Why Attend?

Unleash the Power of Balance: Wellness & Resilience

COI Ladder Institute is excited to present its 9th annual Unleashing Retreat for female founders and startup executives who are prepared to take their businesses to the next level, while fostering pivotal relationships and a supportive professional community.This year’s theme, Unleashing the Power of Balance: Wellness & Resilience centers on expanding founders' circle of influence to grow their business and support their wellness. This retreat will create a space that allows for new ways to develop deeper, lasting connections.

Women founders comprise a large percent of US and global businesses yet are commonly underrepresented in securing funding and investors. This intimate gathering of women founders will include actionable strategies from the most influential entrepreneurs, investors, accelerators and strategic partners to elevate and transform their businesses while teaching founders about the power of balancing their wellness to be a more resilient leader at the end of the day.In addition, Founder Therapy, centered on founders’ physical, mental, and spiritual health will be thoughtfully woven in the agenda throughout the conference. Founders will leave the retreat feeling empowered to solve BIG problems with the necessary strategies and tools to maintain a healthy balance between their personal and professional lives.

Registration is OPEN

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

"In Person" Attendance 
Student Ticket (In-Person)$99
General Admission TIcket (In-Person)$149
VIP Ticket (In-Person) - includes priority access, VIP reception, lounge, content replay and premium swag items$369
"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.

Retreat Venue

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

Ferry Reservations

2022 Martha's Vineyard Summer Ferry Reservations

Note: You only need to make ferry reservations if you will be bringing your own car.

Housing & Lodging

Links for available lodging on Martha's Vineyard


( All times are in Eastern Standard Time - EST )Due to COVID cases increasing, all sessions will be virtualexceptfor wellness activities which will be on-site (Martha's Vineyard)

Day 1: Sun | Aug 7

4:00PM - 8:00PM

Founder Therapy

Welcome & Registration - 41 Bayes Hill Road, Oak Bluffs, MA
Perfecting My Pitch Pt. 1 (on-demand) VIEW VIDEO
VF Members' VIP Cocktail Reception (on-site)
Menemsha Beach: Sunset & Lobster Rolls (on-site)

Day 2: Mon | Aug 8

7:00AM - 6:30PM

Taking Care of Me & My Business

Yoga or Bike Ride Tour of Mytoi Japanese Flower Garden (on-site)
Building without Burnout
Accelerate You & Your Business with Balance
Talent is the Backbone... how do you ensure it is exceptional?
Spilling the Tea Networking JOIN MIX | Mix Code: 1234
Keeping it #100: The Founder Journey
Moving Past Shame to Resilience
Funding Panel: Support Beyond the Check!
Fireside Chat with Megan Holston-Alexander of a16z: Using Your Superpower to Build a Better Future
VIP Reception (on-site) - 99 Main Street, Edgartown, MA

Day 3: Tue | Aug 9

7:30AM - 3:30PM

Doing the Work!

Polar Bear Swim, or Bike Ride (on-site)
Meditation: Finding My Balance
Office Hours to Elevate Your Business
+ 1. Perfecting My Pitch Pt. II: Feedback
+ 2. Talent Management
+ 3. Executive Coaching / Founder Therapy
+ 4. Legal
+ 5. Growth Strategies
+ 6. Venture Capital
Why I’m Taking Care of Myself?
The Founder Journey, No Holds Barred: Bryan Young
Demystifying the Founder Journey: Tanya Van Court
Mix & Mingle Networking - JOIN MIX | Mix Code: 5678
The Founder Journey, No Holds Barred: Kim Roxie

Speakers & Panelists


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.


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.

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