Mom 2.0 Summit 2012: What Was Packed and What Came Home

May 7, 2012


Last week I headed out to the Mom 2.0 Summit – a social media conference and conversation between brands, bloggers and agencies held at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne.

If you follow me on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook here is why you MIGHT have hated me last week:


I had told myself that I was going to be the good fashion-girl-gone-conference and only pack in a carry-on. And then everyone laughed. But I did – and it looked like this:

Unfolded and in-person that small stack looked like this:

White Party, top & jeans from Zara

Friday sessions, top & jeans from Zara

Panel outfit, Escada top, Victoria's Secret pants

Versace Mansion party, Leather pants, drapey T from INC, Nanette Lepore bag, Sofft shoes

Saturday morning I had the pleasure of speaking with Susan, Danielle, Roxanna and Sarah (complete with mandatory Pantene girl hair flip) on a panel addressing the idea of moving from a “mommy blogger” (gag) to a mom who blogs and how to make that transition thoughtfully and professionally. It was a great discussion and I even managed to drop an F-bomb to discuss why I rarely use the F-bomb in my writing any longer.

Susan, Roxanna, Me, Sarah & Danielle

It made sense at the time.

Each time I attend a conference I come home with a different lesson. Sometimes it comes out of a session, more often than not it comes from a spontaneous hallway conversation. This time, though, it came from within. A collision of worlds that slammed together at the Versace Mansion Saturday night. I’ll write a separate post about that – it demands to stand on its own.

But still, as always, connecting with those Internet friends that live in your computer, but all too far away, and being able to laugh and snort and “ah ha” with everyone as we bear witness to some powerful moments in keynotes and sessions – or by the pool – is still the greatest reason to attend a conference.

I will miss some of my new (Dad!) friends who are now scattered to such far away lands as Portugal and Michigan. (It’s the Big 10 – that’s a whole other country.) I wish these two and a host of other new friends could have fit in that carry-on, but that’s okay. I had room in my head and heart to stash away more memories and images and moments and secrets shared in dark corners.

See that’s the thing about these trips – there’s what you bring, and then there’s what you bring home.

If you attended the conference, I’d love to know what the best thing you brought home was.

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12 Responses to “Mom 2.0 Summit 2012: What Was Packed and What Came Home”

  1. Leslie Says:

    What a great way to frame it! There are so many wonderful things I brought home in my head and heart. One of them was my new friendship with you. Again, thank you for letting me in (literally, to your hotel room!), for all the wonderful professional advice you gave me and of course for the laughs. xo

    • pamlewis Says:

      Yay for roommates! I’m so glad we met and it was so lovely to spend time with you – let’s figure out how to keep doing that. 🙂 xo

  2. Helen Jane Says:

    Your outfits have inspired me for the next conference.
    Glorious. This was lovely.

    • pamlewis Says:

      Oh, my goodness, thank you. I wish our paths had crossed IRL – perhaps next time. I’m honored by your compliment, Mlle Helen Jane for you cut a fabulous silhouette all on your own. 🙂

  3. Knighton Says:

    Yes. All the love that came home. That’s exactly it.

  4. Amelia Says:

    Your packing and attire are amazing and inspirational..Just don’t tell my hubby…he thinks I take everything & the kitchen sink, when I go to a conference or OOT meeting…Just that the last 3 were in COLD climates, & sweaters are bigger. YOU look MAH-VE-LOUS!!! Glad your trip was also inspirational. Would love to get together for lunch/coffee…I have a friend moving their child to Trafton as well! Hugs & such cuz! ark

  5. Christine Says:

    You look so stunning! And I’m impressed by your light packing. Toting camera gear always makes that so impossible!

    I can’t WAIT to hear what you learned!

  6. Tarable Says:

    I brought home with me sore abs from all the laughing I did. Much better than a core workout.

    Thanks for all your insight on the panel. I enjoyed listening to what you had to say about the whole one blog versus two blogs issue. And thanks also for dropping the f*%# bomb. It made me feel like I was in the right place.

    (Plus those leather pants? Unreal. You looked hot.)

    • Pam Says:

      Oh, my goodness – I am so honored by your comment. Thank you for spending some time with us in our panel. I LOVED the conversation in the room – and who knew the F-bomb would be so popular?

      Oh, who am I kidding. It’s a room full of BLOGGERS.

      Thanks for stopping by, new friend! xo


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