What happens at these little gatherings some men may ask? TALK! Lots and lots of talk filled with ideas and inspiration or just being goofy. I was amazed at how fast conversation went from "Hi" to "Deep." These are women with backbone and opinions - some long held, others just formed over cocktails. One thing is for sure, they aren't waiting for anyone to give them permission to speak freely.
I didn't set out to be a card collector, but as I look over this stack I'm stunned at how many insightful women I intersected with. No wonder I came away so energized. The pile doesn't begin to cover it all because there were many like Yvonne and Susan that I already knew and therefore don't have their cards. And, there were many, MANY more that I never asked for because we were having too good of a time wining and dining.
Men reading this might be a bit shocked to see this list. After all, it was only a two day conference with a few side events. On top of it, this wasn't for business networking, just to visit other people who have blogging as core means of communicating.
Just for fun, I thought I'd list every card in my collection of serendipitous meetings. Before I do, however, I'd like to thank all the women of BlogHer for putting on a spectacular event that was women friendly at every touch point. Business could learn a lot from you. Special praise goes to Kristy who has mastered the art of heading cats and keeping the logistics in order.
Posted by Suzie Cheel
When I first joined BlogHer I thought “Wouldn’t it be wonderful to go to a Blogher conference!” Chicago is a long way from Australia for a 3 day . So imagine my delight when I discovered I could attend this in Second Life(SL).
This meant becoming a member of Second Life. It also meant becoming part of a virtual world. This is not just sign in and log on and all will be okay.
This is the cutting edge of what may be the future of cyberspace. I even got up on my one sleep-in morning, Sunday, to log into the session on Second Life Real Business Brilliant or Bust.
You can listen to these sessions at http://slcn.tv
This is a snapshot of the opening session. It does look like a real life session, you can go to Blogher to see what the whole program was for both RL (Real Life), and Sl (Second Life).
This was the outline:
Bloggers and major corporations are making waves in Second Life. Some are even making real money from virtual transactions - can you do it too? How creative do you have to be and how do you get in on this new industry? Are major companies just wasting their time or is there real business being done? Moderated by branding expert Nina Burokas our panel is filled with SL business mavens including Jeanette Gibson, System’s lead in new media communications and Linda Zimmer from MarCom:Interactive, Jody Devere aka Patty Streeter of AskPatty.com, and blogger and SL small business owner Daisy Beauchamp!
Our Let’s Race for a Cause event today at the Fairgrounds Speedway on Motorati Island was a huge success! We invited racers to race in three separate heats and qualify for the finals for a chance to win $5000L! The winners of each heat won a Pontiac Solstice GXP. The runner up female racer won a $5000L shopping spree to CaLLie cLine designs!
It was so much fun to race around the speedway and the support from the crowd was amazing! Thank you to all of our participants and to the M2 Messenger for covering the event!
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A Female Friendly Dealer has made a major commitment to providing an enjoyable buying experience for female customers by participating in the Ask Patty Training Program.
The Female Friendly Dealer Experience:
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