And So I Did It!

Actually, and so we did it! This was the theme for our 2nd Annual Inspiring Women Conference.

We were fortunate to have Kahla  Buchanan, of Newcap TVas our  Mistress of Ceremonies. Kahla really helped to keep the day on track, which gave us the chance to worry about other details. We appreciate her mastery of timing, holding us to our own schedule, despite the last minute surprises we would spring on her.

It's early, but people arriving at the Registration table look bright eyed and eager to enjoy the day!

It’s early, but people arriving at the Registration table look bright eyed and eager to enjoy the day!

The panel of local women included Amanda Amundrud of The Root, Cathy Merkley of TnC Aplaca Farm and Lynn Manners, outstanding community volunteer. The panel was moderated by Cossette Green from Alberta Works. The women shared their stories of challenges, achievements and inspirations.

 

Our panel of local women starts the day with messages of encouragement and laughter.

Our panel of local women starts the day with messages of encouragement and laughter.

 

 

 

 

 

The three break-out sessions included Grace DeOliveira from NRG4Life, Michelle Charles Gustafson of Your Signature Image, as well as Marya Pettigrew and Janet Paul from the Regional Business Accelerator. Grace motivated us to get moving, even in small ways and to choose something we enjoy. Michelle spoke on Keys to Confidence and shared stories of her journey as business woman, daughter, wife and mom. Marya and Janet presented ideas for Accelerating Yourself in your career and in your life, and had participants write a letter to themselves on some of their aspirations for the upcoming year.

Once again the staff at the Lloydminster Exhibition prepared a wonderful menu for us.  Fantastic food!!

Once again the staff at the Lloydminster Exhibition prepared a wonderful menu for us. Fantastic food!!

Check out those amazing decorations.  A KT and Company specialty!

Check out those amazing decorations. A KT and Company specialty!

This year’s keynote speaker was Michelle Cederberg from Calgary. Michelle talked about the importance of increasing our energy and working toward more balance in the various areas of our lives. She stressed proper eating, exercise, hydration, sleep and time for yourself. Did you know that if you are drinking more than 7 cups of coffee you need to drink twice as much water as the coffee? Michelle is a vibrant, dynamic speaker and she really challenged us to make positive change and to lighten up a little and enjoy life.

The "Quotes Wall" became a hit, with many participants jotting down inspiring quotes they heard throughout the day.

The “Quotes Wall” became a hit, with many participants jotting down inspiring quotes they heard throughout the day.

The conference is a great project for KT & Company.  It allows us to learn, be challenged, network with great people and truly do what we love. We are so excited about the opportunities that are coming our way. And as Terra said in the last post, grateful. So plans are under way for the third conference on February 19, 2014. We have lots of great ideas. Hope you can be part of it.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors once again.  Especially Alberta Works for their continued support of this project.  Also sponsoring Lloydminster’s Inspiring Women this year were; The Sask Ministry for the Status of Women, The Lloydminster Source, RBC, To the Core Pilates Studio, Lakeland College, and Manulife Bank.

KT and Company sponsored 5 students to attend the 2013 Inspiring Women Conference.  Clearly, they had a great time!

KT and Company sponsored 5 students to attend the 2013 Inspiring Women Conference. Clearly, they had a great time!

– Kelly

 

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