Lead From Your Point of Strength

The demands of the industries we serve require continuous learning - our own. 


But it's challenging to find master level learning and networking for learning leaders. No more surface-level-sessions, we're talking about Problem-Solution Deep Dives -- fleshing out top-of-mind challenges we're facing, exploring frameworks for tackling the complexities, and prototyping solutions to bring back to our organizations. Participants will experience facilitation methods they can use in their work with stakeholders and teams.


Because of the depth and personalization, we can only invite 12 guests to participate.

What you can expect

  • Learning that challenges our assumptions, reveals blindspots, and results in solutions

  • Leadership capacity and resiliency practices to renew our charge for our roles

  • Aha moments around every corner - some you may use in your own transformational programming!

Why a Retreat?

What does it mean to go on retreat? Is this vacation with a little session sprinkle on top? Actually, no. Retreat is purposeful pause. It’s stepping outside of the grind to recharge and return with greater capacity, resiliency, inspiration, and solutions for your what’s next.

Leaders are vulnerable to stress, and depleted, burned out leaders operating in survival mode cannot give their organization their best. Retreat offers a reset, getting clear about our future focus alongside practices that inspire us to lead with intention within our high stakes high stress roles. This is how we build capacity and level up our resilience.


The Ascent experience integrates four WellBeing Pillars introducing micro practices leaders can implement in their daily routine. 

  • Brain: Intensity & insight challenging us to reach

  • Body: Nourishment to stall the cortisol

  • Balance: Leader mindset & integration 

  • Belong: A network who gets it & sharpens you

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As a CAE Approved Provider educational program related to the CAE exam content outline, this program may be applied for 10 credits toward your CAE application or renewal professional development requirements.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, new dates are forthcoming.


Join us in 2020 in the Lake Pepin Bluffs for this all-inclusive experience - just buy your flight and meet us at the airport (MSP). Relax and unwind enjoying your ride through the beautiful St. Croix Valley to our venue, a king-size home overlooking Lake Pepin. Choose from private bedroom or shared accommodations for our three night stay.

Who will be in the room: Senior level female learning leaders in continuing education events and/or training (Director, VP, CLO or equivalent)

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Tracy King specializes in transformation – of organizations, leaders and learners.


Tracy advances workforces by consulting with organizations on the business of learning and program design. She coaches executives on implementing innovations while navigating the competitive CE landscape. As a master learning designer, Tracy leads a team creating in-person, virtual and online education that makes a measurable difference. And now, she offers her own eLearning courses, training workshops and transformational leadership retreats to advance the profession.


Tracy is the award-winning author of Competitive Advantage: Create Continuing Education that is Profitable, Sustainable, and Impactful. She's a thought leader, skilled facilitator, invited speaker, and DELP Scholar. Her work has been featured on NBC, ABC, FOX, USA Today, Star Tribune and hundreds of nationally syndicated television, newspaper, and magazine outlets. Tracy serves as the Chief Learning Strategist and CEO of InspirEd.

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Kris Finger is a seasoned event planner and project manager with 20+ years in the industry. Her experience ranges from executive management to ground floor implementation of new concepts and ideas.  As the former of owner of two successful small businesses, she understands all aspects of business management and has worked with over 350 nonprofit and for-profit organizations during her career.


In 2008, Kris was named the Young Business Woman of the Year by the National Association of Women Business Owners, Minnesota Chapter (NAWBO) and is an active member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the Association Management Company Institute (AMCi) and the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) to name a few. Kris is a die-hard frequent flyer and loves to travel.  But when she’s home, she’s band mom to a half dozen high school band kids including her teenage daughter. 


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Our sincere gratitude to our exclusive sponsor, CommPartners, for championing learning leadership with us.

CommPartners helps associations engage their communities and extend their reach through online education and events.  For over 20 years, CommPartners has worked with thousands of organizations to help them conceive, develop and fulfill their education strategy.   Elevate LMS, our award-winning learning platform provides a foundation which manages curriculum based education, certifications and digital credentialing, live online and onsite events, community engagement and informal learning.  With this holistic approach, Elevate is able to support the learner regardless of what their requirements or interests might be.  To extend the value of Elevate, CommPartners provides a wide range of online education services including webcasts, livestream events, virtual conferences and content production.

Rich Finstein – – 443-539-4840

Megan Gowen – – 443-539-4851


Our all inclusive experience includes coach transfer* between airport (MSP) and venue both ways, accommodations (private or shared room), shared bathroom, meals prepared by our private chef, yoga classes, master classes, exclusive surprises.

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Shared Room - Queen
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*Coach transfers: To participate in pre-arranged transportation, arrive at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Lindbergh Terminal 1 no later than 2:00 PM May 18 to meet the coaches departing from the terminal at 2:30. Book your May 21 departure no earlier than noon to ensure ample time for airport security. Should your flights not meet these parameters, we can advise on transportation options to the venue (approximately 90 minutes from MSP) at your own expense. 

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If you're hungry for a minute to step outside the grind, hang out with other ambitious leading edge leaders, and prototype solutions to your greatest challenges - join us in May. Lead from your point of strength. This experience is all about connection - connecting with yourself, other leaders, and leading-edge ideas. Rejuvenate your brilliant mind for what's next!