I was lucky enough to attend the 99U Conference last week in NYC where they gathered "some of the world's most productive creative visionaries & leading researchers to share pragmatic insights on how ideas are brought to life." Even better, I was attending as an Ambassador, which means I'll be bringing a 99U Local event to Philadelphia this September.
Conferences tend to bring out the awkward introvert in me, and the idea of days of networking makes me cringe with anxiety, but I knew that it would be important for me to connect with as many brilliant people as I could while I had them within my reach. Thankfully, the other 27 Ambassadors were easy to spot with their eye-catching white lanyards, so I made it a point to seek them out.
After meeting a good number of them, I began to feel incredibly grateful to be included in such a wonderful group of driven, successful, warm, and remarkable people. In a mere two and a half days, I know that I've made long-term friends from across the globe. Whether it was dancing together during Questlove's DJ set, or sharing desserts at the Russian Tea Room while brainstorming ridiculous startup ideas, or splitting a cab at the end of the latest night out I've had in years, I felt surrounded by my people.
In addition to meeting some phenomenal humans, the content of the conference was valuable, applicable, and not to mention entertaining. Here are some of my favorite tidbits from the conference sessions.
As soon as the conference ended, I began looking forward to next year. But in the meantime, I'll be doing my best to make 99U proud of the Local event that I put on in September.