The universe isn’t out to get you. It’s here to conspire with you.

Most days. 
And yet, the world doesn’t always have the backs of women.
In fact, it can be downright hostile.  And let's face it, we can be downright hostile to other women as well.  

We collectively make 77 cents on the dollar in corporate environments, and women in leadership have to work their asses off to be considered trustworthy and claim true leadership roles.  Run those numbers through other lenses such as race? Black women make 65 cents, and Latina women make 54 cents on the dollar...Despite similar educational backgrounds and capabilities as their white male counterparts.  

Statistics like that?  
Should NOT exist.  And yet, they persist.  

We spend hours and hours working hard to claim our niche, proving ourselves each step of the way all while strategically attempting to build credible authority. 

On top of all this, we're bombarded by media that doesn't serve the kind of women we are or who we want to become.

And said media is constantly pitting us against one another.  Social, news outlets, it doesn't matter.  It's a battle.  

But how can we counteract this toxic culture?  

We can choose to rise.  Together.
Because no one is free, unless we are ALL free.  And truly, all of us.

The hard truth?  

Women are under capacitated as leaders.  Women of color, often even more so. Because we aren't expected to become leaders.

Meaning, we're not trained/programmed/expected to lead. In fact, most of our cultural conditioning is that women aren't as effective as men when in leadership roles. But that is just patently false.  We're called shrill, bossy, overly emotional, know-it-alls and we're bullied (even in adulthood) by our male and female compatriots alike.

But YOU know we're more than that. WE KNOW we have more to offer than meets the eye of some beholders. Women are just as effective, and often have just as much if not MORE ability. We just haven't been raised, conditioned, and capacitated for radical and transformative leadership.  (Admittedly, neither have men.)

Say no more, I'm in!
Your Leadership Recipe LIVE! 

A no-bullshit, retreat/workshop/live event for women* (and those who desire to capacitate them) who want to realize their big dreams, lead movements, and do so without selling their sisters (not just cisters) out in the process.
This is not a mean 'girl', compare yourself to everyone else, their name brands, and their bank account kind of event.  And it most CERTAINLY is not a pitchfest (50% of the time you're in the audience while speakers are on stage attempting to get you to buy stuff pitch fest.  In fact, our speakers don't sell from the stage, at all.)

This event is to find YOUR personal Leadership Recipe.  Taking all your ingredients, tools, and wisdoms to craft your own method of leadership.  Because the catch all way of leading?  It's long dead.


Wear yoga pants or stillettos.  
Arrive fresh-faced or rocking your sick contouring skills.
Be bubbly and extroverted, or quiet and sit in the back, take-it-all-in introverted.  
This is a come as you are, be who you are 
event for any and every woman who desires to lead from integrity, without tokenizing, and without claiming false authority.  

For folx ready to make shift happen in their own lives and the lives of others.  

This event is a hands on, transformational workshop for leaders and leaders in training who long to make shift happen in the world.  Over HALF the event will be focused on taking action, engaging with other participants.  

Think of this event like a retreat for your mind, body, and soul.  There will be movement, relaxation, action, business acumen, leadership, and discussions of intersectionality (led by people who's entire mission is to lead this charge).  You'll go home with a renewed sense of purpose, concrete strategies to implement right now, and practices to start engaging with immediately.  

March 27th, 7pm
Welcome Reception 

March 28th and 29th, 8:30am - 6pm  

THE MAIN Event!  

March 30th 
BONUS All-Access Mastermind Day with Makenna Held
(Only for All-Access ticket holders)

Blacksmith Shop  


The Wiseblood House
Macon, GA

A rising tide lifts all boats....hypothetically.  

But that's just not always how it works.  We have to rise TOGETHER and do so with INTENTION.  Otherwise?  Stuff stays broken, and systems of oppression persist.  

Think of this as your opportunity to rise in your own leadership, and to help others rise with you.  To truly own your commitments to your work, changing the world at large, and not just changing YOUR inner world. We have a metric ton of magic to share, and this is the space to do that.  


Movement leaders.  Entrepreneurs. Moms. Sisters. Friends. Corporate executives. Teachers. Non-profit mavens.  Gender non-conforming humans.  Folx who long to lead.  Women who already ARE leading.  You're all invited.  


We endeavor to make this event accessible as possible.  We have transportation to and from the venue for folx with limited mobility, all our venues will be accessible.  If you need a lift to get into and out of a van, please contact us and we'll add to our transportation options.

(*When I say women I mean ALL women AND gender non-conforming folx who have experience oppression due to femininity and/or woman-hood.  Gender is a sticky thing, as someone who has also wrestled with gender identity for years, I do in fact get this. 

Think of this event as centered around women, and women identified folks.  So that being said, any self-identified woman or gender non-conforming/trans-feminine/has-experienced-life-as-a-woman-at-some-point-in-time human is welcome.  And we certainly don't discriminate based on race/creed/religion/gender presentation/sexual orientation/etc., etc., etc.)  


It's time to gather.  
To go IN, and find your personal recipe for radical, transformational, inclusive leadership.
Say no more, I'm in!
Our topics this unique leadership event are:
Intention vs. Impact  :: Feel good hopes vs. actual results
Integrity  ::  Leading from your values and commitments to changing the world, not just YOUR world
Intuition  ::  Reprogramming and deprograming the stories you've been fed.
Income vs. Influence  ::  Leveraging them both for good
Inclusion  ::  Intersectionality, deprogramming where you take part in systemic oppression
Infinity  ::  Taking imperfect action, willingness to make mistakes, and building resilience

This is Not your Typical Online Marketing Networking Event.

 Think of this as an all-access, joy fueled practice in presence, awareness, and leadership mastery. There will be daily movement. Connections. Delicious food. Presents. Bubbles. Speakers. Breakout sessions. Confetti. Surprises. Hugs (if you want them). And so much more.   

About your host . . .
Makenna Held
Start with a vintage, enameled cast iron Dutch Oven (teal is her favorite). Then sauté a mirepoix of business acumen, marketing, and strategy; pour in a good bottle of Integral Coaching methodology; add a cup of movement and spirituality; and a hearty handful of feminist theory. Whisk gently. Follow with a sprinkle each of intuition, wry comedy, and truth talking; and finally a dash of Tibetan theories of Emptiness. Place in the sun for two hours and VOILA! You have Makenna.

 In 2015, she followed the wild hair of her intuition and managed to purchase (with the help of investors) La Pitchoune, Julia Child’s former summer home in France. Since then, she has created The Courageous Cooking School at La Pitchoune, a recipe-free (EGADS!) experience that turns recipe bound cooks into creative masters of their home kitchen; created The HeartFirst Method–a movement and coaching methodology for leaders based on Integral Coaching methods; founded ALo Records, one of the few women-owned record labels in the country; and has published her first book The Intention Generation.

Not sure about her yet?  Other neat people like her too, like the fine folks who have featured her at YFS Magazine, MindBodyGreen, CondeNast Traveler, Vogue Online,, and The New York Times (among others).

Makenna will be your emcee, hostess with the mostest, joy catalyst, and space holder.  Her soul mission?  To make sure YOU have a fabulous time.  
Yes, I'm in!
Speakers, Teachers, & Performers
Layla Saad
Wild Mystic Woman

Layla Saad is a writer, poet, speaker and guide, whose work explores the intersecting themes of spirituality, creativity, feminism, business, leadership, and sacred activism.

As an East African, Arab, British, Muslim, feminist, soul seeker, living in the Middle East (Qatar), and sharing her work with the global community, Layla stands at a diverse intersection of identities, from which she is able to draw rich and intriguing perspectives. Layla’s own personal journey as a black Muslim woman, her work with her clients and her writings often confront the oppressive cultures of patriarchy, white supremacy and Islamophobia. Through her work, Layla is devoted to centering and uplifting the stories, art and magic of women of colour.​​​​​​​

In addition to her popular work as writer, Layla is also a spiritual and business mentor, a certified Reiki II energy practitioner, an award-winning speaker and the host of the Wild Mystic Woman Podcast.

Zoë Kors
Writer. Speaker. Coach.
Zoë Kors is committed to transforming the way we hold our sexuality, both individually and culturally, and to cultivating a sisterhood of wildly-expressed women.
Thaís Sky
Speaker. Teacher. Coach.
Thais Sky is a women's coach, speaker, teacher and feminist on a heard-led mission to support seekers and visionaries heal the worthiness wound and take up more space.
Mag Andie
Ukulele maestro and Singer extraordinaire
Mag Andie is a deconstruction of an antiquated Scottish term for love making.  She plays the Uke and sings. 
Alexis Morgan
Writer, Consultant
She's the pole-dancing, troublemaking, pro-heaux, Black AF sorceress you've been warned about. As an anticapitalist commerce babe, she's the ringleader of BFA Media, occupying her time and cheddar production as a writer, facilitator, creative, consultant, and professional opinion-giver. 
Natalie Baack
Eating Psychology Coach
Natalie is an Intuitive Life and Eating Psychology Coach and founder of The Permission Circle. She is passionate about helping women take back their power from body shame, food guilt, and their inner naysayer so they can rise, at every size. 
Halley Gray
Marketer. Comedian. Swear Bear. 
Halley Gray is the founder of Evolve and Succeed™ and Be Booked Out™. She's committed to helping women become thought leaders through their marketing online. 
Andréa Ranae Johnson
Impact Analyst
Andréa Ranae is a coach, facilitator and writer. She really digs personal growth, social change and supporting others to use their work and life as a tool for cultivating more love, light and liberation in our world.
Sarah Silvas-Bernstein
Title IX Supervisor at Naropa University and Co-Owner of Earth Yoga Studio
Sarah believes that through movement and stillness-based practices and rituals, we heal latent trauma and fear-driven belief patterns - transforming from almost there to 'ALL IN'.  She'll be leading movement every day, twice a day.
Monica Prince
Poet, Activist, Badass 
Monica Prince has an MFA in Poetry, is routinely published, does yoga occasionally, loves cheesecake, and writes choreopoems to save lives.
Dance breaks and break out sessions included
Want to host a workshop?  Buy a ticket, and participants will vote on what topics they are most interested in hearing about.  I'm the host, not the sole curator.  I'm letting the community lead the charge.

Ticket purchases are non-refundale, but utterly transferable.  

or 2 payments of $240
  • ☀ TWO days of amazing speakers, play, joy, connections, and sisterhood.   
  • ☀ TWO Farm-Fresh Meals over the three days, shared with your new friends.
or 3 payments of $330
  • Everything at the $477 level and.... 
  • ☀ A One-on-One Session with Makenna before the event to maximize your experience.

    ☀ An early meet and greet with speakers

    ☀ A welcome goodie bag!!!!

Need an extended payment plan? 

Find Makenna on Facebook, tell her which tier you'd like and include your email, and she'll send you a 'pay what you can, when you can' invoice.  You can find more about her philosophy about this here by clicking here.
Can't join us in person?
Buy a downloadable version of ALL the talks and main stage workshops, guaranteed to be delivered by June 15th, all at one, AND at least 8 weeks before the public gets to start to see them.  You can do that by donating ANY amount you'd like.  Any donation AT ALL will be donated to the price of a ticket for a scholarship spot for a local woman to attend the event, who wouldn't otherwise be able to attend. Click here to make your donation and be the FIRST to see the talks.
What People Are Saying About Makenna's Live Events
Lindsay Padilla
Academics Mean Business
"Makenna knows how to orchestrate an event. This was a mother effin symphony. Every detail, every moment, every speaker, (did I mention the massages during checkin?!), filled with intention. I felt so taken care of. This is a mandatory event for my business. I will attend as long as she's keen on hosting them!"
Tara Leduc
Founder, International Day of Peace & Inner Peace Summi
 "I KNEW this wouldn't be dry, boring (useless) networking. I knew this would be a room of women I wanted to know, and women I wanted to work with. And boom, it was that and so much more! Massages at checkin.  Movement. Local flavour. Hugs. Tears. Rawness, growth, sharing, spirituality, anger, politics. 
And oh yah, I now have JV partnerships that came out of that room. And friendships. And support. Exactly that energy I felt before I arrived."
Parish Wilson
Writing Coach and Editor
"Every moment of Makenna's event was designed with the intention of supporting transformation and growth. I left a different person, more connected to the truth of my soul and life purpose than I ever thought possible after just a couple days. Makenna cares deeply about how we show up in the world as women and carefully crafts her events to give us what we need to be our most thoughtful, aware and inspired selves."
Sarina Harz
The Creative Harz
"Makenna's live event was unlike any I've been too.  I was nervous at first, unsure of where I would fit in. The first day, I was a bit uncomfortable. I was excited to be with such a phenomenal group of women, but a bit intimidated. It forced me to find my edge and then love it. By day two, I felt more cozy. We were digging into social justice, intersectionality, and how to lead. It was messy and beautiful. By the next morning, I had 20 new best friends and was ready to conquer the world! Her event was a life-changing moment that supported my authentic expression and helped me find my courage to lead in the world. As a result of the event I have grown my workshops by over 50%, been accepted for publication, and begun to really show up in my world. Makenna is an igniter of leadership and authentic expression."

Not convinced?
We promise...
Deep introspection
Play & Presence
New Friends
Confronting experiences 
New Thought Patterns
Accessing YOUR Infinity
OK!  Let's do this!  I'm in.
Our FABULOUS Sponsors
Want to sponsor Your Leadership Recipe LIVE? We're looking for a few like-minded companies to share our fun. Contact cricketandmoxie at gmail dot com if you're interested.  Sponsorships start at $650.

And we'll get back to you ASAP
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