Last weekend, I spoke to a room of over 200 women on the topic of people pleasing and permission seeking at the PowHer Moves Conference. The event was held at the Aloft Downtown Dallas. I initially drove to the hotels old location next to Gilley’s Dallas but eventually found the hip hotel not far from the Dallas Public Library.
When I walked into the venue, I was greeted by the hotel hostess who informed that the event was downstairs. He walked me to an area where another gentleman was standing to point the rest of the way. He could tell I was excited but did not know I was one of the event speakers. As I walked downstairs to the event space, I said a prayer and thought about my intention for the day. I thought about what I was going to say to each woman I encountered and if I was up for the task of leaving them better than I had found them. I was not scheduled to go on until mid-morning but arrived early at the organizers' request. The extra time gave me a chance to speak to a few women waiting in the hall for doors to open. I noticed a group of ladies that set near the bottom of the steps smiling my way, that was my opening to engage them next. I saw that each woman had their hair done and were impeccably dressed. They were ready to mix and mingle.
As I walked around the event, I stopped by several booths that were dedicated to preparing women to take on their workday and life. Vendors included Betterness Box, founded by my friend, Kala Gardner; Chantay’s Personal Touch, a wardrobe styling company; and Mac Cosmetics was there to teach the women great makeup tips.
The event space was outstanding. Toni Howard Lowe, Global Head of PeopleFirst at McAfee and event organizer envisioned the area with each woman in mind. She thought about every aspect, and the details were astonishing. She even had small black and white signs that read "#goaldigger," "#careergoals," and "PowHer Player" on the conference's signature cocktails. I was impressed.
As I took the stage, I gazed at each woman attempting to match their energy and prepare my heart for service.