Take the Lead Retreat
Running Industry Retreat for Women and Femmes of Color
Take the Lead retreat will provide women and femme of color who work in the running industry with career development programming, community building, and mentorship opportunities that center their experience and identity.
Take The Lead is the first-ever running-industry retreat centering the experience of women and femme of color with the mission to validate, support, and lead change they want to see in the running industry. Take The Lead was co-founded in 2022 by Alison Mariella Désir and Martha M. Garcia.
Take the Lead is returning in 2023 with the continued mission to provide women and femme of color who work in the running industry with career development programming, community building, and mentorship opportunities that center our experiences and identities.
This retreat is put on for us and by us. We know that by coming together, connecting in a safe space, and centering our experiences, we can lead the change we want to see in the running industry.
The inaugural Take the Lead Retreat was led by Alison Mariella Désir and Martha Garcia along with a planning committee made up of leaders within the running industry.
This year, planning is being co-led by Alison Mariella Désir, Jessica Murphy, and Kaitlin Rodriguez.
We center the experience of anyone who identifies as a woman. We acknowledge that we are all intersectional beings and celebrate our similarities and differences.
We believe that leadership is personal, not positional, and we want to nurture your leadership skills.
We hold the tension of honest conversations as a way for us to create a future where we can lead individually and collectively. We believe in bringing her up as you climb.
We strive to create a safe and brave space. We believe that Joy is a radical act.