Women’s Winter Retreat January 17th-19th, 2020

at Allerton Park & Retreat Center in Monticello, IL

Tickets go on sale October 1, 2019 and are limited. Click here for ticket information.

A time to reflect, refresh, and re-energize at the gorgeous historic Allerton Mansion in Monticello. This winter weekend retreat is designed for female small-business owners but is open to ALL women. You’ll find time to connect with other business owners, learn something new and prepare for the year ahead. Stay for the whole weekend, or choose a one-day option. Breakout sessions to include business-oriented topics such as marketing, strategic and financial planning, and innovation as well as non-business related activities like yoga, craft workshops, massage therapy, group workouts and wellness workshops.

Retreat Agenda

CLICK HERE for Full Session Descriptions. CLICK HERE for Speakers’ Biographies. Note: Times are approximate, a detailed agenda will be provided to registrants.


3:00 PM Mansion Check-In for Overnight Guests (CLICK HERE for information on reservations)

4:00 PM Registration for Attendees Opens

5:00 PM Cocktails & Networking

5:30 PM Dinner & Keynote: Let's Collab: The Ins and Outs of Collaborations and Why They're Key To Growing Your Brand, Leah Longueville, Polished Prints

6:45 PM Breakout Workshops

  • Word of the Year - Vision Boarding ($ optional), Erin Tarr , Be the Benchmark

  • Self-Care Prescriptions: Living Your One Life Well, Robyn Gobin

  • Busting the Myth of Work/Life Balance and Finding Wholeness within a Busy Lifestyle, Alyssa Hudson, The Honest Mama Blog

  • Strategic Communication for Business Leaders, Stefanie Santos McLeese, Santos McLeese Public Relations & Strategic Communications

8:00 PM Breakout Workshops

  • Writing Your First Book: Five Strategies for Success, Robyn Gobin

  • Organizing Your Business with Organizing CU, Maggie Kelly, Organizing CU

  • Freshen Up Your Beauty Routine For The New Year, Lauren Foran, Lauren Foran Hair & Makeup

9:00 PM Free Time


7:00 AM Registration Opens

7:30 AM Morning Full Body Workout, Ali Kreider, Blended Balance Fitness

7:30 AM - 11:30 AM Morning Beauty Bar with Lauren Foran Open

8:30 AM Breakfast & Keynote: "Yes, And..." Jenette Jurczyk, That's What She Said

9:45 AM Breakout Workshops

  • Be Your Brand's Gatekeeper, Jessie Scheunemann, Jessie Marie Studio, LLC

  • Stepping into Greater Leadership: Decide where to make change happen in your business community for yourself and for others, Michelle Rice, Women’s Dreamvision Network

  • Deepening Self-Awareness to Improve Connection, Jessica Nemecz MA, LCPC, Two Roads Wellness Clinic

  • The Road to $15 Minimum Wage, Sara Ellen Jones, Process Renovation Consulting

11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Mini Branding Photosessions with Lisa Shreffler ($)

11:15 AM Breakout Workshops

  • How to Give Back without Going Broke, Rebecca Guyette, United Way of Champaign County

  • Mornings of Intention, Caitlin Shea McCoy, Light-filled Mornings

  • Social Media Marketing and Branding, Nicole Gorman, Above Able/The Gorman Guide

  • Empowering women through color, Anna Gutsch, NORDEN German Design Studio // pipapo

12:00 PM Lunch & Keynote: Weathering the Storm: How Life Events Shape Who We Become, Danielle Zanin

1:00 PM Breakout Workshops

  • HIRING HELP: tips for when you're used to working by yourself, Maggie Taylor, Delight Flower Farm

  • Building a Clear Mission Statement, Jenette Jurczyk, Key Light Consulting LLC

  • Cultivating the Beauty in Your Own Backyard: Finding Your True North, Megan Murphy

  • Prioritizing Play in the New Year, Kelsey Langley, KOOP Adventure Play

1:00 PM - 6:00 PM Massage Appointments Available ($) by Abby Meyers

2:30 PM Breakout Workshops

  • My Marriage Story: Recovering from hurt & building a strong foundation, Amanda Baer

  • Business Writing for Business Results, Stefanie Santos McLeese, Santos McLeese Public Relations & Strategic Communications

  • Clean Up Your Act, Nicole Nyberg, Clean Up Your Act

  • Art of Affirmation ($), Dana Overman, Her Creative Collective

3:30 PM Breakout Workshops

  • Business and Branding – Legal Aspects of Starting and Running a Business, Protecting Your Brand, and Protecting Your Personal Assets, Julie C. King, The Law Office of Julie C. King, PLLC

  • How to Grow Your Side Hustle While Working Full-Time, Sara Vore, Flowers and Leather Events

  • Service, grief and loss, Caroline Tonozzi, DVM, DACVECC

  • A Mindful JourneyDr. Elizabeth Paunicka

4:45 PM Breakout Workshops

  • Hike with Champaign Outdoors

  • DIY Flower Crowns ($), Candice Hart, Pollen and Pastry

  • Wind the Heck Down, Rachel Bass-Guennewig, Daily Bread Yoga

  • Connecting with Nature through the Wheel of the Year: A Closer Look at the Eight Annual Celtic Festivals, Summer Hennessy Acorn Moon Mercantile

6:00 PM Dinner & Keynote: Bucket Lists: You CAN Climb that Mountain (panel), Mandy McWhorter, Champaign Outdoors

7:00 PM Breakout Workshops, Live Music & Pop-Up Vendor Market


7:15 AM Kundalini Yoga with Gabriela Brunner, Gabriela Reyes Brunner - Intuition Coach for Life, Career & Business

8:30 AM Breakfast & Keynote TBD

9:45 AM Breakout Workshops

  • Power Lunch: How to Fuel Your Day, Rachel Cooper

  • How to Look and Feel Fabulous over 40, Cathy Warnes, Keep it Simple Keep it Real, LLC

  • Morning Routines, Kelly Skinner, Soul Care

  • Explore The Chakras, Gabriela Brunner, The New Firm Explore (Chakras 1-3)

10:30 AM Breakout Workshops

  • Growth, Christina Glass

  • Life's Teeter Totter, Cheryl Mitchell

  • Basics to Bullet Journaling, Kelly Skinner, Soul Care

  • Explore The Chakras, Gabriela Brunner, The New Firm (Chakras 4-7)

  • Hike with Champaign Outdoors

11:30 AM Check Out of the Mansion/Optional Lunch at the Greenhouse Cafe

Registration Fees

Your registration fee includes meals, most breakout sessions and a woman-design and made t-shirt. Some sessions may have additional costs associated. To view these “extras”, CLICK HERE. There is a 30% discount available for those that are speaking at the retreat, leading a session or activity or otherwise contributing to the retreat.

3 Day Registration $165 regular/ $115 contributor discount

Friday-Saturday $140 regular/ $100 contributor discount

Saturday-Sunday $125 regular/$85 contributor discount

Saturday Only $105 regular/$75 contributor discount

Stay at the mansion! There is a special room block available, $99/night per room (not per person). Some rooms can sleep up to 4 people. Call Allerton to book your room 217-333-3287.


Thank you to our generous sponsors that make this event possible! In order to offer an incredible experience at an affordable cost for women in our community and women-owned small businesses, the following women-owned businesses stepped up to the plate.