Brennan Smith

Brennan Smith has dedicated his life to generating government, corporate, and community leaders who take responsibility for their people, their profits, and their planet. He is the founder of The Inspired Action Network, a Virginia-based consulting firm focused on leadership development.

Brennan opened ESCAPE Newport News as an extension of his commitment to developing leaders through fun, engaging experiences that cause participants to face themselves and their old limitations in ways that expose new abilities and perspectives.


“Day after day I get to witness government and corporate teams become high-performing, mission-driven leaders through our work together. But one of my greatest joys here has been to watch our own ESCAPE team members engage and become co-creators of our future. Through their unrelenting commitment, and our shared passion for unlocking people’s potential, every guest who walks through our doors discovers something new about themselves -- usually, that they’re a genius.”

Journey Haven

Journey is the Event Designer and Coordinator for ESCAPE Newport News and loves building relationships with clients to create memorable events. From birthdays and showers, to networking and beyond, she embraces all that life has to offer through parties and celebrations. Journey is a senior at Christopher Newport University studying Communication and Leadership Studies. Her passion for event planning is cultivated by her love of interior design, organization, planning, and creativity. After graduation, she plans on starting her own event planning company for weddings, parties, and galas.


I love everything about my job; from the welcoming coworkers (we call them family here), to the positive atmosphere, ESCAPE is truly a place where you can leave whatever is holding you back at the door. Better yet, bring it inside with you and you will be embraced and cared for every step of the way. The moment you step into ESCAPE Newport News, you become a part of our ever-expanding family. Welcome!