• "...to bring good news to the poor... proclaim release to the captives... let the oppressed go free..."
  • (Luke 4:18-19)

    Shalom Retreat

    Let the Walls Fall Down
    Shalom Retreat

    Saturday, October 9, 2021
    4:00 PM EDT

    He has told you, mortal one, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?
    -- Micah 6:8 (New American Standard Bible)


    Join women from across the country for a virtual retreat that focuses on your well-being and wellness! Through an interactive entrepreneur panel discussion, you will hear entrepreneurs share their stories and their passion. You will learn ways to live and work your passion, tips on starting a business, and how to network with other entrepreneurs. The panel discussion is from 4-5:30 pm.


    The retreat is divided into segments with a 90 minutes break for personal reflection and relaxation. We will reconnect at 7:00 pm with our keynote speaker/workshop leader, Linnita Hosten. You will be inspired by her spirit-led and high-energy edutainment! Throughout the retreat, women will be blessed with music from gifted musicians Rev. LaThelma Yenn-Batah and Rev. Samuel Yenn-Batah. 


    Register Now!
    Click here to register. $40 Registration fee.

    (times listed in Eastern Daylight Time)
    4:00 PM - Music and Welcome

    4:15 PM - Interactive Entrepreneur Panel Discussion
    Hear entrepreneurs share their stories and their passion. You will learn ways to live and work your passion, tips on starting a business, and how to network with other entrepreneurs.

    5:30 PM - Break

    7:00 PM - Renewal: Replugging into the Power Source - Linnita Hosten, Keynote Speaker/Workshop Leader
    The last 18 months of social and physical distancing have made it easy to feel disconnected from the things of God. God's church. God's people. God's work. If you're feeling "unplugged," God's word reminds us to "Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you," James 4:8 KJV. So join us as we "replug" into the power source to restore our focus to finish 2021 spiritually strong. 

    8:00 PM - Interactive Session and Special Music

    Keynote Speaker/Workshop Leader: Linnita Hosten
    Award-winning speaker and student success strategist, Linnita Hosten is the founder of the Dream Career Academy. 
       Linnita’s work with students began at age 19 as a recreation summer camp counselor and expanded through numerous roles: Resident assistant, orientation team leader, cheerleading coach, private tutor, college advisor, and college professor.
       The high-energy edutainer provides content-packed and research-based success strategy programming for organizations, universities, and community groups; and group coaching to students.
       Linnita has been honored with various awards, including Excellence in Education; Youth Speaker of the Year; 40 Under 40 in Education; Education Book of the Year; and Alumni of the Year.
       Linnita received a bachelor of science degree in Mass Communication from Towson University and a masters of science degree in Nonprofit Management and Association Leadership from the University of Maryland University College.
       Linnita believes that education investments- like college- should be strategically planned. She is passionate about preparing students to get clear on their plans and confident about what they want.

    Special Music by Rev. LaThelma A. Yenn-Batah and Rev. Samuel Yenn-Batah
    Rev. LaThelma A. Yenn-Batah is an American Baptist minister of the Gospel and faithful disciple of Jesus the Christ. She has participated in extensive cross-cultural and urban ministry in churches in Costa Rica, South Korea, Nicaragua, Philadelphia, PA, and Newark, NJ. These rich and multi-cultural and ecumenical experiences have cemented her passion for building Christ-centered intergenerational and intercultural communities committed to social transformation. She currently serves as senior pastor of Flemington Baptist Church in Flemington, NJ.
         Rev. Samuel Yenn-Batah was born in Ghana and lived there for 6 years before immigrating to the United States. He currently serves as the Manager of Pastoral Care and Co-Supervisor of the Clinical Pastoral Education Residency at Penn Medicine Princeton Healthcare System. Samuel is a professional saxophonist and is ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA).
         Together Samuel and LaThelma are the founding Stewards of the SoulJourn Movement, an ecumenical community of believers, seekers and artists committed to discipleship, worship, radical hospitality, social responsibility, and innovation. 

    Entrepreneur Panelist:
    Nellie Thomas acquired a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Xavier University in New Orleans, LA. She continued her education at McNeese University in Lake Charles, LA, and acquired a Master of Education in Guidance and Counseling. Upon becoming a McDonald's franchisee, she became certified as a McDonald's Owner and Operator.
         From 1987 to the present, she is the owner of six McDonalds with sales volume in excess of $20 million and a staff of 250 employees. Before McDonald's, her career included teaching in Calcasieu Parish in Louisiana, managing a federal funded program that prepared disadvantaged youth for college at Georgian Court College in Lakewood, NJ, developing executive training for Avon Products Inc. in New York City, and developing staff training for United Jersey Bank Financial in Princeton, NJ.

    Bridgette Petrino (left) and Emily Rittenhouse (right) are two friends who fell in love with the comfort and style of light-weight, leather earrings and decided to learn how to make them. 
         After sharing their designs with their friends and family, their jewelry became increasingly sought after. The two friends quickly realized that they were on to something and decided to take the next step by turning their creations into a business. 
         Bridgette and Emily are both married, each with three daughters, who are the lights in their lives. Wanting to incorporate their families into their business purpose, they chose the name “Astraea” which means “Goddess of the Stars” and put three stars in their logo to represent each of the three precious lights in their lives. 
         Today, just two years after Astraea was born, Bridgette and Emily’s jewelry can be found in a dozen local boutiques, as well as online. It is their mission to not only create beautiful and comfortable jewelry that is affordable for the everyday woman, but to also impact the local community through fundraising for local charities, donations of jewelry for woman who may not have the means to purchase a luxury item for themselves, and by supporting other local, women-owned businesses. 

    Doris Young Boyer is a keynote speaker, published author, and host of The Gracious Leader Podcast. She has over 30 years of business and leadership experience and expertise. 

         Doris is CEO of Doris Young Boyer & Co. The Company and its programs give clients tips, strategies, encouragement, insights, and expertise to walk worthy in business and social environments with ease, confidence, presence, and grace.

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