New York Huddle 2022


Bookmark this page for intros, and all the info you need for our NY Huddle

Here are the gorgeous headshots and group shots from Benedicte!

If you could, please tag Benedicte when you share these. Thank you!


1.  The address of the estate where we’re hosting The Huddle is:
4170 North Route 9W
Saugerties, NY 12477
Check-in begins at 3pm on the 25th. Please plan your travel accordingly so you don’t miss any of the event.

2. Shuttle Update: If you’re interested in snagging the shuttle spot, please email us! If you’re on the shuttle already, look for an email next week about specifics. UPDATE: Shuttle is full. Email us about a waitlist.

3. If you are vaccinated, please email a photo of your vax card to If not, please be prepared to show a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours upon arrival at the event.

4. Here is the final Retreat Schedule! You’ll receive a prettier version in your welcome bag as well, so no need to print it out. Just get excited!

5. 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. You’ll be able to meet with your facilitator and mentor before the session to solidify your topics. More details further down the page on Hot Seats.

6. Thanks for voting on Skillshare topics for our meals. We’ll be discussing: PR + Partnerships, Social Media + Marketing, Product Development + Roadmapping, and Mindset/Mental Health.  The sessions are during free time and are totally optional depending on your interest in the topic. We’ll also have a full group session with Jill on Finances + Cash Flow. 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.


7. 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.


8. The evening you arrive you’ll have a chance to sign up for time slots for your 1:1 coaching session, massage treatment, and headshot with our in-house photographer. Wednesday morning you’ll find out your Hot Seat time slot and which cohort/mentor you’re assigned as well.


9. Packing Tips. Forecast might be a bit rainy so be prepared for layers and warm clothing, but we’ll mostly be indoors.  Low is 40 degrees, high is mid 60s.

Be sure to bring:

-Comfortable clothes to move in for yoga, a lighthouse walk (weather permitting), and an indoor soundbath meditation.

-Some ladies like to dress up a bit for the dinners, and we do have one evening out at a charming restaurant in town. So perhaps something a little extra if you feel so inclined?

-A bathing suit for the sauna.

-Otherwise, whatever is comfortable and cozy for you!

-Your filled out Hot Seat worksheet.

-A computer, notebook + pen (although we might have some Huddle swag for you too!), water bottle, and an open mind and connected spirit!


10. In case of travel emergencies or other day-of needs, here are our cell numbers:

Liz 4153091896
Kristin 6179016965

11. Jill would love all of us to read this Harvard Business Review article prior to coming, in preparation for her Business Strategy and Foundational Development session.

We’re so excited to spend this time to focus, connect, self reflect, and grow our businesses together. Can’t wait to meet you all in person!

NY Huddle Attendees

Erin Woodward

The Gloss Book Club


Born in the small town of Lindsay, Ontario Erin Woodward wasn’t meant for small towns. Travel started at the young age of 10 and she’s now visited more than 50 countries and lived in 5.  Working in boutique PR firms she made her way into Travel PR and became the Global Head of Communication for Global Boutique Hotel Collection Small Luxury Hotels of the World out of London and New York. In 2008, as a passion project she launched The Gloss Book Club which grew extensively over the next 14 years. The Book Club is now the largest of its kind operating in 150 communities across 15 countries with over 150,000 members worldwide.

Shannon McQueen

Home Generation


Shannon currently lives in DC with her husband and two kids. Shannon is the Founder of Home Generation, an organization that helps people create a plan for home ownership and building generational wealth through real estate. Shannon could talk all day about late night Zillow scrolling, design, historical homes, and her kids.

Benedicte Lassalle

Benedicte Lassalle Photography


Benedicte Lassalle is a French born enthusiast outdoor and adventure photographer. She works with brands to assist them in bringing their company’s story and personality forward. Her photography aesthetic is a blend of journalistic and editorial style – documenting real, authentic moments in a natural, candid way. She has made a career out of my lifelong wanderlust and curiosity to discover inspiring, off-beat places. She is based in Oakland,CA, mom of 2, and always ready for an adventure.

Lisa Kiser



Lisa Kiser is the founder and CEO of UpBring, a baby product subscription company on a mission to ensure parents are product prepared and worry-free. She is also the VP of Beacon Adhesives, a world renowned adhesive manufacturer. Lisa lives in NYC with her partner, Cam, and their two kids, Quinn (2.5 yo) and Milo (9mos and a heart warrior). She has a background in marketing, advertising, and production, as well as manufacturing and is excited to share her experiences with the group. Lisa is an avid cook (but always sticks to a recipe), loves hiking and skiing, and introducing her kids to NYC.

Stacy Luck

Stacy Luck Life Coach


Stacy Luck is a Certified Life Coach and Human Resource Manager with a focus on People & Culture. With a great set of ears, Stacy has always been a curious listener who can’t help but ask questions that challenge. When she’s not at her desk surrounded by houseplants, she is outside in her garden relishing in the fruits of her labour.

Liz Pogue

Senita Athletics


Liz is the Owner & CEO of Senita Athletics, a women’s activewear brand focused on designing products that are inclusive, accessible and most importantly, inspire every woman to feel her best. Originally from Indiana, Liz is focused on intersecting her Midwest values with her consulting background to disrupt the over-priced and over-influenced activewear industry by prioritizing transparent pricing and community. Liz enjoys spending quality time with her husband and 9 month old daughter Peyton, traveling to new places, reading, wine tasting and exploring new restaurants.

Camille Osborn

Kalynn Tupa

Modern Craft Labs


Kalynn has always had a love for creating, crafting, and making.  Her company Modern Craft Labs offers an outlet to share her passion with a loyal worldwide customer base of artisans including candlemakers, gardeners, and hobbyists. After living in New York City, Austin, Portland, and Seattle, Kalynn now resides in her home city of San Antonio, Texas with her husband and two kids.

Marguerite Manaresi

Home Design with Heart & The Cosmic Affair Podcast


Marguerite started renovating when her family moved into a nearly 200 year old Colonial house. She was removing wallpaper and learning how to tile alongside her mother as early as 10 years old. Many years later, after a decade long career and Ed.D. (ABD) in education, she stepped away to start designing and renovating historic homes in her community, especially those which has been long forgotten and forlorn. Through her business, Home Design with Heart, she brings intention and purpose to a field that commonly cuts corners in the name of profit. The focus is on beautiful aesthetic alongside function and affordability while adding value to the community to provide families with homes to create their most cherished memories. This year, Marguerite has expanded into short-term rentals by acquiring a historic inn to provide accommodations for guests to experience the local community and she plans to include a shop that features local artisans, The Bay Avenue Manor. Marguerite also co-hosts a podcast, The Cosmic Affair, where the hosts explore the human experience through the unique lens of two minority women as they delve into personal and spiritual development. Marguerite lives in New Jersey with her 4 year old little boy, Emerson, who is by her side through all the adventures.

Lucy Bedewi

My Write Hand Woman


Lucy is the copywriter behind the brand My Write Hand Woman. She specializes in writing personality-packed copy that converts for women-run businesses. She started her business straight out of college at age 21 with the mission of empowering female entrepreneurs. She’s the writer behind international corporations, fast-growth start-ups, world-famous bakeries, well-known coaches, and many creative entrepreneurs. She uses the client’s brand voice, a conversational style, and humor to help companies stand out online, create a fun brand presence, and scale much faster.

Abby Combs



Abby Combs, owner of E-Studios, fell in love with the world of Digital Marketing and specially email marketing, after her son Easton passed away at birth. While her 2 older kids were at school all day, Abby found an opportunity to work for a small business that was rapidly growing and seized that chance to get out of the house and think about something else besides the loss of her son for brief moments throughout the day. Abby now helps dozens of small businesses with their digital marketing efforts, creating organized marketing plans to help female small business owners win back more time in their day to do what they feel called to do and create the life they want to live. E-Studios offers email marketing management and strategy sessions, social media management, Shopify website builds and maintenance, and 1:1 consulting services.

Jayme Kennerknecht

Maura De Raedt

Property Collective


Maura is the principal broker-owner of the luxury boutique real estate brokerage, Property Collective and the business manager for the top producing sales team she runs with her husband, the De Raedt Team. They are consistently ranked among the top teams in Virginia and sell over 150 homes each year. Outside of real estate sales, Maura designs and renovates homes, owns a portfolio of rental properties and loves spending time with her two little ones, Colette and Wesley at her beach house in North Carolina.

NY 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.

Mimi Chan, serial entrepreneur and mentor


Mimi Chan, a serial entrepreneur, is the founder and CEO of Littlefund, a fintech savings platform acquired by UNest. Prior to Littlefund, Mimi launched Thread, a fashion street style app and Pencils of Promise, an education non-profit organization serving more than 100,000 students between Laos, Nicaragua, Ghana, and Guatemala. Mimi currently is working on thinking small- pun intended for her two daughters and a new small business venture in home design and shopping.

Jill Dempsey, entrepreneur and mentor

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 6th time coming as a Huddle mentor!

Ali Dunn, leadership coach

Ali Dunn Coaching


Ali Dunn is a facilitator, speaker, and empowerment coach for creative and ambitious entrepreneurs and professionals. A former sales executive turned ICF certified coach, Ali’s highest intention is to help women overcome self-doubt, perfectionism, and burnout by stepping out of their comfort zone and into their power. Trained at the Berkeley Executive Training Institute and in Dare to Lead©, Ali’s clients walk away feeling confident and inspired, both personally and professionally, with a toolkit for self trust and a mindset to match.

Ali also serves as a mentor coach at The Hivery, The Cru and Women for Change, and feels most at home when the sun is shining and her coffee is strong.

Kristin Cantu, Huddle community manager and facilitator

Well Told Films and The Huddle

Kristin is passionate about making sure women in entrepreneurial and professional spaces succeed. In 2020, she launched a mentorship program for professional women in Central Vermont. She co-owns Well Told Films, a film and video production company, with her husband. She also co-founded The Vermont Production Collective, a nonprofit organization that connects professionals in the film, video, photography, sound & graphics industries in Vermont.

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 Kristin as facilitators, and the mentors will help keep things on track to reach your goals for your Hot Seat with a Hot Seat prep meeting beforehand.



If you haven’t yet, please fill out the survey below for mobile spa treatment selection, Skillshare topics, and dietary restrictions.


Find the survey here.

COVID-19 Precautions  

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. 




*Packing List

Forecast might be a bit rainy so be prepared for layers and warm clothing, but we’ll mostly be indoors.  Low is 40 degrees, high is mid 60s.
Comfortable clothes to move in for yoga, a lighthouse walk (weather permitting), and an indoor soundbath meditation.
Some ladies like to dress up a bit for the dinners, and we do have one evening out at a charming restaurant in town. So perhaps something a little extra if you feel so inclined?
A bathing suit for the sauna.
Otherwise, whatever is comfortable and cozy for you!
Other things to bring: Your filled out Hot Seat worksheet, a computer, notebook + pen (although we might have some Huddle swag for you too!), water bottle, and an open mind and connected spirit!


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