THE GENERATIVE COUNCIL
A multigenerational leadership community of generous
and wildly diverse women in nature.
When was the last time you stopped and listened? Long enough for the busyness of your mind to fade. Long enough to hear the dance of the aspen leaves on the trees. Long enough to let your inner voice be heard?
When was the last time you let yourself sit with your thoughts? Completely disconnected from technology and completely connected to yourself and your surroundings?
The secret to creating inspired change in yourself and your communities isn’t to simply push yourself harder.
It’s to stop and listen.
There’s a deep intelligence, purity, and wisdom in the space before thoughts. Where confidence is abundant, and innovation and creativity occur effortlessly.
It goes beyond logical and strategic thought. It’s a place of clarity, where you know what allows you to thrive and what should be left to others. When you dare to let your mind wander down new paths, amazing things begin to unfold.
So how do you open the door to this (sometimes elusive) place of insight?
You join together with others who care passionately about being on the same journey, and see it from different vantage points in places that inspire reflection, insight, and connection.
The Generative Council is a multigenerational leadership incubator of generous, wise, and wildly diverse women in nature.
With nature as our first and greatest mentor, and the latest professional development tools in-hand, we’ll explore new ways of being in relationship with ourselves, our work, each other and the land. Whether you’re starting your career, considering ways to give back, or somewhere in between, the Generative Council will provide you with vibrant, new approaches to problem-solving and a deep network of brilliant engaged women leaders. The result: You’ll show up as a heart-forward, generative leader to create inspired change in your life and the communities you work and live in.
The Council helps me bring deep commitment and passion to the world of work. It’s helped me focus on doing work that matters, without fear. This has been hugely influential as I’ve transitioned to a new career.
– Kathy Hipple
The Generative Council creates this rich long pause. There is so much wisdom in the pause. Wisdom from the other women, from nature and from myself sitting in contemplation. Wisdom for what? To live more fully, more purposefully, and to be more present.
– Holly Meyer
The circle of women, the warm embrace of the Earth, the open valley in contrast with the mountains reaching skyward, the protocols and structures, the balance of process time and time in solo was superb.
– Jennifer Seydel
The Generative Council has been extremely helpful in assisting me with clarity and to be at peace with where I am right now in my “third act.”.
– Bernell Grier
Forget what you know about leadership development
This isn’t your typical, one-time leadership retreat or program.
It’s a living, breathing community of professional women who intuitively understand that leadership is not the act of leading others — it’s the courage and humility to follow what is true.
No boundaries. No judgment. No ego. Just a safe and wild space for reflection, exploration and discovery.
The only prerequisite is your genuine willingness to give what you can and take what you need from this incredible, wise and diverse group of women leaders from across generations and professional settings.
PERSONAL ADVISORY BOARD
It’s more than a network. It’s an ever-growing community of diverse, professional women who’ve shared the same nature-based experience and who know you well enough to serve as advisors whenever you’re in need. (You won’t get that at a conference or retreat.)
12 DIVERSE WOMEN
Women (like you) who are inspired to make their lives, their work, and their communities better. We do our best to ensure diversity of age, professions, life experience, and cultural and ethnic background.
15 DAYS OF SOLITUDE
Imagine knowing that you’re investing in yourself with five days of creative focus and blissful solitude every six months.
Five days to get out town, completely disconnect from technology and your to-do list, and connect to yourself and your surroundings.
Can you really say “no” to that?
3 PLACES OF NATURAL WONDER
We’ll gather in three different venues of wild magnificence to expand your diverse, creative connections to Nature.
YEARLONG COMMITMENT TO YOURSELF and the council
We’re not hiding the commitment in an obscure footnote. An intentional part of the design is to create a shared familiarity of growing accountability and kinship over the coming year. It’s the perfect length of time to witness growth in yourself, and your fellow Council members. We’ll gather three times over the span of twelve months. To recap, that’s three, five-day gatherings over the course of a year. (Plus monthly check-ins to keep the energy and growth alive.)
Current members include leaders from
And other forward-thinking businesses, solo-preneurs, and individual women who value investing in their leadership.
Developed by Beverly Winterscheid, Ph.D. and Darcy Winslow
I reached out to Darcy with a vision I had been holding after years as an MBA professor teaching leadership in stuffy classrooms. I envisioned a space where people could focus on the topics that were most important to them.
A women-only professional network — distinctively different — by meeting in wild venues where people shed their roles, to-do items, and technology, free to focus on the topics most important in their lives…leadership development, change management, personal growth and life planning.
She immediately “got it” and from there, we co-designed the Generative Council experience.
Can you tell me more about who’s participated in the past?
From access to clean drinking water in India, to global reproductive health, food programs, public education, conservation, sustainable financing, and scholarships for adolescent girls in Africa, the women of the Generative Council are championing inspiring initiatives for businesses across the country.
While the reach of some members extends across the globe, others are making their impact closer to home, embracing new roles as caregivers, or exploring solo-preneurial opportunities on the side.
After five years, one thing is clear. The formula of the Generative Council works. Members of the first two cohorts are still showing up at the annual reunion gatherings. On the phone each month and in person. Eagerly awaiting the opportunity to connect with each other and the land.
A true testament to the power of bringing together inspired women leaders in nature!
What if I’m in transition and trying to figure out my next move?
Then honestly, this is the place for you. Sometimes when we’re trying re envision ourselves our day-to-day networks just don’t cut it. Instead of only seeing you for who you are now, the Council sees you for who you want to become. And supports you as you move towards your new vision.
Where will the gatherings be held?
We’re always exploring new venues, but past participants have found incredible power, peace and inspiration from our unique gathering spots including: Teton Science School (Wyoming), Ghost Ranch (New Mexico), Edisto Island (South Carolina) and Tailwinds Jungle Lodge (Mexico).
I’m ready, when does it start?
The next cohort of the Generative Council launches in June 2018!
We’ve selected three very different ecosystems chosen to evoke the best of your intellect and creativity, ranging from the mountains to tropical beaches.
June 12-16, 2018: Murie Ranch, Jackson Hole, WY
October 24-28, 2018: Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, NM
April 2019: Tailwind Jungle Lodge, Puerto Vallarta, MX
How much does it cost?
Program tuition is $5,500 and includes:
– Guiding fees and materials for each gathering
– Leadership competency self-assessment that can include feedback from others, and interpretation/discussion with the program guides
– Two hours of one-on-one coaching with the program guides
– Monthly peer coaching to deepen into community
– Monthly virtual councils to keep the energy and growth alive
Room, board and travel costs are not included.
If you’re an emerging leader who wants to invest in yourself, but simply can’t swing the entire bill right now, we totally understand. You’re the reason we developed a generative scholarship fund. We know once you’re in the position to pay it forward, you will. Until then, you can use this form to let us know your current situation.
If you happen to already be in a position to pay it forward, consider supporting an emerging woman through our scholarship fund.
I would love to speak with people who have already participated. Can I do that?
Absolutely. There are plenty of Council members who will gladly chat with you, give you a sense of how they were feeling before they signed up and be present to address any questions, concerns, doubts or hesitations you may have. Just shoot us a note at email@example.com and we’ll be happy to connect you.
I’m a baby boomer and am winding up my career. Is there a place for me?
This is the beauty of the Generative Council! You’re in the midst of new career and life transitions that everyone benefits from. You can now take the time to mentor others, consider encore careers, reflect on other aspects of your life that deserve attention, or other contributions to your community that you might like to make. Most of these experiences will be new and different, and you’ll have the space and insight from others to map your next steps.
Who are the guides?
We have two primary guides for all three sessions. In addition, Darcy Winslow will also be featured as a guest guide at our Ghost Ranch gathering.
Beverly Winterscheid, Ph.D.
I’m a mentor and motivator for change agents, social entrepreneurs and leaders wanting to make their organizations and the world a better place.
As the Founding Partner of the Center for Nature and Leadership and former Leadership Professor in the Bard and Marlboro Colleges’ Sustainability MBA programs, I’ve dedicated my career to coaching people to recognize and use their best talents in service to something greater than themselves.
Since Nature is my greatest teacher, you’ll often find me “working at my offices” sailing in the Bahamas or hiking the San Juan Mountains of Colorado.
With 20 years of corporate management and coaching experience in my various business roles, delivering my passion of connecting people in the corporate arena with their inward journeys has led me to help others ignite their best self and deliver their purpose work to the world. Over the last 10 years, I’ve also led corporate nature-based workshops and founded an Outdoor Enthusiast Club in my Fortune 50 company.
I am passionate in my commitment to introducing children to nature through their sensory experience, recognizing that children are the stewards of our future. I actively lead youth in nature, guiding on my home lands of Wisconsin and my current home in Arizona — so that both children and adults strengthen their leadership to become impactful difference makers. I look forward to doing the same with you!
Can you help me convince my boss to sponsor me?
Of course! Several of our past members had forward thinking companies who paid for their tuition, travel expenses, and room and board.
We’ve put together a few documents to help you convince your boss.
I still have more questions. Can I talk to you?
Without hesitation! Just reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll find a time to connect.
So what are you waiting for?
If you’re craving a deeper, more meaningful and intimate women’s leadership experience that gets you out of town every six months, THIS IS IT.