frequently asked questions
Who should attend a Kayo Summit?
Kayo is a community for women in business, finance, and investing. All are welcome. Programming is geared towards emerging and senior leadership, primarily in areas of business, investing, development, legal, and talent.
How do you pronounce Kayo and what’s the story behind your name?
Kayo, pronounced “kay-O”, is the abbreviation for ”knockout,” derived from Lindsay Burton’s love of kickboxing.
How can I apply to speak?
Good call on your part! Speaking is one of the best ways to get noticed and boost your career. If you have a story, experience, or learning to share, you can apply year-round through our website. Click here to apply.
How do I become a sponsor?
We have sponsorship levels for all budgets and bandwidth. Click here to inquire about sponsorship opportunities.
What is included with the registration price?
Registration includes access to all conference sessions, networking breaks, meals, and receptions, unless otherwise noted. It doesn’t include any accommodations, travel, or additional for-cost workshops.
Where can I find the agenda?
On each event page, we will have a brochure or agenda available for download, depending on where we are in event planning. Full agendas are typically released two to three months prior to the event, though we send topics, panels, and keynote announcements all year long. Make sure you are getting updates via email by joining our event waitlists or downloading the event brochures.
Where can I find room block information?
Kayo reserves room blocks at each luxury host hotel we select for our events (because who has time to worry about being comfortable?) Room blocks are limited and tend to sell out quickly. Hotels are listed on each event page, and “how to book your room” instructions will be sent after you register.
When will I have digital access to the event details?
Attendees should expect to get access approximately one to two weeks ahead of the event, though this will vary slightly per event, to either an app or alternative digital platform that will contain the event details and attendee list.
Where will next year’s event be?
The location of a Kayo event may change year-to-year. Click here for all of our current events.
What’s a Pop Up?
Pop ups are smaller, more intimate gatherings with the Kayo community usually held in secondary or tertiary markets. They often cover a specific topic, but can range from museum tours to shopping events to breakfasts to panels. Click here for a list of all our current pop ups.
What if my firm wants to host a pop up?
We love bringing women together and would love to hear explore your firm’s goals and objectives. If it aligns with our goals too, let’s collaborate on a pop up in your city. Please contact Sarah Lervold at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can I get my product in front of the Kayo Community?
What is the dress code at Kayo events?
Kayo Summits & Forums adhere to a business professional dress code. For Kayo Retreats, we recommend resort casual attire.
What is your cancellation policy?
Cancellation requests received within 48 hours of a ticket purchase will be subject to a $250 cancellation fee. Thereafter, refunds are not available. However, tickets may be transferred to a colleague or transferred to a future event if notifications are received 72 hours before the event. Transfers to a future summit are valid for up to one year, and any additional balance on the ticket price must be paid. No refunds are available once the Standard Registration Period has ended.
Is press allowed at Kayo events?
All Kayo events are closed to the press.
executive leadership retreat
Who can come to the retreat?
The Kayo Women’s Executive Leadership Retreat is for female executives in leadership positions who are key decision makers managing teams and participating on boards.
What is included in the retreat registration?
Your registration includes two days of programming, your meals each day, and a group resort activity. Hotel rooms, resort amenities, and travel are not included.
Is hotel included in the retreat registration?
The price does not include your hotel room. Kayo has a limited number of discounted rooms available at the Salamander Resort. Hotel booking information will be shared upon registration confirmation.
Do I need to stay at the property in order to participate?
No, it is not necessary to stay at the Salamander Resort in order to participate.
Is there a group discount?
We are not offering a group discount at this time.
What time should I plan to arrive and depart?
There will be an opening reception on Sunday, February 23 at 5 PM ET and a dinner on Tuesday, February 25 from 5:30-7 PM ET. The programming functions will take place Monday and Tuesday from 9 AM – 2 PM.
What topic will the retreat cover?
The 2020 winter retreat will cover “Negotiating As If Your Life Depends On It.” Negotiating is difficult, and can be uncomfortable and intimidating for many of us. It’s the reason we hired Chris Voss, former FBI hostage negotiator and author of Never Split the Difference, to facilitate our 2020 Executive Leadership Retreat. He will use his experience to teach us strategies on the soft skills needed to negotiate like a pro.
Can you share an attendee list?
Registered attendees will receive a copy of the attendee list four weeks prior to the event.
Who is the facilitator?
Chris Voss, CEO and Founder of the Black Swan Group, will facilitate the 2020 retreat. Chris is a top FBI hostage negotiator and author of the national best-seller Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It. In 2008, Chris founded The Black Swan Group, which specializes in solving business communication problems using hostage negotiation solutions.
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