August 26-27


    More than just presentations, The Boss Lady Retreat offers an interactive networking experience, premium curated workshops and dining events for female entrepreneurs to share ideas, express creativity and form intimate connections. The Boss Lady Retreat is for women with a desire to grow in their lives and businesses while making valuable relationships.

    Are you:  

    • An Emerging female entrepreneur launching a new venture and need extra support?
    • An Evolving female entrepreneur ready to take your business game to the next level?  
    • A boss who is ready to invest in your personal growth and make new friends along the way?
    • A boss who needs to recharge, find inspiration and reconnect to your bigger mission?

    The Boss Lady Retreat

    • A weekend to learn from successful boss ladies in a beautiful coastal setting
    • A fresh perspective and new ideas to take bold steps in your business and life
    • A community of likeminded boss ladies and life-long connections  
    • Opportunity to access VIP cocktail hours, dinner parties and brunches
    • Workshops that inspire creativity and teach skills you can apply to your business


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    The Presenters

    Select a presenter below to learn more about THEIR RETREAT TOPIC & Boss lady background!


    Past Speakers

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    Thays Franca


    Luisa Alvarez

    Corrine Heck

    Brittny Lowe

    Kristen Colesanti






    “Not only did I meet some wonderful Boss Ladies, I took away actionable items to help me continue to develop my business.  The Atlantic Center for the Arts was the perfect location, surrounded by nature yet professional at the same time.  The larger group seminars were empowering, followed by the more intimate breakout sessions that allowed me to focus on my business.  I formed real relationships that weekend.  Ladies I've turned to again and again for advice.”
    – Stephanie Mason Teague, Director of Development, Museum of Arts and Sciences.  


    "The best part of the retreat was meeting other similarly motivated women who had experienced similar tribulations and hardships on their quest to achieving success, however they define that success. Professionally and personally, life is navigated much easier when we have a network on which we can rely and with experiences from which we can learn."
    – Nellie Kargar, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, ICI Homes


    “Can you imagine the time it would take to organically meet all of the amazing boss ladies elsewhere? Instead you can go to the Boss Lady Retreat and share a unique experience with them in a beautiful and inspiring setting. Many of the incredible women that I met at the retreat have become close friends and we’ve been able to help each other professionally as well. The Boss Lady Retreat is a can’t-miss event!” 
    - Stephanie Miller, Director of Research Park Initiatives, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

    VIP Ticket [best value] $997

    • Invitation to Welcome Cocktail Reception on Aug. 25
    • Exclusive Four-Course Idea Dinner with Speakers
    • Access to Premium and Standard Workshops
    • VIP Seating
    • Lunch + Sunday Brunch and Mimosa Bar
    • Access to all Speaker Presentations
    • Ticket to After Party

    standard ticket $497

    • Saturday Lunch + Sunday Brunch and Mimosa Bar
    • Access to all Speaker Presentations
    • Access to Standard Workshops
    • Ticket to After Party

    Friday, AugUST 25

    VIP Cocktail Hour  6:30 p.m.


    Saturday, August 26

    8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.  Check In + Coffee Bar

    9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.  Presentations

    12 p.m. – 1 p.m.  Lunch at Topic Tables

    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.  Presentations

    3 p.m. – 5 p.m.  Workshops

    6:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.  VIP Cocktail Hour

    7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.  VIP Idea Dinner with Speakers


    Sunday, AUGUST 27

    9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.  Brunch Panel: Overcoming Obstacles with a Strategy

    11:15 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Workshops

    1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.  Presentations  

    4 p.m. – 6 p.m.  After Party



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    Relaunch Your Work

    You're stuck in the day-to-day details of your business with no time to think strategically.  You want a clear plan of action so you can do your genius work, but can't find the time to create it. This workshop led by visual problem solver Emily Marko will train you to use visual tools as a guide to look back and review past work, reflect on lessons you’ve learned and create a future plan of action to implement. Give yourself the space and time to pause and find your direction again. Your future will thank you.

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    Website + Social Media Reviews

    Does your website and social media reflect your brand value? How easy it for customers to find you and access your offerings? During this workshop, design and branding expert Shelley Easter will provide website reviews and open critiques for willing participants.

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    Protecting your Intellectual Property

    Every business starts with an idea, but are you taking the right steps to protect your intellectual property? If you do not protect your intellectual property proactively early on, it may end up costing you down the road. During this workshop patent attorney Lori Sandman and artist Erica Group, best known for her DeLand Wings social media sensation, will share their experiences protecting intellectual property and navigating the process of registering copyrights, patents and trademarks.  

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    Floral Design

    No matter what your business is, having the skills to make floral designs that pop will set your storefront or brand apart. During this workshop with Simply Roses owner Ashlee Robertson you will learn the basic skills of floral design and create your own fresh flower arrangement. You’ll learn proper tools, care and handling of floral and creative containers and arrangements that are fun and inviting!

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    If you want to stand out, your brand needs Instagram and Pinterest worthy-images that showcase your style. During this workshop led by PJ Saffran and Kate Frost you’ll learn practical ways to shoot and plan images that represent your brand. Attendees are encouraged to bring products or décor to this workshop, but a variety of props will be available.

    This workshop will cover:

    • Shooting in natural light
    • Composition
    • Styling
    • Getting the best from your smartphone camera
    • Editing photographs
    • Hashtags
    • Building a Community and Finding Your Tribe

    The Venue


    The Atlantic Center for the Arts

    Hidden among 69 acres of scrub oaks and palmettos, The Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach is an oasis for creatives and has an earned an international reputation for drawing prominent artists and innovators to its world-renowned artist-in-residency programs. It was Doris Leeper, a painter, sculptor and boss lady, who laid the groundwork for this housing, gallery and studio space nearly four decades ago. This rich history and intimate setting in a pristine ecological preserve is the perfect destination to recharge, collaborate and create. The venue includes residential housing for our attendees so that you can spend the entire weekend collaborating, focusing on your goals and recharging. At the Atlantic Center for the Arts, you will find a peaceful and creative space to re-connect with your mission and find inspiration.

    The Destination

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    New Smyrna Beach, FL

    Welcome to New Smyrna Beach! Surfing mecca. Eclectic beach town. Charming seaside escape. These are just a few ways locals and visitors describe this historic beach town with a walkable downtown lined with locally-owned artisan shops and restaurants. New Smyrna Beach is a gem for foodies and creatives looking for a laidback and serene escape. Stay along Flagler Avenue and you’ll be walking distance to restaurants, bars and the Atlantic Ocean. We recommend staying an extra day or two so you can soak up the atmosphere.  


    Atlantic Center for the Arts

    You’ll have access to private artist housing at the Atlantic Center for the Arts where you can stay on site and be close to all the action. The Associate Artist Housing consists of individual rooms with a full sized bed, work desk, small refrigerator and private bathroom with shower. All rooms are equipped with wifi and are $65 per night plus tax.  Cottages are also available for $150 a night and feature an 800-square-foot deluxe living area, elevated kitchen, deck and loft style bedroom. Call 386-427-6975 to book your room at the ACA.



    Located 10 minutes from the retreat venue and steps away from the Atlantic Ocean, the Hampton Inn on Flagler Avenue is providing a room block for $140 per night by using the promo code BLR.  The Hampton Inn is located in the center of Flagler Avenue, where you can explore boutiques and galleries or have a night out on the town.  Book your room at the Hampton Inn here.


    Interested in becoming a Boss Lady Retreat sponsor? E-mail LACEY@THEBOSSLADYRETREAT.COM

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