YWCA: Women's Leadership Conference 2017 {+Video}

November 13, 2017

On Thursday, November 2nd, 2017, I had the honor of speaking in front of over 300 women (and some men) of all ages at the YWCA’s Women’s Leadership Conference 2017. On the panel as a “Dream Weaver I had the opportunity to share my experience and motivational words with the people of Minnesota/Mankato. And now, all of you! It was a long ride back to Minnesota with plane delays and sleepiness, but I still managed to present my speech and do the best that I could. In order for everyone to get the feeling of my true emotions, I logged a variety of my experiences.

DISCLAIMER: If you’re not looking for disappointment, anger, or a delirious person’s words, click here!

Wednesday 11/1/2017 12:15PM (EST)
I am currently sitting in the JFK airport by myself. surrounded by people. I had my flight since late September. Today, I woke up at 6:30 AM to get ready and left my dorm at FIT at 7:40 AM to catch the train to the Airtrain to JFK to catch my flight at 11:35 AM. As soon as I step foot on the air tram, I received an email from Sun Country airlines saying that my plane has been rescheduled to depart at 2:00PM. I got another email right after that saying 2:54PM. Then, I got another emailing saying 2:27PM. A three-hour delay with no warning and no reason they told us. I am currently sitting at Gate A4 for Sun Country. I am looking at the sign for the gate right now. My flight is now delayed until 3:00PM. Why? I couldn't tell you if I got to heaven. All of this frustration that's been building up has caused an extreme anger that I've been having lately. Because of these issues that I have absolutely no control over, I will be missing day one of the Women's Leadership Conference for the YWCA of Mankato. If trouble continues, I will be missing the second day as well, thus, missing my speech that I have been writing, planning, and practicing for the last 3 months.
A lot of people say that everything happens for a reason and that you learn from your experiences. And while I do believe that that does apply to a lot of situations, lately, everything that has been happening to me, I believe, has been happening just to happen.
Updates coming soon.

Wednesday 11/1/2017 8:00PM (CST)
I landed in Minnesota around 5:15PM. After hours of waiting at the airport for a delayed plane that seemed like would never come, I’ve finally arrived at my destination and am currently heading to my practice run for my speech in the morning. I am extremely tired, but also very, very excited to see everyone!

Thursday 11/2/2017 7:56 PM (CST)

I am currently sitting on my couch of my mother’s home in Mankato Minnesota. The Women’s Leadership Conference was a success! I had a great time speaking onstage alongside Sesamae Riquelme whose work can be found here. Of course, like everything I do, it was a learning experience and if I ever get the chance to speak again at any conference or at any event, I have a lot of things that I have taken notes of that I will change for the next time. However, if though I have some downs, I am still so honored to have been asked to speak. I want to thank Erin Kragh, Julie Hawker, and everyone else who made this event possible and such a success!

Sunday 11/5/2017
I am on my way back to the lovely, busy NYC. Traveling on this airline has truly been a disaster, but like always, there’s nothing I can do about. My flight will currently be delayed 3 hours just like last time. There are people complaining as we are constantly moving from gate to gate and I have been chewing on way too much gum my jaw is killing me. I hope to get back to my dorm sooner than expected, but from the looks of it, that won’t be until 1:00AM. Hooray! Not…

Check out this “wonderful” video of the traveling experience, the tiredness, and the behind the scenes of the Women’s Leadership Conference 2017!

In order to read and/or listen to my speech, click here!

For my personal gain and improvement, I’ve also included things I would change if I could do it again.

“Society teaches us to label people based on what we see on the outside. In order to really understand a person, you must know what they’be been through because it’s never a coincidence how they got to where they are.” -Hawwaa

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