One thing that I’ve come to love is speaking to women about following their dreams and managing motherhood. It’s important to me. This year I had a goal of speaking at 5 engagements this year. I believe I would have been right at 5, but because of Hurricane Harvey the event was postponed to January 2018.
I realized that I hadn’t shared my last two engagements on my blog. These were two different event topics but the impact & intention was the same; to motivate women to take action.
This Summer: National Urban League, St. Louis
I was asked by a blogging friend, LaToyia Dennis, from Motivated Moms if I would like to be on a panel with Sandra Rock (Chris Rock’s mom), Sandra Brown (NBA player, Shannon Brown’s mom), Mona Lisa, she appeared on the show Undercover Jail for 60 days to experience what her daughter was going through while in prison. I was honored.
The theme for the 2017 National Urban League was #SaveOurCities. For four power packed days, political, business, and community leaders convened in St. Louis, Missouri. It was an inspiring and empowering conference that provided the attendees with unmatched professional, civic engagement, business development, and networking opportunities.
Our panel talked about motherhood and the work we do in the community. I was primarily there to represent The Knighten Project. I promise I had to pinch myself that I was on stage with these ladies.
This Fall: #LearnShiftGrow Wellness Symposium, Baltimore
This conference was special because it was a fellow blogger friend that created it, Martine Forman. This was her first conference and I was so excited I was asked to be apart of the Working Moms Panel. We talked about how we balance motherhood, running a business, managing wife life and life in general. It was great to hear the stories of how other mothers are doing different things but achieving similar results. (That is Martine in the middle)
The Wellness Symposium was a full day of topics that ranged from how to eat properly to how to get your best sleep with great things in between. You could not leave this event without wanting to take better care of yourself, period. Every area was covered; mental, physical and spiritual. I love that Martine is bringing this event back next year.
Some other fun shots:
My husband. He never really travels with me when I go speak because … well, 3 kids. However, he told me earlier this year that he was going to make my next event. He came with me to Baltimore but was not able to even see my speak because it was a woman’s event. I was thinking, “He could have stayed home!”
However, I was glad he came because we ended up staying downtown Baltimore right by the harbor. We stayed the entire weekend and walked around the harbor, did some site-seeing, shopping and eating! I know I wouldn’t have did that without him.
My Dresses. I like to keep my money in my pocket, but I also like nice dresses. For both of these speaking engagements, I bought my dresses at Ross. Yes, Ross hunty!! The stripped dress was $15.99 and the red lace dress was $18.99.
The Coolest People Ever.
Do you remember Laura from Family Matters? Her real name is Kelly, and she was there too! I loved Family Matters growing up. It’s one of those shows where I never missed an episode and honestly I wanted her to end up with Steve. I just had a feeling he was going to be somebody! LOL!! She was very nice and super down to earth.
When I was speaking at the NUL, I looked in the audience and saw Sweetie from Sweetie Pies. She came up to me afterward and told me I did great and keep up the good work!
Ms. Ernestine!! She is the 81 year old body builder. She had her own segment at the NUL, and because I was the first one in my seat, I was given an autographed copy of her book. I loved her presentation and when I hugged her, I promise I felt like I was hugging my granny. She was just so soft and gentle. She is definitely body goals for me.
Although I traveled to speak at these two events, I got so much more out of my visits. I learned about the cities, tried new places to eat and left motivated to do better in every area of my life. When I speak, it’s not about me but what I want the audience to leave with. However, I left filled as well.
Do you attend any conferences this year? Which one was the most impactful?