From the time I arrived to the time I left, the Fantail Network, Wisdom Symposium #1 captured my attention and interest. Held in a great venue, as ASB – The Cube, Wynyard Quarter, we were warmly greeted upon arrival and given a gift bag (really enjoying the Linden Leaves facial moisturizer). We enjoyed a yummy lunch while watching the Wilson Trollope fashion show and drinks and nibbles at the end, were we mingled and discussed the symposium and the speakers that inspired us.
The day was filled with fantastic speakers and presenters. The symposium opened with a talk by Theresa Healey and her life changing experience. I felt that the whole audience was caught in her moment. I could see tissues being taken out of bags and tears being wiped away. So many of us there, including myself related to Theresa. Her story was a brilliant opening to the Symposium and brought us together in spirit for the day.
Better by Design had the audience up on their feet, mixing and networking. They showed us that we are all designers. They introduced the term Scrappy Design. Later that week Scrappy Design was mentioned during my team meeting at work. I think I will be hearing more of this approach to design in the future. I was captivated by Terrance Wallace’s (from Chicago) life story. Wow, you need hear his story first hand to truly appreciate what faith is, it just blew me away. I personally related to Wendy Kerr’s story of lying on the blue carpet as the world as she knew and defined herself by came to an end and she had to redefine her career and thus herself.
What I took from this is how easy it is for us to identify ourselves by our roles that we have in life; corporate executive, a mother, a sportswoman etc. Then when this is removed from our lives, we find ourselves relearning who we are as person, a woman, a human and an individual. The various woman leadership traits and how they were classified in Conscious Competence Learning Matrix example that was presented made some much sense and I could hear many a woman in the audience agreeing to this classification. I felt we could learn a lot by understanding our subconscious traits as woman and how they maybe holding us back in our careers.
Belinda Tuki, from The Honest Food Company discussed defining your individual values: believe in yourself, trust the universe, take action, stay true to your values, and ask for help. Then reference those values to keep yourself focused on what is true for you as an individual.
What struck me overall was, that each speaker had overcome adversity or made a life changing decision to change the direction of their life. The all shared skills of determination, faith, self-belief and a philosophy that change in life is a challenge; to take oneself to the next level.
I am sure that everyone took something positive away with them from the Fantail Wisdom Symposium #1. Maybe a new insight, an inspiration, a realization, I know I did. I personally am looking forward to the Wisdom Symposium #2
Anita Evans – Blogger and IT Professional, 2015
Anita Evans lives East Coast Bays with her daughter and their cat called Crash. She is a Software Test Manager by profession. During her personal time Anita writes poetry and children’s short stories. She has blogged about her travels of Latin America. She has recently started a Facebook page mingocreativity to promote her poetry and will be launching her own website later this year.