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CTLF WiseWomen Retreat 2023: Modern Woman – Level Up!

April 27 at 1:00pm – April 28 at 1:00pm | The Elizabeth Hotel in Ft. Collins

At the 2023 Wise Women Spring Retreat, we’ll level up.  

What does that mean, exactly? ‘Leveling up’ is a phrase that represents a progression beyond the status quo. With that in mind, the 2023 retreat is designed as an immersive opportunity, to step away from the daily grind, and evolve as a modern woman. 

We’ll do this by learning from our peers making rewarding life pivots, and through teachings from a skilled facilitation of the renowned Design Your Life (DYL) framework. Facilitated by Lora Louise Broady, this 3-minute video gives you a peek into DYL, exploring how to build a well-lived, joyful life. Finally, we will learn from a communication expert about best practices to be culturally savvy and a current voice in our work and personal environments. 

Join us for an unforgettable and energizing experience exploring new chapters and new conversations!

Register now!

See information below for more details!

WiseWomen Retreat Agenda and Details

Location: The Elizabeth Hotel at 111 Chestnut Street, Fort Collins, CO 80524

Cost: $650 per person includes meals (excludes Friday breakfast), program, and hotel room

Parking: overnight parking paid by each car

Dress: business casual

Headshots: $295 (held Friday morning)

Thursday, April 27th (Sunset Lounge)

1:00 PM     |     Welcome, Introductions, and Icebreaker

2:00 PM     |    Design Your Life Workshop with Lora Louise Broady

5:00 PM     |    How to Look Great in Pictures with Bart Levy (Happy Hour begins)

6:00 PM     |    Drinks and Heavy Appetizers

8:30 PM     |    Adjourn

Friday, April 28th (Conference room on 1st floor)

7:30 AM     |     Breakfast on your own

8:00 AM     |    Headshots with Bart Levy

9:00 AM     |    Panel Discussion on Life Pivots facilitated by Kathy Lawless

10:00 AM   |    Having New Conversations with Yolanda Webb

11:30 AM   |    Lunch

12:30 PM   |    Wrap-up & Departures

1:00 PM     |    Retreat closes


Retreat Workshops and Featured Speakers

Design Your Life Workshop with Lora Louise Broady

Lora Louise Broady has been marketing new technologies for over 25 years, specializing in interactive marketing and new product development within the education, telecommunications, cable, and financial services industries.

She holds an MBA degree from Dartmouth College’s Amos Tuck School and a BA degree from The Colorado College.

Lora Louise previously led marketing and brand strategy at the nonprofit Strada Education Network whose mission is to improve the lives of millions of Americans by providing purposeful pathways between education and work. As an academic strategist at Pearson, Lora Louise developed growth strategies, brand positioning and go-to-market programs for traditional colleges extending into the online space. Prior to Pearson, she was a consultant with Sand Cherry Associates. Among her projects, she consulted to Comcast Business to advance their eCommerce marketing and operations.

In addition, Lora Louise currently serves as an affiliate professor at the University of Denver’s Daniels School of Business, where she teaches Brand Management to MBA students.  She recently introduced the new Designing Your Life courses to help students build a life and career they love.

Lora Louise is the mother of three, married to a great guy from Pigeon Forge, TN (home of Dollywood), and an avid reader and skier.

How to Look Great in Pictures with Bart Levy

Bart Levy has been photographing families and professionals for over 30 years. Currently, the majority of his business is corporate headshots for use in websites and social media. He and his wife, Robyn, will give us tips and tricks about how to look great when posing for pictures. Afterwards, we’ll have a couple of cocktails and put some of their advice to work! We’ll get a few groups together and see them work their magic. Friday morning, they will be available for you to book a session with them to create a fabulous headshot of you. Check out their great work here!

Having New Conversations Workshop with Yolanda Webb

Yolanda Webb is an accomplished professional with a remarkably diverse background and experience. Currently she serves as Director for the Office of Adult, Aging and Disability Services for the Colorado Department of Human Services. Yolanda is also the CEO and Principal Advisor for the WEBB Advisory Group, LLC, a national minority, women owned consulting group

Known as, “The People Whisperer,” Yolanda’s more than 30 years of experience understanding the foundations of human behavior has led to significant results in business growth and the crucial conversations that stabilize workforces, improve retention and staff performance.

She is a recognized authority in the areas of inclusion, diversity, and bias. As a policy expert, she has lent her voice towards issues impacting marginalized and underserved communities. She is known for helping turn around organizations facing issues of racial bias, charges of discrimination and the miscommunication caused by cultural incompetency.

Upcoming Dine Arounds

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April Dine Around Hosted by Julie Tschida Brown on April 12 at 6pm

May Dine Around Hosted by Erin Ennis and Catherine Kunst on May 25 from 5:30pm to 8pm

June Dine Around Hosted by Ann Sparks & Kathy Lawless on June 21 at 6pm

Interested in hosting a Dine Around in the future? Email cohort leads Julie Tschida Brown or Maggie Drucker

Upcoming WiseWomen Gatherings and Activities

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WiseWomen RetreatApril 27 at 1:00pm until April 28 at 1:00pm

Kentucky Derby High Tea May 6 at 11:30am – 2:30pm

Summer Solstice Mix and Mingle with Eleanor Allen on June 16 from 5pm – 8pm

Have a good idea for a social event? Email cohort leads Julie Tschida Brown or Maggie Drucker

Upcoming CTLF Events

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CTLF Spring Signature Event Keynote by Dr. Tasha Eurich on April 20 from 8am – 11am

A Taste of CTLF Open House hosted by Lindy & Robert on April 21 from 9am – 10:30am on Zoom

CTLF Fireside Chat with Anthony Lambatos on May 3 from 3pm – 5pm

CTLF Summer Social Save the Date for June 22 from 5pm – 7pm

Know someone who would be great in WiseWomen?

Fill out a rubric here and register your guest for one of our upcoming virtual coffees below! These are held the 2nd Wednesday of the month on Zoom.  

April Virtual Coffee

May Virtual Coffee

June Virtual Coffee

Who do I contact at CTLF?

Who do I contact at CTLF and for what?

  • Community newsletters, emails about CTLF events, billing: engage@ctlf.org
  • General CTLF information and replies outside of billing: info@ctlf.org
  • Xan Pearson, CEO & President: xanp@ctlf.org
  • Leslie Townsend: lesliet@ctlf.org
    • WiseWomen program management lead
    • Primary contact for Advisory Board, Social, Board, and Leadership/Retreat cohorts
  • Lindy Lieg: lindyl@ctlf.org
    • Member care and customer service for individual WiseWomen members
    • Primary Ambassador cohort contact for new member services
  • Robert Ham: roberth@ctlf.org
    • Primary contact for information about CTLF programs and partnerships


The Power of Insight: How Self-Awareness Helps Leaders Connect and Grow 

April 20, 2023 | 8:00am – 11:00am | Social Capital

Presented by Class VI Partners and CTLF WiseWomen

We are thrilled to announce our CTLF WiseWomen program will be highlighted in conjunction with the CTLF Spring Signature Event featuring Dr. Tasha Eurich as we continue to promote awareness of the many opportunities to engage in the CTLF community. Tasha’s latest book, Insight, has been selected by Brené Brown as one of her personal leadership/business books, and famed Wharton professor, Adam Grant, calls it one of the three books he recommends most often.

Moreover, our own WiseWoman Eleanor Allen is close with Tasha both personally and professionally, and Eleanor will be introducing Tasha’s keynote from the stage.


As a leader, when was the last time you checked in with yourself? Sometimes we get in our own way, limiting our potential for personal and professional growth. And more importantly, what if how we approach introspection is all wrong?

Join us for a morning of dynamic content and peer connection as organizational psychologist, researcher, and New York Times best-selling author, Dr. Tasha Eurich, leads a conversation designed to help you become the best of who you are and what you do.

Tasha’s latest book, Insight, was selected by Brené Brown, as one of her personal leadership/business books, and famed Wharton professor, Adam Grant, calls it one of the three books he recommends most often.

During our time together, you will:

  •  Explore how to evaluate your internal and external self-awareness
  • Discover how to change roadblocks into building blocks
  • Realize ways to challenge your introspection and gain insights to grow

Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to learn why self-awareness is one of the most critical attributes for a leader’s success. Reserve your spot today!

Interested in sponsoring this event? Contact Robert Ham


We just finished an incredible weekend here at Raise the Future. We were chosen by the NBA to be one of two charities to be featured at the NBA All-Star game and we received over $600K as a result – not to mention a terrific amount of visibility and an incredible experience for our youth and families who attended the game in Salt Lake! Here’s a link to some of the fun media coverage of that event

It makes it a particularly fun time to be searching for a VP of Development. This is a position that reports to me and oversees our development, communications and government affairs. Our current operating budget is approximately $9M, of which half is raised philanthropically. The other half derives from public funding.

I’m looking for an awesome leader to sit in our senior leadership team and lead the team of 8 that we currently have working in these three functions – development, government affairs and communications.

I’d love your help finding a terrific candidate!

Here’s the link to the job description: Raise the Future VP of Development. They can be based in Denver, Salt Lake, or Las Vegas.

Reach out to Ann Ayers if you’re interested.


CTLF Women's Personal Development Forum Openings

CTLF have several open spots in our Women’s Personal Development Forum Tuesday group and Friday group.

Please contact Robert Ham if you are interested in learning more.

UPDATE: Event registration cancellation policy

You must provide 1-week advance notice of your cancellation to Lindy Lieg at CTLF to receive a refund for most events unless otherwise indicated. For member-hosted events, cancellations under 1-week can only be refunded if the host fills the spot and the replacement registration is received by CTLF. Events like the retreat include custom cancellation dates that require more advance notice. The event cancellation information can be found in the event description on the registration page. 

Member Hub

Don’t forget to use the Member Hub to find resources about WiseWomen. Click “Resources” from the left side navigation tabs.

Hillary Biskner has created some fantastic how-to guides for the Member Hub!

You can find them HERE and in the Resources tab in the Member Hub.

News & Congratulations!

WiseWomen Recognition

Michelle Barnes is being honored by Envision: You on May 20th at the Denver Botanic Gardens for improving mental health outcomes for LBGQT+ individuals. For more information and tickets, register here.

Ann Sparks has been recognized by Forbes in two categories: Best-in-State Wealth Management Teams and as one of the Top Women Wealth Advisors Best-in-State

Shannon Saviers – Early February she was on the floor of the NYSE for the closing bell. She is among a highly selective vetted group of diverse candidates qualified to serve on a NYSE-listed company board. Click here to see her post on LinkedIn.

Have any news or achievements to share?

Let us know if you or others in our WiseWomen community have special news! Email Lindy at lindyl@ctlf.org and we’ll include it in our next newsletter. 

Welcome to our newest WiseWomen!

Mary Tracy Mock

Lora Louise Broady

Annmarie Maynard

Kelly Robinson

Kimberly Hamilton

Photo Gallery

If you have any event photos you’d like to share, please send them to Lindy.


WiseWomen Leadership


Hillary Biskner – Co-Chair 

Founder & Managing Partner, HBH Strategy

Kathy Lawless – Co-Chair

Owner & Chief Story Teller, Life Story Curator

2023 Cohort Leads

If you are interested in participating in any of the cohorts, let Lindy know at lindyl@ctlf.org!


Kim Carver & Nicole Zimmermann

Board Connection & Engagement

Carolyn Paul & Komal Goyal

Leadership & Retreat

Kimberly Lucas & Remy Spreeuw

Social & Community Connection

Hillary Biskner & Julie Tschida Brown