Leadership Fun in New Orleans! (Part Two)

Did you read part one about the Rising Tide Society Leaders Retreat? Read it here!

My biggest takeaway from the retreat is this: Collaboration is powerful! From The Rising Tide Society’s merge with Honeybook to the ladies of Burgundy Fox, the ability to bring multiple minds, resources, and ambitions together…well, it can grow infinitely bigger than any one person’s dreams can grow. It is amazing and powerful.


Rising Tide Society Leader Retreat | New Orleans | Burgundy Fox


Speaking of Burgandy Fox, Alexis & Leslie, the company’s co-founders, spoke on what to look for in a partnership. I took soooo many notes! LOL What it boils down to is alignment. Do your individual companies’ values, goals, and markets align?  It’s the same with any relationship, really. If you examine your closest friends and significant other, I guarantee your values and goals align.

I also loved when Mary Marantz spoke about building a legacy of leadership. I’ve always been told I am a leader, but honestly, I hardly ever feel like one!  But when Mary said leaders are people-focused and they move the conversation forward, I thought “Hey, maybe I am a leader!” Since the retreat, I have tried to have a people-focused approach to life, whether I am at work, at home, or shopping at Target. LOL (I’ve had my fair share of weird looks when I try and talk to total strangers while shopping!)


Rising Tide Society Leaders Retreat | New Orleans | Mary Marantz

I was only familiar with one speaker before this event. I have followed Jessica Rasdall for awhile and I love how genuine she is! Speaking has been on my radar lately and, luckily, this is the topic she knows best! Jessica uses her truth to help others elevate their speaking game. You should check her out if you have trouble telling your story!


Jessica Rasdall | Rising TIde Society | Leader Retreat

There were so many more tidbits I internalized from the retreat, but the overall feeling of “We’re in this together” is what I will take away. We all have the same struggles and it is so important that we talk about them and offer up solutions to each other! If you have a chance to join a Tuesdays Together meeting in your area, please do it!!! The Rising Tide Society truly is a tide that lifts all boats. <3


Photo Credit: Megan Short

Leadership fun in New Orleans! (Part One)

I don’t get the opportunity often to travel for work, but when I got the email that the Rising Tide Leaders Retreat was going to be in New Orleans, Louisiana, I knew I had to go! The excitement grew over the next few months as I received more information about the event. You see, I just became the leader of Tuesdays Together Ann Arbor. I was so excited about the opportunity to learn from my group members and maybe, just maybe, getting the possibility to meet Natalie Franke, who started the organization!

Rising Tide Society Leaders Retreat | New Orleans

Spoiler Alert: I did get to meet her at the retreat! And she is just as lovely in person as she seemed to be online!

I spent the first day exploring the city! I’d never been to New Orleans before, so I wanted to experience EVERYTHING! Bourbon Street, Hand Grenades, Hurricanes, and jazz music. Oh, and beignets! Oh yes, I had beignets several times over my 3-day stay in NOLA! But, this post isn’t about having fun in NOLA, it’s about education….but fun was definitely had!!

Photo Credit: @Trevor_Mark


The retreat started on Sunday. I was BLOWN AWAY by how beautiful the event space was set up! Everyone went above and beyond to make us feel special! The retreat was held at the Pontchartrain Hotel in the Garden District.

Rising Tide Society Leaders Retreat | New Orleans

Rising Tide Society Leaders Retreat | New Orleans

Rising Tide Society Leaders Retreat | New Orleans

Rising Tide Society Leaders Retreat | New Orleans

And ohhhhh, the swag!!!!!


Check back later this week for a post featuring all the speakers and tidbits of wisdom I gained from each!


Photo Credit: Madison Short Photography