"I'll be out of the office Thursday and Friday this week. I'm going to a blogging conference that will be mostly women. So, if I come back wearing something pink... you'll know what happened."That's pretty much what I told my team at work at few days before taking the train to Mississauga for Blissdom Canada 2013. Some context here: I work in video game development, so "normal" to me is a ratio of about 15 women for every 100 men (and that includes HR and Finance!). When I bought my ticket, I knew that this conference would be something completely different and I'm not talking about learning/networking/partying with around 300 women (and a few men) for three days. Something completely different is exactly what I was looking for!
My bliss started weeks before the event. I won my hotel room in a draw for participating in a pre-conference Twitter party. Amazing! Thanks so much to the Blissdom Canada Team and Delta Meadowvale! Check out the great room:
|The comfy bed at the Delta Meadowvale|
|Sponsor samples from Sunlight and Philosophy|
|Stress toys collected at the PMI Global Congress 2012|
|Tempur-Pedic Bear from Sleep Country Canada|
|Conference welcome back Sponsor swag and the Sleep Country Tempur-Pedic travel pillow|
|One way to connect with your audience...|
As for the sessions, some of my favorites were:
- The Art of Creativity, by Jason Theodor
- Taking That First Step microsession with Gillian Duffy
- The Power Hour, which included:
- How Is Your Blog Doing? by Elan Morgan
- How To Succeed By Being A Quitter by Sharon DeVellis
- and inspiring talks by Chris Read, Joe Boughner and Erica Ehm
- An emotional panel on Social Media Etiquette, beautifully summarized by Common Cents Mom
So, did I come home wearing something pink? You betcha! My nails were polished bright, sparkly pink at the pyjama party the last night of the conference.
|Photo courtesy of Anna Epp Photography|
To read more about Blissdom Canada 2013, check out the blogs linked up on their wrap-up post.