This past week, more than half of our Epperly Travel team met up in the Dominican Republic for a site inspection trip. We’ve worked hard over the past few years to build a virtual culture and community that can support one another from a distance but wow, when we are able to get together in person, there’s something truly special about #TeamEpp.
There were tens of thousands of steps across 10+ properties. There was nonstop laughter during our after-dinner PJ parties. There was the most fabulous lunch at Casa de Campo’s Minitas Beach Club. There was only a little bit of FOMO that we didn’t play donkey polo, but we’ll just have to go back.
And of course, there were Spanish lessons and accidentally stepping on crabs and mamajuanaaaaa.
I remember when I first went down this road to help others break into the travel industry and, truthfully, it was a struggle. I didn’t lay the proper groundwork in my own book of business and I was over-eager to improve the travel industry without laying the proper groundwork of how to mentor others. Hand to heart, two of my closest mentors looked at the business and told me why I needed to regroup, become a one woman show again, and never look back.
I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. It wasn’t even a sense of pride or “I’ve come too far-ness” – it was a sense of purpose that I knew I had to fulfill. I was fingernails-dug-in ready to fight for that calling.
As I’ve watched the team blossom into kind, respectful members of the travel community, I could not be prouder. We are 14 individuals who passionately love the travel industry. We’re a company with a beating heart of core values that we strive to embody, like gratitude and celebration and self-confidence and relationship. We’re a continual work in progress, as any good thing should be. And in that progress, we’re continuing to grow.
Mentoring others has always been a passion of mine. I’ve been fortunate to encounter some fabulous mentors in my life and I firmly believe in paying it forward, especially to those in the travel industry.
In fact, we’re currently taking applications for our April 2019 Mentorship Program, which consists of equal parts training in a group (we’ll be bringing on 4-6 advisors) and shadowing (which is one-on-one mentorship with me). As with everything else in our company, the Mentorship Program is done virtually, so our mentees can be based anywhere in the world. Upon graduation from the program, our graduates are invited to join our team.
If this sounds like something you’d like to be a part of, I’d invite you to check out our careers page to download our 4 Keys to Success document, which provides a transparent glimpse into the industry, and to apply to interview for our April program.
In the past, I’ve been so excited about the future of Epperly Travel that I overlooked the present. Now, after five days together of conversations and laughter in the DR, I’m more excited than ever about Epperly Travel – as it is, as it has been, and as it will be.