Two of my favorite people are collaborating what they call “a bold money event for bold women”. They’re hosting the first-ever Lola Retreat the weekend of August 18-20 in Portland, Oregon.
Here’s how the website describes it:
The Lola Retreat isn’t about doing money like your mother did. It’s about facing your fears, owning your dreams and figuring out a plan to be in control of your finances. It’s going to be two (and a half!) days filled with deep discussion, impactful workshops, delicious snacks + drinks and the chance to connect with other like-minded women. We’ll be hearing from some of the boldest, bravest, funniest women in finance on topics like under-earning, love + money, and financial anxiety. You’ll get to learn from a group of experts on the fundamentals of investing, retirement, debt repayment, home ownership, and budgeting.
Each part of the retreat has been designed to bring you financial confidence, accountability, and a roadmap that you can put into action the moment you get home.
I have a deep respect for the two women who are organizing the Lola Retreat. I admire them both personally and professionally. Allow me to give you a brief intro:
- Melanie Lockert is the brains behind Dear Debt, a blog about breaking up with debt. Dear Debt is a place for Melanie (and her readers) to share their first-hand experiences with money…in the form of actual letters. It’s a novel concept, and one that connects with a lot of people. Melanie turned her blog into a fantastic little book by the same name. In her spare time — what spare time? — she works behind the scenes for a handful of other folks in the personal-finance world.
- Emma Pattee is one of the masterminds who puts on the Camp Mustache events around the U.S. More than that, she’s a hard-working writer and marketer. Emma has her own eponymous blog where she writes about real-estate investing and the pursuit of financial independence. She likes beer almost as much as I like beer. (And here’s a little trivia: For the past couple of months, Emma and I have been walking our dogs together every Tuesday morning.)
Their goals for this event are very, very Money Boss in nature. Here’s how Melanie puts it: “The women we want at this event are women that want to go after everything they want in life. They know that money can help them get there, and getting their finances in formation will help them achieve their goals.”
In other words, they want money bosses (and prospective money bosses) to attend.
Here’s more about the Lola Retreat:
Emma and I are feminists. There, we said it. We believe in the power of women and we believe women should be equal to men.
Not only that, but we believe that women should have equal access to opportunities as men. We want to fight the gender pay gap, prepare for uncertain times ahead, and empower women to get in control of their money so they can do whatever they damn please, whenever they damn want.
Money is all about freedom. Control. Access. Choices. Through the Lola retreat, we aim to empower and teach women about money. And there is no better time than now.
The Lola Retreat costs $399 for a standard ticket and $499 for a VIP ticket. (The VIP ticket includes a mentoring session, special swag, and access to an exclusive email list.) If you buy your ticket before April 14th using the code
LOLAWANTS, you’ll get a $100 discount.
If you want to meet like-minded women to learn more about money, I urge to you to attend. (And tell them I sent you!)
Note: I have nothing to do with the Lola Retreat (although I’d help, if asked). I just think Melanie and Emma are awesome, and I think this sounds like an amazing event.