Hello and happy Thursday Cleveland! It has been a whirlwind of week but I am back to business and ready to share all about my trip to Salt Lake City at the 2014 Alt Summit.
With the snow and super cold temps, I was one of the lucky few who had smooth sailing, travel-wise out to Utah. My room at the Grand America was just that; grand! Every fixture was dipped in gold, the room included the fluffiest of pillows for sweet creative dreams and the chocolate left before bed on the pillow made for perfect night cap. Registration was easy-peasy and we were off…ready to dive into my first Alt Summit.
Wednesday night I attended a dinner sponsored by one of my favorite social expressions companies; Minted.com. The dinner was mostly attended by designers and creatives alike, I had found my peeps! I was lucky enough to sit near Alix of Modern Kiddo who I quickly learned was so much like me; works in advertising, loves all things vintage and has a slight obsession with Ms. Spade; check out her darling blog direct to you from San Francisco.
That evening I couldn’t sleep as I was so excited for what was in store for me the next day as the conference kicked off. The morning brought fashion illustrator and blogger Garance Doré as the key note speaker. She spoke to the crowd of over 700 attendees about being true to your own voice, not letting negativity overpower your inner cheerleader and tips for expressing your personal creativity while providing a good platform for conversation. She was both darling and insightful and of course her french accent didn’t hurt.
From there I learned about using video in the social space, I sat in on a “How much do you share?” workshop, I was very interested in learning more about ways to use Pinterest for business and also how to better deliver content both visually and through additional social avenues. The conference was a jolt of hyper-creativity and lots to think about as we move into the new year.
(A photobooth moment with my roommate Carolyn Friedlander;
modern quilting goddess.)
Besides all the learning opps there was lots of time for fun! Time to catch up with some of my instagram friends including Kim of Design | Life | Kids, Melissa of Melissa Hope Co, Kristiana of Silver Trailer (my Airstream-loving cool cat!) and Amanda Smiley of A Life Well Lived. I hunted down a few of my daily reads including Nicole of Making it Lovely and Hillary of Dean Street Society both lovely ladies. I kicked back in the sponsor rooms during breaks; check out the pretty pink one by Wayfair.
Did I mention that Christy Turlington (supermodel) and Christiane Lemieux (Dwell Sudio founder) were part of the Thursday’s luncheon panel? They shared everything about their non profit called Every Mother Counts with us as well as sharing their film; No Woman No Cry, Check it out. Friday’s lunch featured Pinterest founder Ben Silbermann who was a delight to listen too. Friday night was a series of mini parties each on more creative and over-the-top than the next. From the decor and costumes to the prizes and cocktails, these mini soirée´s were a pretty incredible way to wrap up the three day conference.
All in all the conference was a huge ball of energy. I learned, laughed and walked away feeling ultimately inspired by other creatives from all over the country (& Canada!) While I may be back in my own comfort-zone today I am constantly reminded to get uncomfortable, to myself and my thoughts out there in front of other big thinkers, to dream, to take (MORE!) time to be creative and to collaborate, collaborate, collaborate with others!
I HEART you Alt Summit 2014, I will for sure be back one day…I hope others from the 216 will check it out next year, it was an AWESOME experience.