a Bold money workshop for bold women




August 18 - 20, 2017 | Portland, Oregon

This is the year you're going to figure out your finances. This is the year you're going to say, "the only thing standing in my way is me."  This is the year you're going to get out of your own way. This is the year a group of loud-mouthed, big-dreaming, powerful women are going to gather together in Portland and create a movement.

The Lola Retreat isn't about doing money like your mother did. It's about facing your fears, owning your dreams and figuring out a plan to be in control of your finances. It's going to be two (and a half!) days filled with deep discussion, impactful workshops, delicious snacks + drinks and the chance to connect with other like-minded women. We'll be hearing from some of the boldest, bravest, funniest women in finance on topics like under-earning, love + money, and financial anxiety. You'll get to learn from a group of experts on the fundamentals of investing, retirement, debt repayment, home ownership, and budgeting. 

Each part of the retreat has been designed to bring you financial confidence, accountability, and a roadmap that you can put into action the moment you get home.



"Money looks better in the bank than on your feet"

- Sophia Amoruso, #Girlboss


It all started when...

Two friends met and said, “women need to talk more about money.”
One crazy election and a dozen tearful, passionate, inspired phone calls later, and we were convinced. The time for women to be talking about money is right now. The time for women to be taking control of their finances is right now. And the only way to do it is together. Tell our stories. Share our dreams. Hold each other accountable.

Become bolder, together.



Melanie Lockert is a personal finance author, event planner and founder of the award-winning blog Dear Debt. She paid off a total of $81,000 in student loans. You can find her at DearDebt.com and @DearDebtBlog
Melanie Lockert is a personal finance author, event planner and founder of the award-winning blog Dear Debt. She paid off a total of $81,000 in student loans. You can find her at DearDebt.com and @DearDebtBlog

Melanie Lockert is a personal finance author, event planner and founder of the award-winning blog Dear Debt. She paid off a total of $81,000 in student loans. You can find her at DearDebt.com and @DearDebtBlog


Emma Pattee writes about money + love and feminist finance. In her spare time, she is a real estate investor and plans Camp Mustache. You can find her at emmalincoln.com  and @emmalincolnblog

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meet our speakers

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More speakers coming soon!




Alright, let's get totally vulnerable here (because vulnerability is the name of the game at the Lola Retreat). We're charging you money to come to an event to talk about saving money?! Yes, we are. 

Because we know this retreat is life-changing. Because we only want you to come if you can afford it, and if you're that serious about taking control of your finances. Because what you'll be learning at the Lola Retreat will help you earn and save ten (or a hundred) times the cost of your ticket. Because we all drop $500 on getting our hair done, getting our brakes fixed, or going to a bachelorette party. But when it comes to investing in ourselves? We won't even buy a $10 book on investing. 

If you are tired of avoiding (or fearing) your money. If you told yourself that 2017 was the year you'd learn what a 401k is. If you want to earn more money but you don't know how, or if you just think this world needs more honest conversation between women, there is a seat at the Lola Retreat with your name on it.  We'll see you there. 

early bird pricing!

buy before April 14, 2017 and use code lolawants to get $100 off your ticket price

GENERAL | $399

  • Exclusive pass to the Lola Retreat, a weekend retreat in Portland Oregon

  • 2 days of handcrafted locally-sourced food from one of Portland’s hippest restaurants, Clyde Common. You’ll get to enjoy beautiful breakfast spreads, Stumptown coffee and Smith artisan teas, delicious small bites as snacks, lunch at one of Portland’s famous food cart blocks, and so much more!

  • Your ticket to an intimate cocktail reception on Friday, August 18 to kick-off your weekend in style

  • Discounted room rates at Ace Hotel

  • Your own copy of the Lola Roadmap, your custom plan to leading an empowered, wealthy life

  • Access to an invite-only Lola Retreat Facebook group

VIP | $499

Your VIP ticket includes all of the regular admission perks plus:

  • Limited number of VIP tickets

  • A 20-minute one-on-one mentor session with your choice of an expert mentor, including financial planners, lawyers, relationship money counselors, career coaches, accountants, and small business coaches

  • Super special VIP swag bag, full of books that will change your life, financial planning tools, and secret goodies to make your weekend extra amazing

  • Access to the Lola List, an exclusive list of vetted financial resources to help you with legal, financial, tax, entrepreneurial and career questions


apply for a scholarship

The Lola Retreat is about women becoming stronger and bolder, together. And helping each other. That's why we are excited to offer a scholarship to an attendee who is experiencing financial hardship or facing difficult life circumstances. You can apply here.


join the conversation



Coming from out of town? Portland in the summer is ahh-mazing. Fly into Portland International Airport (PDX) and take the MAX downtown to Ace Hotel. Enjoy beautiful mountains, rivers and waterfalls, craft cocktails, culinary delights and the best coffee ever (period). Revel in all of Portland’s charms and come meet your new BFF’s at the Lola Retreat. We seriously can’t wait to meet you.


Ready to book your hotel for our epic weekend in Portland? Lola Retreat is taking place at Ace hotel, the swankiest digs in Downtown Portland. If you'd like to stay there (with us!), book with our room block to get a special rate. But Portland has plenty of other lodging options, no matter how big your budget or how wild your inner party animal is. Check out our Lola Lodging list and our roommate spreadsheet here


GOT questions? we got answers.


Girl, we're so glad you asked. Your ticket includes the price of admission to the Lola Retreat. The event kicks off Friday, August 18th and goes until Sunday, August 20th. Your ticket gets you into our kickoff cocktail party, two days of amazing talks + workshops, a bomb swag bag, and some of the best food and drinks you've ever had (no joke). 

How do i get there?

The retreat is going to be at The Cleaners at Ace Hotel. It's at 403 SW 10th Ave in downtown Portland. It's easily accessible from the airport (or anywhere in Portland) by MAX or Lyft. 

I can't make it anymore! Can I get a refund? 

We don't offer refunds, but you are welcome to sell (or gift!) your ticket to a friend, loved one or complete stranger :) 


You are welcome to use our exclusive group rate of $265/night to stay at Ace Hotel, where the retreat is happening.  If you're on a budget (because who isn't?!), there are dozens of AirBNB options and nearby hostels. 


Yes! Friday, you will be invited to a cocktail reception with delicious small plates. On Saturday, we'll be getting Clyde Common to serve us breakfast, coffee + tea, snacks, lunch and happy hour. Sunday we'll be enjoying a lavish brunch before saying goodbye. We'll have options for all dietary restrictions. 

I WANT TO BOOK MY FLIGHT. WHEN does the retreat start and end?

We want to spend as much time with you as possible! Our cocktail reception will be kicking off at 6pm on Friday, August 18th and our goodbye Brunch will be ending at 12pm on Sunday, August 20th. 

How many awesome ladies are going to this? 

We're capping attendance at 85 tickets so we can keep it small and intimate (just the way we like it). 


We are working tirelessly to finalize the speaker list and agenda for you, but aren't quite ready to release it yet. Stay tuned!

I have more questions! who can i chat with? 

Don't fret! We want to hear from you! Email us at lolaretreat@gmail.com