Flash Point is a two-day event at this year’s WEC. In order to offer attendees the opportunity to fully experience the thought-provoking talks from guests outside of the meeting and event industry, the general sessions are not scheduled against other educational sessions.
This change was well appreciated by attendees on the first day of Flash Point as evidenced by the number of people in the audience and the increased engagement on social media.
Host Todd Mitchem told the crowd that the presenters were selected because they tie into WEC’s theme of transformation and that they’re here to help drive inspiration.
Connie Dieken was the first speaker and used her experience as an executive coach and media professional to show attendees the importance of being the real deal.
“We’re living in a world that demands perfection and authenticity,” she said.
She urged attendees to answer the question: How do people size you up?
“Do they see you as the real deal,” she said.
She concluded by explaining why authenticity is important in today’s world.
“Influence begins within,” she said. “And outer presence is how you make people feel.”
Lain Hensley followed Dieken and spoke about how we’re transforming all the time.
“If we leave it to chance, though, it could get us to the wrong place,” said Hensley, co-owner of philanthropic team-building company Odyssey Teams.
Hensley’s overall message was for attendees to get out of their comfort zones so that they could grow.
“Become aware of your reflective tendencies,” he said “Feeling creates memory.”
Finally, he said, think about how you can engage people’s hands, heads and hearts to awaken purpose in their lives.
“What comes out of us is a reflection of what’s inside us,” he said.
Jessica Jackley, co-founder of microfunding company Kiva, closed Flash Point with her personal journey of how she became involved in helping those less fortunate than her.
“Entrepreneurship is about hope in action,” she said. “It’s a matter of choice to change our stories.”
The second part of Flash Point will take place today from 2:15-3:30 p.m. and will feature filmmaker and eco-activist Shalini Kantayya, TED Fellow and teacher Juliette LaMontagne and community activist Jason Roberts.
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