This week I attended a special event in New York City called Fashion Forward. Hosted by the lovely ladies of MomTrends, MomGenerations and Lady and the Blog, and it served to inspire attendees with great ideas for blogging communities. It also featured an important charitable partner in Every Mother Counts and Keynote, Christy Turlington Burns, Founder of the organization.
I was grateful to be invited along with my partner in crime Reinvention Girl, and to bump elbows with a power play of fantastic women in media that continue to find success through their creative efforts and a genuine attention to social good. So I thought I’d share some things I learned.
1. May I be a little honest-slash-shallow for a moment? I’m starving for fun trips to the city. I’m only a short 40 minute train ride away, but I’m rarely NYC bound nowadays, and I need more of her, dammit! She’s so thrilling. Even from the brief purview of a 4 block walk from Penn Station. Ok. Moving on.
2. While I like to think I can throw an outfit together, I am no fashionista. One might choke on nothing at all if they peeked into my closet. My radical remix of Old Navy, Target, Gap and the occasional Talbots does suggest a preppy side but if I’m honest with myself, I’m never really sure what to do with it all, so it hangs haphazardly waiting for someone to make some sense. Also, I did have to hold myself back from random photo-snapping of everyone’s shoes at this event. Carrie Bradshaw would have approved.
3. Working with brands is fun. And so many Bloggers are doing it. Brands now understand the importance of a strong connection of Mothers to their bottom line and so, an Influencer was born. Whether working with businesses and brands, or just working to build a community around something important, we received some great advice from several impressive guest speakers including Sharon Basel of GM’s Energy and Environmental Communications, Chrysula Winegar, Founder of Wake Up World Communications, Christine Hunsicker, Gwynnie Bee Founder and CEO, and Marcy Massura, North American Digital Lead at MSL Group.
If I had to choose one take away from this panel it would be about the importance of relationships as a direct effect to any bottom line – regardless of the business opportunity. So there.
4. Finally the charitable partner of the event reminded us that Every Mother Does Count. Christy Turlington Burns was kind to share a little of her own labor and delivery story and although she was at risk, she avoided tragedy through the resources provided to her. However, pregnancy is the leading cause of death in women ages 15-19 in the developing world.
The sole mission of her non-profit Every Mother Counts: Make pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother. They inform, engage and mobilize new audiences to take actions and raise funds that support maternal health programs around the world. Connect with them online, on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.
What fun to circle the room, share ideas and be inspired. I’m also now in the market for new shoes. I must do this more often.
This is an original post by Teicia, Co-Founder of JerseyMomsBlog. We were not compensation for this editorial. All opinions are our own.