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Introducing Onyx Offsites & Trainings: New Company Empowers Organizations to Create Culture, Connection and Change


SAN DIEGO, May 3, 2021 — Onyx Offsites & Trainings, a new corporate concierge team training company, has launched today with a mission of empowering businesses to create meaningful culture, connection and change. Onyx offers offsites, retreats, trainings, community service programs, wellness and team-building programs for businesses of all sizes with employees working in remote, in-person and hybrid settings. The team behind Positive Adventures, a leader in experiential education and culture building for more than 15 years, created Onyx to address and meet companies’ needs of re-integration and employee disengagement that have emerged as a result of the pandemic. Onyx will acquire Positive Adventures’ large portfolio of corporate clients, including Fortune 500 companies from across the globe.

Evolving from Positive Adventures founder Ryan Shortill’s 20-plus years of experience providing experiential learning, enrichment and leadership training for businesses and educational institutions, Onyx supports domestic and international companies of all sizes as they navigate the new corporate normal and address the need for deeper employee engagement. Shortill, alongside Onyx CEO Melissa Lopez, and chief operating officer Jered Cherry, recognized that the same relationship-building fundamentals they were utilizing in educational and leadership programming were now critical in this new corporate landscape.

“The pandemic not only highlighted the need for deeper employee engagement but it created a new normal, magnifying the need for meaningful relationships and connectivity in the workplace,” said Onyx founder, Ryan Shortill. “Cultivating these relationships is something we’ve been doing for 15 years but a new society and new economy require a new approach. We wanted to create an environment to help companies adapt to the future of the workplace and help not only them, but their employees thrive.”

Onyx’s corporate offerings combine operational services with a unique learning style designed to grow and inspire teams from within. Its full-service and a-la-carte training and development programs utilize experiential education to expand professional growth. In addition to Onyx’s core offerings across team building, training, virtual and corporate retreat programs, the company has expanded its curriculum to specifically address companies’ re-emergence to offices and employees’ return to in-person work. Onyx offers a variety of experiences that focus on rebuilding corporate culture and team connections, including COVID conscious group experiences that specifically address and support the re-emergence of companies back in offices and teams. Customized programming includes options such as:

  • Back to Work Day: This event includes meet and greets, reconnection exercises and in-person team building activities. Develop new connections as the Onyx team leads you through Icebreakers, Get-to-Know-Yous, Group Energizers and fun activities to celebrate a return to in-person/post remote work.
  • Building Back Better Event: The new economy requires a new approach to support your team’s personal and professional development. This facilitated experience focuses on creating fresh habits and changing behaviors for a new work environment.
  • Team Wellness & Re-Integration Event: Many things have changed in our personal and professional worlds due to the pandemic. In order to bring your team back in a strong and sustainable way, we must acknowledge what we have experienced in this last year.
  • Rebuilding Corporate Culture Event: Complete a variety of hands-on exercises with your team to get realigned with the company’s vision, culture and new conditions in a post-COVID world.

Under the leadership of Lopez, this new targeted business venture will build off its parent company’s mission of uniting communities through experiential learning. With the objective to lend a helping hand as companies and employees navigate this new normal, Onyx aims to relight the spirit in business and rebuild employee trust in institutions.

“As we saw the corporate landscape evolve over the past year, we saw the need for deeper employee engagement that is inclusive and reflective of the changing demographics and lifestyles of employees,” said Lopez. “Our new company, Onyx, presents an opportunity to drive the movement towards positive corporate culture and provide a nurturing environment for teams to grow.”

To learn more about Onyx or to book a consultation, visit www.onyxteams.com or email  info@onyxoffsites.com. Connect with Onyx on Facebook @OnyxTeamsCA, Instagram @OnyxTeams and Twitter @OnyxTeams.

About Onyx:

Onyx Offsites & Trainings (www.onyxteams.com) is a new corporate concierge team training company, with a mission of empowering businesses to create meaningful culture, connection and change.  Catering exclusively to companies and corporations, Onyx offers team building, offsites, retreats, virtual programs and more. Created by the team behind Positive Adventures, a leader in experiential education for more than 15 years, Onyx responds to a new market need that emerged during the coronavirus pandemic, helping companies impactfully connect with their teams. Its core offerings include offsites, training and development and team-building programs for in-person, hybrid and remote work modalities. Additional services include facilitating corporate social responsibility initiatives and delivering employee wellness programs. The company is headquartered in San Diego and serves clients across the globe.