A 5-day intimate retreat for women leaders in tech

News: FTW Retreat is now part of Elpha

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FTW Retreat is joining forces with Leap to become an independent company with a new name: Elpha! It’s a private community for women to excel in tech.

Seven months ago, I started FTW Retreat to create an offline experience where women leaders in tech could connect, share experiences, and pool resources to help each other grow. It was something I desired when I was working in tech, but never found, so I decided to build it. Last October, a group of us ladies met in Québec for the first retreat and the experience proved the importance of seeking and building such a community of connected minds.

One of the things I love the most about building For the Women Retreat has been that I got to discover many other like-minded communities aiming for this very mission, such as Leap by Cadran and Hustle Crew by Abadesi.

The more the three of us talked, the more obvious it was that we should work together, using our complimentary skills to make our shared vision real -- building the most powerful network for women in tech. Software is more scalable, at least at the beginning, than in-person experiences, so we decided to lean into our strengths and focus on software first with the hope of introducing offline experiences such as a retreat later.

In the past few months, we’ve been tinkering at what this network for women in tech could look like, using Leap as the foundation. If you identify with women, and work in tech (or hope to in the future), you can join Elpha today. We want Elpha to be the go-to resource for women in tech to access industry experts, learn from peers, and find answers to their most pressing personal and professional questions and, of course, make lasting friendships, just like what you will get out of a FTW Retreat, but online.

Thank you for supporting FTW Retreat – Elpha has been co-founded as a result of this community, and I’m beyond grateful for the feedback and advice you’ve given.


PS: Bloomberg wrote a nice piece on our launch, and you can read about it here.

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“It's not a retreat, it's an experience. Kuan took care of every little detail. Between the incredible house, the delicious food, and the amazing women, this is the perfect way to unplug and find your people.”

Saron Yitbarek

Developer, Podcaster, Founder of CodeNewbie

“FTW Retreat was the perfect time and space to be creative (I shipped the first draft of my book!), to revel in some stillness in nature, and to learn from other boss women.”

Lara Hogan

Engineering leadership coach and consultant

“Thanks for crafting a perfect weekend of relaxation, great food and meaningful conversation - I left feeling incredibly recharged and inspired.”

Amy Pan

Product Advisor

“One of the most fulfilling weekends I've had in a long time -- both professionally and personally.”

Bersabel Tadasse

Director of Product, Mapbox

About the organizer

Kuan has a knack for designing experiences that bring people together. Trained as a journalist, yoga instructor and product designer, she sees design and travel as inseparable tools for humanity to tell our own stories. Before Kuan dreamed of FTW Retreat, she led design at Cockroach Labs and Grand St. (acquired by Etsy) amongst other tech ventures.