Where were our conference go-go dancers when I needed them?
Last weekend I received a Global Inspiration Award for Mentoring. Now I have been honoured to receive several awards throughout my career, but this one presented a first.
How? Award recipients had to dance across the dance floor up to the podium. Now other recipients had a whole entourage with them, many colourfully dressed in their African clothing and who definitely had the beat.
I was there with my husband (who won’t get on the dance floor at the best of times) Sue whose daughter Kim was a student with me, and Kate, my intern. Not exactly a crowd. But we did it – well Sue, Kate and I did.
We had to dance in to “Girls just wanna have fun.” You’ve got the picture. Now I am actually a pretty good dancer, though I say so myself, so when it came to it, I just gave it my all and boogied in to the music.
I could see from the faces in the audience they were surprised – just watch this white, senior go. That in itself made it fun.
Afterwards one African gentleman came up to me and congratulated me on my dancing, saying I’d got good moves. Praise indeed.
It made for an interesting evening. I ended up being more worried about the dancing than the speech I had to make!
Watch out those nominated for the Donna Messer Award – we could adopt this idea for the conference!
Company of Women
I have had an eclectic career from running non-profit organizations and being editor of a national magazine, to working for government on women’s issues. In 2003 I launched Company of Women, an organization that supports women in business. A prolific blogger, I also write for the Huffington Post, and several other online publications. I am the author of five books on women and entrepreneurship, and co-author of Good Enough. Embrace who you are. Unleash your brilliance. which is available on amazon.ca In June, 2016 I launched Full Circle Publishing offering one-stop services to get your words out into the world.