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Word, to the Momma – Leading Moms 2012 Conference (event recap & review!)

Today was a big day for me. My first networking event since I’ve had my two kiddies, 3.5 and 2 years of age. What better event than the Leading Moms Conference to inspire, encourage and sympathize with all of the emotions and nerves that go along with re-entering the business world as a momma.

I was giddy with anticipation for the complimentary shuttle service they offered for those of us “Burb Moms” attending the conference at the HR MacMillan Space Centre. In all honesty, having someone else driving coupled with an all-adult occupied vehicle is a holiday in my books. Yes, it is those small things that make my day. And being able to use the restroom by myself. Hallelujah!

It always amazes me that women from all different walks of life can come together and always find some common ground to connect on. Today it was mommahood.

It’s not hard to feel in awe of the panel of momma’s who shared their stories and experiences of juggling mommahood and their careers today. Christy Clark, Premier of BC, Pamela Martin (as MC), Ratana Stephens, Co-CEO and COO of Nature’s Path and Fiona Douglas-Crampton, CEO of Minerva Foundation to just name a few. Amazing, talented and smart women who have been very successful in their pursuits. As I listened to each of them speak, the message I heard was to be true to who YOU are. By being true to who you are and nurturing YOUR gifts and strengths, you will in turn be setting the example for your kids to follow suit in their own life. You are setting the example. It isn’t being selfish as we would sometimes lead ourselves to think. It is far from it.

Tara MacLean-Grand’s song Where Am I was presented via video along with her story and experience. Tear. Fest. Galore. And really, what better way to connect a room full of women than to hit on the thing we all most definitely have in common. Most every woman I spoke with today was asking or had asked the questions; Who am I outside of being a mom? What is the right balance of finding and being myself yet being the best mom I can be to my kids? Whether we are fairly new moms, like myself, or have kids who are grown, there is a constant need to re-evaluate and readjust as we all grow.

As the Leading Moms Conference was my first experience back into the land of Networking, I am left with an extremely full heart and spirit, having met some amazingly resilient and strong women who have indeed figured out that balance for themselves. It is SO encouraging to know that it is possible to balance work and momma duties. Be honest, be true and most importantly, be you.

I leave you with the fitting quote from one of my favs, Dr. Suess:

“Today you are you
That is truer than true.
There is no one alive
Who is youer than you.”

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