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TWIST Conference for Women in Leadership

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Register for 2016 TWIST (Sold out).
Register for the TWIST breakfast (Sold out).
View the 2016 TWIST brochure.
For more details, contact Suzy Plott.


The TWIST Conference and breakfast are both sold out. Please contact Suzy Plott at with any questions.

April 6-8, 2016

The Lodge at Ballantyne

2016 Theme: Can We Be Superwomen Without Being Superhuman?

Much of the dialogue around women's leadership focuses on the remarkably high expectations women are held to in today's society. Women leaders are expected to be incredible mothers, wives, and friends, while simultaneously inspiring their teams, advancing in their organizations, and contributing in substantive ways to their communities. In essence, women are expected to be superhuman.

View the 2016 TWIST Conference schedule and brochure to learn more about the speakers and topics!


A Conference with a TWIST!

A unique immersive conference that brings an interesting and diverse group of high potential women leaders together with superb faculty members from the McColl School of Business. Every detail of the three-day conference is planned to create one powerful experience of self-discovery, building a close and supportive network, and important dialogue on leadership.

Leadership is not about having the right answers. It is about asking the right questions-including the uncomfortable ones. TWIST is an opportunity to connect with a rich and dynamic network of women leaders to gain confidence and self-awareness. Suspend daily responsibilities and disconnect while staying at the Ballantyne Lodge. TWIST provides continued opportunities for women to connect after the conference.


Invest and Invite a Leader to TWIST

Cost: $5,000 (includes all meals, accommodations, materials, conference sessions and workshops)

Benefits to your organization include empowering the women you send and helping them to more effectively lead and leverage resources in your organization. There will be a rich cross-section of women in the room. Participants will develop a deep network of support and have a boot-camp style exposure to leadership thought. Find a woman you want to empower and invest in TWIST!


Previous Companies Represented:

Ally Financial      Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools   Novant Health
Bank of America   Piedmont Natural Gas    OrthoCarolina
Carolinas HealthCare System    United Technologies Aerospace Systems    Coca-Cola
Wells Fargo                            Urban Ministry Center     TIAA-CREF


What past participants have to say about the TWIST Conference:

"Just the experience that I needed to recharge. It was wonderful to be surrounded by so many amazing leaders. I feel inspired and motivated to continue leading in my community."

"I was prepared for TWIST to be a beneficial learning experience, and a nice break from the mundane daily views of my cubicle walls. However, I wasn't prepared for the truly transformative and powerful experience that TWIST ended up being for me. I have a refreshed and energized perspective on relationships, and feel empowered to bring my authentic self to my work and interactions. I have a sneaking suspicion that I will later look back on my experience at TWIST as a pivotal moment in my life and career."

"TWIST was one of the most powerful, energizing, enlightening and rewarding experiences of my professional career. I will carry the learning forward with me, and I am confident that many of these amazing women whom I've met will continue to be important relationships that I will value and sustain for a long time."

TWIST 2016

Power Through Partnership

Betsy Polk and Maggie Chotas
Authors & Workshop Facilitators                                                                                           

Betsy Polk and Maggie Chotas have learned something powerful; when women work together they discover a level of support, flexibility, confidence, accountability and freedom to be themselves that they rarely find in other work relationships. Polk and Chotas demolish the myths that keep women from collaborating and offer advice for handling a host of potential challenges.

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