Guest House Retreat and Conference CenterGuest House Retreat and Conference Center
Guest House Retreat and Conference CenterGuest House Retreat and Conference Center

The premier retreat and conference experience of Cultivating Our Sisterhood International Association, Inc. (COSIA), a top-rated women's empowerment nonprofit on GreatNonprofits.com.

To Register for the 2014 Retreat & Conference click the Eventbrite button below

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Theme: Cultivating Next Level Women

Friday, August 8, 2014 to Sunday, August 10, 2014

Guest House Retreat and Conference Center
318 West Main Street
Chester, Connecticut 06412-1026

The 2014 Annual Retreat and Conference will take place at the Guest House Retreat and Conference Center (http://guesthousecenter.org/) in Chester, CT.

The Guest House Retreat and Conference Center offers a wonderful location for rest and relaxation. While you are at the Guest House Center, you will have access to the hiking trails, lakes, tennis courts and other amenities.

The town of Chester, CT is the place to experience old time New England and is just a short drive away from the Mystic Aquarium, the Connecticut waterfront, and the Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets.

Guest House Retreat and Conference CenterGuest House Retreat and Conference Center
Guest House Retreat and Conference CenterGuest House Retreat and Conference Center
Guest House Retreat and Conference CenterGuest House Retreat and Conference Center

Lodging/Attendance Options (all costs per person):

Two-night stay, from Friday, August 8, 2014 through Sunday, August 10, 2014.
One-night stay beginning the night of Friday, August 8, 2014 OR Saturday, August 9, 2014 (single occupancy and double occupancy options available).
Conference Day only August, 9, 2014 (Saturday arrival and departure)

Retreat costs include:
•3 meals per room night (also applies to conference day only);
•Registration bag, badges, and other materials;
•Conference center parking;
•Workshop and networking sessions;
•One year of voting level COSIA membership.

To Register for the 2014 Retreat & Conference click the Eventbrite button below
Starting July 26 and continuing until August 8, register for the conference day only attendance package for $100!

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Our women-only retreat provides an opportunity for guests to relax, refresh, refocus, and renew with a diverse group of positive women without the distractions of television, cell phones, and computers.

Attend our leadership-centered workshops, network during our meet-and-greet sessions, and relax during our game night and other fun activities.

Scheduled Presenter: Annette Johnson

Annette Johnson, The FLY Coach, is a motivational speaker, empowerment and leadership coach for women, and international radio show host. Annette has spent over 20 years in a fortune 500 company, traveling the world, helping leaders strengthen their skills. Today, Annette uses her corporate experience to help women unleash their leadership potential. Annette believes that every woman is a leader. She has a keen ability to connect with women using her authentic and humorous style. She believes that leadership does not end or begin with a title. Effective leadership requires an inside-out approach. Annette says, “If you want to see yourself more clearly, look inward.” She discovered that leadership is essential for empowered living and personal success. Annette uses personal development tools, life coaching principles, and strategic planning concepts to help clients create a vision, personal mission statement, and action plan. Learn more about Annette at www.theflycoach.com.

Her credentials include:

• BS, Organizational Leadership - Nyack School of Business and Leadership
• iPEC Graduate and Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner
• Over 20 years experience in leadership development for corporate and non-profit organizations
• Author of "FLY - Forgive and Love Yourself: A Path to Letting Go and Living with Inner Peace"
• Women’s empowerment radio show, FLY Conversation, which airs live every 1st & 3rd Sunday, at 7 - 8 pm, est. on BlogTalkRadio.com.
• Certified in Meditation, Conflict Dynamics, MBTI, and 360 Degree Feedback

Scheduled Presenter: Elizabeth Franceschi

After serving 25 years at the New York City Fire Department, rising to the rank of Captain and surviving 911, Elizabeth Franceschi quickly learned the true essence of leadership. Based on her valuable lessons and leadership principles, she now teaches fellow leaders how to turn failures into successes. Her achievements include leading seven specialty units within FDNY which include, but are not limited to, FDNY HazTac Battalion, FDNY Fire Dignitary Protection, and FDNY Fire Department Operations Center.

Additionally, in the 2008, she contributed to Toastmaster International, a public speaking, non-profit organization by serving on the Toastmaster Advisory Board. Moreover in 2009, FDNY nominated her for the DCAS Leadership Institute, where she created and led and “FDNY/EMS Employee Retention Intiative”. And most recently, in 2013, Elizabeth led Dignity Universal’s Pioneers, a youth leadership group. Her continuous involvement in leadership sparked a deep passion for discussing and teaching leadership theories, concepts, and frameworks that has continued to develop even further.
As a result of her interest, in 2013, Elizabeth founded the Leadership Mastery Academy (LMA), a leadership academy where leaders meet to learn and develop their personal and professional leadership skills. Her personal mission is to bring out the leadership within each individual. Today, Elizabeth leads workshops with COSIA (New York Chapter), and the Hunter Business School, where she shares how she became the recipient of the 911 Rescuer Award and Hurricane Sandy Ribbon.


The COSIA Women's Leadership Retreat is sponsored by Cultivating Our Sisterhood International Association, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on building sisterhood among diverse groups of women through networking events, goal-oriented workshops, and volunteering and fundraising activities for charitable causes.

We welcome women age 18 and older, from all backgrounds and levels of experience to join us.

Getting There:

The Guest House is easily accessible by car for local participants, and directions can be found at the Guest House Web site at http://guesthousecenter.org/page/4441-Location.

By Train

Guest House is located about ten minutes from the Old Saybrook train station. Amtrak and Metro North both stop there, and from the station you can take a taxi to Guest House. From New York City it is approximately a 2 hour train trip; from Boston it takes approximately 2 hours. When you schedule your trip, please keep in mind that Amtrak is frequently late. Metro North is more reliable.

Metro North / Shore Line East Railroad: NYC to Old Saybrook, CT
For the Metro North / Shore Line East schedule, click here.

Amtrak: To Old Saybrook, CT
For the Amtrak schedule, click here.

CAR-MAC (private car service from Old Saybrook train station to Guest House): 860-388-2842
- Price: $40 each way for up to 4 people

While the facility is accessible via a combination of Amtrak and/or the Metro-North Railroad and a car service, we recommend driving and/or car rental to fully explore the Chester area.

For Long-Distance Guests: Guest House is conveniently located near three major airports. We do recommend car rental to fully explore the area. Get additional travel information via the Guest House site at http://guesthousecenter.org/page/4441-Location.

For more information, contact:

  • Jenifer Lee-Gonyea at jenifer@cosia.net;
  • COSIA Main Office: (877) 947-3007.

What to expect:
•Meet an inspiring group of women;
•Develop, enhance, and/or critically review your personal and professional life goals and objectives;
•Network with a diverse group of professionals; and
•Relax, refresh and renew with our fun networking activities;


Who are the speakers at the event?

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Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

This event is open to all women age 18 and older.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Get driving directions and other travel information via the Guest House site at http://guesthousecenter.org/page/4441-Location. Parking is free for all of our guests.

What should I wear?

Comfortable and casual attire are encouraged. Leave the heels at home.

What type of activities are available at Guest House?

Please visit the Guest House Web site to learn more about amenities and available activities at http://guesthousecenter.org/page/4580-FAQ-s.

What can't I bring to the event?

In accordance with Guest House regulations, pets, candles, and other items may not be permitted at the non-smoking facility. To learn more, visit http://guesthousecenter.org/page/4580-FAQ-s.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

For more information, contact us at info@cosia.net or call (877) 947-3007. You may also visit https://www.cultivatingoursisterhood.net/.

What is the refund policy? Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

To keep our events affordable for the greatest number of guests, we limit costs by offering non-refundable deeply discounted rates for the annual conference. However, your registration/ticket is transferrable to the eligible woman of your choice.

How do I make an installment payment for the retreat if I have registered on Eventbrite?

Installment payments are available to Early Bird registrants. Early Bird registration is now closed but will open again in November 2014. See you at the conference!

Is there anything else I should know?

By submitting your nonrefundable payment, you agree to indemnify and hold harmless Cultivating Our Sisterhood International Association, Inc. d.b.a. COSIA, its officers, employees and agents for any and all injury, loss, cost, or expense arising out of your participation in COSIA events activities or travel to and from such activities, or otherwise resulting from your use of event facilities. COSIA assumes no responsibility for any loss, damage, or theft of any personal property brought onto the premises by any COSIA event guests, volunteers, and/or participants.

By submitting your payment, you also acknowledge that you have received, read, understood, and agreed to abide by the terms and conditions posted on the COSIA Website, COSIA membership guidelines, and the notice of photography, audio, and video recording. Fees are nonrefundable and registrants will receive confirmation of payment via e-mail. Capacity controls are in effect for all events and registrations will be confirmed on a first-come first-served basis. If you have any questions, e-mail us at info@cosia.net or call 1.877.947.3007.

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