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The Five Keys to a Successful Team Retreat in the Age of COVID

As you may know, Team SPI is completely remote! This means we don’t often get the chance to get together in person—except for our annual summits. During the challenging last ~two years of COVID, that in-person experience has been… hard to come by. That’s why this past summer, with vaccines finally a reality, SPI leadership felt it was important for morale and planning to get our whole team together in person safely if we could.

I’m Sara Jane Hess, and I am the senior production manager at SPI. It might seem odd that a production manager is talking about planning a team summit, but once upon a time I was the operations manager and planned several of our past in-person events. When our previous operations manager announced she was leaving, I stepped in to help plan this year’s summit and get all the details in place. This included finding and booking venues, restaurants, and activities, amongst other things.

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