We're on a mission to
change the way people meet.

Founded in 2017, and based in Los Angeles, our mission is to change the way people meet.

Our goal has been to take what has made us happier, healthier and more successful people, and offer it out to others. We come to work every day to create experiences that leave attendees with the education and connections they need to improve their lives.

Our winning formula has been combining doing your passion and pursuing your life's work, while also leaving footprints for future generations to follow.

At Encounter, attendees spend the weekend living, eating and exploring together. Throughout the weekend, attendees participate in activities including Hip Hop dancing, content sessions, yoga and archery.

If your definition of success is more than just making money, then you've come to the right place. We believe that people are at the center of success — whether it's the people you work with or the people you want to work with.

We want to change the way people meet and turn "It's not what you know, it's who you know" on its head.

Meet The Team


Shanelle Williams
Co-Founder & Event Producer

Shanelle Williams is the co-founder and CEO of  True Splendor Events, the production company that oversees Encounter. An entrepreneur from an early age, Encounter's groundbreaking even began as just an idea in her apartment, and has grown to become one of the most popular events in southern California. She is involved in crafting the company culture, shaping the content strategy, and innovating future growth opportunities. Her work has taken her from cities including London, Sao Paolo and New York City.

Kareem Taylor
Co-Founder & Managing Director

Kareem Taylor is the co-founder of Encounter and managing director at True Splendor Events. Kareem's work began as an accomplished voiceover actor voicing advertising campaigns for brands. He drives Encounter's vision, marketing and strategic partnerships, and is always thinking of interesting ways to grow the brand. Under Kareem's leadership, Encounter's brand is uniquely positioned in the events and experiences economy. Kareem met Shanelle at Clark Atlanta University, where he studied radio, television and film.

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― Bozoma St. John