Pinckney Palm 2019 Retreat Recap

The Pinckney Palm team is fired up after an amazing time at our first annual company retreat last week. For two days our team - including Erin (Pinckney Palm’s Founder and CEO), Ryann (Social Media Coordinator), and Zainab (Summer 2019 Intern) - got together to plan, dream, problem solve, and of course, dance a little! Our team works remotely, so it was extra special to all be together in Erin’s beautiful city of Charleston, SC. 

DAY #1:

The retreat started out with catching up over lunch and exchanging some sursies. Erin gifted the team a pair of Lake Pajamas, a Rachel Hollis Start Today Journal, and other Pinckney Palm branded items! Zainab runs her own business creating vinyl decals and surprised the rest of the team with #lifeunderthepalm laptop decals and a tumbler featuring the Pinckney Palm logo.


Our team believes that dance parties are always a good idea, so we jammed out to the Pinckney Palm Office Jams playlist a bit, then got down to business!

Erin asked the team to take the Enneagram test prior to the retreat so we could discuss how our Enneagram numbers affect our workplace habits and behavior and how we can use this information to work together as a team. Fun fact, Erin and Zainab are both 3w2, while Ryann is a 2w1. What are you?!

Next, we chatted about our dreams, goals, and how we see Pinckney Palm growing over the next year, and then 5 years. We went to town on a whiteboard with an “idea soup” of our vision for the future of Pinckney Palm. 

The afternoon flew by, and before we knew it was time for us to head over to check in to The Inns and get ready for our photoshoot with Aleece! Aleece is an amazing editorial and wedding photographer in the Charleston area. She did a great job making us all feel so comfortable in front of the camera. (Her Beyoncé playlist didn’t hurt, either!) Stay tuned to the Pinckney Palm Instagram for our photos, but in the meantime, here are a few of our favorites!


We definitely worked up an appetite between all the outfit changes and headed to Basic Kitchen for dinner. Erin’s husband and our CFO, Ryan, was able to join us for this part of the retreat. It was so much fun to reflect back on the day and celebrate Pinckney Palm’s success with good company and good food! 

DAY #2:

The next morning was all about planning out the timelines and action items for our two NEW projects we’re launching in 2020! Stay tuned for more about these things later this year. :) 

Here’s one hint for now… save the date for May 8th and 9th in 2020 if you’ve always wanted to go on a social media retreat! ;)

We wrapped up and enjoyed brunch at Millers All Day where the team put a bow on all our discussions and plans from the weekend, and of course enjoyed some of their famous “Unicorn Grits”! 


Zainab had to hit the road after brunch, but Erin and Ryann walked around downtown a bit and paid a visit to Cannonborough Collective, an amazing spot for local shopping. They couldn’t resist a little shopping and a photo in front of the balloon wall!


Last on the agenda was coffee with our fabulous client, Jennings King, who is a Charleston wedding photographer. She’s been a loyal Pinckney Palm client since the beginning, and we talked about ways to step up her Instagram game with video this fall. Be sure to give her a follow on Instagram to see what we came up with!


Despite our geographical distance, the Pinckney Palm team stays in constant communication for client work and Pinckney Palm projects. Between GoogleDocs, Asana, and texting, technology makes this easier, but there’s nothing like getting quality time together to celebrate and get inspired and energized for all that’s to come!  

Interested in learning more about how the Pinckney Palm team can help your business? Contact us to inquire about our social media services!

If you want to join our team and get in on the fun, make sure you keep an eye out on our Instagram and sign up for our newsletter for future job postings! Currently, we’re on the hunt for a driven social media intern! Email Ryann with your resume if you’re interested.

Erin Phillips