But 350 30- 50 something moms? I could barely keep up with them. I've never seen that kind of energy. Let me just say that any last stereotypes I have about moms just got shattered.
I'll be writing throughout the week about what I learned, but for this post, I just want to give you a flavor of what you missed at the Mom 2.0 Summit.
10 most memorable moments of the Mom 2.0 Summit
- My keynote panel members - Maria Bailey of BSM Media and Lisa Stone co-founder of Blogher- two of the smartest people on the planet. Special shout out to our moderator Blair Garrou who even held babies while women took the microphone to ask questions. You went above and beyond dude.
- Guy Kawasaki telling it like it is with his no bull-shiitake style. He challenged the women in the room to embrace their true value and not apologize for anything.
- In the "you just can't buy this kind of photo op" category, Twitter rock star Gwen Bell at the Mardi Gras party hiking her red dress to give photographers a sneak peek at her Francie Pants undies given to her by a conference attendee. Now that's product placement.
Barbara Jones at One2One Network upping the cute guy factor exponentially with special performances by singers Chris Mann and Nathan Pacheco of Yanni Voices. One word - yum. Kudos especially to Nathan for never missing a beat, even when an enthusiastic mom threw her bra at him. (No, I'm not making this up)
The late night Burger King cheeseburger feeding frenzy followed by the traditional wearing of the Burger King paper bag on the head by the mom party goers.
A conference where 95% of the speakers were women - and I only counted two power point presentations with less than 4 slides each. Note to conference organizers - lose the power points and make the majority of the presentations Q and A. Watch your approval ratings and learning factor skyrocket.
The dramatic readings of blog posts of some of the top mom bloggers by a comedian. His rendition of the Bloggess's list of top traffic driving Jesus keywords had us in tears - tears I'm telling you. (WARNING- if you're sensitive to foul language and explicit....well, I don't even know how to describe it - just be careful. Don't watch this video with children or bosses around)
Also under the "priceless photo op" category and the "who knew they were such fine dancers" category - Lisa Stone of Blogher and Maggie Mason of Mighty Girl waltzing together at the Mardi Gras party. They made a stunning pair. (think Ginger Rogers and, well, Ginger Rogers.)
Under the "be careful what you wish for" category - I was sitting next to a woman who was sharing stories of her kind of crazy ability to attract what she wants, then seconds later a vibrator comes sailing across the room right into her arms. (Lest you get the wrong idea - it was a giveaway from one of the attendees sponsored by the product maker. It was all done in very good taste.)
Getting to hang out with the conference organizers the Kirtsy girls and OpMom - You ladies (and gentleman John) ROCKED THE HOUSE! With that many smart, accomplished, fearless ladies in one room, I am amazed the energy didn't blow the roof off the Houston Four Seasons.
Folks, this conference SOLD OUT in one of the worst down-turns our economy has ever seen. There's a reason for that.
If you missed this year, beg, borrow or steal your way to next year's Mom 2.0 Summit. Seriously.