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TWIST Conference History & FAQs

The TWIST Conference for Women was started in 2011 by two M.S. in Organization Development (MSOD) students at the McColl School of Business, Lou Solomon and Carson Tate. They were tired of the same old boring women’s conferences with too many people, no intimacy and not getting to the deep issues. In that frustration, they created the TWIST Conference for Women in Leadership with a goal to be a twist on a traditional conference for women.

Duke Mansion exterior

It would be intimate, where women could bond and talk about real issues. The conference was an instant hit and Queens University of Charlotte took on the planning of the conference after they graduated from the MSOD program. Both Lou and Carson are still involved in the TWIST Conference each year as speakers.

Past Conference Programs

For a sampling of previous conference topics and speakers, we invite you to review the past conference programs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Unfortunately, no. As part of the immersive experience of the conference, all attendees are required to stay at The Duke Mansion. We want attendees to check into the conference and check out of day-to-day activities to allow full engagement and make time for connections and reflect on important topics.

Yes – all meals, beverages and snacks are included. We like to keep attendees well fed and happy during the conference. We are able to assist with any special dietary needs for attendees.

Comfortable business casual and dressing in layers is recommended. More specifics regarding weather and activities during the conference will be sent to attendees in advance so you know what to pack.

Registered participants may cancel and receive a full refund minus a $250 administrative fee if received at least 21 business days prior to the start of the conference. Cancellations received after that time are nonrefundable due to the customized nature of the experience. A transfer of registration to another person is gladly accepted.

Due to the limited number of maximum attendees for the conference, we sell out every year. We recommend registering early if you are wanting to attend.