Hey Good People,
Hope you are well! Sending lots of love & light your way. The 1st day of F8 was awesome! But I couldn’t help but notice all of the amazing fashion around me on day 2!
So, I thought, “Why not capture this moment?” I knew it would take the ladies by surprise as I went around and asked for their photo. haha But this is what Hoodies & Heels is all about! Speaking about the unordinary and embracing the beauty of who you are!
I chuckled because while walking to different workshops, I would break my neck to see who was wearing what. lol, It’s the fashion in me. What caught my eye the most was the authenticity, I’ve said this before and I will say this again, you don’t need to have a million bucks to look it.
The beauty of style is knowing the look that makes you feel 100% like you! It was a cool experiment, I decided to do it more so to see the reactions I would receive. And, of course you only get people asking for your photos during New York Fashion Week. haha!
As my first F8, I’m not sure what the ratio was for women to men last year but I can tell you this, leaving here you left with a sisterhood!
The next day called for the F8 Women’s Breakfast. Fidji Simo, Head of Facebook app, delivered a powerful speech for the women in the crowd.
I’m always so taken back by learning from women in tech. After switching my career, it was important for me to do my research and respect those that lead the path. Fidji's deliverance provided clarity as she spoke on often times being the only woman in the room and understanding how to own the moment.
One of the issues I face is the guide to promotion, we all "feel" when we should receive our promotion but at times you don't know if your manager sees "your timing."
Fidji advised having ongoing communication with your manager and being aligned what it takes to get to to get to that next chapter. Knowledge is power. Girl, get it!
Who remembers me talking about slack groups? The divine timing was real as i connected with the ladies from Black Women Tech. Do you see what I mean? Connecting is key.
We enjoyed breakfast together and it’s always a plus to meet people in person. Shoutout to you ladies! Man, oh man, day 2 wrapped and I was in pure bliss!
I can go on and on but obviously you see, I had a ball learning and growing. If you are off to your next conference, I want to leave you with three main tips on what to bring for your next conference:
Forget a notebook bring your phone: I love notebooks I really do but this experience taught me the power of recording. Think about it, all you have to do is hit record and your filming your own webinar! So, for your next conference, do yourself a favor and record your important notes. The voice recorder app is an awesome tool to use!
Comfy Style: I wouldn’t recommend heels at all! Place on your favorite kicks and a simplistic look such as jeans or even a skirt. There were so man comfy looks on the scene, I was in awe.
Be Open: Conferences are an opportunity of a lifetime! If you make such an invest why wouldn’t you take advantage of talking to the person next to you? My simple advice, be yourself and let the rest unfold!
So, I hope this pumps you up for your next conference! You got this , keep at it, and remember to go at your own pace.