My have the past two weeks been a whirlwind! I almost don’t know where to begin…
Last week I was invited by Coca-Cola to be a guest for the “Conversations With Coca-Cola” conference for social media moms in Atlanta, Georgia. It was a true honor and an invaluable experience.
Katherine Stone, founder and editor of PostpartumProgress.com, lead our first day of events with session on building and engaging your social media platform. In it we learned about her personal evolution and eventual expansion into other online spaces. She talked of identifying your personal brand, claiming it and building upon it. (I took so many notes that my hand cramped.)
Immediately following that session we worked on a vision boarding exercise. Each of us was given amply supplies (and tons of magazines) to work with in creating a vision for our life, future, blog, etc. I chose to represent my vision for my personal life as that is the area I am currently focusing on. I’m not a stranger to vision boards, in fact, I recently started a vision book so I truly enjoyed the opportunity. (Except for the fact that I was having so much fun with my fellow participants that I lost track of the time and ended up “speed vision boarding” there at the end. Oye!)
During our lunch session we got to hear from Wendy’s (one of Coke’s partners) about their company. Not only did we learn from their registered dietitian, but we also were exposed to their social good programs, specifically those geared towards foster care and adoption. You may or may not be aware of the fact that Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy’s, was adopted. You can’t help but be truly moved by the Dave Thomas Foundation and it’s adoption/foster care program.
Favorite part of the day? The Women in the Workplace panel with some of Coca-Cola’s amazing female executives. We talked about the importance of being a leader and lifting other women up. (I had to laugh when one of the panelists quoted Madeline Albright, There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.” Ain’t THAT the truth?) Big takeaways: Don’t be afraid to take risks. Do not worry about failing. Seize each new opportunity. Follow your passion. Work the plan that works for YOU.
It was incredibly uplifting. These women are true powerhouses and own their individual style and work ethic. (Also loved their honesty about the challenges of raising a family in the workplace.)
Following that up was a guided tour of the World of Coca-Cola and a glorious evening dinner. We were very spoiled!
If you are interested, you can read about Day 2 here.
Disclosure: This trip was hosted by Coca-Cola. All travel, accommodations and meals were provided for during this event. I am under no obligation to write about my experience. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. The photography is courtesy of PWP Studio. (Fabulous!)