Written by Jennifer Haston, HomeAway Customer Support Supervisor
I was privileged to attend the 2018 Texas Conference for Women thanks to HomeAway. It's my dream to speak there someday, but one step at a time folks!
One of the many things I love about Expedia Group and HomeAway is their commitment to knowledge and learning. Many programs are offered internally that allow for professional and personal development. It’s such a joy to be able to take advantage of these programs and the opportunity to attend conferences like this.
There were 7,500 people in attendance at this year’s conference. Take a minute, drink that in.
7,500 attendees (mostly women) and it was great to see some men as well!
The day started with a breakfast session with (Anne Grady) about balance being bogus. It really set the tone for my day because my normal habit in an environment like this is to take copious notes (which I never look at again) and really MISS out on the opportunity to BE there.
Anne asked us to think about what we would do to really BE at the conference.
Some suggestions in the room were:
Turn off your phone (Phones still distracting even if off & facedown).
Focus on the last letter of the last sentence that was spoken to maintain focus. I used this a lot throughout the day!
I was fed, motivated and ready to start the day.
There were so many takeaways from this conference, but for time’s sake I’ll share my favorite highlights.
Always be early. This ensures that you’ll snag a good seat and it allows time to review the conference guide.
"We need accomplices, not allies."- Luvvie Ajayi
“Small Potential is the limited success we can attain alone. Big potential is what we can achieve together.” - Shawn Achor
"Choose discomfort over resentment." - Brené Brown It's not comfortable to say no, especially for women. We want to do it all, have it all and be ALL things. If you say no, you will be uncomfortable in the moment, but you won't resent the person you shouldn’t have said "yes" to in the first place.
Be bold and ask questions, it often leads to great discussion! This applies to individual networking, local meetings, and conferences.
If there is a conference for women in your state, I highly recommend attending. Also, encourage your company to sponsor employees to attend or sponsor a booth like HomeAway did at the 2017 conference!
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