Our Story

How much genius would you bring to the world if you didn't have disruption holding you back?


In 2016, Kareem Taylor and Shanelle Williams started Encounter out of a desire for an ongoing, accessible event for Los Angeles' creative community. The concept was simple: Go outside to change inside.

For many living in today's disrupted economy, it's all about the hustle, grind and no days off philosophy. 

But when do you retreat?

Encounter was born. A summer mountain retreat where black professionals gather, connect and conspire to change the world.

In short, it's self-care for the creative soul.

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Shanelle Williams is one of Los Angeles' most trusted event producers, and principal at True Splendor Events. She plans everything from weddings to tech conferences to happy hours, with a goal of turning attendees into loyal customers. Her planning skills have taken her services global spanning across London, New York City and San Jose.

Kareem Taylor helps brands, agencies and CEO's tell compelling stories to grow their business. He is a writer, voiceover actor and business growth strategist. His book, Get Your Life!, spent weeks on the Amazon bestseller list in its category. He speaks often to crowds from New York to Boston to Johannesburg.

“I am the one thing in life I can control.”
―  Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton: The Revolution