I attended BlogHer 2010 in NYC to reach out to bloggers about my organization’s cool new tools/sites, but forgot, I too, was there as a female blogger with her own blog. I was truly in heaven at this conference. 2400 female bloggers all coming together to exchange ideas, tell their stories, show off their new stilettos, talk about successes, failures, etc. It reminded me of my constant search for women who lead, and still keep their femininity.
At BlogHer there were many women with their children in toe, but that didn’t stop them from wearing some of the most fabulous heels, and outfits, I have seen in one sitting since Fashion Week! One women, was consistently adding her well informed input to panels, while simultaneously holding her little boy who insisted to also add his input, “Moooooommmmmm, I’m hungry!”, AND was still fabulous in her new, deep purple, Burberry dress.
As day one passed, and day two began, I started to realize that if a women can teach a room full of people how to control their comments on their blog, while corralling their squirming little-one, and at the SAME TIME look fabulous… she can run for office! Apparently, The White House Project agrees with me.
The White House Project is my new non-profit crush (shhh don’t tell them, I don’t want them to think I’m creepy). The WHP’s mission:
The White House Project, a national, nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization, 501(c)(3), aims to advance women’s leadership in all communities and sectors, up to the U.S. presidency. By filling the leadership pipeline with a richly diverse, critical mass of women, we make American institutions, businesses and government truly representative. Through multi-platform programs, The White House Project creates a culture where America’s most valuable untapped resource—women—can succeed in all realms.
See? Told you the WHP and I think alike. I want women to look fabulous and rule the world, and so do they!
I know. I know. Lacey, I am sick of hearing about your crush, what else did you spot at the BlogHer 2010 Conference?
My response? Play-Doh.
The BlogHer 2010 Conference had more sponsors then I have seen at a conference since I worked at a Fortune 500, and with hundreds of sponsors you get, very heavy “swag bags”. Some of the items I found inside of my “swag bag” was; a Play-Doh kit, water bottles, Tide shaped mouse pads, and bread shaped Tupperware (so your sandwich doesn’t squish in your lunch bag, or hot new Michael Kors bag, whichever is more your thing).
When I arrived back in DC from NYC, I thought about my “take-away” from BlogHer 2010, while trying to fit a sandwich in the sandwich shaped Tupperware (not as easy as you think)…
…even moms, elected officials, LGBT bloggers, Heavy Metal bloggers, and Play-Doh lovers (that may have only been me and the kids) can look fabulous (no matter what your style is), be strong independent woman, and have a desire to lead. As Destiny’s Child says, “All the women, who independent… throw your hands up at me…”
When I got into the office this morning I was asked, “How was BlogHer?”, I can only answer with, “I left with a warm, fuzzy feeling, and Play-Doh.”