October 2023 is time for DeWs to connect and grow together!
The DeW Life Retreat will change your life through personal and professional development, inspiration, collaboration, and connection! You will discover your strengths, be empowered, and you will join this incredible community of DeWers.
We invite you to come, to grow, and to expand your vision for the future!
We want to fill a void that exists regarding female leaders and inspirational voices.
To show young ladies entering the profession that the opportunities are real.
To encourage those already digging in to raise their voices and for those seasoned veterans to give back and refuse to quit, because as we know, DeWs never retire!
It is our mission to inspire, highlight, connect, and empower all women in dentistry. We can't wait to meet you!
Speakers at the 2023 DeW Life Retreat
Dr. Sonia Chopra
Dr. Chopra is a board-certified endodontist, TEDx speaker, Forbes contributor, author, endodontic instructor, and founder of Ballantyne Endodontics in Charlotte, NC. Through her award-winning endodontic CE course, E-School, she teaches tangible lessons to make root canals simple.
Dr. Kimberly Harms
Dr. Kimberly Harms has been around the block in dentistry and in life! She has served as a Commissioned Officer in the United States Public Health Service, a dental school professor, a grief counselor, a death doula, a civil mediator, a clinical dentist (30 years) with her late husband Jim in Farmington Minnesota, a school board Chair, President of an international women’s organization, the first woman President of the Minnesota Dental Association, a National Spokesperson for the American Dental Association (21 years), an award-winning, bestselling author and international speaker. She has also suffered many personal losses, including the suicide deaths of her mother and son and the death from heart disease of her husband. Her most important role is as a mother to her two surviving children and grandmother to 6 precious grandchildren.
Leanne Burnett & Valerie Menzel
Leanne Burnett is a Gallup-Trained Strengths Coach and Human Resources Consultant who has been inspired by the transformative power of Strengths. Together with Valerie Menzel, she specializes in team-building seminars in business. Leanne also provides one-on-one coaching using the Strengths model to executives and other individuals seeking to maximize their impact. In addition to public speaking, Leanne’s specialties include: Executive Coaching, Business Issue Coaching, Career Coaching, Personal Life Coaching, Employee Engagement, and Using Strengths for Conflict Resolution.
Valerie Menzel is a Gallup-trained Strengths Coach as well as a corporate team leader and developer of people. Her specialties include: Team-Building Seminars, One-on-One Coaching and Customized Interpersonal Strengths Sessions. Valerie’s work experience includes hosting and producing television shows, public speaking, voiceover work, managing outreach for one of the nation’s most respected nonprofits and 15 years of producing photo shoots and managing the Creative Planning department of a Fortune 500 cosmetics company.
The moment she returned from her first mental breakdown in college, as she watched people whisper and point in her direction, she made a promise to herself that one day… one day… she will help create a world where actions like that are no longer welcome, where no one feel as alone and trapped as she had in that instant. Well, that day is here, 25 years later. Augustyn reads, researches, writes and speaks on the things that make us human, that make us hurt and that make us come alive. Her personal mission is to ignite people to journey towards a less tainted self-actualization.
Naketa Ren Thigpen is on a mission to build stronger families that L.E.A.V.E new multi-generational imprints, witnessed from the ripples of love, empathy, adventure, victory, and edification they create from their self-actualized wholeness. Naketa is the #1 Balance (and) Relationship Advisor in the World, activating power couples and potent humans who privately identify with witty tongue-in-cheek humor as the lazy overachievers. Although most of her clients are founders, entrepreneurs, or entrepreneurial centered organizations, the commonality is that they all honor the need to rest and recharge with room for relationship bliss just as much as the desire to dominate audacious milestones. The intersection of work life balance, sustainable business, mental health, and fulfilling intimate relationships is where Naketa thrives at work and in real life. She’s marking her legacy of unbound brilliance, beauty, and balance with unapologetic insights on owning the right to be intentionally selfish by leveraging micro sabbaticals that empower you to work less and trust more.
Debora’s many years as a high fashion model and dental hygienist put her on a path to help healthcare providers dress and act confidently in their many roles. Her combined passion of fashion and dressing professionally led her to develop stylish, quality uniforms. She also speaks on the importance of image and branding. Downtime is spent at the lake with family, friends, and her beautiful pug Vivienne!
Moments captured at the 2022 DeW Life Retreat:
5th Annual DeW Life Retreat
October 25-27, 2023
We have a room block reserved at Hilton Garden Inn Charlotte Waverly for October 24, 2023 through October 27, 2023. Booking your room is simple. Just follow the link below.
Hilton Garden Inn Charlotte Waverly
7415 Waverly Walk Avenue
Charlotte, North Carolina 28277
Life changing, inspiring, full of joy & love!
"I feel so blessed to have been a part of this retreat these past few days. What can I say? Life changing, inspiring, full of joy & love. Meeting everyone has been wonderful! I love the break out sessions where we really got to dive in and talk about the important stuff. If you are a woman and you are involved in dentistry in any way, get yourself over to DeW and join this amazing group."
-Barb Stackhouse RDH, M.ED.
Prior to July 31, 2023, registrants may receive a full 100% refund of their event registration. Between August 1, 2023 and August 31, 2023, a 50% refund may be issued. After September 1, 2023, we cannot allow any refunds of tickets purchased, for any reason. If you find that you are unable to go, your ticket is transferable and you may sell your ticket to a friend or colleague. This sale of a ticket outside of the original purchase, is the attendee's sole responsibility. Once the transfer has been made, you must contact DeW with the name and contact information of the purchaser.