A message from Margie
Dr Margie Warrell
Executive Coach, Women’s Leadership Advocate & Bestselling Author
I’m Margie Warrell and I’m so pleased you’ve found your way to this page. I’m guessing that you, like me, have found yourself tested in whole new ways in recent times. You’re not alone. It’s why I’m so delighted to be hosting my first Live Brave Women’s Weekend since October 2019.
This weekend is for you to step back from the busyness of your life, recharge your spirit, and reset on a future that lights you up and honors the gifts you have to share in the world.
As a mom of four, I know how busy life can get and how easily we can find ourselves going through the motions, yet not living a life that inspires us on the deepest level. It’s why I began running weekends for like-minded women ten years ago. For smart, capable and creative women who don’t want to settle for less than the biggest life they’re capable of living.
My last twenty years working with women from diverse paths across the world has taught me that we women often doubt ourselves too much and back ourselves too little. It’s why I can promise you that if you join me, you’ll not only uncover the blind spots that have been holding you back but find within yourself new courage to create a life that lights you up and elevates others.
There’ll be lots of talking: some by me, some by you, and plenty with each other. You’re going to laugh. A lot! (And you may cry, a little). You’ll also get really present to the valuable lessons you’ve learned up to now (and from this pandemic) and excited about the possibilities ahead.
I don’t have all the answers. However, I’ve learned that when you stop still long enough (not easy for many women), you’ll discover that that the answers you’re looking for are within you.
Like what you need to say no to, what you need to say yes to, and what you need to let go…. often the fears and false beliefs you’ve been buying into about what you can do and what stands in your way.
All of which will take courage. And I know a thing or two about that.
Our weekend together won’t involve ziplining, chanting, or 10-step ‘secret formulas’ to ‘find your bliss’. It will, however, help you dive beneath the shallows to get ‘on purpose’ toward the biggest and bravest life you are called to live.
Armed with a powerful Why, you’ll create your own personal roadmap to step boldly into action before our weekend is even over. But not only that. You will also get to make meaningful connections while learning evidence-based strategies to:
UNCOVER the fears – conscious and unconscious – keeping you stuck
CLARIFY your Why & reimagine the highest vision for your life
RECLAIM the power you’ve surrendered to self-doubt
DEAL with critics & naysayers who pull you down (particularly those closest to you)
EMBRACE your uniqueness, speak with authority and amplify your influence in your work, leadership and life
DESIGN ‘success rituals’ to embed into your everyday life to thrive under pressure and embody grace & grit, feminine & fierce
So whether you want to begin your ‘Third Act’, grow your business, ascend the ladder or move in a wholly new direction, you’ll leave this weekend empowered to bring your bravest self to your biggest future. And who doesn’t need that?!
Is this weekend right for you?
Not sure if the Live Brave & Thrive Weekend is right for you? Fair enough. Let me tell you who it’s for (and who it’s not for… because it’s not for every woman!)
✓ It’s for women who have been putting the needs of others before themselves for so long they need help practicing self-fullness.
✓ It’s for women who don’t want to sit idly listening to dozens of speakers sharing ”tips’ but who want a highly interactive, engaging and transformative experience.
✓ It’s for women who want to dig deeper and get to the heart of what holds them back on the deepest level
✓ It’s for women who’ve been wondering ‘Where to from here?’ but are unsure or overwhelmed at where to begin.
✓ It’s for big thinking women who want to take their career/business or leadership/legacy to the next level but with less fear, more faith; less stress, more joy.
Most of all, it’s for women who don’t want to sell themselves short or settle for less than their highest point of contribution.
Who is not for? This weekend is not for women who are comfortable being comfortable or are just not ready to be challenged. Yet. We hope that’s not you.
Please note: This weekend is not a replacement for therapy but it can supplement it.
“If you want to raise your sights and take more courageous action, Margie is the perfect adrenaline-like shot of inspiration you need. A global thought leader on courage, and wonderful storyteller, Margie will have you laughing all while empowering you with practical strategies to enjoy greater professional success and personal fulfillment.”
Head of Global Search, Johnson & Johnson
Friday 5 November
Welcome and Introduction: We kick off the weekend at 5pm sharp. It’s important that you have arrived before this time as this opening session sets the foundation for the rest of the weekend. (A glass of bubbles will be in order here!)
As you will experience throughout the weekend, Margie will challenge you to both ‘rethink’ your stories that are holding you back and keeping you from taking braver actions.
Dinner:At 7pm we will adjourn for an evening reception… fine wine with plenty of finger food.
Saturday 6 November
For the early risers: At 7am we’ll take a brisk walk (and talk) on the nearby nature trail to wake up your body before breakfast. Rain plan: indoor yoga.
Morning session: We’ll kick off our morning session at 8.45am with an exercise to help you identify your ‘blind spots’ and redefine what success on your terms. This session often produces powerful ‘ah ha’ breakthrough moments.
Time to reignite your passion and reset your compass! You will be guided to reimagine with the highest vision for your life and get beneath the fears that have been holding you back. If you’ve been lacking direction, this will crystallize it and you ‘on purpose’.
Lunch: Great conversations happen over great meals shared… expect plenty of them!
Saturday afternoon:Jen Stanford will lead a special session to help you understand your personality more deeply so you can build stronger relationships and apply EQ principles and tools to resolve conflict and become a more impactful ‘change agent.’ Margie will then wrap the day up (between 3-3.30) with an exercise to integrate all your new insights and ah-ha moments.
You time… You’ll get a few hours downtime before dressing up for our evening soiree!
Saturday evening:Ladies Night Out! Saturday’s dinner is about celebrating you – your ‘flawsomeness’ and the power of sisterhood! So pack whatever makes you feel feminine, fearless and fabulous. We’ll start with a glass of bubbles before a delicious dinner and fun evening of simply celebrating who you are and every experience that’s brought you here!
Sunday 7 November
For the early risers: Back outside for another a brisk walk to laugh about our evening before. Rain plan is indoor yoga.
Morning: We will kick off again at 8.45am to explore where you need to be braver in your relationships. This morning’s session will focus on how you can build stronger, more meaningful and authentic relationships – personally and professionally. We will draw on Jen’s session to explore how to overcome the fears that keep you from having courageous conversations needed to build trust, address conflict and open new doors of opportunity in every realm.
Morning break: This will be short, but long enough to get a group photo!
After morning break you will put pen to paper to map out your plan of action (creating your Live Brave & Thrive Goal Plan!) This is your blueprint… your road map to step boldly into action and deal with the engrained habits that could get in your way staying on course toward thriving in your work, relationships, wellbeing, finances and life.
Lunch: We will break for an early lunch around 11.45am.
Closing session: We will convene at 12.30pm to wrap up the weekend with a power exercise to reinforce your commitment to living a brave life that lights you up.
Homeward bound… When the weekend concludes at 2pm you will leave recharged and excited for the new possibilities for your your life.
But your life won’t be the same. Because you won’t be the same (not quite). You’ll be stronger, lighter (from all the ‘stuff’ you’ve let go) and so much braver!
As past attendees will attest to, Margie will see to it!
Your Live Brave & Thrive Facilitator
DR MARGIE WARRELL
Forbes Columnist, Adventure Traveler,
Mother of Four, Bestselling Author, Leadership Coach,
Keynote Speaker, Women’s Advocate, PhD, Aspiring Barista
You might say that Margie was a multi-hyphenate long before it was a thing. Margie has learned a lot about embracing change, building resilience and defying self-doubt since her childhood in the Aussie bush. A global authority living and leading with courage, Margie couples 20+ years diverse experience with a deep passion for unleashing the potential that fear can hold dormant.
Margie is particularly passionate about empowering women to step into their power as change-agents and advance more to decision making tables. An honoree of the Women’s Economic Forum, Margie also loves hiking and summited Mt Kilimanjaro with her husband Andrew and their four teenage kids. Her latest book You’ve Got This! came out in March 2020, just as the pandemic surged giving her ample opportunities to put her advice to work (she says it held up:)
A member of the advisory board of Forbes School of Business & Technology, Margie has been a keynote speaker in over 20 countries and facilitates professional development programs with diverse organizations – such as NASA, Google, Amazon, UN Foundation, Morgan Stanley, Deloitte, SAP – fostering ‘cultures of courage’ that nurture more inclusive and courageous leadership, improve decision-making and accelerate growth.
In December 2020. Margie relocated from Singapore back to the USA and now lives in Alexandria, Virginia. More at MargieWarrell.com
How this weekend has changed lives…
“This weekend was a priceless opportunity to take a step back from my hectic day-to-day life and reassess my goals and priorities. Margie lead us on an inspiring journey towards finding greater purpose in our lives, free of self-imposed limitations. I loved meeting a diverse range of amazing women and cultivating new, supportive friendships and left feeling self-assured, purposeful and, most importantly, happy.”
“For a long while, I’d been playing it safe, living in denial and letting a whole bunch of fears and excuses take over my biggest dreams and desires. I would recommend this weekend to anyone who knows deep down that they have more to offer and just needs a little push to step out and Live Bravely!”
Director, Anytime Fitness
“Margie’s Live Brave Weekend was, without a doubt, one of the most inspirational weekends of my life. Margie is a rare gem in an ocean of motivational gurus and career guidance gurus. She delivers where others fail, with an approach that is not only incredibly effective but amazingly powerful.”
Founder, Blue Planet PR
“I can absolutely recommend this weekend. It was brilliant! I now live every day more bravely and treat myself far better. It’s now 12 months since the weekend and I still loved every moment. It gets my highest recommendation.”
Team Leader, Finance Industry
“I was at the point in life where I knew that if I didn't make some major changes, it would start affecting my relationships and health. This weekend gave me a starting point to once again value myself, recharge my courage, and draw on the strength of a group of amazing women to take the first steps.”
CEO, Edge Property
“I arrived at the Live Brave Weekend feeling very overwhelmed and stuck in several areas of my life. I left with a renewed clarity of direction and confidence to make the changes I’d been putting off. It was an extremely rewarding (and fun!) weekend that I cannot recommend highly enough.”
Founder, Hayes Winery
“This weekend helped me find the courage to change my life for the better, including making an extremely difficult decision. I haven’t looked black since. Margie Warrell is inspiring as are the women you meet. The strategies you learn can be applied to all aspects of your life, work, relationships etc. Would recommend to everyone.”
“The Live Brave Weekend was the perfect format for taking time out to learn more about myself and focus on my ‘Why’. Margie's authenticity combined with her very powerful insights have changed my perspective and led to huge growth in my business.”
Principal, Finsec Partners
“The Live Brave Weekend was everything I hoped for and more. I left with a renewed energy for the next big thing in my life, serenity about my current situation, and the knowledge that I really can be as brave as I need to be.”
Speaker, Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor
“Margie’s Live Brave weekend was a fantastic experience. Intuitive, down to earth and a ton of fun, Margie has a remarkable ability to identify the blind spots holding people back and help them create bigger lives than they would otherwise.”
Co-Founder Anytime Fitness | Founder, Human Kind Project
“Margie has an infectious positivity and is a wonderful teacher. Her ideas will help you succeed in whatever area of life you are struggling to find the courage to live true to yourself and make your dreams come true. What an inspiration!”
Psychotherapist and Coach
The National Conference Center, Leesburg, Virginia
This weekend is being held at the National Conference Center surrounded by the beautiful nature and countryside of Loudoun County, Virginia. If you are travelling from afar, we encourage you to come early or stay longer to enjoy all this area (only 40 miles from Washington D.C) has to offer. From wine enthusiasts to history buffs and horse lovers, there is something for everyone nearby.
Step back from the busyness of your life, recharge your spirit, and reset on a future that lights you up and honors the gifts you have to share in the world.
This weekend is fully inclusive of all accommodation, meals and drinks*:
- Attendance at all sessions starting at 5pm Friday through 2pm Sunday
- Private room
- Friday evening reception includes bubbles, wine and generous appetizers at a standup cocktail event
- Full buffet breakfast and lunch on both Saturday and Sunday
- Reception and three-course Gala Dinner on Saturday evening.
- Tea and coffee and light snacks at the back of the room.
- Live Brave journal
- EPS Identity Mapping Assessment and Workbook
- Invitation to a private Facebook community where you will receive encouragement before and long after the weekend is over
- Last, but not least, fabulous female friendships you cannot put a price on!
*Bubbles and wine included both evenings up to approx. three glasses per person. Additional can be purchased at bar.
Upon completing your registration, you will be sent a welcome letter with more information and invited to the private Facebook page where Margie & Jen will be posting videos and messages for you closer to the weekend event.
If you’re coming by car, there is plenty of on-site parking at no cost. If you’re flying in, the nearest airport is Dulles International Airport (IAD). Details of how to arrange shuttle to the venue will be provided in confirmation email.
WOMEN LIFTING WOMEN:
Margie believes that the social and economic empowerment of women is vital to addressing the world’s most pressing problems. A portion of the profits from this weekend will support the work of Women for Women in Africa, a non-profit organization that educates women and children in Kenya’s Kibera slum (one of the world’s largest urban slums) which she has been supporting since her visit there in 2016.
We are passionate about empowering women and appreciate that women sometimes find themselves in difficult financial circumstances. If you would love to attend this event but are not in the financial position to do so, we invite you to contact us and share why you believe you would be a great candidate for a partial scholarship. Email us with your application.
Our Committment to a COVID-Safe Event & Cancellation Policy
This weekend is about connection and we are committed to a safe space to share, laugh, learn and lean in. Given the fluid situation with the pandemic, we are mindful of not taking foolish risks. To that end, we will cap attendance and comply with CDC protocols. We also ask that only vaccinated people register or be able to provide a negative COVID-19 test administered within 48 hours of arrival. Margie, Jen and the events team are all fully vaccinated.
We will also be offering FULL REFUNDS for any cancellations on our part or yours based on COVID guidance, restrictions or reasons that would not allow us to have a meaningful and productive weekend. So don’t let the pandemic keep you from registering – we have your back!
Other cancellations: Cancellations made before Friday 8th October will receive a full refund less a $75 administration fee. Cancellations made between Saturday 9th October and Sunday 24th October will be reimbursed 50% of the registration fee. No refunds will be provided after Monday 25th October with the exception of stated above regarding Covid-19 situation. You may request a credit for future events. All tickets are transferable.
“I honestly know I would never have achieved my goals and be loving life if it wasn’t for attending this weekend with Margie. I was tired of not moving forward and wanted to drill down to what was holding me back and stopping me from taking the next step.
I had carried an idea with me for over seven years… to create a range of activewear for curvy women which would suit any activity. I didn’t know how to start or where to start. I drew up my goal plan that Margie gave us and constantly recited my new mantra “Don’t wait till you know everything” – one of the many things Margie said over the weekend.
It took one year from the weekend to the day when my first shipment of #BeKeane activewear arrived at my door and I could not be prouder. I honestly know I would never have achieved my goals and be loving life if it wasn’t for attending this weekend with Margie.
If you want to know what’s holding you back, find your motivation and create a doable plan to achieve your goals, then this is for you. Don’t hesitate. Be brave and book it in!”
Brenda Keane, Owner, BeKeane Activewear
Convince Your Boss
If you need help sharing the value of the Live Brave & Thrive Weekend with your manager, we’ve created a letter template you can edit however you’d like to help you make the case. Your employer will benefit as much as you:
✓ Clarity of passions increases employee dedication
✓ Increased awareness creates more effective teamwork
✓ Intentional presence fosters better listening
✓ Increased confidence creates more effective influence
Download the letter, convince your boss, and see for yourself!