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Costa Rica experiential retreat specially curated for women by Renovad

Join us on June 20-27, 2020 for a Costa Rica experiential retreat and renewal experience! 

Costa Rica’s land, 25 percent of it a protected tropical jungle, is one of the most biodiverse places on Earth. From the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific Ocean, it is home to 5 percent of the world’s species. But one must not miss that Pura Vida, pure life, does not only refer to its flora and fauna – it emanates from the heart and spirit of the people of Costa Rica, it is their way of life and their gift to every visitor.

Renovad experiential retreat

Blue Osa Yoga Retreat & Spa, a jungle-chic off-the-grid eco resort aiming to leave the smallest possible carbon footprint, will be our private home for a week of Pura Vida.

The adventure begins as you board a 12-seater 45-minute flight from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez to oversee the lush jungle embracing mountains and ocean – a journey to paradise.

Your Costa Rica experiential retreat begins the moment you arrive in Blue Osa, tucked by the endless waves of a pristine Pacific Ocean, to experience life with all your senses. Farm to table in Blue Osa will leave you nourished from your body to your mind and soul. Your experience will be complete with a daily yoga practice and Blue Osa’s Sacred Meditation Walk, an inward journey of contemplation and discovery.

 

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Your Costa Rica experiential retreat Includes:
  • 7-night accommodations at Blue Osa Yoga Retreat & Spa

  • Daily yoga and mindfulness practice

  • 3 farm to table meals per day & farewell reception

  • $50 Blue Osa Spa certificate

  • Kayak Jungle & mangrove tour

  • Conservation & farm tour

  • Chef’s farm to table secrets spilled

  • Puerto Jimenez community agape & tour

  • Puerto Jimenez Airport-Blue Osa roundtrip car transfer

  • Personalized attention with maximum of 24 guests

  • Master Concierge to assist you in researching flights and any additional custom-made experiences

  • Renovad organic cotton bag

Not included: Airfare to/from San Jose and Puerto Jimenez; tips

Renovad, you opportunity for a renewal experience 

PLACE YOU ON TOP OF THE PRIORITY LIST Take time to clear your mind, stimulate your senses and refresh your soul, so that you can show up for whom and what you love in full force

YOU ARE OUR KEYNOTE We intentionally do without speakers to focus on unique experiences to inspire your own internal conversation

JOIN IN SISTERHOOD Renovad’s multigenerational women, most of whom excel in business and hold leadership positions in a variety of sectors and industries, lift one another

BE CONCERNED ABOUT NOTHING We excel on destination knowledge, thus relieving you of the burden of planning and risk of trial and error

YOUR TIME TO FLOW Dial up and down on activities to further tailor your renewal experience

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Costa Rica experiential retreat

Veronica Torres Hazley, Founder, Hey Chica Movement & Costa Rica Co-Host

Frequently asked questions 

Do I need a passport or a visa to travel to Costa Rica?

A visa is not required. As of December 31, 2002 all Canadian, US and EU citizens who travel to Costa Rica for tourism and pleasure purposes only need a valid passport. Please check your passport to make sure you have at least 6 months validity from the time you enter Costa Rica. If not, you should get a new passport.

Do I need any shots before visiting Costa Rica?

You do not need any shots or vaccines before visiting Costa Rica. However, we always suggest speaking with your Doctor and referring to the World Health Organization’s website before traveling anywhere.

How do I get to Costa Rica and Blue Osa?

You need to flight into Juan Santa Maria Airport in San Jose (SJO). There are a number of direct flights and other options from many main US hubs. Then you should book a connecting flight to Puerto Jimenez.

Domestic Costa Rican carriers, such as Sansa, offer numerous flights daily from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez, with the one-way trip taking approximately 45 minutes. It should be noted, however, that there are no late afternoon or evening flights with either air-carrier. The last flights into Puerto Jimenez depart from San Jose in the early afternoon. Visitors arriving into the country in the late afternoon or evening should take this into consideration.

Should you need to stay in San Jose due to flight schedules in and/or out, we recommend Marriott Courtyard near the San Jose airport in Alajuela.

For additional information, and to make a reservation: https://www.renovad.co/rsvp

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Latina entrepreneur Pilar Avila launches Renovad experiential retreats around the world

Renovad’s carefully curated experiential retreats entice participants to take a breath of fresh air, clear their minds, stimulate their senses, refresh their souls and reconnect with the essence and power within themselves.

Meet Pilar Avila at the 2019 Entrepreneur Empowerment Lunch in Jersey City on June 13 – Wellness Panel Speaker 

Inspired by her journeys across 5 continents and 18 countries,and the desire to spend more quality time with the extraordinary women who serve as her mentors and collaborators, Pilar launched Renovadexperiential retreats as an extension of her organizational change management consulting practice, interDUCTUS.

The inaugural 2019 programs, August 27-31 in Italyand in MoroccoNovember 27 – December 1, will be followed by experiences in Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Greece, Mexico and Thailand in 2020. Renovad pivots on deep destination knowledge, andremoving the burden of travel planning and the risk of trial & error, to design experiences focused on relaxation, inspiration and adventure.

The idea behind the experiential retreats
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Renovad experiential retreats are carefully curated by Founder and CEO Pilar Avila (L)

After building a fruitful career over 26 yearsproviding leadership at institutions across the private equity, hospitality, and nonprofit sectors, Pilar Avila decided to launch a consulting practice as a boutique lifestyle business.

Pilar stated, “As women focused on sustaining our families, advancing our businesses, and improving our communities, too often we place ourselves far down the priority list. Reality is that in the measure that we nourish ourselves, we are more effective in lifting others. This is the impetus for Renovad retreats.”

The experiential retreats are intentionally without speakers and prescribed programs, to open space and set the state of mind for participants to let go, listen to their inner voices, delight on the sounds they will encounter around the world, to ultimately reinvigorate mind, body and soul.A “come as you are and when you please” approach provides participants the freedom to flow, dial up and down on activities, and further tailor their own renewal experience.

Pilar Avila, the passage from corporate to entrepreneurship

Pilar’s reputation as a strategic, innovative, multidisciplinary, results-oriented business and civic change leader precedes her. But in her own words, it took a whole new level of gustiness to muster the courage and take the plunge from employment to entrepreneurship. “The biggest challenge I overcame in launching my business was the fear of leaving behind the certainty of an increasing and predictable income. I had always known that my biggest anxiety in life was building and maintaining financial security, being prepared to support my family in time of need and opportunity, and securing funds for a comfortable retirement.”

Pilar took inventory of what she had accumulated and figured that if she could generate funds to sustain her lifestyle while protecting her net worth, she would likely be in a good position to retire when the time comes. She decided to invest in herself by allocating 10 percent of her reserves as seed money for launching her business.

As Pilar’s network got word that she was in the process of launching a consulting practice, the first client knocked on her door and validated her move to entrepreneurship before she could even complete her new company branding and print business cards.

The three most relevant strengths Pilar developed through her career and that provided a solid foundation to launch her business included a proven ability to successfully manage most critical business aspects of a non profit and small business enterprise, a deep and wide network of collaborators and advisors across industries and markets, and a reputation for getting things done with a focused, transparent and win-win approach. “These continue to be my biggest assets that I’m tapping in building my management consulting practice and Renovad’s experiential retreats,” Pilar explained.

Building experiential retreats as an change agent
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Beautiful landscapes of Italy for Renovad experiential retreats

As Pilar continues to delve in this new stage of life and business, her commitment as a change agent, passion about the rise of diverse leadership, and championing of equal access to economic opportunity and investment in education, are as strong as ever.

She isenergized by the determination that women are applying in advocating for equal pay and opportunity. She has been an advocate in her own way since the beginning of her career. “It always makes me smile, and wonder where I got the guts, when I recall approaching my boss during a yearly performance review – it was my second professional job five years into my career,” she said.

Considering her title and job responsibilities, not to mention her unstoppable drive and developing talent, Pilar knew that she was grossly underpaid. She showed up at the performance review ready with highlights of her accomplishments over the previous year. Her boss commended and thanked her for her vision and success in implementing a new national program.

Before the talk on salary and bonuses, she swiftly presented him with a basic budget of living expenses (in excel, of course) required to sustain the modest lifestyle of a young professional, such as her, in Washington, DC. The budget demonstrated that she was underpaid at least by 50 percent; she received a 30 percent increase in compensation on the spot. The next year her income increased by another 30 percent when she accepted a position at another organization.

“Three years later and eight years into my career, I broke into the six-figure income club and purchased my first home, one of seven real estate investments I have made to date. I am certain that without the audacity of standing up for the pay that I deserved, things would have worked out differently”.

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If you are thinking of starting your own business
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Mysterious rias in Morocco to hold your imagination

Here is Pilar’s advice to Latinas who are thinking of starting their own business or would like to achieve success in their profession or career:

  • Focus on utilizing and showcasing your current strengths while developing other strategic skills that may enhance your career and business success in the future.
  • Skills are not everything – a collaborative, kind and win-win approach will take you a long way.
  • There is nothing more valuable than your reputation – do not compromise on transparency, trustworthiness and kindness.

 

www.renovad.co, an initiative of interDUCTUS, hosts world-class renovation experiences around the globe in destinations that evoke relaxation, inspiration and adventure, providing women of consequence a unique opportunity to reinvigorate mind, body and soul. RSVPfor upcoming retreats.

www.interDUCTUS.cois an organizational change management consulting practice focused on enhancing the capacity and performance of nonprofit and private enterprises by providing extended leadership and multidisciplinary expertise.

 

NAA Wall Street Summit 2015 American Latina Leadership Caucus panel

Latina leaders converge at NAA’s American Latinas Leadership Caucus

Over 100 influential Latina leaders from across the country have converged to conform the New America Alliance (NAA) American Latina Leadership Caucus, an initiative that advocates for the preparation and placement of Latina leaders in entrepreneurship, corporate, appointed/elected office, and the nonprofit and academia sectors.

NAA Wall Street Summit 2015 American Latina Leadership Caucus panel

NAA Wall Street Summit 2015 American Latina Leadership Caucus panel

Last year, NAA hosted a series of introductory conversations with seasoned as well as rising Latina leaders to introduce them to new resources and connections, and present the initiative to new Caucus members. The meetings were held in Washington DC, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Antonio, Dallas, Puerto Rico, and Miami.

“Last year was the time to gather all this talent across the country. Now, in 2016, this is the ‘activation’ year, the year when we start identifying the candidates for different offices and industries, supporting and grooming them to achieve the positions they deserve,” said Pilar Avila, NAA’s CEO, to LIBizus. “We are amazed at the quality of our Caucus members, and it is our purpose to bring these Latina leaders to the forefront, become their best promotional partner, and help them move through the pipelines,” Avila said.

Changing Latino participation in the financial sector

Maria del Pilar Avila, CEO, New America Alliance

Maria del Pilar Avila, CEO, New America Alliance

New America Alliance, according to Avila, is the only Hispanic organization focused on changing Latinos participation in the financial sector.

“We are invested in expanding efforts to place Latino and Latina talent in public pension funds, endowments and foundations, corporate pension funds and foreign investment funds, among other financial sectors,” she said.

While Latino businesses continue to grow and expand at a staggering rate, it comes the time when these companies need expansion capital, Avila explains. However, due to the lack of Latino and Latina investors and funding officers, many of these enterprises have difficulties in penetrating or relating to venture capital. Access to capital then becomes a struggle and these businesses lag behind opportunities.

“When we started our push in 2003, there were three Latino firms representing $500M in private equity. Today, there are almost 100 companies representing over $100B in private equity and more than 80 of those companies are NAA’s members,” Avila shared.

So look at this improvement:

  • NAA membership of diverse and emerging asset management firms have over $60 Billion aggregate assets under management.
  • NAA diverse asset managers (with 25+% diverse ownership) represent almost $45 Billion of aggregate assets under management.
  • NAA Latino asset managers in private equity represent over $10 Billion in aggregate assets under management, as compared to under $500 Million reported in the NAA White Paper in 2003.
  • Ten NAA member firms managing over $1 Billion in assets each will be recognized during the Wall Street Summit. Together, these firms manage over $20 Billion in assets and range across asset classes, including private equity, real estate, hedge funds and public markets (as reported on NAA’s website).

“We still believe there is a lot to do, despite the participation of Latino and diverse firms in asset management, if we consider that the US capital pool is well over $40T,” Avila affirmed.

Latino economic impact

NAA Wall Street Summit 2015 Pension Funds Initiative panel

NAA Wall Street Summit 2015 Pension Funds Initiative panel

This year the organization is planning to conduct an Economic Impact Report to reflect how Latino private equity ventures are creating jobs, investing in businesses and offering financial services.

“This study would be instrumental in establishing Latino impact in the economy, and to attract more sources of capital to be integrated into this market. We are also looking at close collaboration with other minority groups such as African Americans and Asians because they face similar obstacles” Avila explained.

So for the NAA’s CEO, this year looks as an exciting and busy one. “This year is ‘activation’ all around!” she said enthusiastically.

“Through the American Latina Leadership Caucus and the Assets and Capital Investment initiatives, we are combining leadership and capital aiming at vacancies of high impact. Especially in an electoral year, we will remain focused on supporting Latinos across the aisle, Democrats and Republicans alike, following our organization’s non-partisan tradition,” Avila concluded.

Pilar Avila, NAA

Pilar Avila spearheading the NAA American Latina Leadership Caucus

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“Leadership is the behavior that brings the future to the present, by envisioning the possible and persuading others to help you make it a reality.” – Matt Barney, founder and CEO, LeaderAmp
Pilar Avila, NAA

Pilar Avila, New America Alliance’s CEO

At last year’s New America Alliance Wall Street Summit, a new initiative to increase the presence of Latinas in strategic business and civic positions was announced: The American Latina Leadership Caucus. Now, the Caucus is ready to launch in cities around the country.

“For a long time, the New America Alliance has celebrated and recognized American Latino women’s achievements. However, NAA leaders feel there is still a great need to increase the presence of Latina leaders in every corner of this country’s economic and political life,” said Maria del Pilar Avila, CEO, New America Alliance (NAA).

According to Avila, the Caucus is an opportunity for Latinas to be part of a group of influencers who will provide inside intelligence and information about board, corporate, political or non-profit openings while identifying the right candidates from their personal and professional networks.

“The idea is to encourage Latina leadership in different sectors, industries, markets and even across generations as well as to have a balanced vision of diverse Latina’s backgrounds. Through a communication mechanism, these influencers will seek recommendations to search for candidates, exchange biographies and resumes, have conversations with potential candidates, and help them move forward once the right candidates are identified,” she explained.

American Latinas: Leadership and Economic Force panel at NAA Wall Street Summit 2014.

American Latinas: Leadership and Economic Force panel at NAA Wall Street Summit 2014.

Avila herself is a true example of the type of leadership the organization is trying to support. After serving as founding NAA’s Executive Director from 1999 to 2005, Pilar rejoined the organization in May 2010 as Chief Executive Officer.

She personifies the NAA mission of accelerating the economic, political and human capital development of the American Latino community to build a stronger America. Under her leadership, NAA launched the Wall Street Summit, now in its 15th year. The Summit, a three-day event held in the financial capital of the world, brings to the forefront the contribution of American Latinos to the US economy and advocates for a greater inclusion of members of this community across several sectors.

Some of the event’s segments include the Pension Fund Initiative, which has opened access to billions of dollars for diverse asset managers as well as increase access to capital to Latino entrepreneurs; the new session #NewGenR3, A New Generation of American Latino Leaders: Renovate, Remix, Rise, which focused on the rise of new Latino leaders who are redefining their pathways to success and strengthening the pipeline of new leaders moving our nation forward; and the U.S. Mayors Forum & Luncheon, featuring insights into economic development and growth, improvement in education systems, expansion of infrastructure and community engagement across America’s cities.

 U.S. Mayors Forum & Luncheon at the NAA Wall Street Summit 2014

U.S. Mayors Forum & Luncheon at the NAA Wall Street Summit 2014

Now, this new initiative is at the heart of Avila’s commitment to the organization’s leadership. “Less than one percent of Latinas hold high corporate and/or leadership positions,” said the CEO. “We need to build new connections, strengthen the relationships among members of the Caucus, and increase the presence of these leaders who bring particular skills to any decision table,” Avila affirmed.

Caucus participation will be by referral or invitation only. Potential candidates will be seeking some level of recommendation from members of the organization.  “We are hosting a series of introductory dinner conversations to extend our invitation and gather recommendations from the extraordinary group of Latinas we seek to engage,” Avila said.

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Avila’s grandparents were farmers; however, they instilled the eagerness for education in their descendants. Avila’s career started in hospitality management at the Puerto Rico Convention Bureau and the Caribe Hilton, after she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business and Hospitality Management from the University of Central Florida.

“It was a hard experience to come to the United States and face the world as a woman, a Puerto Rican and a Spanish-speaking immigrant,” she recalls. It took a hard process of acculturation for her to become a Latina, a very different experience coming from “La Isla” to the diaspora.

From 1996 to 1999, Avila was Vice President of Marketing & Events at the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. At that position, she built a strong network of Latino entrepreneurs in key U.S., Mexico and Puerto Rico markets while immersing herself in the complexity of Latino participation in business development, political advocacy and the advancement of corporate America.

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A New Generation of American Latino Leaders panel at NAA Wall Street Summit 2014.

After her first round serving at the New America Alliance, in 2005 Avila joined Palladium Equity Partners as Vice President of Marketing, where she became mainly responsible for strategic marketing initiatives, investor relations, and the strengthening of the Palladium brand.  She was part of the team that raised a historic Hispanic market investment fund of $780 million in 2006.

Avila was recognized by Hispanic Business Magazine as one of the “100 Influentials” in 2010. She was also recognized as one of the “20 Most Influential and Outstanding Hispanic Women in Business” by Hispanic Trends Magazine (now PODER Enterprise). In 2004, she was awarded the New America Alliance Chairmen’s Leadership Award.

She now serves as Vice Chair of the Board of ConPRmetidos, a Puerto Rican millennial-led think-and-do tank working to transform the economy of the Island by linking Puerto Ricans to leaders stateside who can develop and facilitate economic opportunities for Puerto Rico.

“Our American Latina Leadership Caucus schedule has been set for seven cities around the country –some of the meeting dates to be confirmed. We expect to bring together more experienced leaders along with emerging ones to introduce them to build new connections. Also, we would like to bolster business development opportunities among its members and channel their energy to the next level of their success,” Avila concluded.

Follow the Caucus meetings’ schedule:

  • Washington DC – June 9
  • New York – June 10
  • Chicago – June 17
  • Los Angeles – July/August
  • San Antonio – September
  • Dallas – September
  • Miami – September