28HoursForMe Women Leadership Retreat Fall 2019

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Beaver Hollow Conference Center

1083 Pit Road

Java Center, NY 14082

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A group of executive women have come together to facilitate a dynamic leadership learning experience. If you aspire to lead or to build your leadership skills, this retreat of immersive learning is for you! Through a series of workshops, coaching, and other interactive activities, you and your fellow attendees will work together to improve your skill sets as leaders. All 28HoursForMe retreats have received higher satisfaction and recommendation scores than Southwest, Amazon, and Apple!


  • Executive women who have either retired out or are at the pinnacle of their careers, serve as mentors, advocators and facilitators. They actively participate from beginning to end. These include presidents of colleges, CEOs, EVPs of global companies, and more. Total retreat size is limited to 32 to ensure a participatory, personalized experience.
  • Held at Beaver Hollow in Java, New York, attendees are immersed in the beauty of nature, and participate in Beaver Hollow’s custom designed “Mindful Mile” to clear their heads to maximize learning.
  • Cell phones are off and packed away!
  • Attendees check into rooms early and check out late so their retreat time is not interrupted.
  • Beaver Hollow’s chefs are known for culinary excellence; every meal is artfully crafted to provide a fresh, organic, and healthy experience.
  • Attendees go through executive coaching to learn about their natural talents and how to leverage them www.strengthsfinder.com
  • Participants receive all volumes of Fish Rot from the Head Down with selected chapters chosen based on workshop.
  • Workshops are small so everyone actively participates in discussion, learning, and sharing.
  • Teambuilding and networking allows the group ongoing support in the quest to become effective leaders.
  • Diversity in age, race, and career level – experiencing firsthand what it means to learn from others.
  • Graduates are part of a 28HoursForMe group on LinkedIn, allowing continued dialogue with others, including 28HoursForMe facilitators.


Monday and Tuesday, September, 23-24, 2019

Beaver Hollow Conference Center, Java, New York


  • Kathy Lawley Best, Director, Corporate Community Relations, Lawley Insurance
  • Lorrie Clemo, PhD, President, D'Youville College
  • Gretchen Fierle, retired and former Senior Vice President, HealthNow New York and author of Fish Rot from the Head Down Volumes I and II
  • Nickole Garrison, CPA, Partner, Garrison Murphy Wealth Management
  • Maureen Hurley, JD, retired and former Chief Administrative Officer, Rich Products Corporation
  • Althea Luehrsen, CEO, Leadership Buffalo
  • Yvonne Minor Ragan, PhD, President and CEO, YM Ragan Consulting LLC and former President, Buffalo Promise Neighborhood
  • Kristin Sherry, Best Selling Author, Managing Partner and Founder, YouMap and Virtus Career Consulting
  • Kathy Snyder, President and COO, Beaver Hollow
  • Judi Spear, MS, CMC, BCC, BCEC, Founder, RVRhodes, Inc.


  • Cynthia Vance, CFP®, JD, ChFC, AIF, MBA, Partner, Jensen, Marks, Langer & Vance


Arrive between 8:00 and 8:30 am. to register and check in.

Day One

  • 9:00 am Introduction
  • 9:30 - 11:00 am RETREAT BEGINS! Group Exercise
  • 11:00 a.m. - 12 Noon. Mindful Mile. A leisurely and thought-provoking one-mile walk designed to put you in touch with your feelings, dreams, and aspirations. Led by Beaver Hollow’s professional staff.
  • 12 Noon - 1:00 p.m. Lunch and Keynote: Start Creating your Own Wealth
  • 1:15 - 4:00 p.m. Understanding your Strengths and Putting Them to Work (entire group)
  • 4:15 - 5:30 p.m. Workshops
  • 5:30 p.m. Wine Reception
  • 6:15 p.m. Gourmet dinner selected by Beaver Hollow’s Executive Chef Mark Camalleri
  • 7:30 p.m. Free time to relax by the fire, enjoy Smores, deepen relationships with your fellow attendees, and share the day’s learnings

Day Two

  • 7 – 8 a.m. Breakfast
  • 8:00 – 9:15 a.m. Workshops
  • 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. Workshops
  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Workshops
  • 12:30 p.m. Lunch and Ceremony
  • 1:30 p.m. Departure (or enjoy the grounds)


Every attendee will be participating in all workshops.

  • Good to Better to Great - improving yourself, your team, and overall performance
  • Solution, Not Revolution - dealing with conflict, challenges and failures
  • The Power of Inclusion - building and leveraging talent around you
  • Creating Positive Culture - behavior and actions to put into action (and those to avoid).


Casual dress and outerwear appropriate for the season and weather, walking shoes, a watch (since you won't be using your cell phone!), sneakers and workout attire (full gym available), and a bathing suit if you wish to swim in Beaver Hollow’s Olympic-size indoor pool.


Work, computer, iPad, or anything that might distract you from giving yourself 28 Hours JUST FOR YOU.


Single Room: $695

Shared Room (Double): $575

Cost includes accommodations (early check-in and late check-out), breakfast, lunch, wine reception, gourmet dinner, breakfast, closing lunch, graduation gift, workshop materials and books, Strengthsfinders© assessment, taxes, fees, and gratuities.

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