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Last month I traveled to the Rising Tide Society Leaders Retreat in St. Paul, Minnesota. RTS is an international community of creative small business owners, with chapters in big cities and small towns across the country and the world.

Each month members meet with their local chapter to discuss and share information about a certain business topic. Running a small business can be very lonely and we often find ourselves having to learn how to do the jobs of multiple people to keep everything running. Chapter meetings give us a chance to share our knowledge, lessons learned, resources, and sometimes just a thoughtful ear.

In March 2017 I stepped into the role of the Galveston, Texas chapter leader. Last September we joined forces with the League City, TX chapter whose leader, Christine, I now co-lead with to cover the metro area south/southeast of Houston.

As chapter leaders it is our duty to create a welcoming environment that will foster meaningful relationships, provide support and encouragement, and help recharge the batteries of our fellow entrepreneurs. Though networking naturally happens, that’s not what the Rising Tide Society is about. It’s about cultivating our own “co-workers” and building a community with other business owners to get beyond the lonely island that is competition. RTS recognizes that we can all help each other thrive faster and better by putting our heads and hearts together rather than each of us trying to go it alone.

All of that brings me back around to the retreat, which does for all the chapter leaders what we try to do for our local members. This was my 2nd RTS Leaders Retreat. I was so amped after last year’s retreat in New Orleans that as I was driving home I vowed to make the next one.

The retreat was two full days of community, speakers, and group discussions on topics like inclusivity and diversity, leadership challenges, and growth strategies. It gave us all a chance to share what’s working in our own groups, ask for help where we feel like we could be doing better, and it was just an opportunity to make new friends! Check out what two of my fellow leaders had to say about their own experience at the retreat…

Kayla Kitts

Leader in Albuquerque and owner at Kayla Kitts Photography
“When I think about the Rising Tide Society group I think of community, compassion, commitment, and companionship. I think of encouragement, knowledge, and positivity, and so much more – and I am SO honored to be a part of it all. Being a leader of our local group in New Mexico is such an honor, and attending the retreat this year was such a pleasure. Between the incredible speakers, the roaring laughter and the flowing tears, the memories made, (and so much good food!) – I am refueled, re-energized, and so excited for all that’s to come in our community, both locally and internationally!”

Justine Hwang

Leader in Vancouver, BC and owner at It Just Flows
“I love the vision of RTS. I believe cultivating a spirit of community over competition is especially needed in our world today. Despite being increasingly plugged in, we can still feel so disconnected, struggling with loneliness, isolation, and comparison in running our businesses. I love that RTS uses social media to cultivate face to face gatherings, where the real magic happens. I love creating a space where my people can find meaningful connections to grow their business through relationships and personal growth too. The leaders’ retreat helped me realize I am not alone in the struggles and hard work of community building. What a highlight to connect with others who care, gathering our synergy and learning from one another and working together to improve our leadership and grow our local groups to be even stronger communities.”

I can’t really top either of those statements, though I’ll add that once again, the retreat left me feeling revived and refueled to come home and keep up the work of pouring into not just my local RTS chapter, but also my clients and business.

A massively huge thank you to Olivia Reed Photo for working tirelessly non-stop for two days capturing the entire event so we could all just sit back and absorb every moment. Her hard work is featured in all the images below.

Thank you to all the retreat’s wonderful sponsors:

Honeybook
Visa
Showit
Creative Live

Thank you to all of our speakers:

Arielle Estoria
Todd Watson from Showit
Chase Jarvis from Creative Live
Shaunae Teske (read her re-cap here)
Laylee Emadi Smith
LaShanta Green

And, of course, thank you to all of the vendors that came together to make this happen for us:

Venue / Paikka
Event Planner / Jessica Wonder Events
Videography / Kemari Lyn Films
Florals / Aster Wonders
Breakfast / Surdyk’s Catering
Design / Austyn Elizabeth
Printing / Champagne Press
Table Numbers / Masters Pieces
Photo Booth / Time Into Pixels
Cotton Candy / Cotton and Whim
Bartending / With a Twist

If you are a creative business owner (or an entrepreneur that likes to think about business creatively) in the Southeast Texas area and you’d like to join our community, check out our local website and join our Facebook group.
If you’re outside our area but would still like to be part of the RTS community, you can find a local meetup near you here!

Sign in table at the Rising Tide Society Leaders Retreat

Sign in table and welcome area at the Rising Tide Society Leaders Retreat

Welcome lounge area at the Rising Tide Society Leaders Retreat

Welcome lounge area at the Rising Tide Society Leaders Retreat

Check in table at the Rising Tide Society Leaders Retreat

Welcome team at the Rising Tide Society Leaders Retreat

Paikka event venue in St. Paul Minnesota

Paikka event venue decorated for the Rising Tide Society Leaders Retreat

Floral centerpieces on rectangle wood tables at Paikka

Paikka event venue decorated for the Rising Tide Society Leaders Retreat

Large greenery centerpieces on rectangle wood tables at Paikka

Rising Tide Society leaders mingling at Paikka

Rising Tide Society leaders mingling at Paikka

Floral centerpiece on rectangle wood tables at Paikka

Natalie Franke speaking at the Rising Tide Society Leaders Retreat at Paikka

Natalie Franke speaking at the Rising Tide Society Leaders Retreat at Paikka

Natalie Franke speaking at the Rising Tide Society Leaders Retreat at Paikka

Natalie Franke speaking at the Rising Tide Society Leaders Retreat at Paikka

Natalie Franke speaking as Rising Tide Society Leaders look on

Rising Tide Society Leaders writing at retreat at Paikka

Natalie Franke speaking at the Rising Tide Society Leaders Retreat at Paikka

Arielle Estoria speaking at the Rising Tide Society Leaders Retreat at Paikka

Arielle Estoria speaking at the Rising Tide Society Leaders Retreat at Paikka

Arielle Estoria speaking at the Rising Tide Society Leaders Retreat at Paikka

Arielle Estoria speaking as Rising Tide Society Leaders look on

Arielle Estoria speaking at the Rising Tide Society Leaders Retreat at Paikka

Arielle Estoria speaking at the Rising Tide Society Leaders Retreat at Paikka

Showit booth at the Rising Tide Society Leaders Retreat in St. Paul Minnesota

Todd Watson of Showit and Natalie Franke speaking in St. Paul Minnesota

Todd Watson of Showit speaking at the Rising Tide Society Leaders Retreat at Paikka

Todd Watson of Showit speaking as Rising Tide Society Leaders look on

Todd Watson of Showit speaking at the Rising Tide Society Leaders Retreat at Paikka

Todd Watson of Showit speaking as Rising Tide Society Leaders take notes

Todd Watson of Showit speaking at the Rising Tide Society Leaders Retreat at Paikka

Todd Watson of Showit speaking as Rising Tide Society Leaders look on

Kait Masters speaking to the Rising Tide Society Leaders at Paikka

Chase Jarvis of CreativeLive speaking at the Rising Tide Society Leaders Retreat at Paikka

Chase Jarvis of CreativeLive speaking at the Rising Tide Society Leaders Retreat at Paikka

Chase Jarvis of CreativeLive speaking at the Rising Tide Society Leaders Retreat at Paikka

Chase Jarvis of CreativeLive speaking as Rising Tide Society Leaders look on

Chase Jarvis of CreativeLive speaking at the Rising Tide Society Leaders Retreat at Paikka

Chase Jarvis of CreativeLive interacting with a Rising Tide Society Leader

Chase Jarvis of CreativeLive speaking at the Rising Tide Society Leaders Retreat at Paikka

Chase Jarvis of CreativeLive speaking as Rising Tide Society Leaders look on

Chase Jarvis of CreativeLive listens to a Rising Tide Society leader at a retreat in St. Paul Minnesota

A Rising Tide Society leader shares a story at a retreat in St. Paul Minnesota

Chase Jarvis of CreativeLive speaking as Rising Tide Society Leaders look on

Rising Tide Society leaders in a breakout discussion at retreat in St. Paul Minnesota

Rising Tide Society leaders in a breakout discussion at retreat in St. Paul Minnesota

Paikka in St. Paul Minnesota

Rising Tide Society leaders converse before the start of a retreat

Rising Tide Society leaders converse before the start of a retreat

Christina Wager from Visa and Martha Bitar talk to Rising Tide Society leaders at Paikka

Christina Wager from Visa and Martha Bitar talk to a group of Rising Tide Society leaders in St. Paul Minnesota

Christina Wager from Visa and Martha Bitar talk to a group of Rising Tide Society leaders in St. Paul Minnesota

Christina Wager from Visa and Martha Bitar talk to Rising Tide Society leaders at Paikka

Martha Bitar talks to Rising Tide Society leaders at Paikka

Christina Wager from Visa talks to Rising Tide Society leaders at Paikka

Laylee Emadi speaking at the Rising Tide Society Leaders Retreat at Paikka

Laylee Emadi speaking at the Rising Tide Society Leaders Retreat in St. Paul Minnesota

Laylee Emadi speaking as Rising Tide Society Leaders take notes

Laylee Emadi speaking at the Rising Tide Society Leaders Retreat at Paikka

Laylee Emadi speaking at the Rising Tide Society Leaders Retreat at Paikka

The Rising Tide Society mission statement

community over competition

Natalie Franke speaking at the Rising Tide Society Leaders Retreat in St. Paul Minnesota

Rising Tide Society leaders laughing at retreat in St. Paul Minnesota

Natalie Franke speaking at the Rising Tide Society Leaders Retreat at Paikka

LaShanta Green speaking at the Rising Tide Society Leaders Retreat at Paikka

Natalie Franke speaking at the Rising Tide Society Leaders Retreat in St. Paul Minnesota

LaShanta Green speaking as Rising Tide Society Leaders look on

Natalie Franke speaking at the Rising Tide Society Leaders Retreat at Paikka

LaShanta Green speaking as Rising Tide Society Leaders look on

Natalie Franke speaking at the Rising Tide Society Leaders Retreat in St. Paul Minnesota

Denise (Rochester, NY) and Justine (Vancouver, BC) and Justina and Kate (NYC). Love all these ladies!

Rising Tide Society leaders from Vancouver and New York City

Top: Christa (Michigan),  Lynsey (Michigan), and Allie (Michigan)
Bottom: Kristen (Oregon), Lauren (our Military community leader), Marissa (North Carolina) and Christine (Rhode Island)

Rising Tide Society Leaders from Michigan

Natalie Franke and Kait Masters at Rising Tide Society leaders retreat

Group photo of attendees of the Rising Tide Society leaders retreat in St. Paul Minnesota

Group photo of attendees of the Rising Tide Society leaders retreat in St. Paul Minnesota

And here is some fun from our afterparty!

Cotton and Whim cotton candy service at Paikka in St. Paul Minnesota

Cotton and Whim cotton candy service at Paikka in St. Paul Minnesota

Photo booth at Paikka in St. Paul Minnesota

Leaders relaxing outside at Paikka in St. Paul Minnesota

Leaders relaxing outside at Paikka in St. Paul Minnesota

Rising Tide Society leaders from Texas and Charleston

And lastly, here are a few snapshots I got with my cellphone!

Rising Tide Society leaders retreat name tag and welcome sign
You’ve probably seen Kait Masters popping in and out of the RTS Facebook group and I’ve talked to her so many times and finally got to meet her in real life!

Dawn Browne and Kait Masters at Rising Tide Society Leaders retreat in St. Paul Minnesota

Our wonderful leader Natalie Franke and…your Texas Rising Tide Society chapter leaders: Galveston/League City, Texarkana, Dallas, Austin and Houston!!!

Dawn Browne with Natalie Franke and the Texas Rising Tide Society Leaders

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