Why Attend?

Unleash the Power of CONNECTIONS

COI Ladder Institute is thrilled to present its 10th annual Unleashing Retreat for female and BIPOC founders, investors, and corporate partners who are prepared to drive their businesses forward by fostering impactful connections within a supportive community.This year’s theme, Unleashing the Power of Connections centers on cultivating meaningful relationships to drive personal and business success. This retreat will create a space that enables participants to develop deep, lasting connections.

Female and BIPOC founders comprise a large percentage of US and global businesses yet are commonly underrepresented in securing venture funding. This gathering will offer actionable strategies from the most influential entrepreneurs, investors, accelerators, and strategic partners to advance and transform businesses through the power of connections.Central to all activities hosted at the retreat will be Founder Therapy. The founders’ physical, mental, and spiritual health will be thoughtfully woven into the agenda. Founders will leave the retreat equipped with strategies and tools to solve BIG problems that are sustained by profound connections.

Registration is OPEN

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ALL TICKETS ARE BUY ONE GET ONE FREE FOR EARLY BIRD PRICING
Includes both in-person & virtual attendance for Students, General Admission, and VIP
Register today with code BOGO23 for Buy One Get One Free .

RegistrationFee*
"In Person" Attendance 
Student Ticket (In-Person)$99
General Admission TIcket (In-Person)$199
VIP Ticket (In-Person) - includes priority access, VIP reception, lounge, content replay and premium swag items$399
"Virtual" Attendance 
Student Ticket (Virtual)$49
General Admissions Ticket (Virtual)$99
VIP Ticket (Virtual) - includes priority access, content replay and premium swag items$269

In light of COVID-19 and its variants, COI Ladder Institute will follow the CDC guidelines in collaboration with state and local health officials in presenting our 2023 Unleashing retreat. That being said, a hybrid experience will be offered. The retreat will be available in person and virtually. We will continue to monitor the situation and post updates to this website. The health and safety of our attendees and staff are our priority.

Retreat Venue

Dr. Daniel Fisher House & Gardens
99 Main Street
Edgartown, MA 02539

Ferry Reservations

2023 Martha's Vineyard Summer Ferry Reservations

Note: Ferry reservations open January 24th, 2023.

Housing & Lodging

Links for available lodging on Martha's Vineyard

Agenda

( All times are in Eastern Standard Time - EST )

Day 1: Mon | Aug 7

Doing it for yourHEALTH

Session 
Reflect:Focusing on mental health
Refocus & Rebalance:Remember why you are doing this and what's important
Relax & Recharge:Importance of relaxing for optimal performance.

Day 2: Tue | Aug 8

Doing it for yourFUTURE

Session 
Keynote:Hear from a nationally renowned speaker on the Power of Connections as we rise!
Emerging trends in science and technology session:Hear from founders, investors, and others building and financing emerging spaces in Web3, Climatetech, Healthtech, Cloud, Hardtech, and more.
(Founder Track) Business Model Adjustments:This session focuses on discussing the current state of founders building and scaling their business with slowing financing, slowing spending, and more.
(Founder Track) Funding your business:This session will aim to educate participants on 4 methods to fund their business. Bootstrap from income, early-stage funding (angel, FFF, grants/ pitch competitions), government funding, and venture capital.
(Investor Track): Raising for fund 2 and beyond:Hear from managing partners on the lessons learned on their journey to raising fund 2 and beyond and the impacts of the current economy on the LP landscape.
(Investor/Founder Session): Real talk between VC and Founders:This will be an audience-driven Q&A session, from pre-collected questions and live questions from online.
(Founder Topics) Facilitated Panel Discussion:This session will have entrepreneurs at different stages of their business answer key questions about their journey.
(Investor Topics) Facilitated Panel Discussion:Discussing the state of VC fundraising from LPs and overcoming the challenges affecting women and black/brown managers.
VIP Evening Event 

Day 3: Wed | Aug 9

Doing it for yourCONNECTIONS

Session
Networking 101 to Master Class
1:1 Office Hours
Pitch Feedback Sessions:
This session will be conducted with a panel of investors providing participants with valuable feedback on how they can improve their pitch. Each participant gets a 15-minute slot with the investors. There is a part one to the feedback session that is presented by investor Christine Mastrangelo on Day 1 of the conference.

Past Years' Notable Speakers

COI Ladder Institute

About COI Ladder Institute

COI Ladder Institute, a program of STRIVE Inc., started with a simple premise: Make available to every woman and young professional the resources required to elevate their business to the next level. This is done by educating and empowering women so they could positively impact the space they occupy.This idea is the premise STRIVE Inc. was founded on in 1995 and still drives us today. The track record speaks to our commitment to women, youth, families, and the community at large.Net proceeds from each event benefits STRIVE’s STEM Leadership development program for students in 3rd thru 12th grades. You can make a tax deductible donation today to help a child realize her/his full potential.

STRIVE Inc.

The motivation for starting STRIVE in 1995 was to give back to young people and help build assets in the communities STRIVE serves. In 2013, the idea of expanding STRIVE to reach women and young professionals was born.Since our inception, we have hosted workshops and networking events throughout the country with our annual signature event hosted on Martha’s Vineyard every August.The founder believes that to whom much is given, much is required. She gives back and pays it forward because someone did the same for her.

SaLisa L. Berrien
Founder, COI Ladder Institute

SaLisa L. Berrien, Founder and Board Chair, has over 25 years of experience in non-profit leadership and clean energy space. From volunteering at charities, mentoring, working at utilities and clean tech companies, to establishing an endowment and scholarships, she has been committed to making the space she occupies better than she found it. SaLisa holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and an Executive MBA from Saint Joseph’s University.One of SaLisa’s core values is philanthropy. She believes that to whom much is given, much is required. Her mission in life is to positively impact the space she occupies by building assets. STRIVE Inc. does that with its afterschool STEM leadership development program and female founders programming for tech startups.

About Our Partners

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Check out the opportunities to elevate female and BIPOC founders to the next level. The Sponsorship Packages help ensure the quality programming our founders have come to enjoy continues. Make an impact today by pledging your level of support. Sponsorship is tax deductible.

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Unleashing22 Founder Retreat (on-site) Includes 3 day wellness and resilience activities, networking, swag bag, 1:1 coaching

Registration is Opening Soon.

Registration is OPEN

Due to COVID cases increasing, all sessions will be virtualexceptfor wellness activities which will be on-site (Martha's Vineyard)

4:00PM - 8:00PM

RegistrationFee*
"In Person" Attendance 
Student Ticket (In-Person)$99
General Admission TIcket (In-Person)$199
VIP Ticket (In-Person) - includes priority access, VIP reception, lounge, content replay and premium swag items$399
"Virtual" Attendance 
Student Ticket (Virtual)$49
General Admissions Ticket (Virtual)$99
VIP Ticket (Virtual) - includes priority access, content replay and premium swag items$269

In light of COVID-19 and its variants, COI Ladder Institute will follow the CDC guidelines in collaboration with state and local health officials in presenting our 2022 Unleashing retreat. That being said, a hybrid experience will be offered. The retreat will be available in person (guidelines permitting) and virtually. We will continue to monitor the situation and post updates to this website. The health and safety of our attendees and staff are our priority.

B O G O - P R O M O
ALL TICKETS ARE BUY ONE GET ONE FREE FOR EARLY BIRD PRICING
Includes both in-person & virtual attendance for Students, General Admission, and VIP

L I M I T E D - P R O M O
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