I just got back from Camp WorldWIT: Back to Our Nature. This was Camp WorldWIT’s third year – and it was an amazing weekend of networking, sharing business advice, and relishing heavy-duty moral support from other professional women.
The idea for Camp WorldWIT came to me after my zillionth women’s business conference, when I had the thought that it would be nice to network in a non-hotel, non-corporate setting. The very same day, I got an alumni newletter from the summer camp I attended as a kid, and I thought “Let’s go to Camp!”
We call the Camp WorldWIT experience “off-the-grid networking,” and it’s definitely that. This year we were at the YMCA of the Ozarks, an hour and a half outside St. Louis, and although there was a wi-fi connection, cell phone coverage was spotty and there were no phones in the rooms. No phones! Can you imagine a weekend without phone contact?
We listened to incredible keynote presentations, participated in terrific panel workshops on everything from search engine optimization to creating a healthy workplace, did yoga and belly-dancing, had an Improv workshop, and relaxed. And talked, talked, and talked some more to one another about our businesses, our outside-of-work life, and how to make it all fit together.
We haven’t picked a spot for Camp WorldWIT 2007 yet, so if you have a nomination (rustic yet comfortable, not too far from an airport) let me know! There’s nothing stronger than getting wisdom and support from other women in business. I’m still walking on a cloud! Details of the Camp WorldWIT that just took place are at www.worldwit.org/camp
I have a million ideas generated in conversations over the weekend. I know what I’ll be doing for the next week!