It took me a bit longer than a week to post my Part 2 review, but life with two sick kids this week tends to make that happen.

Everyone attends these conferences with their own intentions and goals.  Any of the following reasons can pertain; For pure networking and to make new connections (the main reason), to learn new skills and tips on running their business, to sell their actual product at a  vendor table,  to get re-motivated, to hear specific speakers, to re-connect with past business acquaintances, or maybe just to have a ‘weekend away’ with other ambitious woman. It may be ‘all of the above’  for some.  Did you attend for a reason not listed? Please comment below…I would love to hear.

The highlight of the Mompreneur conference was listening to the keynote speaker Arlene Dickinson (more details on Arlene’s speech in my Part 1 blog below), there were many other ambitious business woman sharing their journey’s.
keynote speaker arlene dickinson at the mompreneur conference

Arlene Dickinson Speaking

As mentioned, the day started with registration, receiving our ‘goody bag’, breakfast, opening speeches and introductions, followed by your chosen ‘Breakout Session A’ at 10:25 am. I picked the following  speakers; Paula Coop McCrory  Pinterest expert, Kim Wilson (Creative head at KidsCBC), and Joanna Duong (Founder of Henkaa fashions). I also very much enjoyed having a 1-ON-1 ‘Expert Consultation’ with Business Coach Lara Galloway (of MomBiz).

Although I am not sure Pinterest would benefit me much for Babic Books, I did enjoy listening to Paula and learning about the site.  Paula has more than 4 million followers, and one of the most popular Pinterest profiles worldwide.  As for Kim Wilson,  I went to this informative session because the ‘TV for kids’ debate is something that we often wonder about.  In the end, it clarified what we already know which is to be selective with your kids programming.  There are many great shows out there that kids, where they can learn and be stimulated  in a positive way.  TV is not all BAD.  Kim also provided a website with ratings of shows, based on reviews from kids, parents and the experts. Here is the website.  http://www.commonsensemedia.org .   I  try to limit my kids TV time, but some days they will watch more or way less.  Example…this week of sickos in the house the TV has helped a lot.  Don’t beat yourself up over it as parents… balance is key.

Joanna Duong was interesting, as her interchangeable dress business Henkaa has quickly grown the past few years. You could tell she was also a bit overwhelmed by its progress and success.  Great for her! She is young and motivated, and clearly did not let her doubts influence her ideas and progress.  I half to admit, I just bought a knock off of one of her designs from Wallmart for $20, just to have  a cute summer dress. Her dresses sell for $100 plus, which I would consider buying for a dressier type outfit (and it can still can be used for a casual event).  I know the quality of her dresses would surprise my $20 dress.

Joanna Duong entrepreneur

The Henkaa Dress

I missed most of Kathleen Mundy’s presentation that I was signed up for.  The day was a bit behind schedule and my 15 minute session fell into … seminar.   My one-on-one went longer than 15 minutes, and it as nice chatting to a stranger about my goals and fears. She had unbiased advice that did help me. She recommended Oprah’s one page business plan .  Check it out.  I filled this out the past weekend and it helped sort of out my goals and thoughts.   Thanks for the recommendation Lara. Lara overall verified some things I already knew, but sometimes verification is necessarily to bring more confidence.

The closing presentation was by ‘Eli Davidson…’The Quantum Leap Catalyst’  from 4:15 to 5:00, but the day was running late so she finished up about 5:30 pm.  Eli Davidson was interesting, but I admit not someone I could relate to.  I could not personally jive with the way she spoke to the crowd. She was a bit too eccentric for my preference.  I think Canadians and Americans generally have a different public speaking method (especially when it comes to motivational speaking).  I know the others at my table could not quite ‘get’ her either. To each their own. None the less, she has accomplished a lot, and I respect her for that.

After changing and freshening up in our hotel room at the Sheraton Conference Center, we enjoyed a delicious dinner at 6:30 pm.

Kelly and I at the conference during dinner.

Kelly and I at the conference during dinner.

One cool thing that happened at the event was running into our family friend Kelly Bos. Her husband was in our wedding party when Gregor and I got married 7 years ago.  They are now living in British Virgin Islansd with their daughter.  I knew she was back in the GTA for the birth of her second child, a little boy ( see photo below), but unaware she would be at this event.  She used our hotel room to go up and pump.  It was great hanging with her.  I saw her one week later to meet her little boy, which is when I took this photo.

working moms with a baby

Baby Lincoln, 6 weeks old

Ironically, I finish Part 2 of this blog the same way I finished Part 1….revealing another ‘win’ from the event.  As you may have seen from Part 1 blog, I won a COACH bag by simply placing my card in a jar (won from Susanne Hemet at http://www.collectiveherd.com/ ).  Well, I received an email yesterday revealing that I won  a Cutco French Chef Knife, again, by simply putting my card in the jar.  I guess putting your card in a jar CAN actually win you something.   I can tell you that we don’t own a $154.00 knife, but now we do. MY husband will enjoy this more then me, since he is picky about his cutting knives.    I hope I don’t have to wait another 38 years to win stuff of any value.  My mom told me today that ‘win’s’ happen in three’s, so stay tuned for my next post with my third  prize. I can hope….but I don’t really believe in the ‘good or bad things happen in 3’s superstition’.  But if it does, I hope its a trip next time.
purse prize from mompreneur conference

My purse I won. Love that its for everyday use.