We've asked some of our very favorite people from all over the internet to join us for a weekend in the woods, and to our absolute delight, they said yes.
Keynote Workshop Leader
Cyndie is a Brooklyn-based small business consultant, coach, and TEDx speaker. She is also the founder of The Collective (of Us), a small business accelerator for women and The Community (of Us), an online hub for conversation and change-making community.
She is on a mission to empower 100,000 women to build BOLD businesses and conversations by the year 2020.
Her straight talk and visionary perspective on creating women-owned businesses, overcoming imposter complex and embracing fear; inspire women globally to build bold, profitable businesses.
She is a sought-after speaker for creative conferences around the country and has been featured in Entrepreneur, Forbes, Glamour Magazine, Teen Vogue, and The Huffington Post.
She can't wait to turn active social media… OFF and chillaxed lady power game… ON!
Keynote Workshop Leader
Nothing is more powerful than leading by example, and Jay Pryor is a living example of the power of possibility in transforming your life. Born female, Jay transitioned to male after 35 years of living life as a woman. Now living as a gender non-conforming person, Jay has truly unique insight into how differently women experience the world versus men, the challenges that the LGBT+ community faces daily.
Jay is a speaker, executive coach and facilitator of corporate trainings and workshops around the world. They are a transgender and gender non-conforming advocate and educator for inclusivity and gender consciousness. They also serve as the co-host of Doing the Work with Jay and Becca, a weekly podcast devoted to awakening people to their own power to transform their lives. Jay is the author of the acclaimed book, Lean Inside: 7 Steps to Personal Power: A Practical Guide to Transformation for Women. Jay lives with their wife Jessica and their two children in Lawrence, Kansas.
They can't wait to meet new people and make new friends.
camp director & Workshop Leader
Meg runs one of the largest independent wedding wedding publications in the world, A Practical Wedding, and is the founder of The Compact. Meg has written two books, creatively titled A Practical Wedding, and A Practical Wedding Planner, both top sellers on the wedding bookshelf. Her work has been referenced in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, Jezebel, and Refinery 29, among other outlets. She graduated from NYU with her degree in Experimental Theatre, so just wait for talent show night. She manages the best, most feminist team in the world from the APW offices in East Oakland, where she lives with her husband and two small kids.
She can't wait for dance class.
This is camp for women in the middle of everything. It's for those of us juggling so many balls we know we're dropping them all over the place, but what are we going to do? The Compact Camp is a time for us to sit down. to have no responsibilities, and no push notifications. It's a chance to stop connecting, and to actually connect. To experience the wonder of camp like you did as a kid (but without any of the bad parts). It's our chance to get back to basics, make a craft, fly by moonlight on a zipline, or dance it out. It's about female friendship, and adult joy.
Through our day jobs at A Practical Wedding, our goal has always to foster community and connection for smart women. In 2018, we decided that we needed to get out from behind our computers, and do this thing. Together.
Maddie is The Compact's resident Hufflepuff, and Chief Revenue Officer at A Practical Wedding. Prior to joining the ranks at APW, Maddie had a brief, yet unsatisfying stint in the entertainment industry, followed by a riveting year researching couponing habits among suburban shoppers. Her other career highlights include: getting kicked out of a Def Leppard concert for being too young to work the floor, and interviewing Hanson for local access TV. A Maine native, Maddie currently lives on a pony farm in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband Michael, their son Lincoln, and an obnoxious mastiff named Gaia.
She can't wait for archery.