NAB NEW YORK INCLUDES LIVE STREAMING, VIRTUAL REALITY, PROGRAMATIC TV

NAB NEW YORK!

NAB NEW YORK!

 

Media in Action was definitely the word for this year’s NAB in New York.  It is definitely a snapshot of what to expect in Las Vegas in 2017.  I  was so pleased about where NAB has taken the Content and Communications World expo.  This year was exceptional and one of the best media industry conferences I have attended this year.

There were informative panels and seminars that discussed  OTT, IPTV, mobile and advertising and other ways of monetization of content on each platform.

The show featured a VR Village which was filled with new companies positioning to be the next big company in Viritual Reality. There was also a drone pavilion where you could actually try them out.

One of my favorite new things  this year was a whole day on Live Streaming which discussed, the state of live streaming, how to grow audiences, analytics, opportunities for brands and marketers, distribution on multi-screen and live linear channels and monetization.   I know that live streaming will become a major opportunity for content creators and channels to use to bring in additional audiences and create more engagement with their brand. Speaking of brands; brands are jumping onto the live streaming band wagon to get more of their customers involved with their brands and in turn creating more sales and brand loyalty.

The show featured a panel on diversity which is so important. Women and People of Color are making major impacts in the industry on all levels. As we become a more diverse population it is vitally important that we become more inclusive or lose business and become non relevant.  Besides that; its the right thing to do. Maybe the industry is getting a heart? Time will tell.

The satellite and production areas of the event provided a great added feature. The vendors were awesome.  Cannon, Sony, JVC, Live U and some new players were in attendance.

I am very excited about the upcoming Vegas show in 2017 just because of the way New York took off.   I heard similar expressions among other attendees so I must give a thumbs up to NAB New York for a great show.

This year has proven that the landscape of media and technology is still in its beginnings but as always Content Is King and Queen!  You can have all of the technology in the world but if you have no way to get the content out to your consumers; the technology is moot.  Content plus technology and great

NAB NEW YORK!

NAB NEW YORK!

marketing equals audience which equals revenues!

If you are in the industry and want to stay ahead of the curve, go to http://www.nabshow.com to register for the show in 2017.

Stay tuned for more info on the industry happenings right here!

 

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Ad Tech Expands Its Platform Includes Virtual Reality and Diversity

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ad:tech New York 2016, the original industry authority for advertising, marketing and media technology, today shared its plans to spotlight a select group of the most engaged, innovative industry associations in a special content focus at its November show. Marking ad:tech’s 20th anniversary, the signature November 2-3 show at Javits Center in New York City will highlight those organizations and groups embracing and driving the new innovation agenda within their memberships and own programming.

“As we head into this new era of innovation, we called upon and assembled those groups actively curating innovation in their own right,” said John Durham, General Manager for ad:tech New York. “As we bring them into the mix at the new ad:tech, we are spotlighting these vibrant communities within the community. They are in many ways the beating heart of it all, especially in New York City.”

A Session with 212NYC: Media Buyers – Why Their Media Consumption Habits Matter and the Questions You Are Afraid to Ask

During this session with the industry’s rising media planners and buyers we will explore the media platforms and channels that are popular with today’s up and coming generations, including those working in the media industry. Moderated by ad:tech’s own John Durham, the group will delve into how the usage of these particular platforms and channels informs the approach to media planning and buying that our panel participants execute on behalf of their brands.

A Session with The Advertising Club of New York: Creating Diversity

How do you reinvent the approach to creating diversity in the marketing and advertising industries, so that everyone involved thrives? You raise awareness of the benefits and rally professionals in a shared movement. Imagine the possibilities for innovation and ideation inside your company and within your culture, when diversity is the imperative.

Hear from executives and participants of the AdClub’s I’mPart program as they share the successes of plugging into an initiative that focuses on attracting, training, retaining and promoting diverse talent in the ad industry.

A Session with SheKnows Media:
Branded Content and Native Advertising, the Miracle Mix

Explore the marriage of content and native advertising with the leading women’s lifestyle digital media company. SheKnows Media has revolutionized the publishing industry with seamless integration of users, editors and content creators on a single platform designed to empower the female gender to discover, share and create. The award-winning team at SheKnows creates authentic and on-trend content for a wide variety of audiences.

A Session with the Internet of Things Consortium:
IoT and the Marketing Revolution

In a recent study by the Economist Intelligence Unit, more than half of marketing executives reported that the IoT movement would revolutionize marketing by the year 2020. Amazon’s Echo device has already seen spectacular success since it was launched a year ago.

Join the Internet of Things Consortium (IoTC) and special guests to discuss how marketers and technology companies are already planning for this revolution. Learn what’s real and what’s pure science fiction in the IoT era.

In addition, members of the Producers Guild of America, New Media Council East and friends of ad:tech will assemble for a special session curated for ad:tech 2016:

Ad Tech and Content Collide – Producing in the Programmatic World

The explosion of new technology platforms for advertising creates expansive opportunities for new media producers, from new ways to entertain audiences and build influencers to new subscription models and payment solutions. Join members of the Producers Guild of America New Media Council East for a discussion on breakthroughs in ad tech for producers—including the latest in data science, artificial intelligence (AI), addressable advertising, mobile real-time semantic buying, in-app purchases, and videogame ad solutions.

“These are some of the most timely sessions within the agenda,” continued Durham. “We’re so appreciative of their passionate involvement and support. AdMonsters and 614 Group have also been incredibly supportive. AdMonsters’ own and industry original Gavin Dunaway will be hosting one of our Podiums for the day. The 614 Group has also been spreading the word with their community, which we so appreciate. We look forward to a full house!”

It’s your last chance to book your tickets. Use promo code: 50SPEAKERNY16 for a special discount!

About ad:tech

ad:tech is the original industry authority for marketing and media technology, where marketing, technology and media communities assemble to share new ways of thinking, build strong partnerships, and define new strategies to compete in an ever-changing marketplace. Several annual events around the world deliver immersive education through keynote speakers, timely topic-driven panels and hands-on workshops as well as showcase the latest products and solutions to help deepen understanding and create new ideas that will drive innovation. Attendees leave ad:tech inspired by what’s new and what’s next, armed with the tools and techniques they need to shift and re-imagine their own businesses. For more information, visit www.ad-tech.com. Follow @adtech on Twitter

 

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New York Television Festival Is Coming To Town!

New York Television FestivalThe NYTVF is a pioneer of the independent television movement, connecting its community of artists with leading networks, studios, agencies, production companies, and brands.

I could not have said it better. The television industry in itself is still one of the most closed industries and if you are not an industry insider your chances of entry into the industry as a creative is very difficult.

So how do you get in? There is no set rule or standard BUT; and I say that with excitement; there is an entry point now. That point of entry is the New York Television Festival. It is where HBO, TNT, Comedy Central, FOX, A&E and many more connect with independent producers, directors, writers, talent and many more.  It is the light at the end of the tunnel.

There are screenings and a contest where the winners are given contracts with networks. There are panels where industry professionals and decision makers speak to you directly and discuss the hows and who’s of this industry.

I personally attended the very  first one and have seen this organization grow and make a great impact in getting new shows and talent exposed to the networks and companies attached to them.

They also cover digital platforms and now they are going into VR and Augmented Reality. I cannot say enough about Founder Terence Gray and his team. They are spot on and continue to be the light at the end of a tunnel in an industry that is ever changing and difficult to enter.

The NYTF will be October 24th to October 29th. To get your tickets to screening and other events go to http://www.nytvf.com

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Circle Of Sisters Prepares to ROCK!

Circle Of Sisters

One of the most anticipated events of the year is about to happen this weekend October 15th and 16th at Jacob Javits in New York City starting at 10am.  Circle Of Sisters kicks off this weekend and it promises to wow!  I have been attending this event for the past several years. I remember when I first met Maya Angelou there many moons ago. It was one of the most important experiences I have had to date.

This show will continue that; starting with Common doing a talk about his career and his thoughts on the current events of today that affect us all.

Robin Roberts will speak on Sunday, Bishop Hezekiah Walker will lead the Gospel  Explosion, Bobby Brown will do a cooking demo. Richard Roundtree and Rev. Al Sharpton will also be in attendance.  The performance stage will feature Joe performing on Saturday evening.

This is all on top of the wonderful vendors with great products and services.

This event is a top event for women and the companies that support this coveted market. There are seminars and panels that are specific to health, wellness, business, relationships and more!!

Some of the sponsors are State Farm, AT&T, Emblem Health, McDonalds.  To get your tickets go to http://www.wbls.com/circleofsisters

See you there!!

Peggy D

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KIA STYLE 360 IS ABOUT TO TAKE FASHION WEEK UP A NOTCH!

It is the time of the year where people in the fashion industry are getting ready for one of the hottest seasons in fashion-SPRING!!  KIA STYLE 360 is a top notch fashion week that has always been successful in bringing the hottest fashion designers in the industry. This year will not disappoint. The line up includes Serena Williams, Angela Simmons and more. It will kick off Sept 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th; so get ready. Check out the designer line up and we will have much more for you as this will be a season for the ages!!

KIA STYLE360 ANNOUNCES STAR-STUDDED

DESIGNER LINE UP, SCHEDULE AND SPONSORS

FOR NEW YORK FASHION WEEK SEPTEMBER 12 – 15, 2016

 

Serena Williams, Ashley Graham, Kristin Cavallari and More To Strut Their Stuff On The Runways

 

New York, NY (August 8, 2016)Hollywood & fashion special event firm, A-list Communications announces its New York Spring/Summer 2017 Women’s Runway Previews September 12th – 15th, 2016.  This season will mark the 12th annual year at New York Fashion Week for curating its signature formula of fashion week events among exciting ready-to-wear celebrity designer brands, high fashion designer brands, and fashion-fan favorites each season.

 

This year’s schedule builds on the success of last year with many renewing designer names as well as renewed title sponsor, Kia Motors (www.Kia.com).  Kia returns this year to invite the fashion industry to discover the all-new 2017 Cadenza sedan with integrated activations, on-site car displays and a fleet of vehicles available to transport fashion editors, celebrities and VIPs to and from the fashion shows and events.  The stunningly beautiful Cadenza improves upon all the elements that made its predecessor an award-winning success, boasting a precisely crafted cabin, cutting edge technology for connectivity and driver assistance, a stronger body structure, and powertrain enhancements for a more premium experience behind the wheel.

Kia’s passion for design and obsession with craftsmanship is also embodied in this September’s line-up of fashion shows and festivities for Kia STYLE360, which lists as follows:

Monday, September 12th

3:00pm: HSN Presents Serena Williams Signature Statement Collection Runway Show

7:30pm: Designer Fashion Runway Show TBA

9:00pm: KIA STYLE360 Presents Serena Williams Signature Statement Collection by HSN After-party at Bagatelle NYC

 

Tuesday, September 13th

10:30am: Raul Penaranda Spring 2017 Momentum

3:00pm: Vipe Activewear Collection Fashion Show with Angela Simmons

7:30pm: Tumbler and Tipsy by Michael Kuluva

 

Wednesday, September 14th

3:00pm: Addition Elle Presents Holiday 2016 RTW + Ashley Graham Lingerie Collection

7:00pm: Row A Seat 4 Collection SS17 by Frontrow

 

Thursday, September 15th

7:00pm: Kia STYLE360 Hosts Kristin Cavallari Collections for Emerald Duv Jewelry & Chinese Laundry at Row NYC

 

All fashion shows will again be staged at the two-level Metropolitan West located at 639 West 46th Street with special integrations including live streaming of shows, 360 degree virtual reality broadcasts, and Facebook live streams along with its usual parade of celebrity guests and musical performances to be announced closer to fashion week.  Events kick-off with entertainment and lifestyle retailer HSN’s third successive show presenting their Serena Williams Signature Statement Collection with Ms. Williams taking the stage two days after New York’s U.S. Open Women’s Championship.  The week wraps up with Kia STYLE360’s third annual fashion event with celebrity, actress and fashion designer Kristin Cavallari, who will present her new Emerald Duv Jewelry Collection, new shoe releases from her Chinese Laundry Collection as well as signed copies of her book “Balancing on Heels”.

 

Other renewing sponsors generously supporting the September 2016 season includes Not Your Mother’s® hair care (www.nymbrands.com), who will style all fashion shows by lead hair stylist Michele Carrillo and her NYM branded professional-stylist team. Makeup partners, LimeLight by Alcone (www.limelightbyalcone.com) and MustaeV U.S.A., a prestigious Korean artistry make up brand (www.mustaevusa.com) are also renewed partners this season. Official hotel and after-party partner for the third consecutive year is Row NYC conveniently located near the Kia STYLE360 fashion pavilion at 700 Eighth Avenue. The art-driven, New York-centric hotel will provide its elegant brand of hospitality and accommodations to celebrity and VIP guests as well as host the closing fashion event. Row NYC is also offering exclusive tickets to a Kia STYLE360 show (winners’ choice) and invitations to the closing event hosted at the hotel. Details can be found at www.rownyc.com.   Finally, award winning wine producer, Line 39 Wines (www.line39wines.com) by O’Neill Vintners and Distillers returns in an elevated presence to graciously pour its California Pinot Grigio and Pinot Noir across all events.

 

Welcomed new sponsors to the program this September include Eternal Water (www.eternalwater.com) who will keep guests hydrated and refreshed with it’s Pure and Pristine Artesian Water and beautifully designed BPA free bottle will be collected for recycling after each event. Additionally, OtterBox Products Inc. (www.otterbox.com) joins to present its line of fashionable, sleek smartphone cases to NYFW in the OtterBox Lounge and will debut some of the new looks across a couple runway shows.   New York City hotspot and fashion model sanctuary Bagatelle, one of New York’s trendiest restaurants, will serve as official nightclub partner hosting Kia STYLE360’s intimate VIP event. Kia STYLE360 also proudly welcomes ChapStick® (www.chapstick.com) to its line-up of sponsors this season. ChapStick® will help guests feel runway ready with new ChapStick® Total Hydration Moisture + Tint – which provides long-lasting moisture plus a hint of color from the experts in lip care.

 

I’m humbled to be working with so many renewing designers and partners this season, some who have been with us for a few years now.  Their success with the program is our blueprint in welcoming this year’s new partners and designers into the family and allowing us to continue our offering to the fashion community,” states Executive Producer & Owner, David Manning, A-List Communications.

 

For more information on this season’s designers, to get inside access, view runway trends, special promotional offers, and watch behind the scenes celebrity interviews as well as live streaming from the runway, please visit http://style360nyfw.com/. Twitter @NYFWSTYLE360 and Facebook @STYLE360.  Official hashtag this season is #KiaSTYLE360NYFW.

 

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About Kia Motors America
Kia Motors America (KMA) is the marketing and distribution arm of Kia Motors Corporation based in Seoul, South Korea.  KMA proudly serves as the “Official Automotive Partner” of the NBA and LPGA and set an all-time annual sales record in 2015, surpassing the 600,000 unit mark for the first time in company history. KMA offers a complete line of vehicles, including the rear-drive K900** flagship sedan, Cadenza premium sedan, Sorento CUV, Soul urban passenger vehicle, Soul Electric Vehicle***, Sportage compact CUV, Optima midsize sedan, Optima Hybrid, the Forte compact sedan, Forte5 and Forte Koup, Rio and Rio 5-door subcompacts and the Sedona minivan, through a network of more than 765 dealers across the United States.  Kia’s U.S. manufacturing plant in West Point, Georgia, builds the Optima* and Sorento* and is responsible for the creation of more than 15,000 plant and supplier jobs. Information about KMA and its full vehicle line-up is available at http://www.kia.com.

 

About Bagatelle

Bagatelle is a contemporary French Mediterranean restaurant founded in 2008 by hospitality entrepreneurs Aymeric Clemente and Remi Laba.  With locations in New York, Miami Beach, St. Tropez, St. Barth, Dubai, Punta del Este, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, the brand takes an authentic French dining experience worldwide. The brand’s motto, “joie de vivre,” influences their ingredient-driven and high-energy ambiance, showing guests that “joie de vivre” is not just a saying—it is a lifestyle. For more information on the Bagatelle experience, please visit www.bistrotbagatelle.com.

 

About ChapStick®:

ChapStick®, the lip expert, makes it a priority to help people care for their lips all year round. Originally created in the early 1880s, ChapStick® is known today as America’s favorite lip balm and there’s a variety for every consumer need. Marketed by Pfizer through its Consumer Healthcare business unit, ChapStick® offers a variety of products and fun flavors that promote happier and healthier lips. For more information on ChapStick®, please visit http://www.ChapStick.com and http://www.ShopChapStick.com and check out www.facebook/ChapStick.

 

About Eternal Water

Eternal Water is the #3 Premium Sourced Bottled Water in the USA and one of the fastest growing premium waters in the category. Eternal has swept this category in the last few years boasting 86% incremental sales and over 60% repeat purchase rates, generating one of the most loyal customer bases in bottled water. Eternal Water has national distribution and can be found in the country’s largest retailers across all channels. Learn more about their products and benefits at http://www.eternalwater.com.

 

About LimeLight by Alcone

Since 1950, professional makeup artists and their clients have shopped Alcone’s New York City retail store and warehouse for the best makeup from around the world. Over time certain products consistently stood out as the best, receiving rave reviews from Alcone customers, bloggers, and the press – these are the products LimeLight has incorporated into their line for the direct sales market. The line includes professional grade makeup as well as custom formulated skin care to help your skin find balance through a healthy, natural skin care regimen. The line is made specifically with the everyday woman in mind to give women the opportunity to create their own business and be amazing everyday! www.limelightbyalcone.com

 

About Line 39:

Line 39 offers consumers a selection of varietals from Lake County, AVA, as well as the North Coast and other areas in California. Line 39 wines are versatile and sophisticated, providing a wonderful complement to a variety of foods. Line 39 offers bright, crisp refreshing whites and smooth, subtle reds of consistent flavor and quality. Line 39 wines include Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petite Sirah. You can follow the brand on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/Line39Wines on Facebook at www.facebook/Line39Wines and on Instagram @Line39wines #Line39wines. Visit http://www.line39wines.com/ for more information.

 

About MustaeV U.S.A.: 

MustaeV is a prestigious Korean makeup artistry cosmetic line launched in 2009 in Seoul’s Cheongdam area.  The brand is recognized for, and specializes in, providing high quality brushes made with only the finest materials and highest quality control standards. MustaeV’s color makeup includes products ranging from eye shadows to blushes, lip color to eye liners, foundations and everything in between.  All MustaeV items are planned, developed, and tested by a high profile team of makeup artists based in Cheongdam, an area specializing in makeup, hair, skin care, and fashion located in Gangnam Seoul, Korea.  We aim to provide high quality brushes, superb color cosmetics, and state of the art beauty products that appeal to all consumers in all price ranges.  For more information visit www.mustaevusa.com.

 

About Not Your Mother’s®:

Coined a young cult haircare brand, Not Your Mother’s aims to provoke you to experiment with new ideas, get inspired and embrace personal style.  Delivering uncompromising creative attitude, cruelty-free and USA made products, it is the company’s fourth year as STYLE360 at New York Fashion Week’s hair care partner.  Not Your Mother’s fashion week hairstylist team includes top celebrity and creative stylists lead by Michele Carrillo whose clients include Paris Hilton, Karlie Kloss, Kendall Jenner, Betsey Johnson, and Carolyn Murphy, among many others. For more information please visit www.nymbrands.com.

 

About OtterBox Products Inc.:

OtterBox styles smartphones in sleek and sophisticated protection. With a wide range of slender cases featuring designer patterns, on-trend colors and luxury materials, OtterBox has a case that compliments any wardrobe. Learn more about OtterBox at http://otterbox.com

 

About Row NYC:

With the completion of a two-year, $140 million development, Highgate Hotels and Rockpoint Group launched Row NYC in March 2014.  Located in the heart of Manhattan’s epicenter, Times Square, the illustrious property boasts contemporary guest rooms; District M, an express café and Neapolitan pizza bar; Times Square’s first indoor food market, City Kitchen; Cyc Fitness spin studio; Sugar Factory café and confectionery; and express styling bar, Glam&Go.  The interior, art-driven environment and artisanal cuisine make Row NYC the first of its kind to breathe imagination into a hotel experience in Times Square. Curated by the best in their respected fields, Row NYC represents the pulse of New York and delivers it with style and comfort.  For more information please visit www.rownyc.com.

 

About KIA STYLE360:

Started in 2004, and then called “Style Lounge,” this modest fashion platform launched out of the gate as a stage for some of today’s leading fashion brand designers like Rodarte, Rebecca Minkoff, Patricia Fields, and Zaldy. Over the decade, and after a name change as well, STYLE360 New York Fashion Week has evolved into a launching pad for trending and celebrity designers such as Avril Lavigne, Daisy Fuentes, the Kardashians, and Kristin Cavallari to name a few. Likewise, fashion industry elite super models have graced STYLE360’s stages and venues including Karolina Kurkova, Naomi Campbell, Carol Alt, Tyson Beckford, Kendall Jenner and Jessica White, as well as countless celebrities including the Kardashians, Brooke Burke, Brittany Snow, Gerard Butler, Chris Noth, Tommy Hilfiger, Lauren Conrad, Rosario Dawson, and dozens more. An element that always separates Kia STYLE360 shows from the usual fashion week clutter, are the high-profile musical performances each Season.  Highlights from the past ten years include performances by Austin Mahone, Wyclef Jean, Natasha Bedingfield, JoJo, Neon Trees, Cher Lloyd, Estelle and appearances by music legends like Richie Sambora, Slash, Kanye West, Ne-Yo, Pete Wentz, Rick Ross and many more.

 

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Design Your Life With Women In CT

By: Amelia @ameliaismore  Moore

As someone who attends numerous conferences especially those that are geared towards women empowerment, there is one I wait for every year.  Established in 2009, Women in CT is a forum/conference that not only informs but rejuvenates you as a professional and a woman.

women in CT Group

For the past four years I have been attending this wonderful convening of women in consumer technology, media, pr, sales, etc.  All professionals, these women convene with one purpose; to grow a sisterhood within a male dominated industry.  Not to male bash but rather to understand the dynamic of what it means to be a woman in a male dominated industry.  As someone who is far too familiar and completely understands the challenges of that positioning, I attend because every year it is a room full of like minded women.

Spearheaded by our herculean Carol Chambers, Women in CT is not just a forum it’s an experience.  A redefinition of who we are as women in business as well as a barometer to help women understand as a woman in business you are not alone.

women in ct gail sheely

This year’s forum focused on how to design your life.  We heard how to focus on the importance of a balanced life between business and personal.  Our day began with New York Times bestseller author, journalist and public speaker; Gail Sheely.  She began her presentation by asking the women in the room to choose one word that would best describe them.  My word was brave.  Congruent with her newest book; “Daring” Gail explained that learning and listening are the two most powerful things you can do to be successful.  She challenged all of us to; “Dare to lead like a woman.”  She went on to explain that when she fears she dares herself.  Her life example was when she decided that she wanted to write stories that were not “women stories.”  She dared to pitch a story and got the job.  That dare led her to interviewing Bobby Kennedy. “BE DARING!”

Known for her philosophy of passages of life she told the women that it’s important to incorporate the 4 P’s in their journey of life.  They are: Passion, Priorities, Purse Strings and lastly to understand the Power of the Tribe.   She went on to say that as women we are tribal.  Therefore we should value collaboration.  Establishing teams at times can be challenging.  She went on to explain that if you listen to your team participants they feel included. Yet to maintain motivation and initiative it’s equally important to recognize the unique contribution each member of the team contributes to the whole.  However one of the most poignant things she said was; “No dominate power gives up power and dominance unless it’s forced on them.”  Many times as women play our position instead of taking charge. We follow even though we know we can lead and do the job.  Dare to lead like a woman!

women in CT Sam horn

Up next is a woman who from the first day I heard her speak about “football hands” I knew she had so much to offer to others.  Just like EF Hutton when she talks you should listen.  Sam Horn  (Ideapreneur) is someone over the years who has dared to do, dream, create and conquer.  Those very actions have given her a wealth of knowledge that she freely shares with all the Women in CT every time she speaks.  This year our Women in CT favorite and reoccurring guest speaker spoke about an ideal she created in 2010.  SerenDestiny is not something passive that is out of our control.  She explained that you don’t have to sit and wait for it to happen.  Instead she told us to snap the rubber bands of routine. She gave us 8 ideals or steps to help facilitate it.  First was Catalyst:  If you don’t do something different things will stay the same.  She went on to say that we all need contrast.  She advised us to disrupt our defaults.  Are you an aircraft carrier that takes 4 miles with the engine in reverse to stop or 10 miles to make a turn?  If yes, then it’s time to disrupt your category.  The next ideal was to remind yourself that it’s not selfish to do the one thing that puts the light bulbs on in your eyes.  She challenged us to ask; while doing service to other are we doing service to ourselves? She reminded us any strength taken to an extreme is our default.  Four was put yourself in your own story.  This being one of my defaults my take away was if it doesn’t involve you then it’s not your business.  Meaning that the only business you are doing is other people’s business.  Not yours!  So how do you expect to grow when you are planting your seeds in someone else’s garden?  Be clear it’s not your garden. It’s your seed but their garden.  Right?  The next one spoke directly to me.  The fifth ideal was a directive to build in space to think and leave room for whims.  Far too many times we as professionals plan every day of our life.  Yet if we leave open time we leave ourselves open to experience something unexpected and new.  She went on to say; “When we plan our life we don’t partner with our life.”  It’s the difference between living a planned life and experiencing a destined life.  Six was something I have committed myself to for over a year now.  It’s simple. Focus on what you do want rather than what you don’t want in life.  Seven was keep our antenna up for entrepreneurial opportunities.  The last one number eight was; “Contrast is the key to having the best of all worlds.”  Understand that the words you use to describe yourself are the words that define you.  She concluded with a suggestion for us to learn to ride the river of relationships and the current of connections.  SerenDestiny!

women in ct gender

The next speaker Kendra Thomas spoke on a subject that is my life and basis of my new book.  For over ten years Barbara Annis has dedicated her life to a term she created called; “Gender Intelligence.”  Recently she partnered with Peason to create a digital platform that can help inform and teach the importance of understanding “Gender Intelligence. “  Kendra Thomas head of Global Diversity at Perason  made  it  clear that understanding the difference can and does enable companies /individuals to more effectively leverage the unique skills men and women bring to a culture while embedding in their organizations that great minds think alike.  It was scientific and very informative as well as reassuring that as women we can’t be the same as men because scientifically we are constructed differently.  Going back to Gail’s ideal; “ Dare to lead like a woman.”

There were so many more things we experienced in one day. The Fire Side chat was illuminating to observe a mother and her daughter have two different approaches to business.  Their differential was more due to the generation gap and the social practices of their generation rather than the action of conducting business.  Moderated by Andrea Smith, Karyn Schoenbart discussed how she likes written thank you notes while her daughter a millennial Danielle Sporkin felt snail mail is too slow and the immediate interaction of an email is just as effective.

women in ct fireside

The experience, amount of knowledge and effective networking you receive at Women in CT is far more valuable than the cost to attend.  Women in CT provides women in the Consumer Technology (and others industries) with a community in which to share essential resources and connect with others who are focused on the same vision of empowerment, building networks and supporting career opportunities.  Member benefits include a mentoring program, online resources, the Women in CT Connect Program, a monthly newsletter and live events.  What moore can you ask? Be certain to like  Women in CT on Facebook and join the movement of women empowerment.  It’s always a wonderful prelude to CE Week.  See you next year!

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UBC-TV FORMS ALLIANCE WITH MONSTER ELECTRONICS

UBC-TV CEO Peggy Dodson has formed an alliance with MONSTER ELECTRONICS to promote, review and market new MONSTER Products.  MONSTER is launching several new products just in time for the holidays.

CLARITY HD In Ear Headphones are a perfect product that is an alternative to the ‘crappy headphones’ that come with your cell phones. UBC-TV will be offering discounts to all of its viewers and subscribers for all MONSTER products.

UBC-TV will also be holding contests for MONSTER giveaways and offers for their new product line.

Go to http://www.monsterproducts.com and use MONSTERNATION to get a 20% discount on all products.Monster logo

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