Two of our members, Vanessa Panton and Rosy Gill, were privileged to attend the April 1 conference, a high-energy, deeply impactful day of story telling from incredible women including Danielle LaPorte and Geena Davis. Rosy and Vanessa promised to share their experience with all of us, and they didn’t disappoint!
I just wanted to extend my gratitude for the opportunity to experience the Art of Leadership conference in Vancouver on April 1, for it really shone a bright light on some incredible women who have worked diligently to make sure that the world is warmed by their own. From Diana Nyad, to Geena Davis, and especially Danielle Laporte, I was moved by women who spoke of the personal conquests and journeys necessary to create a foundation for their professional feats. As an actor and writer one of the themes that resonated with me the most was that of authenticity. These women advocated a voice for daring to follow what your soul was in alignment with over what expectations of your life might be as projections from society or other individuals. I am in the process of developing my skills to teach yoga, and leadership has always been such an important skill to refine in my life, and especially now, because these women spoke of results when you stay true to your passion, your calling, and your higher ideals.
Geena Davis said she created her Institute for Balance in Gender in Media, because she was aghast at seeing the lack of female role models portrayed on mainstream television her daughter watches, and this idea resonated with me fiercely. It did so because I have a seven year old niece, and it did so because I want to become the type of woman I wanted to be when I was younger, dynamic and daring, as reflected by the individuals who spoke at this event. This gave me the courage to investigate why I minimize myself and emblazoned in me the desire to honour my individuality, and trust my sense of self to navigate through the pit falls of insecurity and self doubt to a bigger vision, a bigger dream.
Additionally, amongst the professional and creative community of women, which is learning to change its dialogue from competitive to collaborative, another theme that emerged was that we must all be able to seek help and give it in equal parts. I will take the lessons of love and passion and enthusiasm and connectivity from this conference and apply this to my teachings and my own craft, as I hope to be a woman of integrity and compassion in the world as we continue to find ways to bridge the old assertions of the professional patriarchy into a gender balanced coalition of voices that look only to speak for positive change. Thank you ICF for setting my heart and mind on fire by gifting me this wonderful opportunity to LISTEN.
Canada Place is always bustling with an air of excitement. Tourists touring the awe of our oceans, mountains, and the freshest of air; locals casually strolling the seawall or making their way to their 9-5. On April 1st, there was no fooling around as waves of powerful, inquisitive, and motivation hungry women welcomed the Art of Leadership for Women.
Already feeling like a winner (thank you for the ticket ICF Vancouver!), I was also looking for inspiration to take back into playing my own game of Leader and as an Inner Leader & Lifestyle Coach. So if you can imagine, I was looking to these amazing female speakers to enlighten me with their profound wisdom and release me from…. well, from myself as a solopreneur. We all ebb and flow in our greatness and our shadows ~ doubt and perceived limitations of our potential ~ and I wanted to give my greatness some new and indisputable ammunition.
I experienced a string of emotions that you would expect from an event like this. I laughed. I learned. I was outraged. I was inspired. I even shed a tear. It was an event worthy of many standing O’s.
And just like any real inner knowing, the message meant for me was spoken by my mentor from afar and TruthBomb dropper, Danielle Laporte.
It’s not an opportunity if the opportunity doesn’t fit my soul.
As a startup, when opportunities come with their big flashy dollar signs and their promises of a grand future, it can be easy to get swayed in the moment from my own vision. Danielle reminded me of one of my experientially proven truths: My biggest ROI’s in life have always been staying true to who I am and following my own unique path guided by my heart. Not everything you want is the best thing for you; your soul really does know what youneed. Now back to creating the rosy life….
Rosy Gill ~ Inner Leader & Lifestyle Coach