I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the Penn Women's Conference this October. I was actually working with a friend who captured this awesome image! So I wasn't a patron that was able to select my workshops or take advantage of the small business reviews and all the other amazing resources they provided. BUT, I think I learned an important lesson about just being in the room!
One of the cool things about working was that I got a lot of behind the scenes looks at the goings on. It takes a whole heck of a lot of work to put on a conference for 8,000 women that includes top tier speakers, multiple moving parts, and a bunch of staff to oversee. And then there were huge keynotes like Jane Pauley, Robin Roberts and Diane Keaton. This was all great to see as I hope one day to have huge events for my BBB Series.
Though I am sure there were a myriad of opportunities to network and share business cards which I didn't necessarily have the chance to do, just being there was inspiring. It was really all I needed. I mean first of all seeing that many women come together was just a sight in itself. And to hear from all these really successful business women was icing on the cake. Just the sheer amount of authors that were there, gave me a kick in the butt. It helped me to know that my dreams of authoring multiple books isn't quite as far fetched as I think. I could literally see myself sitting in those seats signing book after book and chatting with readers.
I often mention the importance of vision. So just to be able to see others in the shoes that you one day hope to be in, is sometimes enough. Yes we all have visions of meeting the right person at the right time who just changes our life in a second. But that's not often how it happens. Hearing from and being in the presence of regal women like Robin Roberts can just give you an energy that you need to finish pursuing the dreams and goals that are in your heart.
Don't worry if you didn't make that one life changing connection or get to give your business card to the panelist that you slightly stalked out at the conference. Just being in the room, is sometimes enough to ignite the fire to take you to the next level. I know I felt that way!
Keep working! Did you attend the Penn Women's Conference? How did you like it? Any other conferences you've attended that were life changing for you?