The Odyssey Network Business Retreat is an invitation and referral-only event that offers a secure and trusted environment for 550 multicultural women to network, strategize, and explore the unique challenges we face. Our signature event launched in May 2000 at the Marriott Marquis, in Palm Desert California and we did not disappoint. The excitement, anticipation, sisterhood, sponsors…no one had ever heard of anything like it. Some were nervous — how could we discuss the strategies needed to reach the C-suite, and at the same event be encouraged to go up in a hot air balloon? Easy — our goal was and has always been – professional and personal development, and we refuse to apologize for focusing on the whole woman.