a Bold money workshop for bold women
 
 
 

 

A BOLD MONEY EVENT FOR BOLD WOMEN

 
 
 
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APRIL 27 - 29, 2018

The Financial Gym

 134 West 25th Street, 2nd FL, New York, NY 10001

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 New York City and create a movement.

The Lola Retreat is about facing your fears, owning your dreams and figuring out a plan to be in control of your finances. It's going to be a weekend 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 money mindset, money in the #MeToo generation, investing, side hustles, getting out of debt and more. You'll get to learn from a group of experts how you can build a solid financial foundation. 

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.

 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 
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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 + EMMA

FOUNDERS OF THE LOLA RETREAT

 
 
 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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Lola Retreat speakers, 2018 NYC

 Kristin Wong,  writer, journalist, and author of GET MONEY

Kristin Wong, writer, journalist, and author of GET MONEY

 Kristin Sutton,  personal finance and lifestyle blogger/coach over at  Debt Free Black Girl  and creator of the  Be Debt Free  course

Kristin Sutton, personal finance and lifestyle blogger/coach over at Debt Free Black Girl and creator of the Be Debt Free course

 Mabel A. Nuñez,  chief investment officer and founder of Girl$ on The Money

Mabel A. Nuñez, chief investment officer and founder of Girl$ on The Money

 Erin Lowry,  millennial personal finance expert, author and the founder of  BrokeMillennial.com

Erin Lowry, millennial personal finance expert, author and the founder of BrokeMillennial.com

 
 Paulette Perhach,  writer and author of “Fuck Off Fund” 

Paulette Perhach, writer and author of “Fuck Off Fund” 

 Sandy Smith,  small business strategist and founder of Yes, I Am Cheap

Sandy Smith, small business strategist and founder of Yes, I Am Cheap

 Liz Gendreau,  money nerd and blogger at Chief Mom Officer

Liz Gendreau, money nerd and blogger at Chief Mom Officer

 Ashtin Berry,  food and beverage activist and founder of Dark and Stirred a not for profit focused on social justice education and creating equity with the hospitality industry

Ashtin Berry, food and beverage activist and founder of Dark and Stirred a not for profit focused on social justice education and creating equity with the hospitality industry

 Diane Harris,  award-winning personal finance journalist and nationally recognized financial wellness expert, speaker and the former editor-in- chief of MONEY Magazine

Diane Harris, award-winning personal finance journalist and nationally recognized financial wellness expert, speaker and the former editor-in- chief of MONEY Magazine

 Natalie Jean-Baptiste,  attorney, financial wellness advocate and founder of My Student Loan Counselor

Natalie Jean-Baptiste, attorney, financial wellness advocate and founder of My Student Loan Counselor

 Mary Pharris,  director of business development and partnerships at Fairygodboss, where she works to improve the workplace for women every day

Mary Pharris, director of business development and partnerships at Fairygodboss, where she works to improve the workplace for women every day

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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FRIDAY, April 27

7pm-9pm Welcome Reception at The Ainsworth sponsored by Fidelity

9pm Optional Activity: Live Piano Karaoke at Sid Gold’s Request Room

SATURDAY, April 28 

9am-10am Register, Breakfast, Network

10am-11am How to Get Your Financial Life Together #GYFLT, Erin Lowry presented by Charlie

11am-12pm Power Up Your Money,  Kristin Wong presented by Debitize

12pm-1pm How to Demolish Debt Like a Bo$$, Kristin Sutton presented by ChangEd

1pm-2pm Lunch 

2pm-2:30pm Writing the Story of Your Fuck Off Fund, Paulette Perhach

2:30pm-3:30pm The Importance of "Fuck Off Funds" in the #MeToo Era panel discussion, Paulette Perhach, Diane Harris, Kristin Sutton, and Ashtin Berry 

3:30pm-3:45pm Q and A

3:45pm-4pm Afternoon break 

4pm-5pm Doing Your Part to Close the Wage Gap through Negotiation presented by Fairygodboss with Mary Pharris 

5pm-6pm Let's Get Real: A conversation about money

6pm Optional Activity: Dinner at Eataly 

SUNDAY, April 29

9am-10:30am Brunch

10:30am-11:30am Side Hustling Your Way to Financial Freedom, Sandy Smith 

11:30am-12:30pm Investing 101: A Pathway to Wealth, Mabel A. Nuñez presented by The College Investor

12:30pm-1:30pm How to Prepare and Deal with Financial Disaster, Natalie Jean-Baptiste, Emily Johnson and Liz Gendreau presented by Fabric

1:30pm-2:30pm Breakout groups - How can we create accountability? 

 
 
 

BUY YOUR TICKET

 
 
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Here's the deal

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

We know this retreat is life-changing. That's why 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 2018 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. 

what it costs

A ticket to the Lola Retreat costs $475. That includes:  

  • Exclusive pass to the Lola Retreat, a weekend retreat in New York City

  • 2 days of intimate workshops, group discussions, expert-led panels, and personalized guidance to help you take control of your finances  

  • Delicious breakfasts, artisan coffee and tea, catered lunches and snacks - all included! 

  • Your ticket to an intimate cocktail reception on Friday, April 27 to kick-off your weekend in style

  • Access to an invite-only Lola Retreat Facebook group
  • Conversations you won't have anywhere else
  • Meeting your new BFFs

Testimonials

“I had an absolutely magnificent time learning about finance and meeting so many amazing women. Thank you so much for putting this together!”

“I loved this event so much! It turned my idea of wealth on its head and opened up a whole new world to me. It's not about things. It's about values and life experiences. I'm still talking about it with everyone I know.”

“Thank you, thank you for making this happen and changing my life.”

 

 

 

 

 

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The inaugural Lola Retreat took place August 18-20, 2017 in Portland, Oregon at the Ace Hotel. Previous sessions included: 

Power + Intention: Reboot Your Money Mindset and Financial Practice with Amanda Clayman

Money 101: Spend Less, Save More and Get Your Life Together with Tonya Rapley

What's Love Got to Do With It? Money and Relationships with Sarah Pattee

Time to Slay: How to Pay Off Any and All Debt with Kara Perez

Creating Your Pay Negotiation Playbook with Lydia Frank

Investing 101: Beginner to Badass in One Hour with Shannon Mclay

How to Get Started with Real Estate with Andi Blackwell

Ladies on FIRE: Financial Independence and Early Retirement with Ms. Our Next Life, Mrs Frugalwoods and Sylvia Hall

Real Money Talk discussion

 

 

 

  Tonya Rapley

Tonya Rapley

  Kara Perez

Kara Perez

  Lydia Frank

Lydia Frank

  FIRE panel

FIRE panel

 
  Amanda Clayman

Amanda Clayman

  Shannon Mclay

Shannon Mclay

  Sarah Pattee

Sarah Pattee

GOT questions? we got answers.

WHAT DOES MY TICKET INCLUDE? 

Girl, we're so glad you asked. Your ticket includes the price of admission to the Lola Retreat. The event kicks off Friday, April 27th and goes until Sunday, April 29th. 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 Financial Gym, 134 West 25th Street, 2nd FL, New York, NY 10001. It's easily accessible by subway. If you are traveling, check out flying into LaGuardia, JFK, or Newark. Check prices for the most budget-friendly option. ;) 

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 :) 

WHERE SHOULD I STAY? 

If you're on a budget (because who isn't?!), there are dozens of AirBNB options and hostels in the city. Check out our accommodations list and look for a roommate to save money. 

DOES MY TICKET INCLUDE FOOD AND DRINKS?

Yes! Friday, you will be invited to a cocktail reception with delicious small plates. On Saturday, we'll be getting breakfast, coffee + tea, snacks, lunch and happy hour. Sunday we'll be enjoying breakfast and lunch 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! We recommend getting to New York by 5pm on Friday, April 27th and plan on leaving after 3pm on Sunday, April 29th.

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). 

WHO ARE THE SPEAKERS? WHEN CAN I SEE AN AGENDA?

We are working tirelessly to finalize the speaker list and agenda for you. What is confirmed, is on the site. 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