If you’ve ever been part of organizing a conference (or any large multi-day event, really) then I don’t need to tell you what the last few months have been like. Lots of long work days filled with spreadsheets, deadlines and approvals with lots and lots of updates and changes in between. It’s about getting things done well and quickly, making sure every sponsor is happy and ensuring that guests will have the best experience possible. With 31 sponsors and 450 attendees on their way, everything had to run smoothly for our third annual #WeAllGrow Summit. I’m proud to say, it did. From the food, accommodations at Hotel Maya, speakers, keynotes and suites, there was something for everyone.
I’m about to show my age right now, but every time I see the words Love Letter I think of (and sing) Giggles’ song. Not familiar with it? OK. Moving on.
Babble recently invited my fiancé and I to write and read a love letter to one another in honor of Valentine’s Day along with several other couples. I love the way the video turned out. The couple that’s been married for 60 years melts my heart.
The infamous song lyric “If I can make there, I’ll make it anywhere. It’s up to you. New York, New York” can easily apply to Los Angeles, especially if you’re pursuing a career in a creative field.
I wanted to write a post about our #WeAllGrowMIA event back in September but I had nothing to share.
How’s that even possible? Well, when you’re in charge of overseeing social media coverage there’s no such thing as sitting down and taking it all in. Add Miami heat and humidity to the mix, and the only sitting I did manage to sneak in was anywhere I could find a breeze.
Shew, it was a scorcher.
No matter how much I was running around, there was no doubt that this event was the epitome of a Boss Lady celebration. So instead of giving you a breakdown of the day, I decided to share what was at the core of the message that we, as a company, strive to convey with every event we do.
YOU are talented. YOU are brilliant. YOU are a Boss Lady.
State Farm sponsored this post. All thoughts are my own.
When my son was little, I had it all figured out. He was going to be an A student, so I put him in an expensive day care that guaranteed all the cognitive abilities to be the next Einstein. I signed him up for dance, Hapkido and every sport imaginable because he was the most athletic kid ever and, who knows, he may be the next Olympic star too, right?
I didn’t immediately write a recap about #WeAllGrow Summit 2016 because 1. It was a lot to digest 2. I wanted to wait until we made our 2017 announcement so I could really explain why you need to be at our next conference. But before I do that, I invite you to watch the video created by the very talented Andrea Franco.
Whether you’re a veteran blogger, a youtuber, newbie, instagrammer or barely opening a Twitter account, #WeAllGrow Summit will help you get started and/or take things to next level. The conference speaks to the creator/artist/writer/dreamer in you above anything. Yes, sure, you will learn how to be an SEO pro and you will know everything there is to know about Youtube, Instagram Facebook and Pinterest, but you will also truly understand why your voice is important and needed in the digital space.
This has been an incredibly hard week. But that’s usually the case when I go to an amazing conference where the inspiration is so high it’s hard to come down. It never fails. You meet hundreds of amazing women. Your brain gets filled with ideas while your heart implodes with joy from all the overwhelming support from those who get it. You come home ready to implement all that you’ve learned only to crash on the couch or in front of the computer (head down on keyboard). Such a tragedy.
I mean, can you blame me? Look at that view!
(Editors note: This post was originally written for Latina Bloggers Connect)
Instagram recently announced a change in their algorithm, which, as many of you saw, sent the Instagramming community off the deep end. Users started requesting that notifications be turned on, which does nothing. They started several petitions to keep things the way they are with the hope that Instagram would say “My bad, you’re right.” Not happening. I’m pretty sure Instagram went over all of the pros and cons before deciding to announce that user experience is slowly going to change. In all its simplicity, it’s a brilliant app that changed the landscape of visual communication online. Let’s give them the credit of understanding how users can get the best experience out of it, shall we?
Here’s the deal: Instagram has grown substantially since its start in 2010. There are now more than 400 million monthly users. Let that sink in for a minute. That’s a lot of content. Our feeds are filled with amazing photos and stories of people around the world doing extraordinary things inspiring us to live healthier lives, travel and dream. We get to see what our long-distance friends and loved ones are up to, and live vicariously through their images. There’s a tremendous amount of power in that.
I recently spoke on a panel with Sara Urqhart of Alt Summit, Cara Paige of Blogalicious and Laurie White of Mom 2.0 at #WeAllGrow Summmit 2016 called How Collaborations Can Build Your Brand. How cool was it to sit on a panel with these powerhouses? Very! These are some of the loveliest, most passionate women I’ve met. They truly love what they do, and were excited to share their experience and knowledge with our attendees.
Prior to this panel, I had been working on a collaborative project called CoLAB (L for Latina Bloggers Connect, A for Alt Summit and B for Blogalicious) with Sara and Cara. Hi perfect is that acronym, I mean, really.