You may have already seen through my social media that I attended the Create & Cultivate conference this past weekend in Dallas. As the name indicates, it’s a conference for female creatives of all kinds: bloggers, shop owners, artists, and anything in between. It was incredibly inspiring to be among so many like minded women and I definitely felt that #girlboss energy in the air.
The day started out with a breakfast buffet where I got to meet other creatives from all around the country. I loved taking in all of the beautiful decor and headed to my first session afterwards. It discussed how to monetize across different channels and had several successful bloggers as panelists, such as Cara Loren and Kendi Skeen.
Two more sessions on branding and finding the right angle followed before we headed into a lunch break outside. The weather in Dallas was absolutely beautiful and it felt great feeling that sunshine on my skin.
As I was heading inside to freshen up I ran into Julia Engel from Gal Meets Glam and couldn’t believe my luck! She was one of the panelists in the afternoon session and was a big part of why I decided to attend this conference. I told her how much I love her blog and that she’s a huge inspiration to me. Even though our styles are very different I admire her business sense and the way she runs her blog. I couldn’t believe I ran into her and it completely made my day.
After meeting Julia I attended the mentor sessions where you got to meet in smaller groups with two mentors for 30 minutes each. I first met with Soniya Monga who has worked her way up the ranks at LinkedIn. Even though not all of what she shared applied to me, it was still inspiring to listen to someone who has become so successful at a young age. My second mentor was Kendi Skeen from the blog Kendi Everyday. She was so sweet and it was great being able to pick her brain on all things blogging.
I then headed into the panel where Julia Engel, among other successful bloggers, spoke. It really ignited that fire in me to work even harder towards my goals and ended up being one of my favorite sessions of the day.
After a quick break we headed into the evening portion of the conference. We first got to listen to the founders of SoulCycle and how they built their company. They had such an amazing energy and the whole room wanted to run to a SoulCycle class right after. Even I with my broken foot in tow!
The first keynote of the evening was Emily Schuman from Cupcakes & Cashmere. It was interesting to hear about her success story and what she’s learned along the way. From writing a book to having her own clothing line at Nordstrom, she knows what she’s doing.
The second keynote interviewed the founders of Who What Wear and how their business has grown from a newsletter into a uber successful business. And like it’s no big deal, they also just launched their own clothing line at Target this week. They spoke so honest and eloquent that it rounded off the conference in a perfect way.
Throughout the day you could feel the creativity brewing and it was so fun meeting other likeminded women. Everyone was so supportive of each other and cultivating that fellow female support we all love and need.
Have you been to a creative conference recently? I’d love to hear about your experience!