The Road To Remote Team Success: A Raw Inside Look at Bootstrapping a Fully Distributed Startup

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Our names are Charlie Birch, Rachel McGehee and Summer Weirich and we are the founders of Rebel + Connect, a startup that creates custom retreats for remote working companies and their employees.

Background on us. Why we are creating a remote working startup.

In February of 2016, I registered for an online business course program. Prior to making this decision, I had been struggling to build my coaching practice. I invested in a webinar training program that I hoped would be a game changer. I put in a tremendous amount of hours to build my funnel, design my webinar, and prepare for a flood of new clients. In addition to the money I invested to participate in that training, I also spent $300 on Facebook ads, hired someone to help me with social media, and purchased a webinar software. 

When it came time for my webinar, I had only three guests: my buddy from college, my sister, and a woman I had connected with on LinkedIn. I was crushed.

For the whole week following this epic bomb, I laid on the couch at my boyfriend’s house eating junk food, intentionally checking out from the world around me.

I was brought back to life when my dad called and pitched an idea for a blues musicians’ traveling train tour from Philly to New Orleans and back again. This idea did not end up materializing, but the excitement lingered and made me curious.

Soon after, the online course program sent out our first pre-course bonus. Five minutes into the first PDF worksheet, I had a breakthrough.

My previous business sucked and would continue to suck because I hated it. It was the wrong business for me. I didn’t want to be a tour guide on a train as my father has suggested, but I was sick of relating to people through a purely digital platform like webinars. I wanted to co-create real life experiences with others.

The moment I admitted that to myself, I was hit with a flood of ideas and experienced intense clarity.

The integration of these ideas was the seed of the business concept that over the next seven months would blossom into Rebel + Connect.

This is our story (so far…)!

Why Rebel + Connect is a unique remote work startup and team.

I honestly don’t remember the specifics of when Charlie called me, I just remember that she said she had a business opportunity that she wanted to tell me about. I remember I had a great feeling about this right from the start. I have always wanted to be a co-owner of a business, but finding the right business and the right co-owner(s) is tough to say the least.

Charlie had been my roommate previously and I know that when she puts her mind to something, it happens. Though we are two very different humans, we are similar when it comes to ambition and completion – so I trusted she was on to something!

When Charlie told me that Rachel was the other potential business partner, I got very excited. I know Rachel is another amazing human who is ambitious as we are and has great ideas continuously come from her brain. I could hardly wait to meet with Charlie and Rachel on a Zoom call.


It was March, and out of the blue I get a text from Charlie Birch.

I hadn’t seen Charlie in almost 2 years. And the last time I had seen her was a complete chance encounter when I was visiting Boulder.

But that’s how things go when you’re connected to yourself and to others. Somehow the right people seem to pop up at just the right time. Now maybe to you it doesn’t seem like the “right” time, but when we let go of fear and doubt, the Universe has a way of delivering.


So back to that “out of the blue” text. It went like this:

My first thought?

Hear her out, Rachel. She’s a friend, so you at least gotta listen to what she has to say.

And my second thought?

Rachel, are you effing serious? There’s no way you can be part of anything else. You already have too much on your plate as it is.

Well, anyone that knows me knows I went with my gut and intuition and I scheduled a time to chat with Charlie.

When we finally got on the phone I had just finished a long day, was driving home in traffic, and I was not in the best mindset to be “pitched.”

By the time I pulled into my driveway, Charlie had piqued my interest slightly, but I still wasn’t sure. She mentioned that Summer was on her mind as a partner, and they were hopping on a video chat later that week.

I know Summer as someone who is just as busy as me (if not more!), with the ability to spread glitter regardless of her stress level. So if she was open to it, I had to hear more.

When I got on a Zoom chat with Charlie and Summer a week later, I realized that this girl had done her homework. Charlie was so serious about this “idea” and was bringing so much passion to it, that it already felt real. I had to be a part of it.

On March 11, 2016, all three of us hopped on our very first Zoom call.

Charlie gave a bomb-@$$ presentation that explained her idea to aid remote teams in creating and planning retreats. It was 47 slides long to be exact! The content highlighted social science, market research, the business model, an ideal client avatar, and each person’s internal roles.

She made it clear to us that we were the perfect business partners to help make this a huge success, but that regardless, she was doing this 110%. She told us that she didn’t need an answer right away, that we could give her an answer by the end of the week. However, Charlie had sold the $#!T out of us!

“I don’t need a week, I’m in 100%!” exclaimed Summer.

Rachel said, “Charlie, if this is where your brain is, I want to be in your brain!”

Raising Our Startup

Right from the start, it was clear that this was going to be an unconventional team. We knew we would never feel at home in a board room. Actively refusing to conform to the traditional cookie-cutter image of a business meeting has allowed for more fun and creativity than any of us could have ever imagined.

In person, our official meetings more closely resemble this:

When we aren’t able to be in the same location (99% of the time) you might expect to see something like this….

Within 10 days of forming our team, Rachel’s brain started to twitch when she was exposed to Summer and Charlie’s excessive texting habits. Her reaction was to make a three page google doc transcription:

It was painfully obvious that we needed to create a better system for internal communication. Summer introduced us to Slack and we never looked back!

Tracking projects and tasks for our team had Rachel approaching headless chicken status.

We needed a way to organize everything in one place! Charlie wanted a visual timeline and began researching different options. Trello won and became our project management solution.

Turns out Trello and Slack have built-in integrations! 😉

Since we are all friends first and business partners second, we had to get serious about how we would use our meeting time. The only way to avoid falling into the old habits of pure social interaction…

…was to create new norms of behavior that set the tone for productive and constructive meetings. Now we start and end every meeting with a three part ritual that draws upon:

  • a centering technique that Charlie learned from her mentor Mark Walsh.
  • an aspect of Twin Hearts Meditation practiced by Rachel called the A-bun-dance.
  • a style of verbal check-ins called ‘popcorn’ that is informed by the practice of lean speech. Charlie learned this technique while studying counseling psychology at Naropa University.

While the name of a business isn’t the most important thing, it isn’t insignificant either. We went on for about two or three weeks trying to come up with a name that resonated with all three of us. Some names that we played around with were Retreat Queens, Bolder Retreats, and Rebel Custom Retreats, but none of those seemed right.

Finally we found the perfect name, Rebel + Connect. We are all rebels who value connection.

Rebel + Connect is a call to action, and we are committed to, “Celebrating Human Connections in a Digital World!

As part of her online business course bonuses, Charlie had gained access to a course called Lift, which was designed to arm startups with the legal information they need to start a legit business.

After extensive research, we finally decided to register as a multi-member LLC in the state of Colorado.

We drafted, refined, and signed our operating agreement, identified, delegated, and drafted the specifics of the endless jobs descriptions, and then we got to work outlining the basic collaboration agreement we would present to our future collaborators.

Turns out that Charlie’s background in dance choreography and profession training, which requires a firm grasp of operation language, translated well into the rather tedious craft of contract writing.

If you want to celebrate with us, our business birthday is May 31, 2016!

Next, Summer took charge setting up a Google Voice account. She tried to connect all three of our phones to the Google Voice number, as a result the Google Voice line hijacked Rachel’s and Summer’s personal voicemails for a week, sending voicemails to the incorrect receiver, and misleading business prospects.

It took over a week to resolve. Thank goodness for Summer’s persistence.

In July, we decided we would lead our business to market with the launch of an exclusive subscription-based membership site.

Our utter lack of experience in this arena led us to believe that we could do everything manually (and for free) with Pinterest, Google Sites, and a Facebook group.

Looking back this seems laughably naive. We learned that creating a start to finish automated VIP Membership sales funnel with a corresponding members’ area required us to invest in, become proficient in, and skillfully integrate InstapageAutopilotSquarespaceSentryLogin, and Stripe. $1,000+ and countless hours later, we have transformed ourselves into tech-savvy online business Boss Babes!

In August we explored the idea of saving money by switching from Zoom to Google Hangouts.

If you have ever been part of a remote team or even just a video conference, you know how important screen sharing and video quality can be.

In a nutshell, Google Hangouts was $#!T.

We are Zoom-ers all the way! Zoom is worth the investment and still cheaper than an office! Zoom Room, baby!

At one point Rachel noticed that we had acquired an “Anonymous Hippo” as a fourth team member.

We had a good laugh until we realized that it could be a security breach. We discovered it was access from one of our personal email accounts and all triple checked our settings to ensure that only the three of us could view our Google Drive.

Being Millennials, we figured we could just use Venmo or CashApp to make our monthly internal contributions to our business bank account. Paying for checks and going to the branch seemed like a waste of time and money. Plus we wanted all our system to be location independent.

CashApp has a quicker turnaround time for transfers, so we gave that a try. Turns out that CashApp treats any transfers made to a business account as business transactions and charges the business a processing fee.

After figuring out why our bank account balance did not reflect the full amount of our intended contributions, Rachel went to war with CashApp explaining that yes we are a business, but that these transactions were not business exchanges. She insisted that we were not going to stand for CashApp taking a percentage of money exchanged internally when no revenue had been generated. They fought back, but Rachel won!

We now use Venmo to make our monthly internal contributions.

Our ideal workplace is everywhere, nowhere, and wherever the F@$K we want!

Summer was road-tripping from Albany, NY to Denver, CO, using her phone as a hotspot to access Zoom and attend meetings. Leading up to one meeting in particular, Summer was camping in Yellowstone National Park.

When we joined the Zoom Room and started our meeting ritual: centeringA-bun-dance, and ‘popcorn’, Summer said “adrenaline” and “pain.” 
Whenever there are negative emotions or experiences reported during these check-ins, we make sure to give that team member time to ‘unpack.’ 

Charlie and Rachel soon learned that Summer had chopped off the end of her thumb with a hatchet only 30 minutes prior to the meeting! Summer’s best friend, Kyle, bandaged up her thumb, our team held a two-and-a-half hour meeting, then Summer left to go get a tetanus shot.

About a month later, shortly before another significant meeting, Summer was thrown a yet another curveball, slipping on a wet floor in Chicago, injuring her ankle.

Hoping she could still make it to the meeting, she reported that she would be hopping to the pharmacy to purchase an ace bandage, hopping to the Apple store to buy a charger (she had left hers in Colorado), and would be with us shortly. However, Charlie insisted that Summer go to the hospital. Good thing Summer took Charlie’s advice, she had a broken fibula.

We all agree that communication is key. Regardless, nobody is perfect, and misunderstandings are bound to happen.

After seven months without any significant co-founder conflict, which is pretty good for a group of three headstrong women, we had our first big blow out.

During a conversation about social media best practices, words were misunderstood, things escalated quickly, and two team members felt compelled to leave the meeting.

While it may be much easier to “walk out” of a digital Zoom Room, it is not the desired practice for the success of a team or retaining friendships. Eventually everyone returned, conflicts were mediated, and the meeting resumed.

Growing with Gratitude

Anyone who tells you they are a self-made anything is full of it- it takes a tribe to build and grow a startup.

In addition to our amazing life partners (Andrew, Anthony, and Strueber) and our extended support systems, we are extremely fortunate to have lawyers in all of our families. The amount of $$$ we saved on legal fees paired with the confidence we have in our operation is significant. There is no other way we could have accessed this same caliber of legal advice. A huge shout out to Debby Gardner, Clark McGehee, and Geoff Weirich. 

Our decision to build our business on a foundation of collaboration also led us to connect with our first formal collaborators: Shannon TownsendEd Harrold, and Alicia Patterson. We are so excited to play with you and show the world that collaboration by far supersedes competition. Building our provider network is a foundational part of the work we do. We plan to grow this network as big as we possibly can in order to make it as easy as possible for remote leaders to access vetted high-quality resources for success in designing their custom retreats.

Finally, we have been on the receiving end of some outrageously generous offers from other entrepreneurs including but not limited to:

Khia Banks of Core Happiness for gifting us 4 coaching sessions allowing us to gain serious brand clarity!!! You are a rockstar and we couldn’t have done it without you!

Aaron Tarlini of Altitude Designs for hanging in there with us as we figured out all the OCD details of our perfect logo, and for a very reasonable price we might add!

Lisette Sutherland who took a chance on an unknown startup and invited Charlie to be a guest on her show, Collaboration Superpowers Podcast.

Arne Giske of Giske Business and the Millennial Entrepreneur Podcast. Thanks for taking the time to connect with us, welcoming us into your amazing community, and trusting us with your valued connections.

Scott Doucet of Podcasters Bay and Xavi Umeh of Brickred Studios. Thanks for taking the time to talk with us about our plans for Rebel + Connect Radio, and more importantly for being bad@$$ humans worth knowing.

Lois Wyant of JFT Marketing for having Summer on her show!

Jeff Lavin of Wi-Me Snowboards and Get Awesome for taking the time to meet with us and trusting us with your connections.

Daniel Ekker of Wi-Me Snowboards. For your amazing offer to help us take things to the next level. We are blown away by your generosity!!

Last but not least, thanks so much to Matt Gottesman and Case Kenny of Maker’s & Moguls for keeping it real and inviting us to participate in this amazing The Road To Success blog series!

Our goals for the next two months.

Great question!! We have our sights set high. Don’t miss our next three articles in The Road To Remote Team Success: A Raw Inside Look at Bootstrapping a Fully Distributed Startup series for PRSUIT. Over the next two months, we will be:

  • Producing fresh, original, free content on our blog, podcast, and webinar feeds
  • Landing our first couple of high end clients
  • Growing our VIP community to 100+ members (learn more)
  • Expanding our provider network by formalizing numerous collaborations with other coaching and training, travel management, and event planning people (collaborate with us)
  • Planning, enjoying and broadcasting our first official internal retreat (follow our Rebel + Connect Facebook page to tune in)
  • Researching our first annual event (tag us in your picture at @RebelandConnect on IG to let us know where you would go and what you would do #HereRC)
  • Seeking out opportunities to add value for other peoples’ tribes with guest blogs, podcast interviews, virtual trainings, and much more.

This road is extending beyond the horizon. Join us on our wild adventures complete with obstacles and celebrations by subscribing to our blog, Stories From The Road… and our podcast, Rebel + Connect Radio!!


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Our names are Charlie Birch, Rachel McGehee and Summer Weirich and we are the founders of Rebel + Connect, a startup that creates custom retreats for remote working companies and their employees.

This is our story….our road to success.

Road to Success Update 1:

Time flies in the startup world. Blink, wink, blink…it’s already two weeks later! Time for our first Road to Success update.

Tech and Our Virtual Office

Since the publication of our initial article The Road To Remote Working Success: An Inside Look At Bootstrapping A Startup, we have added two more pieces of tech to our virtual workstation.

Airtable is a smarter way to work with spreadsheets. We are still at the front end of our learning curve with this one. Our goal with Airtable is to use it to build, store, and automate our social media content calendar. We are currently at a standstill as far as automation goes… anyone had any luck with this?

Nitro Cloud is our new e-signature platform. Since we are bootstrapping, we are always looking for ways to save money without compromising ease and quality. Nitro Cloud is an amazing free cloud platform that allows us to upload contracts directly from Google Drive, convert them to signable PDFs, send and track these contracts, and finally download the signed and (automatically) dated versions. Best of all… it’s a breeze to learn!

Expanding Our Network

Five new collaborators have joined our provider network and we are in negotiation with nine others!

A big warm welcome to Kelsey DavidsonLisette SutherlandCat ColeyThe Maydays, and Shannon Miller!!

Thanks to our last PRSUIT article we were invited to collaborate with the Digital Nomad Forum for a great contest they are hosting in the near future. Details to follow!  

We are actively seeking new win-win collaborative relationships with:

  • Distributed and Remote Team Management Experts
  • Health and Wellness Professionals
  • Leadership Coaches and Trainers
  • Team Building Facilitators
  • Event Planners
  • Event Venues
  • Tour Guides
  • Travel Agents
  • Videographers
  • Photographers
  • Catering Services
  • Transportation Providers
  • Destination Management Specialists
  • Conscious Product Based Businesses
  • Hotels and other Room and Board Providers

If you are or someone you know fits into one or more of these professional categories, contact us to learn more about becoming a Rebel + Connect network provider.

Our First Virtual Live Training Event

This week on Friday, October 28th at 12pm EST, Rebel + Connect Co-Founder Charlie Birch and Rebel + Connect Network Provider Shannon Townsend will be co-hosting our very first live virtual training, Goodbye Overwhelm, Hello Productivity: Brain Dumps and Getting Shit Done.

Content Machine

As promised, we have been pumping out original content! Make sure to check out our most recent publications:

Blog Articles: Open Letters

Part 1: Can We Really Trust The Remote Team Model: Common Challenges of Leading Remotely and How to Overcome Them

Part 2: Leaders Alert: Each Minute Wasted is Money Lost, We Can Create a Custom Retreat with Increased ROI

Part 3: Company Retreat Benefits

Of course you can always check out the rest of our blog articles too!

Podcast Episodes

Get Shit Done: Self Management, Personal Systems, and Implementation w/ Shannon Townsend Ep. 1

Next week we will start releasing podcasts on iTunes and this primer will feature two new episodes:

Eastern Wisdom, Western Science, High Performance, and Personal Accountability w/ Ed Harrold Ep. 2

Intimacy and Relationships: How To Use Embodiment Practice to Stay Human While Working Remotely w/ Alicia Patterson Ep. 3

Don’t miss these powerful conversations!

Growing Our Team

Finally, we are coming to terms with the fact that our vision is way too big to be implemented solely by our three person team. We are excited to be in negotiation with a business manager and a copywriter. We also plan to add a virtual assistant to the team ASAP, which will allow us to focus more time and energy on creating amazing content and serving clients.

‘Till next time,

Rebel + Connect!



Wow! Is it already time for our last update? Where did the time go?! Between our team traveling quite a bit and an election, time really has flown by!

Growing a remote working team is not easy.

There have certainly been growing pains, but we have the confidence that our team can work together to grow stronger by the day.

Tech and Our Virtual Office

We are excited to report that we have researched, purchased, set up and integrated all the tech we need to manage day to day operations, at least for the foreseeable future. What a relief!

However we are exploring a few upgrades. For example, we are currently testing out Buffers Awesome Plan, which would allow us to schedule our social media much farther in advance. The analytics are great too!

Expanding Our Network

We are welcoming  Embodiment Facilitator Mairtin McNamara to our provider network.

As we mentioned in the last article, we have joined forces with  Digital Nomads Forum, the fastest growing free community of Digital Nomads!

Digital Nomads Forum has recently launched a contest with some great prizes for location-independent workers.

In addition to Rebel + Connect, other contest sponsors include OspreyBoseChromebookCollision, & Travel Developer. Each company has donated awesome prizes that are all up for grabs to digital nomads and aspiring digital nomads!

The contest runs until the Nov 28, so get your entry in today. Enter here!

We are actively seeking new win-win collaborative relationships with:

  • Distributed and Remote Team Management Experts
  • Health and Wellness Professionals
  • Leadership Coaches and Trainers
  • Team Building Facilitators
  • Event Planners
  • Event Venues
  • Tour Guides
  • Travel Agents
  • Videographers
  • Photographers
  • Catering Services
  • Transportation Providers
  • Destination Management Specialists
  • Conscious Product Based Businesses
  • Hotels and other Room and Board Providers

If you or someone you know fits into one or more of these professional categories, contact us to learn more about becoming a Rebel + Connect network provider.

Our Upcoming Virtual Live Training Event

On Friday, November 25th at 12pm EST, Rebel + Connect Co-Founder Charlie Birch and Rebel + Connect Network Provider Ed Harrold will be co-hosting a live virtual training, Building Resilience For Optimal Performance.

We’d love for you to join us, you can sign up here!

If you can’t make this event, no worries, we will host a new one each month. You can check out the line-up here!

More Content For Your Mind!

November Blog Articles: Best Day At Work

Charlie: What Ideals Can Teach You About Yourself

Summer: Love Is The Only Way Forward


We were recently invited to participate in LinkedIn’s #ProFinderContest. To qualify we had to submit an original piece that told the story of our company. 

Check it out and share if you dig it!

A Secret of Remote Work Success: Rebel + Connect!

And if you still can’t get enough there is always more to read at Stories From the Road…

Podcast Episodes

It was our hope to have the podcast up on iTunes by now, but there has been a hiccup regarding the combination of the logo, the url, and the name of the podcast.

Word to the wise… make sure your logo, url, and podcast name are as identical as possible.

We will let you know when our channel is live!

In the meantime, here is how you can find each episode. :

Intimacy and Relationships: How To Use Embodiment Practice to Stay Human While Working Remotely w/ Alicia Patterson Ep. 3

Eastern Wisdom, Western Science, High Performance, and Personal Accountability w/ Ed Harrold Ep. 2

Get Shit Done: Self Management, Personal Systems, and Implementation w/ Shannon Townsend Ep. 1

Don’t miss these powerful conversations!

Growing Our Team

The good news…

We came to the collective decision that it was time to invest in some professional sales copy.

Thanks to the high quality entrepreneurs that make up Arne Giske’s Millennial Entrepreneur Community on Facebook, we connected with Brian Christian of Armageddon Marketing.

Brian has been a pleasure to work with and we are very excited to get his copy into our sales page and see how it performs.

We will certainly be hiring Brian again!

The bad news…

We decided to hire Clozer to match us up with experienced sales professionals and we had anything but luck. We spent $999 on a service that did not deliver a single viable candidate and was overrun with technical frustrations.

Not only does their platform fail to function properly about 50% of the time, their customer service is just plain embarrassing.

We are going through credit card dispute to salvage the botched investment.

We are not about trashing other businesses, as we understand that a reputation is invaluable. We also feel compelled to let our audience and peers know that they would be wise to think twice before investing in this service.

We are walking away with a renewed commitment to outstanding customer service and integrity of our business practices.

Additionally, we are still looking to recruit the right salesperson to fill out our team!

This person would ideally have experience in high end B2B service based sales and be confident enough in their sales skills that working for commission would not be an issue.

We are offering a competitive 15-20% commission on contracts ranging from 4K-11K.

We are also looking for a social media intern.

This person would ideally have interest in building a social media portfolio that displays their ability to take a Facebook page, an Instagram account, a Twitter account, and a LinkedIn business page from modestly engaged three figure follower audiences to actively engaged 4-6 figure follower audiences, while driving traffic to our site, and increasing sales.

Both of these potential team members would be self motivated, self lead, and high performing individuals.

If you fit the bill or know somebody that does, have them e-mail us at subject line “I Think It’s Me!” and we can discuss these positions in further detail.

Until next time…

Have a fantastic day!

Rebel + Connect!



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PRSUIT readers, you are amazing! It has been our honor to have participated in this Road To Success Series. Thank you so much for your ongoing support! The last few months have been a whirlwind and having this space to share candidly and transparently our journey at Rebel + Connect has meant the world to us. You can read our other updates, herehere and here.

Our Growing Team

As some of you may already know,  we have added a social media intern to our team. Vibhu Mahajan is also a Makers & Moguls and PRSUIT community member. She starts in January!

We are still seeking sales reps. Check out this job listing to learn more.

Additionally, we are extremely excited to announce that we have joined forces with Michael Mapes of Graveyard Innovation to create an even more innovative and powerful go to market strategy. It’s time to go big or go home! 

With a growing team it has become increasingly important to get our schedules in order and we have started to play around with the different tech available for group scheduling. We will likely end up using some combination of Google Calendars, iCal, Calendly, and If you know of a better system tweet to us @RebelAndConnect!! We would love to learn!


In the next couple of months we will be conducting a beta for our Retreat Discovery Packages.

The Retreat Discovery Package includes one-on-one coaching across topic areas such as program development, travel management, and event planning. This program supports remote leaders in gaining clarity of vision regarding the use of company retreats as a strategic tool to enhance remote worker experiences and company culture.

Additionally, all Beta participants will get access to the Rebel + Connect VIP Membership Area for the duration of the Beta.

Participation in the Beta is by invitation only and we are now accepting applications. If you are interested in learning more about participation in the a Beta Discovery Package group, please send an e-mail to with the subject line “Beta Discovery Package” making sure to include the following information:

  • Company name
  • Team size
  • Percentage of your team working remotely (For example: at Rebel + Connect 100% of our team works remotely 100% of the time)
  • If you team has or has not use retreats in the past
  • What you hope to gain from your participation in the Beta Discovery sessions

Job Boards

We are thrilled to announce the official unveiling of our Rebel Now remote jobs board. This jobs board is specifically designed to facilitate connections between remote workers and remote teams. Rebel against other job boards that charge you $200+ to list one job. Now you can connect with qualified prospects for just $29.99/ month + you get the first 30 days free!

We are very excited to add this feature to our membership. If you have any questions send an e-mail to with the subject line “Rebel Now” and we will get back to you ASAP.

Live Virtual Trainings

On December 23rd at 12pm EST/10pm MST Rebel + Connect Co-Founder and Director of Program Development Charlie Birch and Network Provider Alicia Patterson will be co-hosting our 3rd live training. 

How to Achieve Professional Satisfaction – Five Key Actions You Need To Masterwill be a live virtual training and you can be there with us.

All you have to do is claim your free 30 day VIP membership and you will gain instant access to the training, as well as, all the other membership features – risk free.

Each month (usually the last Friday of the month at 12pm EST) we will co-host a new live training with a different network provider. We are toiling away curating content and can’t wait to share all the amazing resources we are discovering. 


If you haven’t been reading along, you may not know that we also host a podcast, Rebel + Connect Radio. These interview style podcasts are designed to help remote leaders connect with the people, products, and services they need to host a successful retreat. We certainly understand the power of podcasts, so we are committed to releasing at least one new episode every month.

We are also putting together a secondary series of podcasts that captures conversations with leaders who have already seen success with remote team retreats. If you have or someone you know has a retreat success story they would excited to share, please send us an e-mail to connect at with the subject line “Retreat Planning Rockstar.”

We have been blessed to be a part of the Podcast Discovery Center Facebook Group, where we connected with Engel Jones, an amazing human on a quest to get a podcast related Guinness World Record! All three of us were able to help Engel reach his goal by participating in our own individual interviews.

Take a quick listen to these conversations and get to know us a little bit better. It’s amazing what you can learn about someone in 12 minutes!

231: Twelve Minute Convos w/Charlie Birch

262: Twelve Minute Convos w/Rachel McGehee

365: Twelve Minute Convos w/Summer Weirich


If you head over to our blog Stories From the Road…, you may notice that we haven’t published any new articles in December. Why?

We are regrouping to incorporate the feedback we have been receiving. We are super excited to roll out the 2017 blog content. You can expect a minimum of three new articles a month, all exploring the way the personal and professional development, travel, and events have and continue to inform and transform the way we live and work. 

Additionally, our blog is are available for guest bloggers. If you feel our message of celebrating human connections in a digital world and empowering remote leaders to use retreats as a strategic tool to enhance worker experience and company culture could benefit your readers, email us at with subject line “Write For Me”


Websites are never finished, they are always evolving, growing, and [hopefully] improving. We are very proud of what we have been able to do with our site on a bootstrapping budget. From day one we set out to make the website an experience in and of itself with mixed media, blogs, podcasts, events, and the membership site feature. If you haven’t had a chance to pop over and check it out, please do!

As you can see, there is a lot that comes along with starting and running a business. We are happy to say that we love 99.9% of that work. Even still we love the learning!

Keeping in touch.

While this is our last PRSUIT Road to Success publication, we have no intention of shutting up and sitting down anytime soon. Keep an eye out for other Prsuit articles by our founders Charlie Birch, Rachel McGehee, and Summer Weirich. 

If you have enjoyed reading about our journey in this series, we would encourage you to connect with us elsewhere and keep the connection alive.


Thanks for joining us on this journey! Here’s to a bright future of Bringing Remote Teams Together for Custom Retreat Experiences and Celebrating Human Connections in a Digital World!

Much love,

Charlie, Rachel, & Summer


Rebel + Connect is a Colorado based company owned and operated by Charlie BirchRachel McGehee, and Summer Weirich. We operate remotely and service clients from all over the globe. For more about our mission follow us on InstagramTwitter, connect with us on LinkedIn by clicking on our names above and checking out our LinkedIn Pulse articles. Email us directly at Free Download: Top 15 Things to Consider When Planning a Company Retreat