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Learning and Leading in Guatemala in October 29th-November 5th

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Guatemala’s stunning geography and deeply rooted Mayan culture provide a gorgeous backdrop from which to unplug, welcome provocative ideas and have exciting experiences that spark unforgettable conversations and forge new bonds, all in beautiful settings of volcanoes, mountains, lakeside villages and sacred sites. Our unique itinerary provides the time and space to breath, reflect, connect and birth a new vision for your personal sustainability, legacy, and impact.

Why Travel With How Women Lead?


Our retreats are thoughtfully & intentionally curated to foster deep connections among 20 high-impact women, helping each one birth a new vision for her leadership & legacy. 

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Our guided leadership journey helps you uncover an inspired view of your role as a woman leader and a new space in your mind to propel your dreams and aspirations.

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Our guided leadership journey helps you uncover an inspired view of your role as a woman leader and a new space in your mind to propel your dreams and aspirations.

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A mere 4.5 hour flight takes you to beautiful Guatemala, one of the most mystical places in Central America. Guatemala’s stunning geography and deeply rooted Mayan culture provide a gorgeous backdrop from which to explore and welcome new ideas. 

Our Guatemala retreat offers amazing opportunities to reflect on your journey so far, connect with amazing women and experience a beautiful connection of your mind, heart and spirit. Over the course of the week, we’ll look inward to challenge the perceptions we have about ourselves, and outward to reconsider our ideas about Latin America and the world around us. We are designing a journey with YOU in mind, with time to see, experience, reflect and connect. We know that traveling opens minds, hearts and souls to reflection and curiosity, so we're curating an experience that will open your heart to new and interesting perspectives about your life and how you show up in the world. 

You’ll leave Guatemala with a new appreciation of history and culture, and an inspired view of your role as a woman leader, and a new space in your mind to propel your dreams and aspirations. Come and experience it all with How Women Lead!


  • Travel with local guides and meet with local leaders in How Women Lead's network

  • Meet Mayan women artisans helping ancient artistry flourish through their traditional weaving 

  • Tour “Iximché”, a pre-Colombian archeological city dotted with Mayan pyramids and temples

  • Learn how to cook authentic Guatemalan faire during a hands-on, woman-led culinary class

  • Visit Chichicastenango, one the most vibrant, mystical markets in Central America

  • Relax in lakeside villages surrounded by volcanoes



Mystical Market

A photographer's dream, the market in Chichicastenango is a kaleidoscope of color and movement with household items, traditional weavings, medicinal herbs and religious artifacts all squeezed into the tiny stalls that take over the central plaza. The market is also home to Santo Tomas Church, a 400 year old temple where Catholic and Mayan traditions are practiced side by side in a truly mystical atmosphere.

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Lake Atitlan

Volcano Views

Nestled in the Guatemalan highlands, Lake Atitlan offers stunning volcano views and mystical surprises around every corner. Relax in lakeside villages and explore indigenous communities.

Antigua, Guatemala

World Heritage Site

A UNESCO world heritage site, Antigua serves as a creative and intercultural hub where colonial, indigenous and latino traditions merge against a backdrop of volcanic views and cobblestone streets lined with markets, artisan studios and art galleries.

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Our Curated Connections & Experience:





personalizing your leadership journey

Our team of leadership coaches and consultants will get to know you before the trip so that we meet your own priorities for the travel, the leadership and person-to-person experience, as well as your perspective and vision for global women’s leadership. This will give us the information and develop a framework for your compelling leadership journey and provide us with information to share with others on the trip.



Before the trip we will suggest a variety of books and articles that are optional but can help you get the most out of the trip. We will bring great books and articles for you to share throughout the week about Guatemala, its arts, romanticism, culture, and politics.


We have secured the services of a very experienced Guatemalan tour operator, who in addition to our own local contacts, is customizing the person to person exchanges and Guatemalan travel for us. They will have expert guides who will give us first class support so we can focus on enjoying Guatemalan and our own leadership journey.

Returning refreshed, inspired, & connected.

Our vision is that through this shared experience, we will return home as a powerful, connected force capable of transforming our communities and businesses and elevate the lives of women. In addition to the retreat, quarterly follow-up gatherings will solidify breakthroughs and professional connections, with an analysis of progress at the one-year anniversary.

  • Expert guides with deep knowledge and broad connections in Guatemala

  • Skilled facilitators to help guide your personal leadership journey

  • Deep connection with fellow high-caliber women leaders

  • Hotel, travel within Guatemala and most meals

  • Leadership curriculum materials

  • Entrance fees to special excursions

* Based on double room occupancy

Not Included
  • Airfare to & from Guatemala

  • Tips and alcoholic beverages

  • Travel insurance

  • Additional, optional activities not listed in itinerary

  • ​Additional $800 single room supplement

We have 20 spots available on a first come, first serve basis.

Contact to reserve your spot & submit a non-refundable $500 deposit.

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Trip Leaders

We are so excited to be leading you on this trip as we connect with ourselves and each other!

Fellow Travelers


Driven by a personal loss at a young age, I developed a passion for science, innovation, and healthcare.

I am a board member, a senior executive in biotech and pharma, and a recognized expert in generating value through scaling companies, business transformation, risk management, and strategic business.

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Jennifer Lee


Women's Financial Strategies
Divorce Financial Planning
Domestic Partner Planning
Retirement Planning Strategies
Estate Planning Strategies
Family Finances

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Herminia Ojeda


Executive level Life Science professional with more than 30 years of cross-functional experience in areas critical to the success of emerging and established healthcare companies, including: development of presentations for investors, project evaluation, planning and management, strategic portfolio planning, management and integration, business development, operations contracting, and operations re-engineering to optimize productivity. 

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Elise Brownell


As the CHRO in private or publicly traded companies, I lead all things ✦People✦. I build and execute the people strategy to enable the business, usually reporting to the CEO and assisting the board of directors as needed.

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Nadine Greiner


Experienced C-level executive leader and Board member with a demonstrated track record of leading high impact performance transformation and who values and exhibits integrity, excellence, transparency, and service to others, and who has a demonstrated record of solving complex legal and business issues in highly regulated industries. 

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Shannon Hansen

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I am a social justice, human rights and crime victims' rights attorney with cases involving children, women, refugees, and survivors of domestic violence, torture, and human trafficking. I am inspired and driven by the strength, courage and grace of my clients.

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Rose Mukhar

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