During the first week of May, Vanta hosted its first ever company retreat in Palm Springs, CA. Our fast-growing team came together, both in-person and remote, to mingle, get inspired, and hear from Vanta’s leaders about the future of the company.
Welcome celebration and masterclasses
To kick things off, team leaders shared team accomplishments, organizational updates, and future aspirations for the company. After lunch, Vantans broke off into groups to take masterclasses taught by our very own in-house experts. Courses included:
- Intro to Wine Tasting
- Taylor Swift: The Icon Through Her Eras
- Drone Photography 101
- Personal Finance and Investment Strategy
- Cumbia Social Dancing
Vanta’s origin story
Later that evening, Founder and CEO Christina Cacioppo gave an in-depth presentation of Vanta’s origin story followed by a mountain-side outdoor dinner reception. Since this was our first large gathering, attendees were randomly assigned seats to encourage cross-team conversations.
Updated guiding principles and team bonding
After breakfast and another round of masterclasses, Vantans gathered to hear about our refreshed guiding principles. These updates mark a critical turning point for the entire company. Leaders from each team spoke about how the principles resonate with their goals and aspirations. Teams ventured off later in the day to participate in a handful of activities such as Mixology 101, Jeep off-roading to the San Andreas Fault, and a happy hour hosted by one of our partners, Rhymetec.
Awards and karaoke
During dinner, seven Vantans were recognized by team leaders for their dedication to each of the new core principles. Celebrations extended long into the night with top-notch karaoke performances featuring iconic songs such as “I Want It That Way,” "Sweet Caroline” (ba ba ba!), and “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
Sequoia Q&A and departure
Christina held a Q+A with Sequoia Investor Andrew Reed which led to an insightful and engaging discussion. They talked about why Sequoia decided to invest and how Vanta was able to grow so quickly in recent years. Finally, after a few days of fun-filled activities, team bonding, and meaningful conversations, our retreat came to an end.
A huge thank you to our Internal Events team for organizing an amazing retreat. Interested in working at Vanta? Check out our Careers page to see our open roles.