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Ready to elevate your leadership skills?

Elevate Women In Leadership Summit, is a professional development retreat that will help you reach that next level of leadership, income milestone, and the level of freedom and independence you seek in your role.


Women in Leadership Summit

October 4-6th, 2023
The Arrabelle at Vail Square, Vail Colorado

Are you tired of attending leadership conferences that are dominated by men?​

We understand that you want to learn from other women who are in leadership positions, but most conferences don’t have enough women on stage and the content reflects that gap. Plus there is a certain dynamic that happens when only women are in the room. 

You want to hear from people who understand what it’s like to be at your senior level: someone who has been through what you’ve been through and can talk about it from their own experience.

This summit is designed for high-level leaders, vice presidents, chief executives, partners, and Managing Directors. We will explore new communication methods and key topics like employee retention, talent acquisition, managing up, avoiding burnout, and the data that supports you as an emotionally intelligent leader – which means a better bottom line for your organization and you.

Find new energy and strategies for leading today’s complicated workforce

Elevate brings a group of high-level women leaders together for a highly curated list of cutting-edge topics, in a stunning setting and with enough time to reflect and work on future vision as well.

Inside the Retreat

Our itinerary is intelligently curated with key topics you need in today’s world and in a way that gets you the absolute most development and accelerated integration of the content, with time to breathe as well. Each session has been crafted to lead into the next, encouraging creative flow and integration of your leadership development.

This evidence-based approach to feedback, accountability, coaching, and mentorship conversations is exactly what leaders need for today’s team.

Brenda will teach you a very special and compelling, scientifically based communication model that will change the way your team engages. You will return to work as a much more powerful listener, and giver of feedback and will have a secret skill to activate the brain of every member of your team. Even the very best communicators will come away with a fresh toolbox of ways to get your team to perform at their very best. This evidence-based approach to feedback, accountability, coaching, and mentorship conversations is exactly what leaders need for today’s team. APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY will forever change your conversations and outcomes and pave a path to increased trust on the team.. AI is not to be confused with “positive feedback”–instead it is the neuro-based feedback strategy used by CocaCola, Apple, J&J, Visa and more.

Learn more about AI here.

“Workplace communication statistics show that 86% of employees and executives cite the lack of effective collaboration and communication as the main causes for workplace failures.”

All attendees will take the scientifically validated EQ 2.0 Leadership Assessment prior to the event and we will de-brief the results as a group. We will look at 15 components that comprise your EQ and which of the 15 are key for today’s leaders–hint-assertiveness is one of them. Truly effective leaders are often characterized as having a high degree of emotional intelligence or EQ which includes soft skills such as self-awareness, self-expression, stress management, interpersonal skills, and decision making.

According to Daniel Goleman (2002), a leading influencer in the field of EI “70% of employees perception of the organizational climate is associated with the emotional intelligence of the leader”

A leader with a high degree of emotional intelligence tends to be empathetic, communicates effectively, responds well to change, and has the ability to inspire others.The good news is that EQ is a skill that can be improved over time (unlike IQ which remains fixed once we enter adulthood). An EQ-i2.0 leadership assessment is a valuable development tool for anyone in a leadership role.

Learn more about the EQi Leadership 2.0 here.

Our surveys show this is the stand-out item that everyone knows they need to do, but cannot find the time. You will have a chance to brainstorm what thought leadership looks like for you and your role, regardless of your time limits, and go back with a solid plan. Is it time for you to write that book, speak at conferences or simply be more active on LinkedIn? Perhaps you want to be more of a thought leader in your organization or industry? Thought Leadership is one of those things we do for our future self and yet it is so hard to make time to do it. Not only will you have a chance to work-out ideas with the group, but you will gain fresh ideas from others that may be useful for you.

“Act as if. Want to stand out as a thought leader? It’s time to go beyond putting your head down and just getting your work done.” Denise Brosseau, Author Ready to Be a Thought Leader

Balancing “it all” was hard enough prior to 2020 but now the complexity of balancing work and life is at an all time high and guess who bares the brunt of the imbalance? Women! Attendees will use this group as a braintrust to garner ideas and solutions about setting appropriate boundaries while still attending to key priorities and getting results. We will also cover the burnout epidemic and how to navigate this in ourselves and our team.

  • Is it time management, better boundaries or a whole new approach to life that you need?
  • Where are your greatest energy leaks and your obstacles to change?
  • What habits are keeping you in the same state and how can you overcome the way you have always done things?
  • How to know if you are burned-out or just tired?
  • What to do with a burned-out team?

42% of Women Say They Have Consistently Felt Burned Out at Work in 2021

In addition to the powerful content we will cover, we have arranged for a movement expert to join us each day to address our physical selves and teach us a bit of meditation. We will also do a bit of creative vision board work together and there will be time for hikes and walks around beautiful Vail, Colorado.

“Reflection is one of the most underused yet powerful tools for success.”
— Richard Carlson

“The Elevate Women in Leadership Summit program was curated beautifully. The content and balance of very special and thoughtful elements made this the most impactful leadership experience I have had the privilege to attend. I would recommend this to any business woman looking to confirm strength and gain powerful insight and tools to be more effective to make a bigger impact.”
Stephanie Orozco
Executive Director Old Town Springs
“Elevate was the perfect experience! The content was a great mix between personal and professional development. Brenda did a wonderful job really curating the right group of people, which made the whole experience safe and challenging.”
Rachel Benedick
Executive Vice President, Convention Sales & Services at VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau
“This program is incredible for women for women in executive leadership. The content, being a combination of leadership development, self-reflection, and networking is empowering and energizing. Brenda is excellent at what she does, her ability to shed light on your current work life situation and propel you forward is incredible."
Nikki Lloyd
Senior Vice President, Human Resources at Varsity Spirit

Reaching your next level starts here.

Join us in Vail, Colorado, as we collectively reach new heights.


Date: October 4-6, 2023
Location: The Arrabelle, Vail, Colorado

What’s included

  • Opening reception drinks and appetizers—check in and then come and meet everyone and pick up your materials
  • Breakfast and lunch included each day of the program
  • Happy Hour and appetizers at special event on Thursday
  • Custom Binder of materials + an electronic copy of the entire summit materials
  • EQi 2.0 Leadership Assessment ($350 value) + 35 page color report
  • Invitation to the Get-to-know-everyone call a week before the program
  • Invitation to the Elevate group calls following the event
  • Choose from several pre-summit activities to get to know other participants and enjoy Vail, Colorado
  • 2 professional development books (choose a physical book or an Audible)

Summit Ticket Includes

Breakfast and Lunch, Assessment, Summit Materials, Networking Opportunities, intense learning, leadership development, and self revitalization.

Early Bird Pricing
Book before April 30th and save $1,500

Early Registration Bonus

  • Bonus - A private follow-up, one-hour, Executive Coaching session with Brenda post program ($800 value)
Book before August 31th and save $1,000

Hotel Accommodations to be paid separately to the Arrabelle Hotel in Vail—a special booking page will be sent to you once you register. The cost will be $722 for two nights.

About Brenda

Since founding Management Momentum in 2004, Abdilla has developed a wide portfolio of options for clients who want to navigate career-changes and job promotions, increase productivity, improve leadership skills and remove obstacles in the way of moving forward. Through coaching, workshops, programs and assessments, she helps clients reach their desired outcomes sooner rather than later. More than 90% of Brenda’s coaching clients get promoted, land the role they desire, or address their core issues within 12 months of engaging Brenda.

Brenda’s corporate clients, like Xcel Energy, Regal Cinemas, Vail Resorts, SCL Health and Comcast, also hire her to deliver workshops on critical topics like emotionally intelligent teams, how to be a better leader and her most popular program: Time Rehab. Brenda’s custom programs often impact learning on a deeper level with insights gleaned from personality assessments that include The Enneagram, Emergenetics, DiSC, Birkman and The Emotional Intelligence Quotient (EQI 2.0). 

Brenda’s clients and audiences come away with much better tools for dealing with today’s complexities, understanding of their specific blind spots, learning how to activate their professional network, and finding their unique career superpower. 

Brenda is the best-selling author of Outsmarting Crazytown and What’s Your Lane: Career Clarity for Moms Who Want to Work a Little, A lot, or Not at All (2013). Brenda serves as the professional facilitator for two Denver-based Women Presidents’ Organization groups and is the part of the executive coaching team for Powers Resource Center in Boulder.

On a personal note, Brenda is a devoted foodie and loves cooking and feeding people. Her claim to fame is having fed 60 people a gourmet sit-down dinner with no catering help, and one oven.


Those who have been in a leadership role 8+ years, C-level, VP, or partner. Please note if you are at this level but your title does not reflect it, please explain this in your application.

The content is competitive with anything you would get at a conference and the network is of a high caliber.

We can accommodate any food allergies. You will have a chance to tell us all about your needs in the retreat prep paperwork you will fill out later.

Because of the size of the group we strongly encourage everyone to stay the entire time. Perhaps next year is a better fit timewise.

We will follow any guidelines dictated by the CDC and the local health officials in Vail, Colorado.

Each attendee will need to provide a negative covid test the morning of the first day of our program

Peers are encouraged to come but you should not invite any of your direct reports/team.