Women’s Leadership Retreat

Women’s Leadership Retreat – June 16 and June 17, 2023

Leaders face multiple challenges in today’s ever-changing, expanding economic climate and traditional training models cannot pivot fast enough to support their success. Our experiential leadership retreat provides you with an opportunity to develop self-awareness of core leadership values and cultivate emotional intelligence and social resilience. Successful leaders in today’s age understand the importance of trust and reciprocity to build strong, connected teams that drive productivity and innovation.

We invite you to join us for a Women’s leadership retreat that expands your leadership capacity by giving you space to renew, reset and revive your own leadership goals through shared acceptance, accountability and connection. 

Over the day and a half retreat, you will be energized and empowered by our highly skilled clinical, equine and leadership coaching professionals and our delightful herd of well-loved horses to foster well-being, explore deep levels of self-awareness, safely investigate your leadership assumptions and strengthen leadership skills. 

The goal of this retreat is to help renew alignment with your leadership values, reset focus and revive your self-compassion to be the extraordinary leader that you are! You will leave with the necessary tools to help you move ahead in your leadership journey. 

Engaging with MRT horses will foster connection and enhance leadership skills

The retreat also includes 1 follow-up consultation call, 1:1,  with the leadership coach to support your growth!

Maximum 15 Participants

Leadership Goals:

Led By:

Diksha Dua, Leadership Coach

Diksha Dua is an experienced entrepreneur, mentor and a mission-oriented business leader committed to creating fulfilling experiences for patients and clients. She has over 20 years of senior leadership experience in business transformation, team management and innovation across multiple industries, both private and public sectors, and has held leadership positions across organizations in Canada, the Middle East and USA. Diksha currently serves as Director of Innovation and Talent Strategy at Possibilities Clinic, a neurodevelopmental practice that focuses on assessments and treatment.

As a certified EQi360 Leadership Coach and Career Strategist, Diksha supports her clients with career coaching and provides executive leadership coaching based on principles of connection, emotional resiliency and focus. At UN Women and other organizations, Diksha has spearheaded women’s leadership empowerment and advocacy programs to help women break down barriers, build leadership potential and create strong collaborative networks.

Diksha holds a BA in East Asian Studies, a MA in Human Security and Peacebuilding and Masters Level certificates in Healthcare Management and Gerontology. She is currently in her third year of training as a Gestalt Psychotherapist and holds certifications in Palliative Care and Social Justice Mediation. She also has a clinical understanding of ADHD and is trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).

Please see her linkedin profile here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dikshadua/

DJ Lesser, LICSW / Farm Director and Founder

Inspired by her horses and working as a clinical therapist at a public alternative school for students with  emotional behavioral challenges, DJ established MoonRise Farm in 2002. She noticed how horses motivated and encouraged her students to view themselves in a new way. Students saw and were able to practice positive change in their lives through connection with the horses. In collaboration with Vermont Adaptive,  the program grew to serve hundreds of participants with physical, cognitive and emotional challenges. In 2018, she founded MoonRise Therapeutics (MRT), a non-profit community organization focused on mental health and wellness.

In addition to directing and growing non-profit,  DJ is a licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and offers direct  prevention and intervention services.  Her primary work focuses on anxiety, depression and issues from the impact of trauma and adverse childhood experiences. Her certifications include Gestalt Equine Institute of the Rockies, EMDRIA for level 1 and 2 as well as Equine-Assisted EMDR and PATH Intl (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International) Registered Instructor and also Equine Specialist in Education and Mental Health. With forty years of experience in the counseling field, and a lifetime of experience with horses, she continues to share her passion and leadership in this work. On-going goals for DJ are to continue to learn from her horses and support positive and joyful connections of people to themselves, each other and the natural world. 

Karen Rosene-Montella, MD

Following her tenure in multiple healthcare leadership roles, Dr. Rosene served as a Senior Consultant at the Levinson Institute. Teaching Leadership seminars and individual coaching work grew her previously intuitive style of leadership into much sharper focus and provided a new language to describe leadership principles. During this time she founded Karen Rosene, LLC, a healthcare leadership consulting firm serving individual as well as major academic medical center clients. She has a passion for working both one on one and in small groups of health care leaders to hear what is preventing them from being as effective as they would like to be. Her expertise in identifying opportunities, always putting patients first and supporting program development has helped move diverse groups successfully forward.

Dr. Rosene makes her home in South Pomfret, VT where she enjoys spending time with family, writing, hiking, biking and cross country skiing. She loves being part of the community and sits on local boards serving care needs for the Upper Valley.

Dr. Rosene-Montella received her medical school training at Northwestern University and residency and fellowship at the University of Washington. She is a professor emerita of medicine at Brown University where she served as Chief of Medicine at Women and Infants Hospital and as a Vice Chair of Medicine. Most recently she left Lifespan, the parent organization of multiple teaching hospitals in Rhode Island. She was part of the executive leadership team as the Senior Vice President for Women’s services and Clinical Integration, as well as Vice Chair of Medicine for Quality and Outcomes at Brown. While at Lifespan she was responsible for the Primary Care strategy and Clinical Integration. She successfully reengaged both the hospital based and community PCP’s and formed a Primary Care IPA. As its founding President she was able to enlist the PCP’s participation in risk based contracts, ACO’s and Medicare shared savings programs. As Vice Chair of Medicine she integrated quality measures, case conferences and multidisciplinary teams into all of her work. Dr. Rosene-Montella is a compassionate and highly effective leader who has developed and implemented many large integrated health-care programs.

Date and Time

Friday, June 16th, 1-5 pm

Saturday, June 17th, 9:30 am-5 pm


Scholarships Available. The retreat includes 1 follow-up consultation call, 1:1,  with the leadership coach to support your growth!

Women’s Leadership Retreat



Please complete the following form for registration, specifying the program name, and our team will be in touch to confirm registration! Maximum 15 participants.

Please email office@moonrisetherapeutics.org if you have any questions.