Austin Huddle 2021

WELCOME Austin Huddle cohort!


So excited to meet you all in person and dive into your businesses in October. 

Here’s what you need to know right now to prepare for the retreat next month: 

(*See updated items as of 9/22)

*Last Things to Know (updated 9/22)

1. Be sure to print, fill out and bring the Hot Seat Worksheet with you to The Huddle and put some thought into how you’d like to use the time on your Hot Seat.

2. Thanks for voting on Skillshare topics for our meals. We’ll be discussing: PR + Partnerships + Marketing, Product Development, Finances + Cash Flow, and Social Media. The Skillshare topics have been updated in the schedule. They are during free time and are totally optional depending on your interest in the topic. Have a particular topic you feel like is your strength? Let us know if you’re interested in leading that discussion by shooting us a DM or email.

3. A couple COVID related topics: Please bring a photo (phone is fine) of your vaccination card and/or negative COVID test (within 48 hours). We might not know how we’ll feel about it until we arrive and we totally get that uncertainty. Although masks won’t be required indoors, we will have masks available to you with your welcome gift if you’d feel more comfortable wearing one. Also, rest assured our wellness therapists are all vaccinated.

4. We’ve set up a DM group on Instagram to communicate before and keep in touch after The Huddle. Please let us know if you don’t see it in your DMs, or if you’d rather use a different account for this communication.

5. Please email a copy of your vaccination card to and/or proof of a negative COVID test 48 hours before the event.

Austin Huddle Attendees

Anne Weil

Flax and Twine


Anne Weil is the creative mind behind Flax & Twine, designing weaving, knit, and crochet patterns. Anne’s clean and simple designs bring a modern and fresh approach to old techniques. Author of two books, including Knitting Without Needles and Weaving Within Reach, Anne’s projects have been published on Martha Stewart, Elle Decor, Domino, Apartment Therapy, Huffington Post, and in Koel Magazine and Mollie Makes. Anne blogs at, and sells patterns, video classes, tools and fiber at her shop

Robin Oloyede

Colorfull Plates


Robin Oloyede, native Texan, is a mother of two, wife, and churro lover. Robin has a background loaded with communications and specialized events experience. She started Colorfull Plates in 2018 to fill a void in the market when her son wanted to be an astronaut and found none that represented him. Robin prefers to ask questions instead of giving answer, loves to see life in full color and she’s always ready to learn more. Her favorite drink is old fashioned –a little sweet, a little strong, just like her personality! Also, when asked if she thinks the myth is true, Robin agrees that all native Texans have sweet tea in their veins, and she’s excited to welcome the Huddle crew to her state.

Abby Tofte

The Fisherman’s Daughter


Abby is the founder of The Big Lake, an approachable art gallery and gift shop with purposeful items that reflect the beauty and culture of the north shore of Lake Superior. Abby is also the co-founder of The Fisherman’s Daughter, a fresh caught fish+chips restaurant, harbortown market and deli. In both of her businesses, Abby is passionate about helping employees find meaning and joy in their work, as well as providing an opportunity for small vendors, makers, fishermen and artists to grow their revenue through partnership with The Big Lake and The Fisherman’s Daughter.

Renée Mytar

Band of Outlaws


As a child Renée Mytar unwittingly styled herself as a robot for a school science fair believing she had created science. Clearly a creative, she uses her experience in fashion, advertising, and sales to champion the confidence of small to medium businesses through visual messaging and creative branding with strategic marketing, identity empowerment, and graphic design. Renée Mytar is the owner of Band of Outlaws, an unconventional creative and branding agency based in Los Angeles, CA.

Amy Finnegan

Wild Ivy Blow Dry Bar


Amy knows very little about styling hair, but a lot about having hair that’s difficult to style. Opening a blow dry bar is a dream come true for her, especially after spending over a decade wearing a permanent ponytail while she wrote novels at home in her pajamas. She is the author of Not in the Script, published by Bloomsbury, and LOVES traveling.

Kate Keeble

The Fisherman’s Daughter


Kate is an energetic chef who has made a lifestyle combining her love of food and hospitality with the culture of Northern Minnesota. Kate grew up in Northwestern Wisconsin to a hard working family, spending her time cooking, baking and enjoying the small town lifestyle. After culinary college, and training with professional chefs and bakers in the Twin Cities, she now resides with her family in Grand Marais, MN. Kate owns a hostel and two restaurants, and is about to open a third. She continues to enjoy the small town lifestyle, and inspires others with her work ethic, cooking and creativity

Stacey Holmes

Steel Blade Men’s Salon


Born and raised in the Southwest, Stacey has found her calling as a local men’s salon owner. She has been doing hair for 30 years. In her free time, she likes to travel, take photos, and read about business. Being one of the owners of the salon is a dream come true for Stacey! She is also an avid coffee connoisseur.

Alexis Commodore



Alexis was first introduced to the role of Doula by a coworker in 2017. The following weekend she took a DONA Birth Doula training at Harvard. Alexis quickly became enamored by the physiology and spirituality of the birth experience.
Alexis runs a Femtech company called BirthX. Alexis is also a Full Spectrum Birth Worker and Herbalist and she entered this world looking to serve her community. She is excited to support people in a new capacity and loves to teach others about childbirth and maternal and child health. She also supports and teaches self advocacy and bodily autonomy while navigating the health care system.
When Alexis is not attending births or working on BirthX, she can be found reading books, attending to her plants, taking pictures, and making medicine. One day Alexis aspires to be a midwife but she is currently enjoying her journey getting there.

Jen Kane

Jen Kane


Jen Kane is an integrative life and mindset coach for women doing really cool things in the world. But pretty much anyone who’s ever been in her zoom room just calls her a magician. She believes that every woman (especially the highly ambitious) needs a place to come set it all down, sort through it, and decide what to do next. Leaving you feeling lighter, more joyful, and ready to go make your mark.

Anita Beccera

Nita Cole


Anita Becerra is a mixed media artist based in San Antonio,Texas. Her work spans from public sculptures, to private collections and museum curation throughout the state of Texas. Becerra primarily works with ceramics and is the creator of Nita Cole, a modern ceramic homeware and jewelry collection. Becerra practices minimalism and uses her work, from the functional to the fine art, to bring awareness and critical thinking to social justice issues, melding the boundaries of conceptualization into form and function.

Fiona Montgomery

Dodo Banana


Fiona Montgomery is a co-founder of the children’s organic pima cotton pajama company Dodo Banana. Launched in October 2019, Dodo Banana combines the highest standard of quality with an emphasis on ethical sourcing and manufacturing, all designed with original hand-illustrated artwork. Prior to launching Dodo Banana, Fiona owned the beloved NoLIta (NYC) design shop, Thomas Sires. During the shop’s eight years, she designed its namesake women’s clothing collection along with children and home goods and oversaw the buying, merchandising, and curation. Fiona has worked in fashion for over 20 years and has experience in many aspects of the industry, including public relations, marketing, and sales, as well as sourcing, design, and production. Fiona now lives in San Francisco with her husband, their son and daughter, Max and Elinor, and their faithful Norwich Terrier, Ivy.

Alyssa Hoersten

Alyssa Kristin


Alyssa is the owner and founder of Alyssa Kristin, a Chicago-made bridal line for the modern bride. After starting her career in public accounting, Alyssa traded financials for fabric when she made her own wedding dress and launched her business. The Alyssa Kristin line is sold in over 70 stores across 8 countries.

Austin Huddle Mentors and Staff

Liz Stanley, director and founder

The Huddle and Say Yes

@thehuddle_co and @sayyesblog

For the last 12 years Liz has worked in publishing and content creation at (@sayyesblog). But little known fact: She also has a MA in Counseling Psychology. Her desire to help and connect women has always been second nature.

Originally from a suburb of NYC, her husband and three children recently relocated from Oakland, CA to Bozeman, Montana and have been fully embracing their new outdoors-focused life there in Big Sky country.

Jill Dempsey, entrepreneur and venture capitalist

Jill Dempsey has 15 years of experience in growth stage multi-national companies.  Currently, she is CEO of VUE and Managing Director of J12 Equity www.J12.LA. Jill has been in the role of CEO, COO, CFO, and Board Member for numerous companies across various industries. In addition, Jill was Partner at Dolphin Capital, a leading private equity firm.  She is focused on leading long term value creation in growth stage companies. This is her 4th time coming as a Huddle mentor!

Anjelika Temple, creative director and brand strategist


Anjelika Temple is an artist, writer and entrepreneur who’s made a career out of helping folks unlock their creativity, find courage and forge their own path. As Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer at Brit + Co, she spent a decade creating content, product lines, and experiences to help women do just that. Anj serves as an advisor to several female-founded companies including Consciously, Mighty Kind and Upbring, Mother Honestly, and Rebel Girls. A newly minted consultant, Anj is currently moonlighting as the Interim Head of Content at Ellen and Creative Director at Havenly. She is passionate about storytelling (aka content strategy!), creative expression and brand voice, and loves to jump quickly from high level vision to detailed production and execution.

Jamie Greenwood, self care and leadership coach

Jamie Greenwood Coaching


Jamie Greenwood is a self-care and leadership coach and the founder of Homecoming, a 6 month group coaching program that teaches big-dreaming, high-achieving women how to take exquisite care of themselves, without an ounce of guilt. With over 14 years coaching experience, Jamie specializes in helping women get really clear on who they are, how they want to live and then actually doing it on their own terms. When Jamie’s not coaching, writing or speaking, you can find her running after her 4 year old and 2 year old daughters and wondering what’s for dinner.

Jen Pinkston, facilitator and Huddle Alum

La Paloma


Jen Pinkston is the founder and CEO of La Paloma, a line of artful pieces for women and kids to sleep, lounge and play. Prior to starting La Paloma, Jen worked as a wardrobe stylist on The Ellen DeGeneres Show before building her own styling business focused on commercial and advertising work. In 2010, Jen launched the blog– it continues to be a thriving community today, 11 years later. In 2016 Jen moved back to her hometown of Austin, Texas with her husband and two daughters.

Travel Planning and Schedule

The event starts Sunday October 3rd 5:30pm and ends Wednesday October 6th at 11am.


Check-in begins at 4pm on the 3rd. Please plan your travel accordingly so you don’t miss any of the event!


Address below:

The Wayback
9601 Bee Caves Rd.
Austin, TX 78733


Once you’re at The Wayback all food, activities, open bar :), everything is fully taken care of. We’re so excited to spend this time together to focus, connect, self reflect, and grow our businesses together.



You can see a final version of  the schedule here.

Hot Seat Worksheet

Hot Seat Worksheet. Please print it out, fill it out, and bring with you to The Huddle.


A few Hot Seat notes: We are dividing into two groups for our Hot Seats and will try to do this as thoughtfully as possible. The Hot Seat is an opportunity to have a group of other female business owners and mentors dive into your business specifically. We want you to use this time to be MOST beneficial to you.


Generally, the first few minutes are spent working through the worksheet for the group to understand you and your business and then the rest of the hour is spent brainstorming and solving whatever problems and challenges you want to address.


YOU are in charge of the topics and direction, and absolutely DO NOT need to dive into areas you don’t wish to discuss. Many find it beneficial to discuss the financials of your business and some bring spreadsheets to share, as we’ve found there is very little opportunity to do so outside of The Huddle. However, it’s absolutely not required.


Liz and Jen as facilitators will help keep things on track to reach your goals for your Hot Seat with a Hot Seat prep meeting beforehand.

*Hot Seat groups and times will be posted Monday morning October 4th.


Please fill out the survey below for mobile spa treatment selection, Skillshare topics, and dietary restrictions.


Find the survey here.

*Everyone has completed. Thanks!


COVID-19 Precautions

The Huddle Team is actively monitoring the COVID-19 situation in the Austin area and the following safety guidelines may change as the event gets closer: 

Upon arrival, we will require proof of full vaccination and/or a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of the retreat start date to attend The Huddle. Although most of you may be vaccinated, we still strongly encourage everyone arriving with a negative COVID-19 beforehand so we can be certain we aren’t transmitting anything.

Any wellness personnel that come into the home will also be required to show proof of vaccination and/or negative COVID test. 


*Please email a copy of your vaccination card to and/or proof of a negative COVID test 48 hours before the event.


We will mostly be meeting in outdoor spaces for sessions and meals.



*Packing List

What to wear: Totally up to you but we are generally pretty casual. You maybe want something a bit nicer for Sunday and Monday dinners,  and remember: headshots are happening Monday evening too.

It’ll be pretty hot (mid 80s), with a chance of rain on Sunday, so be sure to pack layers and some rain gear in case!

A few special items to consider bringing: swimsuit, laptop, water bottle, athletic attire if you’re planning on doing yoga Monday and Tuesday mornings, notebook and pen, your Hot Seat Worksheet (see section above), open heart and mind!

*Group Norms


Find our Huddle Group Norms here. We strive to create a truly inclusive and safe place to learn and grow your business. Look over the norms beforehand, and we’ll discuss more when you arrive.


Feel free to reach out Liz at with any questions or clarifications. Big or small!


See you SOON!


xoxo, Liz + The Huddle team