Women’s Retreat! October 2017: Building Vital Team Health

Join us!  If you are part of a team of 2 to 200 people, spend a day with us exploring how to build and maintain a more effective and cohesive team. This event is for women who are in management and non-management roles. Friday, October 27, 9:45am-4:45pm

  • Create a culture of trust (based on cutting edge science)
  • Influence with a woman’s advantage
  • Inspire commitment toward common goals (even with diverse personalities and view-points)
  • Develop your presence


  • 1-day retreat to reflect, connect, and rejuvenate at the beautiful Kilted Cat at Thornager’s in Flagstaff, AZ.
  • Learning from and with 3 seasoned and spectacular presenters: Julie Lancaster, Cassie Petit, and Sharon Tewksbury-Bloom.
  • Take home strategies to use immediately.
  • Fantastic lunch accommodating all food restrictions.
  • Massage gift certificate and yoga gift certificate.
  • $10 gift certificate to The Toasted Owl.

(lunch, massage, yoga, and The Toasted Owl certificate: Value $75)

To see previous women’s retreats hosted by Lancaster Consulting, click here. Only 2 are offered per year and sell out, so if this is something you could benefit from, take the plunge!

Julie Lancaster

Creating Your Leadership Presence* & Honing Your Influence.  (*everyone is a leader of their own life!)

founder of Lancaster Consulting, is an experienced leadership coach and management consultant. She has provided training to 10,000 participants in government, non-profit, and private sectors with American and global scope for 22 years. Julie designs and provides leadership development academies, workshops and retreats for people who strive for top performance. She also coaches professionals in 1:1 and group settings. Her role is to help individuals and teams to up-level their leadership skills. Julie holds a Master’s Degree in Education, is a certified Myers-Briggs practitioner, a Group Certified Coach and has been awarded Adjunct Instructor of the Year. Julie travels around the country but calls Flagstaff, AZ home. On the side, she loves to dig in the dirt and has authored the Flagstaff & Tucson Planting Guides. She is passionate about helping people to achieve their personal and professional success. www.LancasterLeadership.com . Previous roles she has embraced include:

  • Rock Climbing Instructor
  • Outdoor Ed Director
  • School Garden Director
  • African Extension Agent Professor
  • Director of Career Services
  • Dean of Education


Building a High Trust Team

is currently the Assistant Director of Learning & Organizational Development for Northern Arizona University. She started as the Learning & Development Manager with NAU in January of 2014. In her role, she focuses on providing professional development opportunities across campus. She launched the NAU Supervisors Academy; a series of classes that provide valuable and necessary tools such as building trust, accountability, coaching, and emotional intelligence for supervisors to be more successful. Prior to joining NAU and the higher education field, Cassie spent the first 8 years of her career in the hospitality world. She held a variety of positions at both Boyd Gaming and MGM Resorts International in Las Vegas. The last role she held before joining NAU was a dual-role for both the Excalibur and Luxor resorts as the Director of Guest Experience. She received her bachelor’s degree in Communication studies from the University of Iowa and will graduate with her master’s degree in Human Relations from Northern Arizona University this December.


Can You Inspire Others To Commit?

is an organizational development consultant who specializes in employee training and facilitation. She helps people communicate at work so that they can enjoy their work more and help others. With ten years of experience in public service, Sharon really loves to help local government employees and other service-minded workers to create, find, and embrace meaningful work. Sharon has experience with taking big risks to follow a dream. In 2011, she and her partner quit their jobs, sold off most of their possessions and set off on a year-long road trip throughout North America. It was a transformative experience that helped her more fully commit to relationships and community. Sharon also has a Master’s Degree in Organizational Development and Knowledge Management from George Mason University. She loves to geek out about organizational structure and systems and how we can create workplaces that encourage benevolence. When she is not engaged in serious discussions about changing the world, Sharon can be found acting at the community theater, mountain biking, learning to cook, or taking photos of birds. Connect with Sharon at connect@sharonspeaks.com or learn more at sharonspeaks.com .

What you can expect to learn:

Creating Your Leadership Presence* & Honing Your Influence. (*everyone is a leader of their own life!)

Julie Lancaster

During Julie’s facilitation, you will:

  • Have fun and also quickly remove pretenses and connect with the strengths and challenges of these participants.
  • Understand the unique advantage that women have to impact teams.
  • Learn how to create values-based teams and also identify your “leadership presence.”
  • Be guided on eliminating gossip and increasing morale.
  • Get valuable practice that will allow you successfully “coach up or down.”

Building a High Trust Team

Cassie Petit

The session focuses on how you can build trust on any team. Based on the research of Stephen M.R. Covey and Paul Zak, this session explores the science behind why we trust. We will take a deep dive into the workings of our bodies as we build trust with others. You will learn 8 different and practical ways to increase trust in relationships starting immediately.

Can You Inspire Others To Commit?

Sharon Tewksbury-Bloom

A high performing team depends on the commitment of its members. You have seen what happens when it is lacking: members are all paddling in different directions and the boat is going in circles with thoughts of mutiny stewing. Talk about unhealthy and stress inducing! How can you inspire commitment as the leader or as a team member? Does commitment look the same for every team member? Are there barriers to commitment? How can you achieve commitment without agreement or conformity? We will dig into these questions and more in a thought provoking interactive workshop about strengthening the health of your team through inspiring stronger commitments.

We are grateful to our sponsors that support vibrant women’s leadership.

5% of the proceeds from this event go to