I was so excited when I stumbled upon some news of the SociaLight Conference while doing research one day last spring. I believe Tim Ferris was talking about it on something I’d read – and I love him, so I thought – it must be good. Then when I learned what it was all about – I said ‘this is for ME’! I subscribed to their newsletter and as the date got closer, and they sent me a promo code, I decided to bite the bullet and spend the money, look for a sitter for my son for the weekend, and do the 2-day event.
On November 23rd and 24th I had the opportunity to join other like-minded entrepreneurs for the SociaLight Conference held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Socia”LIGHT” is an acronym that stands for: L.eader I.mpacting G.lobal H.umanity T.oday. The SociaLight brand aims to redefine what it means to be a “socialite” and is the brainchild of founder Theresa Laurico. Her dream continued to gain momentum with this past weekend’s celebration of the 3rd annual conference.
During the weekend, I made a point of talking to those I really wanted to meet. A big selling feature of the conference for me was guest speaker Natalie Sisson – The Suitcase Entrepreneur – an inspiring solopreneur I’ve been following for about a year now. Her presentation and workshop were such fun and they re-affirmed that I’m on the right track. I’ve already periodically taken my work on the road to other locations (Haiti, England, even just outside of Toronto) but want to do it more frequently and work from the beach some day! So it was really nice to meet Natalie in person and tell her how much I love her fabulous business and aspire to do what she does!
Another highlight was listening to Taylor Conroy of Change Heroes speak passionately about his cause. His dream is that every child on the planet receive an education. Check out this great blog post about what he’s doing for kids working with the good brothers from Free the Children. He’s so good at compelling others to join him achieve his dream, that I made a promise to become a change hero to his cause myself in the new year. Stayed tuned family and friends, I’ll be coming to you for pledge $, lol.
There was Jon from Goodfoot Delivery – a service for delivering packages around the GTA by developmentally disabled people who I ended up doing a workshop with. And Teriano Lasancha’s presentation about her dream of empowering Maasai women and youth one village at a time with Supamaasai was incredible! I could go on and on about the wonderful speakers and supporters of the whole ‘people, planet, profit’ vision.
After coming away from this weekend, I feel there is much to do. These conferences are inspiring and so FULL of information and resources, but sometimes can be overwhelming. I normally fill a journal with notes, flyers, business cards, advice and tips, but then get back to work and due to lack of time, only revisit or apply a small percentage of the info. However, this particular conference resonated so much with my values, that I feel rejuvenated, and I’m going to stay committed to my 3 big take-aways which are: FOCUS (thank you John McDerment of Freshbooks), be RESPONSIBLE – no more complaining or blaming (thank you Darrell Kopke of InstituteB), and find myself a mentor and/or goal group (thank you Theresa Laurico, SociaLight Founder).
Yes, the conference was everything I could have hoped it would be. So many great speakers and panels, educational resources and many, many affirmations! I’ve found my tribe. Much gratitude to the woman who made it all happen by following her own heart’s dream – Theresa Laurico.
Photo credit to Planeterra.