The 1st Annual Build Your Own Brand Retreat was held in Washington D.C. Memorial Day Weekend and it went off without a hitch. Well, at least it appeared that way. Everything seemed to have aligned perfectly for Andrew Nguyen and his team. I’ve attended many business, branding and marketing conferences all over the country and I didn’t know quite what to expect but the outcome was not only mentally fullfilling but impressive. As the doors opened to the Regency Ballroom at the Omni Hotel, nearly an hour later than scheduled, hundreds of people piled in for Andrew Nguyen’s opening keynote.  The transformation of the room and the stage design screamed, “we want this event to be perfect for you…” it was impressive. With every detail of every aspect of the retreat, from the folders to the badges, it appeared no detail went unnoticed.

The goal of the BYOB Retreat was for everyone to experience personal, professional, and entrepreneurial development. The 2-day experience felt like we were getting all of those things. Combine those aforementioned details with so many creatives in one place, it felt like college all over again which brought on pure nostalgia. With over 2,000 attendees and 50 speakers with keynotes led by Insecure’s Yvonne Orji, Blavity Co-Founder Jon Jackson and the CEO of LVLXIII Antonio Brown, there was so much knowledge to take in over this 2-day period. With such meaningful and useful information, we look forward to the #BYOBRetreat2019 in Atlanta to be even bigger and better. -Edward Griffin

Please see the footage and photos from some of the sessions we attended at the BYOB Retreat below and stay tuned for more uploads in the coming days.

Saturday Sessions | 5.26.18

BYOB Retreat: Keynote From Blavity Co-Founder Jon Jackson

BYOB Retreat: Influencer Marketing How to Build Brands & Influencer Partnerships

BYOB Retreat: Creating Brand Experience Through Events & Entertainment

BYOB Retreat: Protecting Your Brand – Contract Tips, Ticks & More

BYOB Retreat: Mental Stability & Emotional Intelligence

BYOB Retreat: Make Millions With Government Contracts

Sunday Sessions | 5.27.18

BYOB Retreat: Opening Keynote – Antonio Brown | CEO LVLXIII

BYOB Retreat: Pitch Perfect: Elevator and Business Pitch are Major Keys

BYOB Retreat: #IssaMovement: Building Your Tribe & Engaging Community

BYOB Retreat: Funding Your Future – Getting Money For Your Ideas


About the BYOB Retreat:

Over 1000+ diverse founders, leaders, creatives, mentors, brands, athletes & entrepreneurs will GATHER here. Join us for a weekend full of personal, professional, and entrepreneurial development.

This intimate weekend is meant to be an all-in-one experience to grow your network, gain clarity on your goals, mastermind with peers, enjoy our garden vibes, official afterparty and much more! A little mixture of Forbes x Coachella x Afrotech x ComplexCon.

This is for anyone who is focused on what matters most, personal branding coupled with your skills & assets, developed from the college dorm to corporate America and into entrepreneurship! It starts with taking full ownership of your life, a well-defined strategy, proper resources, the right emotional intelligence, AND amazing guidance. Come get your dose of #Clarity #Creativity & #Goals

For #BYOBretreat2019 ATL Pre-Sale tickets visit: