If you’ve been living under a rock, you might have missed the Lifestyle Bloggers Conference that took place this past weekend. If you did… you will most likely come to regret it… and then stalk our blog for the big date and location announcement for the 2014 Conference. Oh yes… there will be more.
For those of you who weren’t able to attend this year, you might be wondering what makes this conference different from all the others. In a word: diversity. What started out as the “Latina Lifestyle Bloggers Conference” has become the “Lifestyle Bloggers Conference” for the simple reason that the conference has opened it’s arms to women (and men) of color… all colors… black, brown, beige, tan, chocolate, peach, white… if you are human, you are welcome.
Our VIP Cocktail Party was held at the L.A. Brewing Company in downtown Los Angeles where we were fortunate to be the first ones to try out Delicia, the new dessert wines from E&J Gallo.
We also taste tested Joia drinks, all natural sodas that combine fruits, herbs & spices to create an amazing and refreshing beverage.
And while we were snacking on the amazing appetizers, we were treated to Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez, the author of “The Dirty Girls Social Club” who shared with us her journey from writing her best-selling book ten years ago to her plans to turn it into a movie.
It was an incredible evening, but it was only the beginning.
From our Opening Keynote Speaker, Angela Dean, to our Closing Keynote Speaker, Davina Ferrara, 100 bloggers learned how to brand themselves, how to write better posts, how to approach brands, how to fine-tune their photography skills, and how to better collaborate with each other to succeed beyond their imagination.
Our speakers were prepared, enthusiastic and inspiring. They made this event a true success. Huge thanks to Vicky Ayala, Gabriela Hernandez, Jeremy Pepper, Martha Gil de Montes, Ricky Garay, Mi Tu Network, Francis Bertrand, Cesar Rolon, Sarah Grear, Chris Lam, Stephanie O’Dea, Lee Reyes-Fournier, A.J. Feuerman, Jose Resendez, Lisa Roche and the fabulous Marie Denee.
And many thanks over go to our sponsors -
A few more thanks to…
Ana Lydia Monaco (Latina Lifestyle Bloggers), who believed in me and the SoCal Lady Bloggers to let us be a part of this incredible event.
Ashley Pena, who worked her magic all the way from Chicago and took care of logistics and contracts and emails and all the detail-oriented stuff.
Alex Manriquez, who was the Social Media Maven of the conference and tracked all of our tweets, impressions and hashtags.
Wendy Chen & Allen Taylor, for photographing the entire conference and sharing their beautiful pictures with us.
David West, for videotaping all of our sessions and for being a super-supportive husband.
And the biggest thanks goes to all of our attendees. YOU made this dream a reality. We hope you learned something, met someone, shared a piece of your own knowledge and had fun. That’s what this crazy world of blogging is all about.
For every single person who believed in us to attend this conference… THANK YOU! We are already talking about plans for 2014 and we’ll be back bigger and better…. because that’s just how we roll.