No project today. Instead, I am going to recap my exciting weekend at Stampin’ Up!’s Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida. While the pictures can’t tell it ALL, they will hopefully share a bit of the excitement and enthusiasm of the event. What an amazing time!
If you like crooked selfies and out-of-focus faces, you’re going to love today’s post. I didn’t take all of these pictures – some were swiped from my friends. 🙂
On the first night of Leadership, Stampin’ Up! has always hosted a big party for the demonstrators who are Manager and above. During my first two times at Leadership, I watched several of our team members head off to have fun and waited at the hotel to hear their stories. Very soon after last year’s Leadership, I earned the title of Manager (and promoted again later in the year to Senior Manager). I was excited to share this Manager’s Reception with the other demonstrators who attended. Here are some fun pictures from the evening at Walt Disney World:
Mary Fish took our team out to dinner before the Manager’s Reception at a wonderful English Pub. What a great kickoff to the night. (with Sherrie Murphy, Lisa Pretto, Mary Fish, Deb Simonis and Ginger Toivonen)
Our reception was held at Disney between the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. We were greeted with an amazing spread of sweets. I was trying to “be good” but didn’t want Deb and Mary to eat alone. I’m such a thoughtful guy.
After easting lots of sweets, we rode both rides. A great combination! I snapped a quick photo on the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith ride before it took off. What a fun ride! (with Lisa, Ginger and Mary)
We were also given the opportunity to have our pictures with some of the most popular Disney characters. Yippee! There was a loooong line (and I’m relatively impatient). Still, my picture looks I’m right between Goofy and Donald, right?
Don’t get me wrong. The entire Leadership Conference wasn’t a social event. We also attended training sessions and classes (where we socialized and enjoyed chatting with each other). Here are some photos from our sessions and breakout sessions.
The stage was festooned with beautiful banners. We thoroughly enjoyed hearing from Shelli Gardner, Co-Founder and CEO of Stampin’ Up! in most of the main stage sessions. We also got to hear from most of the amazing training team.
I always love to see Shelli’s stamping projects and samples. She shared a bunch of great ideas during her stamping presentation, but the feathers she made with twine and washi tape was a real crowd-pleaser.
She was in the middle of a presentation when she stopped, held her hands out toward me and said “Brian! It’s my first chance to see you. Hi!” How crazy is that?!? I know I stand out in a crowd, but that was a wonderful moment for me.
During one of our breakout sessions, I hung out with Brandy Cox and Sheri Pearson.
We had an evening of stamping on Friday – we watched presentations from several trainers, and I adored them all. Some people won great product giveaways (Justin). A perfect opportunity for a photobomb. 🙂
Stamps, paper and ink are wonderful! Hanging out with other people who feel the same way is incredible. Here are some more photos of people I enjoyed meeting and hanging out with.
Kim Sinclair and Becky Roberts:
My adorable team member, Candy Ford:
Candy Ford, part II:
I’m not in this picture, but I think it’s an adorable shot of Donna Griffith. She was sharing measurements for a box. The camera was set right on the paper, and she snuck in a “hey!”
Jen Campbell and Greg Cottrell. Both work for Stampin’ Up!. Don’t you love the font in Endless Wishes and Endless Birthday Wishes? That’s Jen’s handwriting.
InKing Royalty team members Lynn Kolcun, Candy Ford and Christine Oehlman:
Lydia Fielder – I photobombed my own picture:
It’s always a joy to see Krista Fratin at these events:
And you know how much I enjoy hanging out with my events roomie, Justin Krieger:
Atlanta friend Julie DiMatteo. She removed the bathroom signage by adding a little starburst. 🙂
A small group of us went to the English Pub for dinner on the last night. With Nicole Watt, Maggie Mata, Debbie Dean, Sherrie Murphy, Candy Ford and Ginger Toinoven:
Leadership was absolutely rewarding. I had lots of fun, learned a ton and left feeling absolutely inspired. Despite an amazing time with incredible friends, it’s always nice to return home. I lucked out with extra legroom on my flight home. I stretched out and read a book given to me by Jason Wright, the author of the book and keynote speaker at the conference (he was seated in the row behind me on the flight).