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TWIST Conference History & FAQ

Ballantyne LodgeThe 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.

It would be intimate, for only 40 women or less, 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 as they both graduated from the MSOD program. Both Lou and Carson are still involved in the TWIST Conference each year as speakers.

TWIST Conference 2020 Brochure

Past Conference Programs

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

Frequently Asked Questions

When and where is the conference?

The conference is February 10-12, 2020 at The Lodge at Ballantyne Hotel.

How much is the conference?

Tuition is $5,000 and is all-inclusive, excluding travel. The package includes accommodations for two nights at the Lodge, all meals, books by conference authors and conference materials.

If I live locally in Charlotte, can I get a discount and not stay at the Ballantyne Lodge?

Unfortunately, no. It is required that all attendees stay at the Ballantyne Lodge as it is a part of the experience of the conference. We want the women to check into the Lodge and check out of day-to-day activities to allow full engagement and time for making connections and reflecting on important topics.

Are meals included and can you do special dietary needs?

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

What is the cancellation policy?

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.

Do you expect to sell out?

Yes. Spots are limited and we sell out at 40 attendees. The conference has sold out the last three years. If you are wanting to attend, register early.

What is the dress code?

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

What is the difference between the TWIST Conference and the TWIST Breakfast?

The TWIST Breakfast is an event that happens each year to kick off the TWIST Conference. It normally features a speaker from the conference on a topic similar to the conference theme. The TWIST Breakfast is open to anyone in the community (men and women) and sells out at 250 attendees. You can buy a single ticket or a table. Attendees for the conference also receive a ticket to the breakfast as a part of the conference tuition.