained Lean facilitator, mediator, DDI instructor, and has taught at the university level.

Carrie has a strong track record in facilitating team development, change management, shared decision making, and building & facilitating leadership development programs. She serves as an executive coach for leaders in non-profit and for-profit sectors.

Education & Certifications
Carrie obtained her coach training at Georgetown University. She is an International Coaching Federation Master Certified Coach, a Board Certified Coach, and an accredited Coach Supervisor. She holds a B.A. in Psychology, an M.A. in Organizational Management, and a Ph.D. in Human Development. Carrie is certified to administer and interpret The Leadership Circle Profile, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)®, DiSC, and the Social + Emotional Intelligence Profile (SEIP)®

Brenda Abdilla

Certified Executive & Leadership Coach

Stephanie Wachman

President, Symetree Strategies

Elevate your leadership, elevate your life.

April 16-19, 2024 at the Playa Largo Resort


Regular Fee for the Conference


We will close this event registration at 30 participants so register NOW!

Stephanie Orozco
Stephanie Orozco Executive Director at Old Town Hot Springs

The Elevate Women in Leadership Summit program was curated beautifully. The content and balance of very special and thoughtful elements made this the most impactful leadership experience I have had the privilege to attend. I would recommend this to any business woman looking to confirm strength and gain powerful insight and tools to be more effective to make a bigger impact.

Rachel Benedick
Rachel Benedick Chief Revenue Officer, Meeting Professionals International

Elevate was the perfect experience! The content was a great mix between personal and professional development. Brenda did a wonderful job really curating the right group of people, which made the whole experience safe and challenging.

Nikki Lloyd Senior Vice President, Human Resources at Varsity Spirit

This program is incredible for women for women in executive leadership. The content, being a combination of leadership development, self-reflection, and networking is empowering and energizing. Brenda is excellent at what she does, her ability to shed light on your current work life situation and propel you forward is incredible.

Become a Retreat Sponsor


Elevate your brand and support high-level corporate women by becoming a retreat sponsor. Gain visibility, connect with influential leaders, and contribute to a transformative event. Secure your sponsorship now and be part of this inspiring movement.

Important Hotel and Travel Information


As you prepare to join us for the 1st Annual Elevate Leadership Retreat, we want to ensure your travel and accommodation experience is seamless.

🏨 Hotel Booking: Once you’ve secured your spot at the retreat and completed your payment, you will receive a confirmation email. 📩 This email will include a special hotel room discount of $399 per night (the regular rate is 678/night) allowing you to reserve your stay at the stunning Playa Largo Resort. This rate will rise as we fill our block so hurry.

🚗 Convenient Location: Playa Largo Resort is conveniently located just a short drive from Miami, making it easily accessible for our attendees.  You’ll find the resort nestled in a picturesque setting, providing the perfect backdrop for your transformative experience.

✈️Maximize Your Retreat: To fully immerse yourself in the top-notch content and networking opportunities, we recommend arriving on Tuesday afternoon, April 16th. Stay with us until after breakfast on Friday to make the most of this enriching journey. 

Don't miss any of the valuable insights and connections waiting for you at the 1st Annual Elevate Leadership Retreat.

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