For those of you that follow us on facebook and twitter, you know that I traveled to NYC a couple of weeks ago to attend a Martha Stewart Dreamers into Doers conference. One of 80 women bloggers, entrepreneurs and small-business owners, I was treated to a two day conference at the Martha Stewart Headquarters, a taping of The Martha Stewart Show, and some quality time with my “party girl” friends! I met women that I had become “friends” with thru the internet, walked away with many new friends, and a felt this amazing sense of community. 80 creative, powerful women in one room – the drive alone was contagious!
The night before the conference began, the dreamers descended upon the city and met up for a Meet & Greet at a nearby lounge. The picture above was taken right as we all met each other for the first time! Kim, Andrea & Toni of The TomKat Studio, Lindi of Love The Day, me, Jill of Modern Cupcake, Nancy of A to Zebra Celebrations, Kim of The Celebration Shoppe, Courtney of Pizzazzerie, Caryl of ROAR Events, Me! , Rebecca of Fresh Chick Design Studio and Andrea of Dolce Drive.
Having this many “party girls” in one city at one time was so much fun, there was no way we could let it pass without having our own dinner party! I arranged for a lo-o-n-n-g table at one of my favorite NYC restaurants, Pastis and the “party girls” had a lovely evening full of champagne, steak frites, SWAG bags put together by The TomKat Studio girls, and a lot of chatter and anticipation about what the rest of the week would hold for us!
The first day of the conference was full of workshops held by MSLO employees – everything from social media marketing, to how to handle your public relations, to Martha herself talking to us about starting a foundation. The day included a lovely, plated lunch and many “peeks around the corner” to look into prop rooms, test kitchens, etc. The offices are just as you would imagine them to be – clean, white, with inspiration peeking out from every corner!
The night ended with a cocktail party with mini makeovers, champagne and hors d’oeuvres. I spent a lot of time with my new friends – Vana of Le Papier Studio, Charynn of Two Sugar Babies, Tanya of Save the Date for Cupcakes, Kim of The Celebration Shoppe, Courtney (and her darling mother, Phronsie) of Pizzazzerie, Rebecca of Fresh Chick Design Studio and The TomKat Studio girls.
The next day we braved a snow storm to get to The Martha Stewart Show. It was a live taping and SO. MUCH. FUN. to see the production process. A well-oiled machine, The Martha Stewart Show team was great fun (especially Joey!). I was fortunate to sit in the front room with Vana of Le Papier Studio, Kim of The Celebration Shoppe, and Nancy of A to Zebra Celebrations.
It was an amazing opportunity to be a part of this conference and I will never forget it! My favorite part of the whole week was the sense of community. It didn’t matter who you were, what you did – each and every one of us was there to network, build this community to be better and stronger, and to bring more inspiration to all of you every day. It was inspiring and I am so lucky to have been a party of it!