Her Conference 2016 is finally here and I am beyond ecstatic to be representing the University of Pittsburgh at this amazing event in New York. Day one has come to a complete and let me tell you, I don’t think I’ve been this inspired and excited since the seventh Harry Potter book was released!! Today was absolutely filled with amazing workshops and amazing keynote speakers. I can’t thank Her Campus Media enough for putting on such a spectacular program for the Her Campus community. I am beyond grateful to be able to experience this opportunity. Did you miss out on Her Camous 2016? Keep reading to find out what exciting things are going on in the beautiful, fashionable world of Her Campus.
The Her Campus family, writers, campus correspondents, and bloggers were kindly treated to a delicious breakfast as well as a beautiful tote bag sponsored by Vera Bradley filled with a slough of gifts and goodies! It was basically Christmas all over again.
After excitingly walking around the amazing vendors such as the Ulta Beauty Bar and Tinder, we were escorted into a large conference room where we met and listened to the first keynote speaker of the day, designer Rebecca Minkoff. (By the way, she just had a store opening in New York yesterday! Check her out!) Minkoff really focused on the idea that, “Whenever you take your own path, you always win.” This quote really stood out to me and seemed to be her driving message throughout her talk. Minkoff made sure that we knew that she didn’t have an easy path to success. It wasn’t glamorous and stress free whatsoever. But, it was worth it. And I truly couldn’t agree more that if you really want to succeed in a passion or dream whether it is in fashion or school, it is possible. The less limits we place on ourselves, the more unstoppable we become. Thank you Rebecca for helping me and lots of other aspiring young women to be unstoppable.
The next couple of hours consisted of two workshops that I chose to attend. The first one consisted of a panel explaining life of an intern working in the journalism field. This was amazing because real assistant editors sat down with us and described what it was like to be an intern working at companies such as The Odessy and Cosmo. I also attended a workshop describing the new world of blogging influencers. (Can’t wait to show y’all what I learned!)
The next keynote speaker was the one and only Andi Dorfman, best-selling author of the newly published book It’s Not Okay. Okay, maybe you know her more from ABC’s The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. Andi focused her speech on perseverance and accepting the unknown. She was fashionable, real, and inspiring. I really loved her attitude when it came to talking about the highs and lows of life. She elaborated on the thought that life wasn’t one big, glamorous reality TV show. It’s not easy, but we must continue to perservere through the good times and the bad. The most important thing however, is to be happy physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
The closing keynote speaker was editor-in-chief of SELF magazine, Joyce Chang. Wow. What an amazing woman. Not only is she a graduate of Princeton and Columbia but, worked as an intern at The New Yorker as well as held editorial positions at People StyleWatch and Lucky. In her speech, Joyce focused on talking to us about her journey to the top and what it took to get there. She was classy, stylish, and motivating as she explained to us the value of hard work and determination. She also made sure that we knew that being a woman in a man’s world only means something if you let it mean something to you.
The first day of Her Conference 2016 ended with a bunch of fun raffles and loads of pictures. We also celebrated Juicy Couture’s #TrackIsBack launch party! It was one long day full of networking, listening, and learning how to be the most powerful, impacting, inspiring woman I can be. Thank you Her Campus for allowing me to realize my passions and giving me the confidence and platform to act on these passions. Thank you for reminding me that I am blessed, brilliant, and beautiful! See you tomorrow with updates on day two of Her Conference 2016 in New York!