The first ever RebelCon took place this past weekend with an exclusive crowd of around 200 guests all looking to take their careers to the next level. But, this wasn’t your typical tech conference — everything from glamping to music festivals gave the 2-day event a fun edge that left guests wanting more. So, what now?
Rebel Role Model CEO Nancy Coblenz shared valuable insights with Dallas Innovates on what exactly RebelCon is, and what the future holds.
“We want to make sure that we celebrate the local communities as well. So even though we are flying in huge speakers from all over the country, the whole point is doing it in the flavor of the community.”
She started from the beginning, by explaining how entertaining, recreational activities could be catalysts for improving one’s business — it’s all about taking people out of their comfort zones.
“I wanted to make sure that we were able to bring really fun activities like a music festival, glamping, or a pool party to really open up people out of their comfort zone,” Coblenz said. “I find that, if you’re having a lot of fun, you’re going to be more accepting of talking to people you normally wouldn’t want to, or you’re normally not comfortable talking to.”
Coblenz wanted guests to gain three main takeaways from the inaugural event: progress in their careers, unforgettable memories, and becoming Rebel Role Models themselves.
And if you couldn’t make it to RebelCon this year, don’t fret. RebelCon will be bigger and better than ever in 2019 with a RebelCon tour. Along with the continuation of the Dallas RebelCon, Rebel Role Model is expanding the event’s locations to Los Angeles and Austin. Avid Rebel Role Models can attend the entire tour with every experience being different than the last.
“We want to make sure that we celebrate the local communities as well,” Coblenz said. “So even though we are flying in huge speakers from all over the country, the whole point is doing it in the flavor of the community. So the Dallas one is going to be totally different from the Austin one than the Los Angeles one.”
No matter how much RebelCon expands, Dallas will always be a special place for the event.
“The Dallas area is an amazing resource and ecosystem for businesses and for people to come and collaborate with others,” Coblenz said. “We have amazing businesses and creative people, and we’re very successful here, so I want to make sure that we’re on par with L.A. and New York.”
For now, stay tuned for Rebel Role Model’s 2019 announcement.
These scenes from RebelCon 2018 definitely show that the 2-day event was more than just a tech conference. All photos are courtesy of Rebel Role Model.
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