Trailblazers charting new territory; doing the heavy lifting for your companies, organizations, departments, families and communities.
The First, Fews, and Onlys with a seat at the table; You amazing women across the rich Black diaspora...
You asked, and we answered!
We are so excited to bring the Inaugural Retreat for Black Women Leaders, a 1 1/2 day retreat for Black women leaders across industries within the United States.
Join us! We are back outside!
Can I keep it 100? What if some of the struggles you face as leaders are self imposed? Though I know there are many invisible forces in the workplace that can stifle our wellbeing, I often wonder if we are co-conspirators in our suffering.
Here’s what I mean!
On any given day, I know the unspoken pain points that feel just “the way it is when you’re in leadership:”
- vicious cycles of burnout
- sacrifice that has now become resentment
- shrinking to become a fraction of yourself that makes others “comfortable”
- exhaustion from doing emotional labor for others
- drained from fighting
- physical symptoms from pinned up internal anger (e.g., migraines, stomach issues, poor appetite)
- burdened from trying hard not to be perceived as the “angry black woman”
- suffering in silence
That’s the extra 20% of labor Black women leaders experience in addition to their “role and responsibilities.” Leaders tell me “it comes with the territory.”
But does it have to though?I know there is a cost to leadership? But how do you know when the cost is too expensive? Is it possible that strength has worn out its welcome? Have you become the casualty in the process of leading? Is it possible that the way you’ve learned to lead isn’t a way that will contribute to your long term health and well-being?
I know why some leaders show up the way they do; it’s what they’ve been taught. But I also know it’s a piece of what contributes to their pain points. I can understand why it may be challenging to imagine a different way. But there is one! Sometimes we need to retreat from the “normal” to establish a new normal.
It's time to recharge. rest, and, realign and join the #3RELITE
CLEAR YOUR CALENDARS
BOOK YOUR FLIGHTS
RESERVE YOUR ROOM
MEET US IN DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES
JOIN US MARCH 30TH - 31ST FOR A TRANSFORMATIVE EXPERIENCE!
Put those professional development funds to good use sis! This is not just a retreat, it's a movement!
Self care. Learning. Unlearning. Representation. Inspiration. Elevation. Innovation. Rejuvenation.
Prepare to experience it all!
We have carefully curated an amazing lineup of powerful voices and thought leaders to help you recharge, reset, and realign on your leadership journey.
MEET YOUR FACILITATORS
Dr. LaWanda Hill
Licensed Psychologist & Black Women's Wellness Expert
Dr. LaWanda Hill is a licensed psychologist and Black women's wellness expert. As a Black woman, she not only utilizes her education and professional experience to serve her clients but also her own lived experiences. As their champion, Dr. Hill is committed to helping Black women cultivate new narratives and ways of being that reflect their values and humanity and leads them to thriving.
Danielle Gautt, LCSW
CEO, Emerge Well Therapy
Danielle Gautt is a licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) from Inglewood, California and the creator of Emerge Counseling, Consultation, and Wellness Services. Her passion is helping to empower Black women to unlock their healthiest and happiest versions of themselves. For the past 15 years, she has worked in community mental health, intensive outpatient settings, and higher education.
Dr. Akilah Reynolds
Licensed Psychologist, Mental Health Expert, The Black Girl Doctor
Dr. Akilah is a licensed psychologist in Los Angeles where she works at an academic medical center and in private practice at the Black Girl Doctor. She specializes in child psychology, parenting, and working with professional women. Dr. Akilah is the co-founder of the SBW Wellness Collaborative, an organization that researches and provides education on the strong Black woman schema. Dr. Akilah believes psychology has the power to transform lives. To that end, she is passionate about empowering people to live the life of their dreams by encouraging mental health and wellness.
Dr. Taisha Caldwell-Harvey
Licensed Psychologist & Founder, The Black Girl Doctor
Dr. Taisha Caldwell-Harvey, affectionately known as Dr. Tai, is a licensed psychologist and founder of The Black Girl Doctor, a completely virtual mental health practice that specializes in therapy and coaching for professional Black women and workplace wellness programming. She is a published author and has over 12 years of experience as a clinician and consultant. Most notably, she spent 7 years advising the 10 campus University of California system on best practices in mental health innovation. In addition to operating The Black Girl Doctor, she serves as a mental health consultant and advisor to organizations committed to wellness. She believes her purpose in life is to inspire people to dream bigger and is an advocate for Black Joy as a social justice issue.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
OPENING KEYNOTE BY DR. LAWANDA HILL
SESSION 1: RESET WITH DR. TAI
When you’ve accepted your calling to be great and the dreams of your ancestors are what fuels your motivation, how do you justify rest? Most ambitious Black women expect to sacrifice to get ahead, but how do you know when the cost is too high? Join in a discussion that will challenge your very definition of excellence, push you to re‐imagine how you approach your work as a leader, and leave you more motivated than ever to protect your most prized possession, your spiritual and emotional energy.
Reset with Dr. Tai will help participants understand how cultural messages about hard work and struggle may have shaped their view of what it means to be successful, replace their existing definition of excellence with a framework that prioritizes self-care above all else, learn how to accurately assess their accomplishments while minimizing negative self-talk and harsh criticism, and learn to set life goals that will leave you feeling fulfilled instead of just busy.
SESSION 2: REALIGN WITH CEO DANIELLE GAUTT, LCSW
As leaders, you don't realize sometimes that you are out of alignment with yourself. Misalignment often means we become a casualty in the process of leading. You don’t have to be the casualty in leadership. Join a discussion where you’ll explore what may be causing you to be out of alignment, and tap into a vision for your life that extends beyond your current role.
Realign with CEO Danielle Gautt will help participants identify how fear can keep them misaligned, explore the impact of over-reliance on external validation, and learn the 3 C’s needed for growth and realignment. It’s time to be intentional about centering you. And after this session, your most important relationship will be front and center; your relationship with self!
SESSION 3: RECHARGE WITH DR. AKILAH
You’re a boss and you made it! But are you feeling exhausted, stuck, easily irritable, or like you can’t be yourself in your career? For many Black women, we’ve become experts at using extraordinary strength to persevere. It’s what our mama’s and grandmama’s used; it comes natural to us. Sometimes we get to a place where strength has worn out its welcome and we need a recharge.
Recharge with Dr. Akilah will challenge you to re-examine the role of strength and work in your life. You’ll be encouraged to clarify your values and reimagine a life where wellness coexists with your career. Leaders will assess the role of work and strength in their lives, identify their wellness strengths and needs, clarify their values and understand how to make value driven decisions, and make a commitment to their professional goals that center growth and well-being.
SESSION 4: READY TO THRIVE w/ ALL FACILITATORS!
Having reframed the way you pursue your work, realigned with yourself, and reframed your professional goals, you are ready to be a transformative leader that not only leads with their words, but with their actions. Your new approach to leadership changes the narratives and breaks generational patterns of self-betrayal, self sacrifice, and continuous cycles of burnout.
Ready to Thrive is our official farewell to leadership that requires you to show up as a fraction of yourselves, dishonors your full identity, and denies your birthright to health and well-being! The dynamic facilitators will assist participants with integrating and personalizing the new insights and skills learned into a new mindset and mantra that will serve as the guiding star in your unique journeys of transformative leadership.
Being back outside means we are back to being social!! Mix, mingle, and unwind with premium cocktails during cocktail hour
A TASTE OF BLACK LOS ANGELES
After an immersive day of learning, participants will experience Los Angeles most popular Black owned nightlife.
GET READY FOR A POSH EXPERIENCE
Lively, playful, and bold, Hotel Indigo is a modern urban retreat, surrounded by LA's hottest nightlife and entertainment venues. With a prime location in the rapidly-growing downtown historic core and distinctive, design-driven interior, incorporating elements of our Los Angeles colorful history, Hotel Indigo is the new urban retreat for guests looking to rediscover LA's past in the midst of a booming downtown resurgence.
Along with an enviable location, Hotel Indigo Los Angeles Downtown features over 22,000 square feet of sophisticated meeting and event space. Nothing but the best for our executive leaders.
There is a reservation block for women who will be attending the retreat. Please note that you will be responsible for booking lodging for your stay. The block of rooms have been reserved at a reduced group rate. You can claim this rate until February 28, 2023.
CLAIM YOUR SPOT NOW
Three 90 minute sessions with thought leaders and experts in wellness for Black professional women
Opening Keynote with Dr. LaWanda Hill
One 60 minute closeout session
Breakfast for 2 days
A taste of Black Los Angeles
An Unforgettable Experience
Payments can be paid in full or in 3 installations. See below for the installment pay schedule:
$200 deposit due by January 31st
$300 due by February 7th
$300 due by February 21st
The retreat is open to Black women leaders who have completed the Executive Leadership Development (ELD) Workshop offered virtually every 4th Friday of the month.
ABOUT THE ELD WORKSHOP
Black women are faced with a unique set of challenges on their leadership journeys. That is, managing the extra burden of “the invisible forces” (i.e., ongoing microaggressions, conscious and unconscious biases, an overwhelming amount of white fragility and anti-blackness, and a consistent pull from a system that demands they show up as a fraction of themselves).
Black women are taught the solutions to navigating these challenges are to lean into white dominant values. This solution is not only unsustainable and dehumanizing, but is associated with an increase in poor mental health outcomes such as anxiety, depression, and burnout. The ELD workshop was created to provide a solution that honors your humanity, centers wellness, and equips you with the skills to manage the invisible forces in the workplace.
The Executive Leadership Development workshop centers the psychological safety of Black women leaders and equips them with the skills to become a transformative leader.