Remote Work Summit provides a harmonious blend of work, play, and rest by integrating personal and professional development, cultural immersion, and adventure travel. 

Helping remote leaders grow, gain new insights, expand their worldview,
and deepen their connections with themselves, each other, and the global community, making them more impactful leaders.

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Programming will always take into account current remote work challenges.
Request a topic by emailing Rebel + Connect Director of Program Development Charlie Birch at Charlie@rebelandconnect.co.
 

Since the event is hosted in a different location each year, our team works with members of the local community to identify the best entertainment, culturally immersive experiences, and excursions.


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... including but not limited to - with more details to come ...


Virtual Remote Work Summit
Part 1

(Last week of May 2018 - dates and times coming soon!)

Nathan Hirsch FreeeUp

Nathan Hirsch


 

CEO and Founder @ FreeeUp

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Amy Freshman

Senior Director, Human Resource Global Workplace Enablement
Merges & Acquisitions @ ADP

TEASER: Spotlight Interview Coming Soon!

 
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 Tayo Rockson

CEO @ UYD Management

TED Speaker

Host of As Told By Nomads

TEASER: Spotlight Interview Coming Soon!

 

On-Site Summit

(Eagle's Retreat San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala May 31st -June 4th 2018)

Thursday May 31st, 2018

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Travel Day

Our team will be organizing travel from the closest airport Guatemala City to San Marcos La Laguna. This journey includes both land and water travel! How fun. This will be included in the ticket price.

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Strangers to Friends
Kick Off Party
with Carlyn Shaw

Carlyn is the Founder of Strangers To Friends - a community that inspires us to put down our smart phones & get back to basics! Unplug from technology and plug-in to new human connections!

Based on the law of averages, you are the average of the five people within your network you spend the most time with. As a remote leader it's vital to your company's success that you have a strong network of fellow remote leaders.

Strangers To Friends Experiences are not about meeting every single person in the room, but rather the right people, at the right on time. For a specific reason a connection was made. For a specific reason a person crossed your path.

TEASER: Spotlight Interview Coming Soon!


Friday June 1st, 2018

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Yoga Session

Plug-in to self-care with a morning yoga class. Access the wisdom of the body-mind connection.

Leaders who practice yoga on a regular basis can expect to have increased piece of mind, reduced stress, increased creativity, and increased confidence.

Each ticket includes one yoga session. Detailed information about teachers will be added as the details are finalized.


Leadership and Team Building Sessions

Leading a high-performing remote team starts with leaders who understand the unique human challenges of leading, on-boarding, working, communicating, and collaborating remotely.

Studies show that extraordinary leaders (top 10%)
more than doubled company profits when compared to the other 90% of leaders.

Join our world class remote leadership and team building experts for these unique sessions - become the truly extraordinary leader your team deserves!

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Janice Chaka

 

Owner and HR Consultant @ The Career Introvert

 

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Ceri Power

 

Global HR Business Partner @ Automattic

TEASER: Interview Coming Soon!

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Liz Scully

 

CEO @ Rethink Central

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Brad Richardson

 

Co-Founder and CMO @ Walkabout Workplace

TEASER: Interview Coming Soon!

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Wayne Turmel

Co-founder, Remote Leadership Institute

Co-author The Long-Distance Leader: Rules for Remarkable Remote Leadership

TEASER: Interview Coming Soon!

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Annette White-Klososky

CEO and Co-Founder @ SurveySaurus

TEASER: Interview Coming Soon!

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Cultural Showcase

We’ll start the night off by hearing from key members of the Konojel and Fincas Buenas teams about the work they are doing to end chronic hunger and malnutrition in rural Guatemala.

Afterwards you’ll get a chance to experience a traditional Mayan fire ceremony lead by a local elder. Mayan fire ceremonies are elaborate and powerful.

Music and dance on the main platform will follow.


Saturday June 2nd, 2018

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Yoga Session

Plug-in to self-care with a morning yoga class. Access the wisdom of the body-mind connection.

Leaders who practice yoga on a regular basis can expect to have increased piece of mind, reduced stress, increased creativity, and increased confidence.

Each ticket includes one yoga session. Detailed information about teachers will be added as the details are finalized.

 

Company Culture Sessions

Entrepreneur.com defines company culture as a blend of the values, beliefs, taboos, symbols, rituals and myths all companies develop over time. While some companies choose high-pressure cut throat cultures, extraordinary leaders understand that companies with positive, life-affirming cultures result in happier and healthier employees.

Studies show that...

...health care expenditures at high-pressure companies are nearly 50% greater than at other organizations.

...companies with happy employees outperform the competition by 20%, earn 1.2-1.7% more than peer firms, and are 2.1% above industry benchmarks.

As a leader, a huge part of your job is to invest time and effort into the health of your organization, because an organization’s culture and health is just as reliable a predictor of success as sales figures.

Join our world class remote company culture experts for these unique sessions - become the culturally competent remote leader your global talent pool demands!

 

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Chris Dyer

CEO and Founder @ PeopleG2

Author of The Power of Company Culture

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Susan Schmitz

 

People Strategist, Infrastructure Delivery Services @ Dell

TEASER: Interview Coming Soon!

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Stacy Elliott

 

Executive Communications Director @ Microsoft

TEASER: Interview Coming Soon!

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Marty Imes

Founder, Consultant, and Culture Builder @ CultureStoke

TEASER: Interview Coming Soon!

 

Cultural Immersion Excursions

Adam Galinsky, Columbia Business School's expert on the relationship between creativity and travel, found that immersive experiential travel increases both cognitive flexibility and in-depth systems thinking, as well as generalized trust and faith in humanity.

Fortune.com explains that
increased trust helps people feel more connected, more supported, and happier overtime.

Tony Robbins says it best...

"The quality of your life is in direct proportion to the amount of uncertainty you can handle at any given moment."

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Painting the Town
with Fincas Buenas

Join the Fincas Buenas team in their mission to paint the town of San Marcos La Laguna. This project intends to paint walls, houses, schools, and churches, with pictures, the history of this village, Mayan culture, patterns and sayings that inspire the people in these economically disadvantaged neighborhoods to dream, reach and believe! A great way to leave a positive lasting impression on the hearts and minds of San Marcos La Laguna locals. Each ticket includes one cultural excursion.

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Mayan Cooking Class

 

with Konojel

Learn from local women about traditional Mayan cooking techniques as you prepare local dishes. For the Maya food is sacred. They closely linked the agricultural cycle to astronomy and religion. Important rituals and ceremonies were held in honor of specialized workers; from beekeepers to fishermen, and maize, the all-important Mesoamerican staple, even had its own god. Each ticket includes one cultural excursion.

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Ikat Textile Weaving

Learn about the traditional art of Mayan textile weaving. Ikat, a Malaysian word meaning  'to knot,' is an ancient weaving technique that has been practiced in many countries for thousands of years, as far back as the 10th century in Yemen. Guatemala is one of the few areas in the world where this  intricate textile art is still being enthusiastically practiced. Each ticket includes one cultural excursion.

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Cacao Music and Dance Party

Plug-in to the power of cacao, movement, music, nature, and community. Due to certain active ingredients that help release ‘feel good’ emotions, cacao is considered a heart opener. Movement and music work together to bring forth our highest selves. Sunset, a magical time, honors to passing of time and the constant of change. Join us to celebrate the power of communities big and small!


Sunday June 3rd, 2018

Natural Immersion Excursions

Contact with nature is an affordable, accessible and equitable form of preventative and restorative medicine. Nature is the best nurture - many studies show significant health gains for those in contact with nature....

...reduces anxiety and depression, decreases stress, increases energy, increases immune system function, lowers risk of diabetes by 50%, increases vitamin D production, reduces obesity, reduces symptoms of ADD, lowers risk of heart attack by 50%, and lowers risk of colon cancer by 30%.

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Tul Reed Planting


with Jonas Freers

Lake Atitlán is the third largest freshwater lake in Guatemala. The Tul Reforestation Program is working to increase tul reed levels in the lake. Tul is a natural filter for pollutants running from the shore, it controls the cyanobacteria bloom, and is the habitat for animal species such as fish, crustaceans and mollusks, migratory birds.

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Educational Nature Walk
with Jay Jackson

Learn about the ecosystem of San Marcos La Laguna and surrounding Lake Atitlán region as you wander through nature. This is not a strenuous excursion and is appropriate from all fitness levels.

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Cliff Jumping and Kayaking Tour

Explore Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve. This excursion includes entry into the reserve, kayaking, and cliff jumping. Designed with the active adventure traveler in mind. Entry fees go to support the nature reserve.

 

Remote Work Expert Panel

Distributed Business Development

Remote Work is undoubtedly the future of work. This movement isn't only changing where we work and how we lead our teams, it's changing the way we network, market, sell, and scale businesses.

How do we rethink business development in a remote company? What works and what doesn't - hear from business owners and executives who are leading the way. 

 
Panel Moderator Jacqueline Jensen

Panel Moderator
Jacqueline Jensen

 
 

TEASER: Spotlight Interview Coming Soon!

 

Meet the Panelists

Mark Johnson Partner & Designer @ Motel

Mark Johnson
Partner & Designer
@ Motel

TEASER: Spotlight Interview Coming Soon!

Dylan Schiemann CEO @ SitePen

Dylan Schiemann
CEO
@ SitePen

TEASER: Spotlight Interview Coming Soon!

Panelist Taylor Coil Marketing and Strategy @ Tortuga Backpacks

Panelist
Taylor Coil
Marketing and Strategy
@ Tortuga Backpacks

TEASER: Spotlight Interview Coming Soon!

Kyrie Melnyck Founder @ 7in7

Kyrie Melnyck
Founder
@ 7in7

TEASER: Spotlight Interview Coming Soon!

 

Remote Work Expert Panel

Remote HR and Operations

Technology makes remote work increasingly easier and is undoubtedly shaping the future of the workplace, but at the end of the day it's the people not the technology that makes a company special. Remote leaders must find new ways to celebrate and manage human connections in the digital world. We must re-imagine hiring, on-boarding, communication, recognition, and so much more.  

How do we rethink business development people and culture at distributed companies? What works and what doesn't - hear from business owners and executives who are leading the way. 

 
Panel Moderator Gretchen Pleshaw

Panel Moderator
Gretchen Pleshaw

 

TEASER: Spotlight Interview Coming Soon!

Meet the Panelist

Panelist Trina Hoefling Transformational Change Agent @ Smart Workplace Author of Working Virtually - Transforming the Mobile Workplace

Panelist
Trina Hoefling
Transformational Change Agent
@ Smart Workplace
Author of Working Virtually - Transforming the Mobile Workplace

TEASER: Spotlight Interview Coming Soon!

Panelist Matt Kohn CEO and Founder @ Different Hunger  

Panelist
Matt Kohn
CEO and Founder
@ Different Hunger




 

TEASER: Spotlight Interview Coming Soon!

Panelist Céline Williams Hon.B.A. Principal & Founder @ reVisionary  

Panelist
Céline Williams Hon.B.A.
Principal & Founder @ reVisionary




 

TEASER: Spotlight Interview Coming Soon!

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Monday June 4th, 2018

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Travel Day

Return airport transfer is not included in ticket price. Visit the Destination page for Travel Tips or reach out to Director of Travel Rachel McGehee for support; rachel@rebelandconnect.co.


Virtual Remote Work Summit Part 2

(First week of June 2018 - dates and times coming soon!)

 
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Event Replay

Can't make the live event?
Missed an on-site session?
Not to worry!
All event sessions will be recorded and broadcast in the days following the event! As we confirm speakers the site will be updated accordingly!