You have goals for your business over the next 12-18 months. Maybe it's winning more clients, increasing your revenue, writing a book, building your platform, writing for high profile publications, expanding your network, or other strategic possibilities you've been exploring.
Sometimes, though, it's hard to know the right way to proceed. Where should you be spending your time and energy to get the greatest ROI?
What mistakes should you be watching out for, and how can you get to your destination faster? And how can you build a network of talented and accomplished peers to help you get there?
We could all use some insightful strategic counsel to make sure we're on the right path - to ensure we're focusing on the right things and not wasting our time. We might even discover there are opportunities within reach we hadn't thought of.
That's why it's so valuable to bring together a cadre of thoughtful, experienced professionals who help you break through your toughest challenges and unlock powerful new possibilities.
Late summer - when things are quieter and calmer - is a great time to take stock, so you can start the fall with a bang.
Every year, I host an intimate two-day mastermind retreat in New York City for talented professionals. This year will be my fourth, and the results are often transformative.
This year's retreat will take place August 15th and 16th (a Saturday and Sunday), with dinner the night before (Friday, August 14th).
Each participant will be vetted and curated by me to ensure a high quality experience with a brain trust of generous professionals.
Participate in in-depth group discussions on topics of interest including writing for high-profile publications, honing your product and service offerings, brand-building, developing breakthrough ideas, creating multiple income streams, building a powerful network, increasing your overall revenue, and more
Ask any questions you'd like about your business direction for the next year and how, specifically, you can you take it to the next level
Spend time with me and a small group of other high-level attendees over a two-day period, creating lasting professional relationships
Develop a detailed action plan for the next year and get my personalized feedback on your strategy
The investment of time and money was the best one that I made this year
Jim Karrh, Consultant
A worthwhile investment!
Nelson McMillan, Intrapreneurship Specialist
I gained focus and direction
Tammy Gooeler-Loeb, Executive and Career Coach
I was able to put things to practical use
Sylvia Brown, Philanthropy Consultant
I came away from the Mastermind with great options
Dave Wells, IT Strategist
A one-of-a-kind experience worth every penny
Holly Hester-Reilly, Product Management Consultant
My trajectory has been accelerated as a result
I was exhausted when I arrived and energized when I left
Karen Walker, Consultant
I have seen a significant change in my business
Anne Sugar, Harvard Business Review Contributor
I left feeling real connections with the mastermind members
Liz Kauffmann, Parenting Coach
You’ll leave the mastermind retreat with an understanding of which activities will be most fruitful for you, and the specific next steps you need to take to create more revenue, productivity, and freedom in the coming year.
Plus, it's my hope that you'll make friends and professional connections for life. Below is a photo from the first mastermind gathering I held, in 2016.
We'll kick things off with a relaxed dinner at one of my favorite restaurants the night before - Friday, August 14th - so we can get to know one other and start our session the next day as friends.
On Saturday, August 15th, we'll kick off at 9am and will run until 4:30pm, and then you'll have dinner on your own (I'll connect group participants in advance, as many of you may want to dine together).
The next day - Sunday, August 16th - we'll gather from 9am - 3:00pm. We'll be meeting in Lower Manhattan, near the Financial District.
I'll take care of lunch on both days (healthy & veggie-friendly options always available); you cover the travel to NYC and accommodations. Here's a photo of our awesome mastermind group from 2017.
And here's a photo from our 2018 retreat!
The value I got was so much more than I paid for
Govert van Sandwijk, Executive Team Coach
I left inspired and ready to jump into action
Tony Martignetti, Career Strategist and Leadership Coach
Dorie's expert advice was life changing
Angela Hosking, Professional Speaker and Author
Helped me focus on my goals and get started right away
Linda Hamilton, Strategic Business Advisor and Speaker
Jane Harrell, Speaker, Author, and Strategist
It gave me a network to help my next steps
Ashley Babbitt, CEO of Babbitt Consulting
I can move forward at a much more rapid and effective pace due to Dorie
Jeffrey Shaw, Author and Coach
You get relationships with whom you can vet future ideas
Meredith Moore, Financial Planner
If you have questions or think this might be a fit for you, feel free to shoot me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I'm personally vetting all applicants, in order to ensure the overall quality of the experience.
If we've spoken and I've encouraged you to join, and you agree that it would be a good way to connect with a high-level community of professionals and gain clarity about how to grow your business in the coming year, please click below to enroll.
The fee for the two-day retreat is $3500 (after April1, it will rise to $4000).
I look forward to working with you!
Dorie Clark is an Adjunct Professor of Business Administration at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and the author of Entrepreneurial You, Reinventing You, and Stand Out, which was named the #1 Leadership Book of 2015 by Inc. magazine. A former presidential campaign spokeswoman, the New York Times described her as an “expert at self-reinvention and helping others make changes in their lives.” She is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, TIME, and Entrepreneur. Recognized as a “branding expert” by the Associated Press, Inc., and Fortune, Clark is a marketing strategy consultant and speaker for clients including Google, Microsoft, Yale University, Fidelity, the U.S. State Department, and the World Bank. She's also the producer of a multiple Grammy-winning jazz album. You can download her free 88-question Entrepreneurial You self-assessment and learn more at dorieclark.com.