A 3 Day Retreat

For Coaches, Writers & Entrepreneurs


Do you feel a burning passion to share your story, message, mission in a way that changes lives?

Do you know you have a book in you but feel overwhelmed about how to start, to write/publish it –

(and worry about what your family or friends will think once you do?)

Do you worry that another year will go by and you won’t get your mission out into the world- that you won’t make the bigger impact you know you’re here to make?

Do you feel overwhelmed about how to find, inspire and provide transformation for the people you are here to serve? 

If you are seeking the clarity, professional guidance, connections, and strategies to make a bigger impact in the coming year –


If you’re reading this, likely you have been tapped by the BIG MAGIC. You have a calling to play, write, create and lead bigger this year. 

 Maybe you have been called to:

Get Clear and feel confident articulating your mission and message

Write and publish a bestselling book

Speak on conference stages

Give a TEDx talk

Find and serve the people you are here to inspire 

Help even one person who was suffering

If you’ve felt the calling to even one of these goals, join us for this transformational 3-Day Retreat where I will show you exactly how I and hundreds of our clients have done all of these things.


You are capable, worthy, important- beyond words. 

You are the only one who can bring the message you hold inside you.

There is someone sitting somewhere right now- praying for help, needing your story, your insight, your vision.

What if, instead of putting off your goals and your calling, instead of wrestling with fear, and listening to those self-doubting thoughts- you could connect to your soul, choose your next big idea, blast through those limiting thoughts, be filled with inspiration and guidance, and make a huge leap the work you are here to share?


In years past, women who attended this retreat:

Got clear and felt confident articulating their mission and message

Wrote and published bestselling books

Spoke on conference stages and virtual events- touching people around the world

Gave TEDx talks

Started movements

Helped even one person who was suffering

 The world needs your story and mission:

But what if I don’t feel like a “real” writer, never think of myself as a “thought leader”, certainly not the leader of a movement!

 I hear you! My calling started with an incessant pull to write a book and I did not feel worthy or capable of fulfilling that goal.

Here’s what was in my head: (any of this sound familiar?)

Who am I to write a book?”

“I’m not a trained writer- I don’t know what I’m doing

“Speaking on stages and TEDx is for experts- I’m not an expert”

“I don’t like the spotlight”

“I’m terrified of being judged

“I don’t even like social media- I can’t imagine building a platform, audience”

“I feel unworthy

The only way we can overcome this gap (which leads to pay gaps and other inequality for women) is to join together.

Now is your time. You’re Invited! Join us October 6-8, 2021 for WOMEN STARTING MOVEMENTS LIVE. In this truly spectacular “vortex” you’ll connect with a dynamic group of individuals on a mission to transform and inspire others as we come together to deepen, expand, and more fully unleash our positive impact on the world. 

 If you truly clarified your vision, unleashed your story, and became the author and thought leader you are here to be, you could join our clients and:

  • Double your income
  • Be seen as a leader in your field
  • Speak on the stages where you’ve previously sat in the audience
  • Appear on national podcasts
  • Serve thousands of more people
  • Uplift, transform – even save one life

At this retreat you will specifically:

Release fears of visibility, imposter syndrome, self-doubt, and what others will think

Clarify your mission and movement

Learn the four pillars of Thought Leadership

Published Writing


Audience Building/Expansion

Creating transformational products and programs 

And how to put them into action to exponentially increase your impact and income.

What Women Are Saying about WOMEN STARTING MOVEMENTS...

"Sara's events are Awesome! The Energy flowed from Sara's spirit and the atmosphere was POWERFUL!! I had many aha moments! I will be there this year!"

- Molly (Sparr, FL)

"I felt an energy, a palpable feeling of inspiration and 'can do it ness". I left feeling I could fly!"

- Margaret (Columbus, OH)

"I loved the music, inspirational stories, and space to interact and connect with each other. The whole event for me (and I go to lots of events) was professional, tasteful, great content, and high standards. I will be there again this year!"

- Janet (New York, NY)



Wednesday, October 6 – Friday October 8th, 2021


Chicago’s West Loop at Salt Flats

The Innovation House

113 N. May St.

Chicago, IL 60607

HOST HOTEL: Hyatt Hyatt House Chicago / West Loop-Fulton Market

105 N May St, Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60607


Wednesday, Oct 6th, 9 am - 5 pm CST (10 am - 6 pm EST)

Thursday, Oct 7th, 9 am - 5 pm CST (10 am - 6 pm EST)

With special bonus evening session 6 pm - 7:30 pm CST (7 pm - 8:30pm EST)

Friday, October 8th, 9 am - 3 pm CST  (10 am - 4 pm EST)


Women Starting Movement Retreat is $497

Early Registration (by July 30th) $97

*Retreat investment includes all content, materials, supplies – travel, accommodation, etc are not included.*

About Sara

Sara Connell is a bestselling author and the founder of Thought Leader Academy where she helps coaches, writers and entrepreneurs breakout as leaders in their field by becoming successful, published- even bestselling- authors and in-demand/ TEDx speakers.  Sara has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, The View, TEDx, FOX, NBC, ABC, CBS, and Katie Couric. Sara has presented at Fortune 500 and National organizations such as: Avon, Estee-Lauder, Johnson & Johnson, GE, Northwestern Hospital, Jones Lang LaSalle, and Unilever. She received the Judith Dawn Memorial Grant for fiction and has presented at Northwestern University, Printer’s Row Literary Festival, Open Books and teaches regularly at Story Studio Chicago. Her writing has appeared in: The New York Times, Forbes, Tri Quarterly, New American Legends, Good Housekeeping, and Parenting. Her first book Bringing In Finn was nominated for ELLE magazine Book of the Year.  


Check out Success Stories from our Thought Leader Clients HERE: www.saraconnell.com/thoughtleadersuccess

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