Dovetail Summits are all-inclusive annual weekends for female entrepreneurs on the leading edge of their fields.
The mastermind sessions are some of the most popular sessions at Dovetail Summits. They're designed to build relationships within our community and create space for every participant to share, problem solve, and support one another. Throughout the summit weekend, the mastermind groups gather and follow guidelines to provide support and a "hot seat" opportunity for every participant.
Loosely based on Open Space Meeting frameworks, our roundtables are opportunities for every woman to have a say in the topics and agenda covered over the course of the weekend. The roundtables are peer-led, and designed to be highly interactive conversations about topics that impact our participant's businesses and lives. Past roundtable topics included: personal branding, managing your family and personal life like a business, company & personal value alignment, hacking your schedule, partnerships, angel investing, and more.
Dovetail Fireside Talks are engaging and entertaining talks given by selected participants. We invite a handful of Dovetail women to give Fireside Talks over the course of the weekend, on a wide range of business and life topics. Past Fireside Talk subjects included: Innovation; Stories and Strategies From Failed Inventions, Sex & Relationships For Entrepreneurs, Angel Investment, High Level Negotiation Strategies, Managing Your Hormones To Manage Your Business, and more.
Comfortable private accommodations
Get comfortable, let down your hair, take off your shoes and throw on some flip flops or slippers. There's no need to dress up, our lodge is reserved exclusively for our group. It's a big, comfortable haven with a bit of luxury: an on-site spa, patios, decks, waterfront ocean vistas, and indoor and outdoor fireplaces.
Our morning activity sessions are great opportunities for casual conversations or unforgettable adventures. Experience the great outdoors on a sea kayaking trip, a guided biking adventure, a hike through the rainforest, a surf or SUP lesson, or just relax at the lodge and take a walk down the beach, get a massage, or test out a hammock or lounge chair with a view.
delicious food + drinks
Enjoy healthy, delicious meals, snacks, and drinks! We might be at a lodge, but we're not serving camp food! Our in-house chefs design special menus for our group, and can accommodate all your dietary needs.
Curious about what a day at a Dovetail Summit looks like? Check out our 2019 Dovetail Summit Schedule Here
Frequently Asked Questions:
Who's attending? Am I a good fit for this event?
We believe that the best people always make the best experiences, so for this event we curate guest list of female founders, investors, and innovators who are at the top of their industries, and those who serve that community. Our community members include tech company founders, manufacturing business owners, angel investors, marketing and PR company owners, a vintner (with amazing wines!), a superfood company founder, health and wellness pros, a sex therapist, an HGTV star (with her own construction co.), and more. The diversity of our community members leads to incredible depth of conversation, and so many innovative ideas and business support for all.
Our summits are not about one single individual or guru on stage. Each and every one of our participants is chosen for their ability and willingness to give, share, and learn from every member of the community.
If you’re in the growth and scale stage of business building, looking for mentorship, coaching, and a focus on business growth support, and your average annual revenue is in low six figures, please visit our sister community event website, Dovetail Basecamp. If you’re not sure which event is right for you, click here to apply now and we’ll follow up with a phone call.
What if I don't know anyone? Can I come alone?
Yes! More than half of the participants at our last summit didn't know anyone, and now we’re happy to call them Community Members. If you're in a double/ shared room we'll partner you with someone who's a great fit for you based on your responses to the pre-summit survey, or you can select your own roommate prior to the summit. You'll also have a chance to "meet" everyone in the private Summit Facebook group before the summit. Dovetail events are highly interactive, and with a small intimate group of fewer than 50 participants you're guaranteed to build genuine relationships.
Are people going to sell from the stage or pitch things all weekend?
No. We don't have a stage and Dovetail Summits are 100% pitch-free-zones. We take this rule very seriously. Leave your business cards at home, and relax into real conversations without worrying about anyone having ulterior motives! Our community is based on respect, giving-first, and we grow through real, authentic connections. We promise not to pitch you, and neither will our faculty or other community members. You're safe here.
How Do I Get To And From The Venue?
We host our summits at unique private locations around North America. We have optional ground transportation available to all of our summit locations, including our 2019 venue in Tofino, British Columbia.
Can I bring my partner or kids?
The value of Dovetail Summits is in the learning and connecting with other community members. We have limited space available for fewer than 50 participants at this event, therefor we will not be able to accommodate partners or children, unless there are extenuating circumstances (send us a note if you’re not sure!). We may open future events to families and children, so please do let us know if this is something that you'd be interested in.
What's the cancellation policy? Are tickets transferrable?
We hope you won't have to cancel, but just in case you do our cancellation policy is as follows:
There are limited spots available at the Dovetail Summit, and our participants tend to require plenty of notice to book time in their busy schedules. Once you reserve your place you are not eligible for a refund, however if you need to cancel we will do our best to find someone to take your place. If we do we will provide you with a full refund. As this is an invite-only event with a curated guest list, tickets are not transferrable by participants.
What's a Dovetail, and Who's Behind This Event?
A "dovetail" is a carpentry joint commonly found in log cabins, where two or more pieces of wood are interlocked without the use of nails or glue. The verb "dovetail" is used to describe two or more ideas, plans, or people that fit together. Dovetail facilitates workshops, retreats, and summits that bring people together to learn, grow, and build stronger connections and communities. Interested in a program exclusively for your team or company? Check out the teambuilding & training company Dovetail site here.
Alexis Dean launched Dovetail in January 2015 after spending almost ten years working as a facilitator, trainer, and educator in 21 countries with more than 100 corporate teams and school faculties. Alexis and her team host private trainings and retreats for well known companies including Rogers, RBC, BMO, Altus Group, Roche, PointClickCare, and more.
In 2017 at the height of the #metoo movement, Alexis saw a need to create more opportunities for community building, masterminding, and collaboration among high performing female entrepreneurs. She combined her experience as a facilitator with her passion for planning and hosting entrepreneur events, and the Dovetail Summit was born.