AUG 5-7, 2024

    Why Attend?

    Unleashing Your Power Retreat

    COI Ladder Institute is thrilled to present its 11th 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 Unleashing Your Power Retreat 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.

    Past Years' Notable Speakers

    Registration is Opening Soon.

    "In Person" Attendance 
    Student Ticket (In-Person)$99
    One Day Pass (In-Person)$149
    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 Admission Ticket (Virtual)$99
    VIP Ticket (Virtual) - includes priority access, content replay and premium swag items$269

    COI Ladder Institute will follow the CDC guidelines in collaboration with state and local health officials in presenting our 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

    2024 Martha's Vineyard Summer Ferry Reservations

    Note: Ferry reservations open February 14th, 2024 at 8 AM.

    Housing & Lodging

    Links for available lodging on Martha's Vineyard


    Day 1: Mon | Aug 5

    Doing it forYOURSELF

    Founders' Therapy: All Founders Need TherapyWellness activities, group therapy, and vent about any entrepreneur specific challenges that intersect with personal life

    Day 2: Tue | Aug 6

    Doing it for yourFUTURE

    The Power of YOUR PowerSessions with Investors, Accelerators, and Strategic Partners Teaching Techniques to Walk in Your Power

    Day 3: Wed | Aug 7

    Doing it for yourCONNECTIONS

    Coaching to Your PowerWith Investors, Accelerators, Executive Coaches, and Strategic Partners

    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

    Thank You for your support.

    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.

    Sponsor Packet Coming Soon

    Sponsorship Interest?

    Please contact us if you are interested in becoming a sponsor for the event!


    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)

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    Includes both in-person & virtual attendance for Students, General Admission, and VIP
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