This has been a fun question that Kelly and I have been throwing out to various groups of people in an attempt to gather information for our first big conference in Lloydminster, Alberta.
The conference is called Inspiring Women. We have long wanted to attend a conference for women that would feature various womens’ issues. We wanted it to be educational, we wanted it to be fun, and we wanted to come away from the day feeling rejuvenated and excited to welcome new challenges.
We were fortunate to have been invited to a conference just like that last year in Vermilion. Their keynote speaker was Linda Edgecombe.
Linda Edgecombe left us feeling excited to put one foot in front of the other and to start making new things happen in our lives. She challenged the participants to consider how old their stories are. For example, are you still telling people about the time you won a red ribbon for high jump at track and field in grade 11? If you are, and if you are older than 18, it’s time to create some new stories of success. She told us to stop thinking so much and just start doing. She reminded us all of the voice in our head that says things like “well, I’d like to do that but first I better get this laundry done” or “if I had more free time” or “I would be more successful if my family was more supportive”. Stop thinking stop thinking stop thinking. Start doing. Add to all of this motivation the fact that Linda Edgecombe is hilarious, and you have a fantastic keynote speaker!
We drove home discussing how great it would be if ‘someone’ would put on a conference like that in Lloydminster.
We waited for a while, but ‘someone’ didn’t come through. We mustered all of the energy and enthusiasm that we had gathered from Linda and began planning.
Lloydminster’s first annual Inspiring Women Conference will be on Thursday, February 23. It is being hosted by KT and Company, a business that Kelly and I have developed to create our events from – events that are unique and locally focussed. In keeping with our local focus, we will be featuring 10 women who are local to the Lloydminster area. Three will be speaking as a panel, and will share their own stories of personal and professional success. Five will be facilitating break out sessions on financial planning, nutrition and fitness, and creating balance. Two more will be showcasing their skills by giving quick tips on how to improve your look when you are short on time.
And of course, we have booked our keynote speaker – Linda Edgecombe.
The Vermilion conference was great. It had fantastic speakers, informative booths, wonderful food, and it was hosted in a town that is less than 1/6 the population of Lloydminster. We are sure that our city can host an event like this and make it memorable.
The businesses and associations who we have approached for sponsorship have shown us that Lloydminster is very prepared to host this event. Our major sponsors are Alberta Works, the Lloydminster Source newspaper, RBC, Elements/Planet Beach, Lakeland College and the Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan.
The door prize sponsors really came through also, including prizes of clothing, gift certificates, advertising, restaurant meals, luggage, a camera, and the opportunity to attend a Celebration of Achievement Award Ceremony and Networking Dinner – featuring Arlene Dickinson of Dragon’s Den.
And so here we are, 10 sleeps away from our first major event. We are so very excited to see how the first annual Inspiring Women Conference will turn out. Businesses are booking tables for their employees, interested women are coming forward wanting more information or a ticket for themselves.
We know that it takes a year or two for a new event such as this to establish itself so we will be patient. Having said that, we can hardly wait to see the day when all of Lloydminster and area is being run by men for one day, because the women have taken a day to invest in themselves.
We know that participants will leave at the end of the day feeling inspired, rejuvenated, and excited to achieve their goals. Mark your calendar for February 23 and come join us. You don’t want to miss it!
“We learn best to listen to our own voices if we are listening at the same time to other women – whose stories, for all our differences, turn out, if we listen well, to be our stories also.” – Barbara Deming, political activist and author.