Magic truly happens when you gather a room full of dynamic women. And that’s just what happened at our inaugural From Scratch Summit earlier this month.
A casual conversation with three of my girlfriends (Christina Valencia, Stephanie Russo, Mackenzie Cecchi) around my dining table one morning last fall… turned into a conference with 30 women–a full day filled with inspirational talks, interactive breakout sessions, a wine tour, and seated vegetarian lunch made by my talented friend and chef, Erin Alderson. How we pulled it off I’m still wondering?! HA. But we did and it was such a success of a day that I’m on a high reliving it through these photos again as I type out this post. We were all craving connection with like minded business women and kept hearing the same sentiment from our local community. Over a year ago I posted something about a hosting a possible meet-up in Sacramento because I kept meeting so many amazing women and I wanted to connect everyone. The response was so large I felt overwhelmed and thus, also with a new baby at the time, never made it happen. (Sorry!!!) Flash forward, four of my girlfriends and I who have all started businesses “From Scratch,” came up with the idea to gather a room full of women who had also started businesses of their own. We wanted to connect everyone but also be able to learn from each other.
We were lucky to have Casino Mine Ranch host us for the day on their gorgeous property out in Amador County. Christina, Stephanie, Mackenzie, Erin and I all spent the night beforehand out on the property to set up for the day. I haven’t had a girl’s slumber party in awhile, and it was actually the best. A pizza party (thanks to Erin who whipped up homemade pizza for us–to ease our nerves while setting up and practicing for our talks the next morning), bunk beds and late night girl chat.
Turns out pulling off an all-day conference is a whole lot of work, and we couldn’t have also done it without our mission aligned partner, Bumble Bizz. Bumble Bizz is a great way to network, connect, learn and share with other professionals. Which is exactly what we are aiming to do with From Scratch–connecting a diverse group of professional, entrepreneurial women in hopes that we can share and learn from one another.
It was such an empowering and inspiring day–I can’t thank everyone enough who was involved and who joined us for the day. Here’s a visual diary of how the day unfolded. And to learn more about From Scratch and our next events you can follow our Instagram.