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The Leadership Living Room

  • SUGAR LAKE LODGE 37584 Otis Lane Cohasset, MN, 55721 United States (map)

A Powerful Learning Experience for Women Leading in the 21st Century




The Leadership Living Room experience was designed to help women increase their personal power and courageously lead their businesses and people through challenging times. Participants will leave this experience understanding how they are currently "showing up" so they can better leverage their strengths and overcome any self-limiting beliefs that could diminish their capabilities.

This 3-Day Retreat will focus on some of the most critical capabilities that differentiate female leaders today - Emotional Intelligence, Executive Presence, Influence, and Personal Resilience. You will work one-on-one with an executive coach and a circle of female peers before, during, and after the retreat. This program builds a network of women who offer each other life-changing insights and provide ongoing accountability for taking action long after we leave The Living Room.  


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  • Insights into my personal strengths and development opportunities via MHS's EQi 360 assessment.  Receive a personalized feedback report with insights from your managers, peers, direct reports and family & friends.
  • Increased confidence and assertiveness
  • Demonstration of an executive temperament
  • Enhanced presence and influence in my organization
  • Improved resilience & ability to thrive under pressure
  • A Power Network to support the achievement of my personal and professional goals


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  • Emotional Intelligence Assessment and Personalized 360 Feedback Report
  • Private Executive Coaching sessions before, during, and after retreat
  • 3-Day All-Inclusive Retreat including lodging, delicious meals, cocktail parties, yoga and mindfulness sessions, learning materials, journal, and other special touches
  • Ongoing Networking & Support



Sugar Lake Lodge is located 3 hours North of the Twin Cities and offers a fresh perspective to our retreat participants.  You will be fully immersed in their Northwoods vibe and enjoy spectacular Fall colors as you sit alongside the crystal-blue waters of Sugar Lake.  Whether you chose to share a room or select private accommodations, you will be comfortable in one of their Lakeside Lodge Rooms or Suites.   Each day you will be invited to learn in our inspiring Leadership Living Room environment where yoga pants and ponytails are always welcome.  To learn more about this truly outstanding Minnesota resort, visit their website at

Our Approach

This is not a typical classroom experience and we don't consider ourselves traditional teachers. This is learning we create together. The Leadership Living Room experience includes the most impactful learning exercises we have found in 20+ years of training and coaching female leaders. Our highly experienced team will guide you through what feels like a "shoes off self" conversation custom designed for women business leaders in the 21st Century.

About Us

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The Leadership Living Room experience is powered by The People Side, a team of world-class facilitators and coaches, who are known for masterfully engaging leaders in conversations that help them thrive, not just survive, in this rapidly changing world. Your lead facilitator will be Candyce Penteado, founder of The People Side and thought leader in 21st Century Leadership. Candyce has personally taught over 10,000 business leaders globally and has coached hundreds of C-Suite female business leaders.  You will enjoy every minute you spend learning with her because she keeps it real and doesn't shy away from honest feedback and tough conversations.  Candyce is partnering with two powerhouse executive coaches, Michelle Newman and Jill Hauwiller, who both specialize in the development of female leaders.  Together they are a transformative and passionate team with proven results.

What Our Alumni Say...

"I gained great knowledge on how to be a better leader in the world today, both professionally and personally. What a fantastic experience. You will not find a better group of trainers and coaches. I would highly recommend going!" - Leah, Finance Leader

"I will never forget it. I learned so much and gained a network of smart, strong women who are supporting each other as we strive to balance home, work and ourselves in this crazy world. Thank you to the team at The People Side for a life changing experience." - Lisa, HR Leader

"I left this experience feeling incredibly empowered and focused. The most exciting thing is that I am not losing momentum! This is the best investment I could have made in myself." - Kelli, Team Leader

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