A few years ago, I had just hired a handful of employees at the quirky marketing company I had founded. I was pregnant with my second child, and I was living in a small town a few hours outside of our home in Atlanta thanks to my husband’s military orders.
I didn’t really know another business owner, and I sure didn’t know another young mother who was raising babies along with their business. I had no idea what I was doing.
And I was lonely.
Thanks to encouragement from a friend, I bought myself tickets to Plywood Presents that summer, an event that I most definitely did not feel qualified to attend. I didn’t feel cool enough, connected enough or successful enough to be there, but I was lonely enough, and strangely, that little bit of desperation was all I needed to overcome my insecurities.
I found myself in a room of people who shared exactly what my weary soul needed to hear, from the magazine founder on stage who talked about receiving negative feedback (oh, that’s something other people experience too?!) to the marketing employee at a non-profit school sitting next to me, telling me about her challenges communicating about a school that’s never really been done before (oh, everyone else’s work isn’t just easy?!).
The encouragement seeped in like osmosis, just sitting in that room surrounded by so many people who had ideas and experience and –what I realized was most valuable of all – a community of people who walked alongside them.
Plywood does an incredible job of curating those who share on stage, but Plywood also draws such a unique crowd of attendees that those who are sitting in the seats around you are likely the most incredible of them all.
So if you are a dreamer, a problem solver, an activist, a leader, a world-changer, an entrepreneur … Plywood Presents is for you. But if you are a scaredy cat, a failure, a self-doubter, a “nobody”, a lonely young mother with no business experience … Plywood Presents is so very for you that I get emotional just writing this out. (Buy your ticket here, and we’ll connect you to someone else so that you’ll know at least one other person there.)
I look forward to the stories of connections and inspiration that will come from this year’s Plywood Presents. My story was one of these a few years ago. Will your story be next?
- Callie Murray, Community Manager for Plywood People