Oct 29 - nov 2, 2018

A leadership retreat
for women in design.



Within Fall 2018


Accomplished women. A beautiful environment. Space to connect, reflect, and discover. These are the key ingredients of Within, an immersive four-day experience for a select group of emerging design leaders—senior ICs, design leads, new managers, etc.—in technology.

Purposefully intimate, participants will exchange ideas, learn new methodologies, and practice mindfulness to access intuition, wisdom, and creativity. Our intention is to enable women to return home feeling their most resilient—equipped to live and lead from Within.

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What to expect

The experience

Leadership is a craft rooted in who we are as individuals. Creating time to reflect and discover is not only pivotal to our success, but it’s essential to lead authentically and courageously. With just enough structure and plenty of breathing room, the experience is designed to have an impact on participants well beyond the retreat.



Experience and perspective are invaluable gifts. Prepare to give and receive through a series of fireside chats and leadership workshops in the company of the industry’s emerging leaders. Together we will exchange ideas, fill up on inspiration, and find new ways forward.



There are few things more satisfying than creating from a place of inspiration. We will harness the power of our creativity, whether that means night time photography, shibori indigo dying or hand block printing. Remember what it’s like to get lost in the flow of making.



If we can really listen, we find that there is so much within us to discover. Daily yoga, nature hikes, guided meditation. Whether you’re a beginner or have a daily practice, there will be many ways into the art of being present...and plenty of time to process what comes up.



The in-between time is where the magic often happens, especially when you’re in the company of powerful women. Whether you’re enjoying a delicious meal together or lounging by the pool, we know real talk and, therefore, real connection will ensue.

Location & VENUE

Paradise Valley,

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294 days of sunshine per year. (We’ll take five of them.)


Mountain Shadows is nestled at the base of Camelback Mountain, and on the edge of the Sonoran Desert. The stunning landscape is the most biodiverse in North America, ripe with the energy of renewal.

Mountain Shadows brings iconic 1960s luxury and design into a modern context. With open grounds and perfect weather, the environment invites you to breath deeper and dream bigger.

Nearby towns of Paradise Valley and Scottsdale offer quiet residential streets. And with clear skies and almost no light pollution, every night is a starry one.

Got more questions? Check out our FAQ.

 Mountain Shadows

Mountain Shadows

 Mountain Shadows

Mountain Shadows

The only journey
is the one within.
— Rainer Maria Rilke


Participant highlights

Within brings together women from different backgrounds and experiences, to share what challenges have shaped them, what questions they are grappling with, and what dreams they have for our collective future.

Margaret Lee
Director of UX at Google

An opportunity to learn, bond and recenter yourself in a supportive group of like-minded women leaders. Not only will you relax, but you will do some necessary work so you can emerge a better version of yourself.

Emma van Niekerk
Director of Design at Intercom

The Within retreat is an opportunity to let your guard down, reflect on your leadership, and learn from a group of peers who have been through many of the same challenges. It’s completely rejuvenating.

Anisha Jain
Design Director at Dropbox


Within 2018 is presented by:


And made possible by our partners: