Sisterhood Leadership Retreat
Sisterhood Leadership is for every woman–spanning generations, life stages, and leadership experience. We believe every woman is a leader within her home, family, friend circles, church, or workplace, and we have designed the Sisterhood Leadership Retreat for you!
You will gain fresh perspectives, resources, and connections with sister leaders from across Minnesota. Come individually or with your team!
Come Individually or With a Group
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- 4:30 pm – Registration (Dining Hall)
- 4:30 pm – Dinner On Your Own & Shopping at The Bridge Shop & Exhibitor Booths
- 7:00 pm – Main Session 1
- 9:00-9:30 pm – Registration Re-Opens
- 9:00 pm – Sisterhood Social
- 7:00-8:30 am – Breakfast & Shopping at Exhibitor Booths
- 7:30-9:00 am – Saturday Registration (Dining Hall)
- 8:30-9:30 am – Workshops 1
- 9:45-10:45 am – Workshops 2
- 11:00-12:30 am – Main Session 2
- 12:30 pm – Lunch & Shopping at The Bridge Shop & Exhibitor Booths
- 2:00 pm – Main Session 3
2022 Sisterhood Leadership Retreat Recordings
Main Session 1: Peggy Vagle – “Intentional Abiding”
Main Session 2: Portia Allen – “Submitted Strength”
Main Session 3: Peggy Vagle – “Being Intentional in Your Middle”
2023 Featured Guests
Alli Worthington is the author of The Year of Living Happy: Finding Contentment and Connection in a Crazy World, Fierce Faith: A Woman’s Guide to Fighting Fear, Wrestling Worry, and Overcoming Anxiety and Breaking Busy: How to Find Peace and Purpose in a World of Crazy, speaker, podcaster, and serves on the teaching team at Northeast Christian Church.
Her goal is to help women live the life God created them to live with encouragement and practical tools to make life happier, less busy, and with a fierce faith in the Lord.
Alli’s no-nonsense, guilt-free take on life, family, and balance led to appearances on The Today Show and Good Morning America. And her down-to-earth, practical teaching style has given her to the opportunity to speak at Propel, Catalyst, and churches all over the country.
Alli, her husband, Mark, and their five sons live outside of Nashville, TN with the only golden retriever who refuses to retrieve.
You can find her on her weekly podcast, The Alli Worthington Show.
Follow @alliworthington on social media.
Waters Worship is a passionate and Spirit-led team that is based in Sartell, MN at The Waters Church. Since 2018, this team has been led by singer, songwriter, and worship leader Ben Snyder. This team is currently entering into an exciting season of song writing and producing. They strive to bring and authentic and raw experience as they lead others into the presence of Jesus.
See more @WatersWorship on Instagram.
Myndee Anderson – Emcee
Melissa Oler – Emcee
Melissa is a wife, mom of five, pastor, and an introvert who loves people. She lives in St. Cloud, serve at Life Church, and works for Arrive Ministries. As a Bridging the Gap Advisor and returning Sisterhood Leadership Retreat emcee, Melissa also enjoys playing strategy games, shopping at thrift stores, planning and executing events, reading books, and visiting the ocean.
Dolores & Angie – Sisterhood Social Emcees
As the Emcee of the Sisterhood Social, Dolores Smith understands that life’s challenges can overwhelm each one of us even on our best day. Her “glass half-full optimism” spills over into her service as a Bridging the Gap advisor and in her career as a Learning and Development manager. Dolores’ motivating passion is to bring people together to discover and embrace all the joy life has to give.
Angie Neisinger is a gal who is determined to change the world one prayer, one song and one laugh at a time. She is a lover of her Harley-ridin’ husband, their kiddos, their church, loud music, the theater, authentic people, faith and fun. She is passionate about serving others, listening for God’s whisper and going wherever He calls her.
2023 Workshops Coming Soon
Faith Fitzgerald: Reinventing Your Career in 2022 - Be Proactive in Finding Your 'Next'
Do you find yourself in a job that doesn’t use your God-given gifts and talents and doesn’t give you the fulfillment you are longing for? You have probably heard in the news they are calling 2022 the Great Resignation, when nearly half the workforce is planning on making a change in their careers. With unemployment at 3.9 percent and over 12 million jobs open nationally, perhaps now may be a good time to think about reinventing your career. Allow yourself to dream about the plans God has for your life and your career. Recruiter & business owner, Faith Fitzgerald, is all about reinventing your career for the better! This session will cover 5 essential tips to reinvent your career and finding a career that is a great match for you.
Faith is very passionate about helping others find careers that utilize their God-given gifts, talents, interests, and where they can thrive. She has over 20 years of experience in Recruiting Management, Consulting, and Career Development, working in large corporations and recruiting firms, providing search and professional contract services to a broad range of specialized industries. Faith is currently CEO of Fitzgerald Recruiting. She has a BSBA in Management.
Heidi Stehr: Compassionate Conversations
Whether at home, church, or in the workplace, leaders can find themselves in a variety of conversations. Conversations that stir our hearts, push our buttons, and anywhere in-between. Whatever the circumstance, we are called to follow the example of Christ. Join Heidi to explore how to apply Biblical examples of compassion along with practical communication tools to leave others feeling heard, understood and most of all loved.
Heidi Stehr is a Patient Experience Manager at Mayo Clinic, with a bachelor’s in communications and master’s in business administration. In her role she partners with the practice to explore patient perspectives and find ways to elevate the patient voice for driving improvement initiatives and communication strategies.
Heidi enjoys serving alongside her husband, Pastor Mike Stehr at Rochester Assembly. They are passionate about seeing lives transformed by God’s radical grace and acceptance. They have four children Asher, Isabella, Judah and Constance and not to be left out, a bulldog named Sarge.
Lisa Demuth: Authentic Influence
Authenticity starts from within. We are most effective when we approach each area of our lives; faith, family, friends, and career, in a deliberate and genuine way. The impact of our decisions today can influence those around us and will determine the legacy we leave. Join Lisa in a conversation where authenticity and influence meet.
Lisa is grateful for her faith in God and a lifetime of learning. She was first elected in 2018 to the Minnesota House of Representatives and is honored to be in her second term representing District 13A. She volunteers with Bridging the Gap and the Thrive Conference. She is married to Nick and together they are business owners, but most of all, they enjoy time with their children and grandchildren.
Nikki Karnowski: Leading Well Begins with ME!
As leaders, we are called to forge the way. There is no rule book or quick study guide for living mid-Pandemic. In this workshop we will cover what leading well looks like from taking care of ourselves to leadership traits necessary to thrive through these transitions and beyond. Leave equipped and inspired to be your best and to lead well.
Nicole “Nikki” Karnowski owns Metamorphosis Coaching, Consulting and Training with her husband Michael. They coach, train, speak and equip leaders to live and lead their best lives. Nicole has a B.S. in Broadcast News, a Masters in Christian Counseling, and is an Advanced Human Behavior Specialist using Disc to bring breakthrough results for individuals and teams. Nikki has a weekly news segment called “Eye on Lifestyle” on Channel 3 News in Duluth, Minnesota. She is active in her community and local church. In her spare time she loves doing adventures with her husband and their adult children who live in New York City.
Julie Fisk - Wearing God's Fragrance: Ideas for Silently Proclaiming God When We Can't Use Words
Those of us working and volunteering outside of church or faith-based organizations may find that direct conversations around faith are risky or unwelcome. There is powerful truth in the old adage that actions speak louder than words, and this practical session will focus on cultivating Godly characteristics that silently shout God’s goodness and love for the world from the rooftops of your cubicle (without getting you called to HR).
Julie Fisk left a 15-year-career as a lawyer to follow her childhood dream to become an author. Julie is a national speaker and author of several books, including her newest devotional, One Good Word a Day: 365 Reflections to Encourage, Deepen, and Refine Your Faith. When she’s not writing or speaking, Julie is a backyard farmer, a collector of cookbooks and coffee mugs, and an admitted bookworm.
Becca Mades - The Worrisome World: The Gut, The Brain, and Everything in Between
It is no secret that our worlds have been flipped upside-down in the past couple of years, and with it, our collective mental health has been pushed to its max! We were not created to live in a constant state of worry and anxiety. Discover what research shows about how we change our lives to leave worry behind us and move forward fully living.
Becca is a family practice nurse practitioner at the Allina Clinic in Buffalo with an emphasis in her practice on gut health and mental health. She has been married for almost 15 years to Pete, a former pastor now realtor. They live with their four children, Hope (9), Zeke (7), Luke (5), and Titus (3), in Maple Grove. When not working, you will find Becca volunteering with the preschool and high school students at her church, beating her husband at board games, or trying new recipes with her kids.
Mykelti Blum & Panel - Fighting Intimidation, Comparison & Competition in our Everyday Lives
Join a conversation between panelists on a topic that everyone gets confronted with on a regular basis. Whether you feel intimidated to start your business or next career opportunity, or constantly comparing yourself to a successful friend, or experiencing an unhealthy competition with someone in the workplace, we are all battling how to find value in being uniquely us. If you are in the corporate workplace, ministry world, stay at home parent, or have women in your life in general- this session is for you!
Mykelti Blum is a speaker, podcaster, and founder of Heart of the Brave Ministry, which includes the Empower Hour Podcast, live messages, video devotionals, and the “Living In” women’s conference. Mykelti is also active in the Bridging the Gap community and hosts their E^3 Podcast. Mykelti loves helping women through personal reflection and building community with others. Her favorite activity is encouraging women towards pursuing their goals, dreams, and living in their purpose.
- Portia Allen is a speaker, pastor, podcast host, and writer. She is a bridge builder of people and works to help remove barriers impeding greatness so all can accomplish their very best.
- Julie Fisk left a 15-year-career as a lawyer to follow her childhood dream to become an author. Julie is a national speaker and author of several books, including her newest devotional, One Good Word a Day: 365 Reflections to Encourage, Deepen, and Refine Your Faith. When she’s not writing or speaking, Julie is a backyard farmer, a collector of cookbooks and coffee mugs, and an admitted bookworm.
- Morgan Pearson is a born and raised Minnesota girl who is currently living in Miami and part of the VOUS Church leadership program. As an Assemblies of God credentialed minister, she has a heart for people—especially young adults—to grow in their faith. She also loves wellness, organization, and being a new aunt!
Liz Martin: Space, Pace, & Grace
God wants to give us dreams, purpose and divine assignments but oftentimes we don’t have room. What if we are filling our lives and running hard after things God never asked us to. As Christian leaders we can easily fill our lives with great things but not all great things are God things. Sometimes we need to empty our hands and let Him fill them with what He intended. So what does it look like to live in and fill God given spaces and to pace with the one who knows how to sustain us? Because it’s in His rhythms that we find His grace.
Liz Martin is Pastor’s wife in Willmar, MN. With 15 years of ministry in her pocket, she has seen and felt the need for Jesus daily and knows that He wastes nothing. She has a passion to teach others that growing in Christ comes in the most unexpected ways but that He is always good in the process.
Dolores Smith - Influential Conflict Management
On the surface, conflict may seem to be anything but appealing; yet, the fruit of working well through conflict can unify, strengthen, or propel relationships or organizations forward in significant ways. Learn tools for managing conflict with intention, a positive influence, and vision for the future!
Dolores Smith is a Learning and Development professional with a proven success record in the for-profit, non-profit and private sector for over 16 years. Her expertise lies in the areas of training, facilitation, and public speaking. Her passion is to equip public speakers, particularly those who serve in ministry. Realizing that if those in ministry could apply dynamic presentation principles to the work they were doing for the Kingdom, they could ensure their audiences capture the depth of their message of hope in Jesus Christ.
Raised in a Christian home, Dolores is a daughter of an Assemblies of God pastor. She currently lives in the Minneapolis area and attends of Emmanuel Christian Center. She can be found volunteering in in a variety of ways from a small group leader, kids camp counselor and working at The Car Clinic at the statewide single mom’s retreat.
Micah Kennealy - Retaining Leaders of the Next Gen
How do you lead the next generation when you don’t know who they are? Discover what the next generation is looking for when it comes to following a leader and becoming a leader themselves. We will be discussing what young adults are saying about themselves and uncover the best way to empower and lead them in this day and age.
Micah Kennealy is a Chi Alpha Director with her husband, Josiah, in Bloomington, Minnesota. Together, they lead the Minnesota Young Adults movement and co-host the Young Adults Today podcast. Micah is also a pastor, an author of three books and mother of two. She loves seeing young adults discover their purpose in life, influence their workplaces, and grow in relationships. Find out more at micahkennealy.com.