In the spring of 2014, when my pal Nikki Groom invited me to check out the Lady Project Summit for the first time, I was feeling lost. I knew that I was meant for something greater, that I was capable of creating more meaning and impact through my work – but I had no idea what that would look like. I was on a quest to uncover my purpose. Little did I know that walking through the doors of the South Side Cultural Center that bright Saturday morning would change the course of my life.
I was blown away by the sense of community I felt from the moment I walked in the door, and thought to myself, “where has Lady Project been my whole life.” That afternoon, I attended Carole Ann Penney’s breakout workshop, which spoke to “how to connect the dots between what matters most in your life and uncover and articulate your unique sense of purpose.” I soaked up every word. It was if she had designed that workshop specifically for me. Shortly thereafter, I hired her to help me uncover and connect the dots of this theme that ran through every facet of my life: that thing that was right in front of me the whole time, but I just couldn’t see. That theme was “celebration.” By me supporting her with her new business, another new business was born. That is the POWER of Lady Project.
To make a long story very short, that one connection to Carole Ann led me to connect with some of my closest friends and greatest collaborators. My business has evolved from this seedling of an idea to inspire people to find something to celebrate everyday into the real deal – a business that celebrates conscious entrepreneurs and connects them more deeply to their clients by hosting live events, workshops, and retreats.
I have the Lady Project to thank for providing me with a safe environment to experiment & grow: from event styling, to life coaching, to co-hosting retreats - and most recently, planning the largest event of my career. The Lady Project provided me with the platform, the resources, and partners to make it all happen. Through each one of those experiences I learned something about myself and grew more confident each step of the way. And for this I am SO GRATEFUL.
So, for those of you who are new to the Lady Project, I encourage you to make the most of this incredible community. Raise your hand to share a new idea, invite a stranger you’ve been admiring out for coffee & conversation, ask each other how you can be of service. The Lady Project is an incubator for connection. And connection is what all need more of. Especially now. At this moment in history, it’s more important than ever to lean on each other and RISE UP.