Last Saturday, I had to opportunity to check off one of the last items on my 2016 vision board. I was invited to speak on the Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital Keys to Leadership Conference Blogger’s Panel at American University. We discussed blogging and entrepreneurship to a group of excited, intelligent and entergetic young women. When I was presented with the opportunity I didn’t hesitate. I’d been preparing and praying for an opportunity like this all year, so I knew it was meant to be!
The panel included women from all walks of life, which was very refreshing. Despite its diverse nature, it was evident that each panelist was extremely passionate about her craft. Throughout the afternoon, we explained to the girls the importance of being yourself, setting realistic goals and being safe while socializing/posting online. Because it was a leadership confrence, I was sure to include my famous “Dare to be Different” speech. Thanks to my father teaching me that very important lesson in high school, it’s one I’ll never forget and always live by.
I was unsure how the girls would respond to the message of daring to be different. Let’s be honest, talking and getting through to middle and high school girls can sometimes be a challenge. However when I brought up the topic during a breakout session, they were all ears. One young lady even asked for examples on how to be different when posting on social media if the message she was trying to convey was the same as someone else. Great question, right?!
So tell me, what are some of the goals you’ve set and met for 2016? Let me know!
All in all, being part of this event was truly an honor and a blessing. For me, there’s no greater feeling than unapologetically walking in your purpose and positively shaping the minds of today’s young women. Be sure to visit The Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital Facebook Page and website for more information and to find out how you can get involved. As always thanks for reading and until next time, be blessed and stay safe…XO!
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