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 MARCH 18 - 20, 2024 


This retreat provides an opportunity for women of the global majority holding the most senior seat in an organization (CEOs, EDs, founders, superintendents, or presidents) to gather for collective learning, community building, and restoration. It is born from a named need within our community for women of color

holding bottom-line decision making to have a space to stand in community; to share leadership lessons and experiences; and to learn from one another in support of personal and professional wholeness and transformation. 


The goals of this retreat are to:

  • Workshop and vision-set around the unique opportunities and challenges faced by women of color in life and leadership. We will name where our experiences intersect and diverge based on multiple facets of our identities;

  • Engage in rest and restoration for the mind, body, and spirit;

  • Create space for joy and community-building. 

Facilitators for this retreat include Pahara CEO Kriste Dragon, and Senior Vice-Presidents Traci Dove, Idrissa Simmonds-Nastili, and Shawna Wells. Further details on additional practitioners are forthcoming

There are a number of terms in use to define and describe groups by racial identity. In the context of this convening, we are intentional in our use of women of color to acknowledge that a range of racial identities from within the Pahara community will be present at this convening, and we aim to craft an experience inclusive of the fullness of experiences and identities that will be present.


"I had the opportunity to dive deep into conversations on holding each other, uplifting one another, and working together to create impactful results in our lives and outside networks."


We aim to bring together Paharans who identify as women of the global majority in the top most position at their organizations. Significant diversity exists within this demographic, including along lines of race, gender expression, sexual orientation, generation, political ideologies, and years in the senior seat. This retreat will acknowledge and hold space for the range of experiences and identities that will be present in the room.

“This experience was absolutely amazing - personally and professionally. It met the needs of all my intersections: woman, Black woman, mother, leader, daughter, faith… There was literally no part of my identity that was not in the room with me.”



Prior to the retreat, please direct all logistical questions to


Start: Monday, March 18th, 2024 – 5:00 pm, Reception & Dinner 

End: Wednesday, March 20th, 2024 – 12:30 pm, Lunch (to go)


Lone Rock Retreat

64797 US HWY 285

Bailey, CO 80421

Travel Logistics


We will engage in dialogue, workshops, and restorative practices at the retreat.


The pre-reading will be sent to participants at the beginning of 2024.


To prepare for the virtual rest workshops that bookend our retreat and learn about our rest workshop facilitator, please review the information on this webpage.

What participants said about the 2023 Retreat:

Nearly 100% agreed that the convening delved into the unique opportunities and challenges faced by women of color in life and leadership.

86% identified the convening as either the top, or in the top three, leadership development experiences over their career.

The initial retreat for RLP will convene the week after Easter at Lone Rock Retreat in Bailey, Colorado from April 19-21, 2022. We endeavor to combine the strengths of the Pahara leadership development approach with a Christ-centered retreat experience. A successful retreat will mean leaders have had the space to share their faith, reflect on ways to bring their faith into their work, find some sense of spiritual renewal from the time together, and initiate new relationships with other believers.     

    Leaders who meet our program criteria are welcome to apply to the Fellowship, with or without a nomination. The application is an essential and required part of the process, and allows candidates to share information about their work and leadership, alignment with our selection criteria, and how they most hope to benefit from participation in this powerful development experience. For applicants advancing beyond this stage, this information serves as rich background information on which to base deep, reflective dialogue during interviews taking place during candidate consideration.
    Nominations are accepted on a rolling basis and, while they are not required for entry into the Fellowship, they are critical to our ability to identify exceptional leaders from across the education ecosystem, including but not limited to experience in nonprofit schools, out of/after school learning, human capital, technology, juvenile justice, political and policy strategy, future of work/workforce development, community wellness and mental health, college access and success, faith-based organizations, community based organizations and philanthropy. Ideally, you know enough about the leader’s work to share your thoughts on why they would be an excellent choice for the Fellowship. We are sensitive to the ways sponsorship practices can disadvantage women and Black, Indigenous, and leaders of color who are less likely to have sponsors. When thinking of incredible changemakers to bring to our attention, we encourage nominators to consider leaders from within and outside of their close circles.
    During this stage, we seek to understand candidates’ motivations and challenges, learn more about their background and leadership journey, and determine candidates’ willingness and ability to negotiate the multiple domains of difference that contribute to the tapestry of Pahara cohorts. We conduct a 90-minute Zoom interview with candidates. This interview is followed by referencing carried out by our team. Given the degree of openness and vulnerability expected in this phase of our process, information shared with us by candidates or in reference interviews is held with the highest degree of confidentiality.
    We aim for cohorts that are inclusive of the breadth of our humanity across multiple domains of difference, including socioeconomic background, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical ability, religious affiliation, and political ideology. Cohorts are also distinctive in their inclusion of leaders from various organization models, multiple sectors in education, different geographic regions, and various leadership roles. This careful cohort curation is critical, as the cohort is the container within which the personal and professional transformation Pahara is most known for occurs. Cohort dialogue is confidential and both professional and personal in nature. We seek to foster an environment that celebrates the diversity and lived experiences of all of our Fellows.
    We typically receive many more nominations and applications than we have available seats in each cohort. We strongly believe that creating the ideal blend of perspectives in each group is a vital component of the program’s value and impact on participants. Candidates who are not selected may choose to opt-in to be considered for a future cohort.

“Thank you for the life-changing, belly laugh-giving,
you-see-me-in-my-fullness spaces of joy.”

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