Inaugural SheSummits Digital Conference Experiences Success
The team here at SheSays Denver is happy to report the 2016 SheSummits Digital Conference was a huge success. Thanks in large part to our amazing volunteers and all of our incredibly talented speakers.
It’s hard to pick the best moments from a day of exhilarating content, but here some highlights from our day of celebration and innovation with the women pioneers of the digital space in Denver.
The first session of the day was based on inspiration. What inspires you to go out and do your best work day in and day out? That’s the question our panel of speakers attempted to answer for us. Melanie Taylor, Mary Beth Montgomery, and Erin Jacobsen each shared what inspires them in their work and what inspiration means to them. Being able to mine the internet for content that gives you a creative jolt was a key strategy. Also, looking at a problem from a different perspective and using people with different backgrounds can help you solve problems in a fresh, inspirational way.
Speaking of problem solving, our second session of the day focused on the importance of experimentation in business and in life. Our speakers Morley McBride and Meredith Olsen asked us a simple question — do you dare? Sharing their four steps to experimental success, they engaged the crowd to actively create an experiment right then and there. The whole conference space was abuzz with idea sharing and improvement construction as the crowd buddied up and began brainstorming experiments of their own. Always remember step four — you won’t know if you don’t try!
Jessie Dixon, Amy Maher, and Sarah Miller from the Havenly team covered our panel on making. During this session, we learned the details of how the startup Havenly came to be and how the team constantly works to improve as they disrupt the interior design marketplace. Some key takeaways were “pay attention to your competition, but know your own business” and “test out different scenarios to see what works and what doesn’t.”
Topping off an already extraordinary day was our final session on courage. Speaker Ale Lariu, Founder of SheSays Global, flew out from NYC to share advice with us on how to have courage in leadership and in making changes to your life. As a leader, Ale talked about having the courage to empower your team, allowing for mistakes to be made, listening and giving people your time, and how to practice adaptive mentoring. Regarding changes in your life, Ale led the crowd in an exercise to build a brand platform for yourself beginning with your personal core belief and expanding out into what you are here to do in the world. It was truly empowering.
At the end of the sessions, we mingled and got to know each other over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Overall, the day was great fun and the team at SheSays looks forward to doing it again next year! Thank you to all who attended, we hope to see you at another event soon.
Blog post by Danyelle C. Overbo