I spent a few days this past week at the ShesConnected Conference in Toronto. A huge thank-you to the brands who put on this event and to my personal sponsor AllLocallyMade.ca who made it become a reality.
I have spent the day reflecting on my thoughts from this conference and I still am not quite sure how to put my experience into words. My purpose and goals of going into the conference were to:
- Connect with brands
- Learn from other digital women
- Encourage and really connect with every beautiful lady there.
Here is how I did at meeting my goals…
Connect with Brands:
I was so impressed by the amazing brand sponsors that were at the conference.
Sheryl Connelly, Futurist for Ford Motor Company, was a great Keynote to kick off the ShesConnected Conference. She was very engaged and set the day off to a great start.
Ammar Kahn, the Social Media Manager of Ford Motor Company truly lives up to his personal Twitter (@ammar_ammar) bio “Relationship Builder”. He was very personal and even got involved with the mid day Booty Camp Fitness exercises. I have no trouble saying that Ford Canada is a brand that really understands the importance of social media and they do it well!
I was pleasantly surprised at how most of the sponsors truly engaged with the digital women. It was great to see.
Learn from other Digital Women:
I would have to say that I learned the most from Elisa Camhort Page, the co-founder of Blogher who was the Keynote on Saturday. She told her story and made me realize how each of us has a story that is worth sharing. It makes us who we are.
Not all the panels were what I expected them to be, but I did come away knowing more than what I went in knowing, which means I met this goal as well.
I found a lot of the learning also came from the connections out of the sessions through having fun and networking.
Encourage and really connect with every beautiful lady there:
What can I say? I set high expectations for myself. Although I did not personally meet every single woman there. I know that I tried my best and I know that many of the connections I made were meaningful to me, and others.
Here are some pictures from the event.
I really did have an amazing experience. I am glad that I listened to my heart and went with an open mind. I truly came away without any regrets. I believe that we get out what we put in.
Were you at the ShesConnected Conference? Did you write about it?