The power of gathering in supportive spaces (Thank you, #DreamBank Madison!)

by Ann on December 8, 2015


We traveled from near and far.

We reflected on our gratitude and support for each other, and for this project that allows us to #DreamFearlessly.

We brainstormed and visioned what is working and what needs work, to help us achieve our goals individually and as a team.

We laughed (a lot).

We listened and learned in order to lead LTYM toward the future, and all thanks to American Family Insurance DreamBank, whose mission revolves around the power of dreams, and empowering dreams.

LTYM’s national team came together from across the country Friday, December 4th, at American Family Insurance DreamBank to dream and plan for LTYM’s 2016 season, and for our future. The experience of sitting all together– uninterrupted and in real life, in such a rich and inspiring setting–proved powerful beyond measure.

American Family knows that turning a wish into a dream requires investment and resources, support and protection, and LTYM thanks DreamBank profoundly for sponsoring our #DreamLTYM16 leadership retreat.



Front Row: Ann Imig, Stephanie Precourt, Taya Dunn Johnson, Back Row: Deb Rox, Melisa Wells at Graduate Madison.

A special thank you once again to the fabulous Graduate Madison hotel for sponsoring our stay and for the outstanding coffee and goodbye breakfast at Portage Pi. We’d like to move-in permanently.


Being in these two supportive environments helped us appreciate all of the supportive attention that is one of the core strengths of the LTYM community.


While we were meeting, our LTYM community across the country joined in via social media, sharing their dreams, too. In all, it occurred to us that we listened to each other, offered support, and encouraged each others’ dreams much like we do for each new producer/director, and for each cast member who shares her story in one of our shows. Being in touch with how we are living our mission was catalyzing and inspiring, and we now we feel ready to do more by growing LTYM.

At the very end of our time together we individually completed the DreamBank key ritual, knowing that what we wrote on our key tags would soon sparkle on their chandelier. They gave us that stage, we took the mic, and we left knowing that we had just empowered ourselves and LTYM with a major boost in attaining our big dreams. We can’t thank our entire community (including DreamBank Madison and Graduate Hotel) for encouraging us to dream fearlessly, and in return we pledge our support for you to do so, too.

Stephanie Precourt December 8, 2015 at 1:26 pm

Thank you thank you are the words that keep coming out of my mouth about our time together. It’s incredible how ideas flow when you are in a comfortable and inspiring setting! I am feeling so energized and hopeful for the future of LTYM!


Heather December 8, 2015 at 5:18 pm

How exciting! Can’t wait to watch the dreams unfold as LTYM continues to bless and change lives. And hats off to #dreambank for making it happen.

anymommy December 8, 2015 at 5:51 pm

So incredible to watch this happen in real time! Thank you #dreambank Madison for giving us all a glimpse into our national #dreamteam. Xo.

Taya Dunn Johnson December 8, 2015 at 8:03 pm

We couldn’t have asked for better arrangements than those that the Graduate Hotel and the Dream Bank provided. Everyone who has touched this project, realizes just how special it is. The synergy that we were able to grab this weekend allowed us to dream a little bigger and work on the next steps of “amazing”.

Tarja December 8, 2015 at 10:00 pm

Wow – sounds amazing! Love seeing the LTYM National Team all together!

Ellen Nordberg December 10, 2015 at 9:15 am

Yay for turning wishes into dreams!

Lindsey Maier December 10, 2015 at 11:57 am

Thank you for the kind words. We loved having you at DreamBank!! Come back anytime!

Kim Jorgensen Gane December 12, 2015 at 10:59 am

I can’t wait to see and be a part of the future of LTYM!

The coaching aspect of this journey has perhaps been the part of it I value most. Learning from you amazing women and applying those things to other areas of my professional life is so beneficial. And then being able to PASS THAT ON TO OTHERS, that’s the whipped cream on top!

I dream of the day when the Listen to Your Mother conference becomes reality! You just tell me when and where. My flight is already booked!

Thank you all for the incredible things, including awareness, openness, an ability to hear and give voice to others, etc., etc… you’ve brought to my life.

alexandra December 12, 2015 at 12:51 pm

Yup, eyes blurry with tears, because I know and love each of the women here who head up our #LTYM team, and you will be hard pressed to find people with clearer, more committed passion to a project than them. We, the producers, the readers, the audience, the sponsors, the charities, are fortunate to cross paths with LTYM. THANK YOU #dreambank, I cannot wait to hear what is coming our way because of the space and place you so generously gifted to our national team. Thank you #dreambank Madison for giving us all a glimpse into our national #dreamteam

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