THE GENERATIVE COUNCIL
A multigenerational leadership community of generous
and diverse women in nature.
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.
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 community of generous and diverse women in nature.
– Kathy Hipple
– Holly Meyer
– Jennifer Seydel
– 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
12 DIVERSE WOMEN
SOLITUDE AND CREATIVE FOCUS
Four 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?
LACES OF NATURAL WONDER
We’ll gather in different venues of wild magnificence to expand your diverse, creative connections to Nature.
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.
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 from all regions of the country keep returning for the annual national gatherings, typically held each fall. At virtual gatherings 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!
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.
We’re always exploring new venues and each region will gather in its own unique spots. Past participants have found incredible power, peace and inspiration from spaces including: Teton Science School (Wyoming), Ghost Ranch (New Mexico), Edisto Island (South Carolina) and Tailwinds Jungle Lodge (Mexico). We try to select very different ecosystems to evoke the best of your intellect and creativity.
The price of each gathering depends on costs in that region, but we try to keep it in the $500-800 range which includes:
– Guiding fees and all materials for the gathering
– And frequent virtual councils to keep the energy and growth alive.
If you want 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be happy to connect you.
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.
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.
Without hesitation! Just reach out to us at email@example.com 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.