Permission to Hustle Retreat with Disney World: What to Expect

Our Permission to Hustle Retreat with Disney World kicks off next week on August 29th and goes through the 31st! To say that I’m excited is an understatement. I simply can’t wait. This has been in the planning stages for months and months and months. When we first pitched Disney over a year ago it was truly a dream pitch that we put together, so the fact that it’s actually happening and almost here is very exciting.

Permission to Hustle Retreat with Disney World: What to Expect

If you’re not familiar with our Permission to Hustle Retreats that Vera Sweeney and I kicked off last year, let me give you a quick idea of what they’re all about! We started a Facebook Group back in January of 2017 to bring together like-minded women who all have a hustle, dream and drive to go after their passions. We felt like there was a space needed on Facebook for all women with a hustle, not just women who were digital influencers. We created Permission to Hustle to be a place to serve up inspiration, motivation and advice every single day online. It truly started as a passion project because it was something we craved online and it just morphed into something much bigger.

Audrey McClelland and Vera Sweeney

Fast forward to present day – we have over 4200 people in our Permission to Hustle Facebook group, a majority of them women (close to 95%) – and we post every single day encouraging everyone to keep pushing forward on their hustles. We post in the group, we have a Permission to Hustle podcast and we created Permission to Hustle Retreats last year. We began to get requests from women asking if we could do meet-ups or a conference. We knew we didn’t want to do a mass scale conference because we felt the “secret to the sauce” of a retreat is the smaller size. We decided to give a retreat a go last year with 40 women and we were thrilled with the experience. Bringing women together to learn, share, communicate, inspire and have FUN together was the secret in the sauce for us and we knew knew knew that we wanted to create more and more of these.

Permission to Hustle Retreat with Disney World is our next one! This spot is extra special for us because this is where Vera and I met 10 years ago at a blogging conference. We happened to be sitting next to each other and literally a business was born right then and there. It was kismet, so Disney World has always held an extra piece of magic for us.

So what can you expect from the Permission to Hustle Retreat with Disney World?

Lots of fun experiences and magic! That’s for sure!

Since we’ve partnered with Disney World for this one, they are bringing and giving our 20 PTH ladies access to some pretty incredible experiences. We would love for you to follow along during the PTH Retreat at home, too! We will be sharing information about the Disney Parks and also sharing information learned during the Retreat sessions. What do they have planned for us? We will be experiencing Epcot Food & Wine Festival, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and checking out Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

The Epcot Food & Wine Fest is a culinary mashup of global cultures and gourmet innovation that brings irresistible bites, sips, entertainment & family fun! This year, the celebrated summer-into-fall festival at Walt Disney World Resort will add a dozen extra days, expanding the foodie celebration to a delicious 87 days. Guests can begin with the aromas and flavors of 30 festive global food and wine marketplaces that extend from Future World to encircle the World Showcase promenade. #TasteEpcot

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is an amazing Halloween celebration! BOO-k your ticket now for this frightfully festive event that returns starting today (August 16th) and will run through November 1, 2019! Get your favorite costume ready and make your plans to live it up—collecting candies, sweets and delightful treats! #NotSoScary

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is an All-New Land, which opens August 29, 2019! Live out your own Star Wars story, fly the Millennium Falcon and explore a remote outpost where adventure awaits. #GalaxysEdge

We will also be hosting a Twitter Party, sharing additional information about our Permission to Hustle Retreat on August 26th at 8PM (ET). Information below. You will also have chances to win great prizes, so mark your calendars for the Permission to Hustle Twitter Party!

Permission to Hustle Retreat

We are also so excited and thrilled to announce this amazing line-up of speakers for the Permission to Hustle Retreat conference portion, which will take place on Friday, August 30th:

Eric Hochberger, CEO of MediaVine discussing SEO Tips and Best Practices

Rachel Pitzel discussing The Importance of Branding

Rachel Pitzel

In 2015 Rachel sold her social events company Club MomMe to / Whalerock Industries that she founded in 2011. Club Momme is an offline events community for moms, moms-to-be and families that now is part of and rebranded to Mom dot me Mamas reaching moms all across the country. While running Club MomMe, Rachel planned over 400 events, worked with over 600 brands, grew Club MomMe to 4 states in 5 cities giving moms the opportunity to run their own businesses while being a mom, and hosting thousands upon of women, children and families. Rachel founded Club MomMe in 2011 after moving back to Los Angeles from Chicago and wanting to create a powerful and accepting community of moms, moms-to-be and families from pregnancy through parenthood.  Over the years, Club Momme grew and expanded, and Rachel launched signature events like #FamilyFest, the #StrollnRun (a family 5K) and a fun and engaging pregnancy series. Club MomMe hosted brand launches for Chobani, Bugaboo, Orbitbaby / Ergobaby, Britax and many others, managed mom ambassador campaigns where moms tried new products and gave feedback to brands, hosted book launches for Trista Sutter, Scary Mommy and Mama Glow’s Latham Thomas. Rachel currently consults with about brands on strategy, influencer outreach and creates events to help social media create buzz. Rachel loves producing custom experiential events and connecting / collaborating with influencers and brands. She also consults with brands and individuals on social and digital strategy, PR and content.

LaShawn Wiltz discussing Instagram Strategies

LaShawn Wiltz

Everyday Eyecandy is where I blog about finding simple solutions for busy working moms, motherhood, my life, my passion for helping moms capturing everyday moments through photography and trying to find my version of balance through it all. I am a 2018 Photography of the Year Iris Award Winner, 2015 BlogHer Voices of the Year Recipient, 2017 Mom 2.0 Summit IRIS Award winner for Instagram of the year, and technology editor for   My work has been featured on the social media platforms of notable brands such as Shutterfly, BorrowLenses, and VSCO Cam.  I have been featured in USA Today and Money Magazine. Based right outside of Atlanta, GA, you can find me on Instagram, documenting my days as a wife and mom – coffee in one hand and my camera in the other.  If you want to learn more about Photography this year, join The Everyday Project and join our Facebook Group of over 600 photography lovers to share your photos and to learn in a supportive community!

Dawn Lopez discussing Creative Photos and Magic Flat Lays

Cutefetti is the place where women come to find ideas and inspiration to make everyday life even better. My name is Dawn Lopez and I am a proud wife, mom and kitty lover currently calling Central Florida home. (Ocala, FL to be exact).

I believe in chasing my passion and this is the place I am encouraging you to do the same. Cutefetti is here to help you find creative living ideas that anyone can do. From carving out time to take care of yourself with me-time ideas to delightfully simple recipes, crafty cute diy projects and creative party ideas, my goal is to help you find more joy (and time) in your life. It’s my personal quest to come up with cute and clever ideas just for you and your family.

Jeannette Kaplun discussing Best Practices for Video/Broadcasting

Jeannette Kaplun

An award-winning journalist, TV personality and content creator featured on The Steve Harvey Show, The Chew, Good Morning America, Today, Dr. Oz, Despierta América, Un Nuevo Día, and others, Jeannette Kaplun is the founder and CEO of Hispana Global, a bilingual blog for Latinas. She also hosts the weekly Facebook Watch show Jeannette Online.

Born in El Paso, Texas, and raised in Chile, Jeannette has lived in Miami with her husband, son and daughter for over 20 years. She’s been recognized by People en Español,, Siempre Mujer, People and LATISM for her pioneering work as a content creator and was named one of the top 100 women leaders by “El Mercurio” newspaper in Chile. She frequently speaks about bullying and kindness, which is why she launched a limited-edition bracelet reminding women to love themselves.

Previously she co-founded in 1999 Todobebé, the first parenting site in Spanish that later launched TV shows, radio shows, events, trilingual apps and products to empower the Hispanic community during all stages of pregnancy and parenting. She co-hosted the weekly parenting shows Todobebe on Telemundo and Viva la Familia on Univision, while also serving as Chief Content Officer.

Cecelia Mecca discussing the Indie Publishing World

Cecelia Mecca

Cecelia Mecca is the author of historical romance writing as C.L. Mecca for paranormal.

Every heroine, from Lady Sara in the Border Series to Alessandra Fiore in Bloodwite, is your best friend– the one who kicks ass and takes names. When these ladies meet alpha-males who try to take control, sparks fly until the very last page.

Cecelia writes the bestselling Border Series which takes readers to an admittedly romanticized time of knights and castles along the 13th century Anglo-Scottish border.

More recently, she’s been dealing with the ultimate bad boys– sexy, wealthy and swoon-worthy vampires– a venture not for the faint of heart. Her debut paranormal romance series, Bloodwite, released in January 2019.

​Our Highlander-loving, vampire-writing author can be found in Northeast, Pennsylvania​, chai in hand, thinking up new ways to tame both medieval and paranormal playboys. She is firmly House Stark and Gryffindor.

We also want to thank 2 of our sponsors who will be providing some yummy goodies for our attendees in their goodie bags: GoGo squeeZ® and Perdue®.

GoGo squeeZ®, the leading brand of 100 percent fruit in a pouch and the Official Applesauce of Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort is proud to be a sponsor of the first Permission to Hustle Disney event! Since its launch in June 2008, GoGo squeeZ has been committed to providing families with all-natural on-the-go snacks. GoGo squeeZ® is a sponsor of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival and Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World Resort. Additionally, GoGo squeeZ® is the presenting sponsor of all the runDisney Kids Races! At GoGo squeeZ, our mission is to make it easier for families on-the-go to be healthier and happier.

Perdue® is preparing to celebrate our 100th anniversary in 2020! As we approach our centennial, we are going back to the basics with how we raise our animals, including free-range chicken farming. Additionally, we’re leading the way in raising healthy animals without antibiotics and setting new standards for animal care. We also strongly believe that it’s time for a back-to-basics approach to consumer marketing through grassroots word-of-mouth messaging and partnering with the powerful voice of influencers. We’re realizing what’s old is new again in marketing, and we’d love to partner with influencers to help consumers understand our commitment to remain a family owned business with the most trusted name in premium proteins.

We also have confirmed that we will be hosting another Permission to Hustle Retreat in FEBRUARY! We are thrilled and cannot wait to share more details after our August retreat. We have such a passion for creating and hosting these retreats and we have a goal to bring you as many as we can. Please – if you or any of your family/friends have interest in learning more about our upcoming retreats/masterminds, please forward them this email and tell them to subscribe to our newsletter. We will be sharing all information through our newsletters as we proceed and this will ensure that they are the first to hear about the latest news.

We are so thankful for this Permission to Hustle community! We LOVE all the information everyone shares in the group!

Hope to see you at our upcoming Twitter party! Please be sure to use the hashtag if you stop by so we can “see” you.

If you are looking for more ways to connect, check out our Permission to Hustle PODCAST and our PTH Online School.

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About Audrey

Audrey McClelland has been a digital influencer since 2005. She’s a mom of 5 and shares tips on her three favorite things: parenting, fashion and beauty. She’s also a Contemporary Romance Author.

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