Monday, October 02, 2006

Conference Day Summary

I'm having trouble posting photos, as usual. I'll try posting them separately.

Where to start on Conference Day? Whew! For now, just a summary and a few photos.
Next post will be a Conference Evening summary.

The first item of my morning was a breakfast for BP employees and their invited guests. It went smoothly, which was a fantastic start to the day.

My next task was setting up the room for the Suze Orman session. The session was titled “Young, Fabulous, and Broke” – the name of her new book. Imagine that! The session was advertised for young women ages 16 to 22, but the hordes descended to the lower level where “my” ballroom was located. We gave priority seating to the young women and had the others form a line that snaked up and down all the corridors. We turned away those we knew we couldn’t seat and cleared the hall some just before the Fire Marshall came to shut us down.

I’ve never been a fan of Suze Orman’s, but she was warm and friendly to everyone who came up to her. She wanted me to let everyone into the ballroom, but Michelle saved me by invoking the Fire Marshall.

She gave an excellent talk on not getting into credit card debt. I’ll summarize it in another post and eventually, we should be able to watch it on the conference site: www.CaliforniaWomen.org.

Unfortunately, there weren’t enough free books to go around, which nearly caused another riot. We were glad to see the end of that session!

We immediately started setting up for Tyra Banks’ session. Her film crew were also filming the session for her show. The crew was pretty easy to work with, but Tyra and her people had the diva act down pat. The conference was supposed to be open-press, but they decided they wanted only their camera crew and the few press people that they approved to be allowed into the session. We all know how intrepid the press can be to get into forbidden places! We had volunteers stationed everywhere and they still evaded us.

Luckily, we were smarter for this session and only allowed the young women and their chaperones to come downstairs. Again, there were some ticked-off women, but at least they were upstairs, not crowding the ballroom area. Tyra’s people further complicated things because they couldn’t show minors on camera and could only film 18-to-22 year olds if they signed a photo consent form. You can imagine the frenzy!

More about Tyra’s diva behavior later and her session message, but let me just say people were leaving in droves! The day ended with Tyra being whisked off in her limo to meet with the Dalai Lama.
Where to start on Conference Day? Whew! For now, just a summary and a few photos.
Next post will be a Conference Evening summary.

The first item of my morning was a breakfast for BP employees and their invited guests. It went smoothly, which was a fantastic start to the day.

My next task was setting up the room for the Suze Orman session. The session was titled “Young, Fabulous, and Broke” – the name of her new book. Imagine that! The session was advertised for young women ages 16 to 22, but the hordes descended to the lower level where “my” ballroom was located. We gave priority seating to the young women and had the others form a line that snaked up and down all the corridors. We turned away those we knew we couldn’t seat and cleared the hall some just before the Fire Marshall came to shut us down.

I’ve never been a fan of Suze Orman’s, but she was warm and friendly to everyone who came up to her. She wanted me to let everyone into the ballroom, but Michelle saved me by invoking the Fire Marshall.

She gave an excellent talk on not getting into credit card debt. I’ll summarize it in another post and eventually, we should be able to watch it on the conference site: www.CaliforniaWomen.org.

Unfortunately, there weren’t enough free books to go around, which nearly caused another riot. We were glad to see the end of that session!

We immediately started setting up for Tyra Banks’ session. Her film crew were also filming the session for her show. The crew was pretty easy to work with, but Tyra and her people had the diva act down pat. The conference was supposed to be open-press, but they decided they wanted only their camera crew and the few press people that they approved to be allowed into the session. We all know how intrepid the press can be to get into forbidden places! We had volunteers stationed everywhere and they still evaded us.

Luckily, we were smarter for this session and only allowed the young women and their chaperones to come downstairs. Again, there were some ticked-off women, but at least they were upstairs, not crowding the ballroom area. Tyra’s people further complicated things because they couldn’t show minors on camera and could only film 18-to-22 year olds if they signed a photo consent form. You can imagine the frenzy!

More about Tyra’s diva behavior later and her session message, but let me just say people were leaving in droves! The day ended with Tyra being whisked off in her limo to meet with the Dalai Lama.

On to the evening…


On to the evening…

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