Spring 2019 Dietitian Entrepreneur Mastermind Retreats

Registration opens January 7th, 2019!

Early-bird pricing available January 7th-11th

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Do you want to grow your nutrition business?


Dietitian Entrepreneur Mastermind Retreat

Work on Your Business | Collaborate with Like-Minded Entrepreneurs | Make Long-Lasting Connections 

Attend this three-day retreat to help grow your business while connecting, collaborating and gaining inspiration from like-minded entrepreneurs. 

Two Dates to Choose From!

March 22-24, 2019 

 Aspiring/New Entrepreneurs

April 5-7, 2019 

Established Business Owners

New York City 

What is the Dietitian Entrepreneur Mastermind Retreat?

A three-day event devoted to WORKING on your business, CONNECTING with like-minded entrepreneurs, and COLLABORATING on ideas and ways to grow your businesses. You'll receive training on topics to help start and grow your business - things they don't teach you in nutrition school. If you're ready to gain momentum, start making money now, and reach your business goals - this is for you! Gain clarity and confidence to take your business to the next level. +Earn 23 CEUs!

"I left my full-time job two months after the Retreat and a month later I had already doubled my monthly income. The Mastermind Retreat gave me insight into the life I wanted for myself, the realization that it was truly achievable, and the strength, confidence, and push I needed to get started. I am so much happier and content with my life thanks to Alissa and the continuing support of the group. I would absolutely recommend the Retreat to nutrition entrepreneurs." 

Rachel Paul PhD, RD, CDN. Founder of Rachel Paul Nutrition and the College Nutritionist. New York, New York.

TWO Tracks This Spring!

Aspiring/New Entrepreneurs

Are you a dietitian or RD-to-be looking to start your own business? Then this track is for you! You'll learn everything you need to know about setting up and launching your business from scratch. Unsure of what kind of business you want to start? We'll cover that too! 

Training workshops will cover:

  • Choosing a business entity
  • Defining your niche and ideal client 
  • Creating an effective brand and brand message
  • Website best practices
  • Marketing channels: how to find clients
  • What to charge: setting rates and fees
  • Accepting payment: insurance vs. private pay
  • New clients: how to get started
  • HIPAA considerations
  • Scheduling and EHR charting systems
  • Building a virtual practice/telehealth
  • Managing your finances 
  • Email marketing primer
  • Taking the leap to full-time entrepreneur  

Established Business Owners

Have you started your business but are struggling to grow, get enough clients, and make the money you deserve? Whether business is full-time, part-time, or a side-hustle, this track is for you! You'll learn everything you need to grow your business and take things to the next level. 

Training workshops will cover:

  • Building an effective and consistent brand message
  • Marketing channels: best practices
  • Social media: how to grow your following and get clients
  • Optimizing your website and SEO
  • How to set and raise your fees
  • Confidently selling your services
  • Creating irresistible packages that clients will want to buy
  • Strategies for getting consulting, brand work and media jobs
  • How to negotiate for what you're worth
  • Reviewing and editing contracts
  • Using email marketing effectively to grow your business
  • How to grow a community and client base
  • Creating sales funnels
  • How to create and generate passive income

Why I Created The Dietitian Entrepreneur Mastermind Retreat

When I first started my business, I felt very much alone. As a solopreneur, I was not only the CEO but also the sales team, product department, IT, customer support, operations...even the janitor! I had no business background to speak of, yet here I was making daily decisions that affected my business and my livelihood...all on my own

While I loved the flexibility, I felt very isolated. There was no one to bounce ideas off of, or gripe about an annoying client; no brainstorming sessions or after-work drinks. No sense of solidarity. 

Which is why I decided to create the Dietitian Entrepreneur Mastermind Retreat.

Come and be surrounded by a community of nutrition entrepreneurs who are taking risks and changing lives. This is not a big conference - I purposefully keep it small (just 15 people!) to allow you to connect and build relationships with the other attendees. These people will be your network not just during the event, but for years afterwards. You'll have a built-in support network to ask questions and get feedback on a regular basis after the retreat ends. For those interested in forming ongoing mastermind and accountability groups, this is the perfect place to start. 

Gain clarity and confidence in your business while making friends and lifelong connections. 

Because going it alone doesn't have to be lonely. 

"Eight months later I have a thriving business and more money in the bank than when I left my full-time job. Investing time and money to figure out my dream was and is well worth it! Trust me, with this retreat, you will not be disappointed!" 

Amy Goodson, MS, RD, CSSD, LD. Owner of Amy Goodson Nutrition, Health and Wellness in Frisco, Texas.  

What's Included in Both Retreats?

  • All training workshops (+ 23 CEUs!)
  • Networking happy hour Friday night 
  • Breakfast, lunch, snacks and drinks on Saturday and Sunday
  • Bonus webinars including Pitch Perfect: How to Get Quoted in the Media and How to Get Started with Accepting Insurance (+ more to be announced soon!)
  • Individual business feedback on your website, social media profiles, client rates and/or packages, sales copy, marketing plan and more!
  • PLUS access to my Swipe File - a Google Drive folder full of templates, including done-for-you client forms that are ready to use! The Swipe File includes:


  • Initial client registration forms
  • New client intake forms
  • Client service agreements
  • HIPAA documentation forms
  • Superbill template
  • MNT referral form 
  • Sample food journal
  • Sample contracts
  • Consulting pitch examples 
  • Media pitch samples
  • Testimonial request forms
  • Cancellation policies
  • Privacy policies
  • Non-disclosure agreements
  • Disclaimers...and more!  


"The retreat was so dang comprehensive! It answered all the questions I had about how to start a business and made me feel confident in moving forward. The swipe file is huge, the connections I made were huge, and the energy I felt and took away from the weekend was huge. I feel ready to give myself the go and launch my own business."

Hillary Pride, RD, LD, based in Portland, Maine. Aspiring/New Entrpreneur Mastermind Retreat Attendee. 

The Venue

We'll spend the weekend together in a beautiful, light-filled space in Midtown, right in the heart of Manhattan. There will be plenty of space to work together plus additional breakout space for small-group brainstorming. The suite is equipped with high-speed wifi, whiteboard, flatscreen TV monitor, and a kitchen. 

Address: 2 West 42nd Street, New York, NY.

Close to Bryant Park, Grand Central Station, Midtown, and multiple subway lines. 

The Retreat Weekend Schedule

Friday: 3-6pm + Networking Happy Hour 6-8pm

Saturday: 8:30am-5:30pm

Sunday: 8:30am-4:30pm

*Tentative schedule, may change slightly

"Alissa's retreat helped me feel more secure in my decision to starting my own practice and left me with so many tools to utilize to obtain clients via social media and my optimized website. It helped me to streamline my goals for my practice and discover/hone in my niche clientele. It was great to be surrounded by other RDs who shared a similar goal and yet had so many clever niches for their businesses. All the variety and advice from everyone was invaluable!"  

Rachel Albaum, RDN, CDN, CDE, RYT, CLT, IFNCP. Owner of Inner Compass Nutrition in Bronxville, NY.

Enrollment for each retreat is limited to just 15 people - grab your spot now! 

Registration Fee Includes:

  • All training workshops + bonus webinars
  • 23 CEUs
  • PDF Workbook with retreat materials and presentations
  • Google swipe file materials - lifetime access!
  • Worksheets and handouts 
  • Private Facebook Mastermind Group for retreat attendees for peer support and accountability
  • Networking happy hour including drinks and snacks on Friday
  • Breakfast, lunch and snacks on Saturday and Sunday 
  • Swag bag full of goodies 
  • Complimentary group fitness class (optional)

"I have been hoping to start a virtual practice for over a year, but was overwhelmed trying to figure out where to start and how to make sure I was "doing it right." Alissa's retreat literally answered every question and concern that I had, and gave me all of the tools necessary to take action and come up with a solid, clear plan to success. This experience has given me so much confidence in my ability to start and run my own practice. I highly recommend this retreat to any dietitian out there who dreams of being their own boss, but is confused or overwhelmed about how to get there."  

Diana Savani, RD, LDN. Owner of Eating with a Dietitian in Methuen, MA. Aspiring/New Entrepreneur Mastermind Retreat Attendee. 


What Attendees Are Saying:

"Alissa's retreat was incredibly beneficial to me as a private practitioner. My number one takeaway is understanding my worth as a dedicated and passionate dietitian. Within a few weeks, I've already raised my rates and have experienced no pushback because I learned how to clearly and quickly explain the benefit of my particular coaching to my prospective clients. It was also wonderful to connect with other entrepreneurial dietitians with similar goals; there is strength to be gained from knowing you're not alone."

Barbie Boules, RDN, LDN, CHC. Owner of NYOUTRITION, Inc. in Chicago, IL  


"Coming into the retreat, I already had a good start on the business plan, but I was feeling stuck on a few decisions which were holding me back from launching my business. Alissa provided me with knowledge of how to start and key elements to consider. I came away with so many resources for how to develop my brand, packages, and website and I used them all to launch my business only 5 weeks after the retreat. I definitely recommend this retreat to other dietitians who want to start their own business or who are in the early stages of having a business. It is easy to feel overwhelmed with everything a business owner needs to do but this retreat is that it breaks it all down and make it feel approachable!" 

Tyffanie Ammeter, MS, RDN, CDN. Owner of Tyffanie Ammeter Nutrition, New York, NY.


"I attended this retreat because I wanted to learn how to build a successful private practice and gain the confidence to do it on my own. One great discovery is that I'm really not on my own because there is such an amazing group of dietitians like Alissa doing this and willing to help others be just as successful. I learned so much at this retreat and felt so prepared to build my business after the weekend was over. I would recommend this for every RD looking to become an entrepreneur, for those just starting out as well as those more established. Alissa is such an amazing resource!"  

Michelle Sadlowski, MS, RDN, CSSD. Owner of Personal Best RD in Wareham, MA. 


"In addition to the wealth of information provided in the retreat by the super knowledgeable Alissa, I was also pleased with the level of connection to the other attendees. I learned how to improve my pricing and offerings, how to hone in on my target market and stay true to what I really want to do the most, as well as how to go about creating contracts for brands. As a solo entrepreneur, it is invaluable to walk away with a support system in addition to a clear path of how to advance forward."  

Caitlin Kiarie, RDN. Owner of Mom-N-Tot Nutrition in Montclair, NJ  


"After meeting Alissa, it was so clear how thoughtful, savvy and smart she is in her approach to her own business. I signed up for her retreat hoping to get some guidance on a couple of blocks that were preventing me from taking the next step in my company and I left with a clear plan for how to move past those blocks as well as a roadmap for what comes next. It was inspiring to connect and share ideas with like-minded entrepreneurs. I definitely recommend this retreat to any dietitian who has recently started a business or wants to take his or her existing business to a higher level!"

Malina Malkani MS, RDN, CDN. Creator of the Wholitarian Lifestyle in New York, NY.


"I would 100% recommend this retreat to any RD who is looking to start their own business, or those who have had their own practice for a long time and need a business boost. The whole experience was one of the best things I have ever done for myself. Alissa clearly lays out everything you need to do, think about, and reach for in order to be successful in your own business. She makes you feel like with the right tenacity and mindset, you will be able to get there and reach your goals. Alissa also approaches the information in a realistic way, and expresses how to tackle one mission at a time so you don't get overwhelmed. Aside from the incredible learning experience, you meet a group of supportive women who are willing to help you along on your journey!  

 Berit Young, RDN. Owner of The Cupcake Dietitian in Rochester, NY. 


"I attended the retreat because I wanted to learn ways on how to expand both my practice and brand. The material presented was new; information I hadn't sent in school, retreats, webinars nor conferences. One thing I liked about the retreat is that Alissa took the time to review each of our specific needs to help us improve our business. I also enjoyed meeting new colleagues and networking. I can't express how motivated I left to continue to build my nutrition practice. I've already made short and long term goals to accomplish within the next 3-12 months. I would recommend this retreat without a doubt to people who need guidance on how to build and grow their nutrition business." 

Alexandra Briceno RD, LD/N, CDN. Owner AB Family Nutrition LLC in Miami, FL. 


"Alissa is a savvy shining star in the dietetics profession, and all of that comes through in this retreat.

During the retreat I learned that I need to charge more for services, and charge for some things I'm giving for free.The day after the reteat, I got a call from a potential new client and gave her my new raised rate. She didn't hesitate, so I'm going to raise it again! I made the money back I spent on the retreat in one week because the strategies I implemented. Don't hesitate - sign up now for grab and go tools to grow your business."

Tina Marinaccio MS, RD, CPT. Owner of Health Dynamics LLC in Morristown, NJ.  

Meet Your Host

Alissa Rumsey, MS, RD, CDN, CSCS

Alissa is a nationally recognized registered dietitian and the owner of Alissa Rumsey Nutrition and Wellness P.C., a nutrition coaching and consulting company based in New York City. She is passionate about helping other dietitians start and grow their dream businesses (and make money too!). In 2017, she launched the Dietitian Entrepreneur Mastermind Retreat which in just one year has brought 55 dietitians from 17 different states together for four different events to connect, collaborate and work on their businesses. 

Alissa has spoken at events and professional meetings around the country including the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE), Today’s Dietitian Symposium, the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Conference and Expo, the California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Conference and Expo, and the Florida Food and Nutrition Symposium. Alissa’s expertise is regularly featured on television, online, and in print. As a past spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, she represented a national association of over 100,000 Registered Dietitians and nutrition professionals. She is a monthly contributor to US News and World Report and has appeared in over 100 media outlets including NBC Nightly News, CNN, CBS News, ABC News, Prevention, Health Magazine, SELF and Women’s Health. She was the recipient of the 2017 Media Excellence award from the New York State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  

Alissa earned dual Bachelor’s degrees in Dietetics and Exercise Science from the University of Delaware and a Master’s of Science degree in Health Communications from Boston University. In her spare time, Alissa can be found traveling to far-off countries exploring the expansive New York City food and restaurant scene. 

FAQ's

What is a mastermind?

A mastermind is a group of people who come together to navigate challenges and brainstorm ideas for each other’s businesses. It's a place for support and encouragment, to challenge and hold each other accountable. This might be a short-term arrangement – like a weekend retreat – or a longer term one, where people connect regularly during the year.  

Why attend in person if I'm already connected with people online?

Honestly, there is just no comparison in the surface level chats of Facebook and listserves versus the real-time, in-person conversations of face-to-face connection. While I love the convenience of electronic communication, I've been part of numerous in-person mastermind meetings and retreats and the knowledge and feedback I gained in just a few short days was incomparable. 

I'm not sure which retreat I should attend - both seem helpful! What do you suggest?

If you have not yet started a business OR are less than a year into business, the Aspiring Entrepreneurs retreat is best for you. If you've had your business for more than a year, the Established Business Owners retreat is more suited. If for some reason you are not able to attend the dates of the retreat that you'd like to attend, or you're not sure which one is best for you, email alissa@alissarumsey.com.

Will I receive continuing education credits?

Yes! Both retreats are approved for 23 CEU's by the Commision on Dietetic Registration (CDR).  

Where can I stay in New York City?

The retreat will take place in the Midtown neighborhood of Manhattan, close to multiple subway lines (see more venue details above). There are numerous hotel and airbnb options in the area. You can also be connected with other retreat attendees if you are looking for a roomate. You can fly into JFK , Laguardia or Newark Liberty airport. 

Have another question?

Email alissa@alissarumsey.com 

Cancellation Policy It is your responsibility to read and understand our cancellation policy before registering. Cancellations made less than 60 days out from the retreat date are non-refundable. If you are traveling to the retreat, travel insurance is highly recommended. Refunds will not be provided for delayed or cancelled travel plans. If any reason the retreat is cancelled, you will receive a full refund for the registration cost. Alissa Rumsey Nutrition and Wellness P.C. will not be held responsible for any additional travel expenses incurred in preparation for cancelled retreats including airline tickets, travel delays, flight cancellations or illness.

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