I just started seriously blogging last summer and found out quickly how important it is to network with other bloggers and brands. I kept hearing about Mom 2.0 Summit from different people and made the 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 decision (my Mel Robbins reference) to purchase a ticket and dive into my first blogging conference as a newbie.
Not only were my expectations met, they were exceeded ten-fold. I’m still reliving every moment of this epic experience!
I have to say; the anticipation was just as good as the actual event. Mom 2.0 Summit did an excellent job of creating virtual conversations with other attendees and brands BEFORE stepping into the gorgeous 5-star Langham Huntington Pasadena Hotel on that first day.
Once there, I was met with a sea of friendly faces, awesome swag, and killer sessions that ranged from making the most of the conference experience to brand building and pitching. I honestly wanted to clone myself, so I could attend multiple sessions at once!
The welcome party in the evening, hosted by Stitch Fix and Responsibility.org, was a blast and the perfect way to unwind and connect with everyone. Not to mention, a ball pit that made me feel like I was 10-years old again.
That was just Wednesday.
On Thursday and Friday, I not only attended more informative sessions, but I also had the opportunity to network and learn about exciting brands such as Best Buy, Amazon, Kia, Aura Frames, Smarty Pants Vitamins, Up TV, Chatbooks, and MORE. On top of that, I listened to the brilliance of Debbie Allen, Kristen Bell, Natalie Morales, and Brené Brown in person!
So many incredible nuggets of wisdom from these keynote speakers and so many takeaways from the experience itself. Here are my five big ones:
- The only competition we should have is with ourselves. As women, we should be uplifting, supportive, and encouraging of other women.
- Collaboration is necessary. We don’t have to feel alone on an island. We are a community.
- Women can do it all. Watching women juggle the conference, attending and speaking at sessions, and breastfeeding in the restroom proved just how amazing and powerful we are.
- You can’t be courageous without being vulnerable. Thank you, Brené.
- The future is female.
The Summit was capped off with the Iris Awards, celebrating those who have forged a path in the parent blogging world. It was hosted by Taye Diggs and showcased a culmination of hard work by those in the business. What a magical way to end the whole 3-day experience!
Needless to say, my time at Mom 2.0 Summit was not only inspiring, it was energizing. As soon as next year’s tickets went on sale, I purchased mine without hesitation. Another 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, moment! This time, it will be in Austin, Texas, on April 24th-26th. Will I see you there?