There is no way I can share ALL the excitement that went on at Blogher. I would have to write a post a day for a month, or more. But, I can share some thoughts about great women I met there - and some of my feedback on the sessions I attended.
So, first...shout outs to some excellent bloggers - with links to their blogs. DO stop over and visit and read them. You will be so glad you did. I know that there is nothing better than communicating and connecting with strong, outspoken women on blogs. Women not only with a message to share, but with a purpose in mind- a purpose such, empowering other women. It doesn't get any better than that.
Paula Gregorowicz - I doubt Paula knows how flattered I was that she approached me on the first day and mentioned my blog. I got to talk with Paula later on, and was so glad that I did. Her calm demeanor was just part of her focus - she is full of good thoughts and advice. And, I love her Inspiring Image of the Week blog posts. Ladies, she's here for you. Check her out.
Barb D - one of the women who sat near me during the session on Leadership: Owning Your Expertise (led by Kathie Orenstein of the Opt-Ed Project), inspired me to think differently about who I am and how I communicate - by sharing the story of who she is and how confused she is - to be in the world as a smart woman, but a bit unsure of where she fits in.
Her openness and honesty was indicative of the Blogher conference as a whole, but this time - I felt a connection I don't often feel. Because Barb D and I are of the same generation, and I was where she is, not that long ago. You MUST go to THIS POST and watch the video. You MUST! And, then, thank Barb for sharing it, please.
I also sat next to a truly funny blogger - and was so impressed that her daughter had added different sayings to each of her businesscards, I wanted to kick myself because my daughters are talented and wonderful and full of spirit, too - but they don't involve themselves in my blog world. In fact, they are pretty content living their own lives and letting me live mine, and no matter how hard I push, they just won't blog. <sigh>
Now, all I can tell you about Madame Halushki is that she is funny, in print - not so much in person. She was coy and subtle and open and helpful, but not so funny. Maybe it was the leadership session - doesn't lend itself to being funny, and all. Anyway, she is funny. I LOVE her blog, and you will too. Get over there and have a good laugh today. [how embarrassed am I that I did not even write down her REAL name? She will forever be Madame Halushki to me.]
Lori MacKenzie - is the third person who participated in our small group, at the Op-Ed project session. She's from Stanford. Yep, THAT Stanford. That does mean she's smart. She's smart. And, oh, did I mention - she's smart? Not that you aren't smart. Or that I'm not smart. Or that any of the other women I talk about aren't smart. We're all smart. But, we're not employed by the gender studies at Stanford. Now, that's taking smart to another level. IMHO
Here's the scoop - Lori is so smart, she showed the rest of us how WE could be smart, too. She's taken the Op-Ed class - so, she knew how to phrase our "I'm an expert because..." statement to give us the most bang for our buck. She was friendly, happy, funny, delightful, and smart. Did I mention she was smart? I am so thrilled that she sat right behind me, so I could be part of the group she was in.
And there you have it. Four women who have made a difference in my life. Just by being what they are - women supporting other women. Wow.