I just returned from such an inspiring conference in San Francisco. You’d think that given the number of conferences I’ve facilitated over the years, I would have a been-there-done-that attitude. On the contrary, I’m always ready to be delighted if the opportunity is there. It’s how I try to live my life, and at this conference – sponsored by the Professional Business Women of California – it was confirmed that I’m not the only one. These women ignited me, each other, and it’s no wondering that so many of them are changing the heartbeat of business.
Speaking of heartbeats, I watched 3000 women walk into the start of the general session. For about 20 minutes, 6 of my team members performed as the crowd assembled. By the time I took the stage, the room was already charged. I led a simple body percussion session. No drums were ever used. It’s amazing to hear the sound of 3000 hands clapping, and fingers snapping. The theme of the day was Connect, Discover, and Shine, which I thread lightly through the Drum Cafe program. By the end, the ice was broken, the room was connected, and we were all ready to seize the day.
The conference featured a stunning line-up of speakers including Geena Davis, Congresswoman Jackie Speier, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Sheryl WuDunn, and Oracle Corporation President Safra Catz, to name a few. I spent the bulk of my day in the Drum Cafe booth that we set up in the exhibit hall. I bumped into so many our clients from HP, Hitachi, Bank of America, Charles Schwab, etc. It dawned on me that over these last 10 years, I have really witnessed the transformation of business from such a specific place – a place where people recognize the power of building relationships and teams based on strong and clear communication. From there – anything is possible
The young women who attended this conference were another highlight for me. They came to plan their futures by listening to the stories and testimonials of women who have really cut through thick tape to get to where they are. One speaker in particular really pushed on this message of showing up for yourself. Jennifer Siebel Newsom, First Lady of San Francisco, spoke about her film project, Miss Representation. She challenged us all to look at how media covers women in power and business. Her project presentation was so provocative and particularly called upon the young women in business to not allow bad patterns in history to undermine the great potential of the future – their future.
The PBWC conference so cemented my convictions about the power of connecting people together for exponential results. There were so many exchanges during this day, all around me. It makes me realize that I’m in the right business, living the right kind of life.
In Joy and Rhythm,