Sunday May 12 - Tuesday 14 - near Tyler Texas

The 2019 TWTS Leadership Retreat is a unique three day retreat that is rich in content and career development training all conducted in a pleasant and enjoyable live/learn environment.

Retreat Schedule and Registration Info

This exciting part of the TWTS program will be a dynamic weekend of personal enrichment and leadership training.  A full immersion experience in personal and leadership development that will leave you confident and prepared to step into your future. This vital portion of the TWTS program will involve dynamic guest speakers, pro mentors all in an experiential learning environment. This rich learning environment will include training sessions, small group discussions, recreational activities and mentoring.

Leadership Retreat Presentations at past retreats have included:

Session 1 - Dealing with Adversity
Managing set backs and challenges well is essential for effective leaders.
Presented by Mr. Craig Holt
Business Development Executive within the Pacific Northwest for Sierra Systems. Prior to joining Sierra Systems, Craig was the National Practice Director for Business Transformation Services with Unisys Corporation. He started with Unisys in 2002 and led the National team that brought Business Transformation Services to the State and Local Government Sector. Craig has provided Consulting Services to a wide variety of clients include the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Washington D.C. - Department of Public Works, State of New York - Department of Taxation and Finance, City of San Jose (CA), City of Seattle (WA), City and County of San Francisco (CA), State of Alaska House Finance Committee, Colorado- Department of Transportation, and Auditor General of British Columbia. 

Session 2 - Emotional Intelligence
Emotionally Intelligent leaders make their teams better
Presented by Mr. Craig Holt

Session 3 - CQ: Cultural Intelligence and Managing Cross Cultural Conflict
Develop the skills to understand, succeed and lead in an cross cultural context. 
Presented by Mr. Abe Ie
AVP, REGIONAL ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE - Business Consultant, Bank of America Merchant Services in the Greater California Bay Area, Napa & Solano Counties. Providing Consulting, Business Solutions & Various Payment acceptance for small to mid-sized businesses. Assisting entrepreneurs and helping their businesses become a reality. Abe is active in his church and in mentoring middle school youth.

Session 4 - Effective Listening
Practice effective listening and develop your ability to relate and empathize.
Presented by Mr. Matthew Gile

Session 5 - AQ: Career Development and Overcoming Challenges

Discover how to turn adversity into success and develop personal skills for dealing with setbacks.
Presented by Mr. Rick Brekelbaum
RETIRED EXECUTIVE MANAGER who spent his 32-year career with Exxon in the financial management area and was a manager in various Controller’s positions in the US, Venezuela, England, and Colombia. He has a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from Kellogg (Northwestern University). He and his wife, Jayne, have three sons and eight grandchildren. They lived 17 years overseas, and Rick is fluent in Spanish and has traveled to 57 countries and is actively involved in his church and community.

Sample Leadership Retreat Daily Schedule

Leadership Retreat Packing List Information


The 2018 TWTS Leadership Retreat was a phenomenal success!  Retreat participants hailed from more than 13 different countries.  Students from the University of Arkansas, the University of Texas-Dallas and other individuals gathered to interact with, and receive from, corporate professionals, highly qualified teaching professors, and their peers from around the world.