This post was sponsored by Amtrak and Her Campus Media. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.
Guess who’s back?
Back again. Cor-inne’s back. Tell a friend.
[Ok I absolutely despise Eminem but that sound is way too catchy. For more on my thoughts on Eminem, check out this.]
ANYWAYS, I just had the two busiest yet most rewarding weekends ever. If you’ve been following my Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages (if you’re not then you’re mean), you know that I just experienced blog conferencepalooza. I attended #BlogHer15 two weekends ago (July 16-18) and Her Conference this past weekend (July 25-26).
I am a member of both the BlogHer Publishing Network and the Her Campus Blogger Network, but originally I only intended on going to BlogHer. (I bought a student discount ticket months before for under $100. I highly recommend this to anyone in school because regular priced tickets can get pretty pricey). I was all set for the one conference: I requested the right amount of days off of work, booked my bus and found a roommate (Kitten Holiday – you have to check out her awesome dating/sex blog!). I got emails plenty of emails about Her Conference but I had to keep telling myself, “No, Corinne you can’t afford two conferences. Maybe next year you can go.”
But then Amtrak saved the day. Yes, Amtrak. The train my New York/New Jersey friends take all the time from DC and that fancy business ladies take for business trips. Amtrak was a big sponsor of this year’s Her Conference and because they’re so awesome, they offered some free trips to bloggers coming from Washington, DC, Philly and Boston! I wouldn’t have been able to go without their help so thank you SO much, Amtrak!
As someone who usually takes the bus to New York, Amtrak felt like a private jet to me. The seats are incredibly comfortable and spacious, and the bathrooms are a lot nicer and cleaner than the ones on the buses. Also, the dining car is always stocked with yummy food, candy and drinks! To learn more about the Amtrak to Her Conference, check out pictures from my train buddies on Instagram with the hashtag #AmtrakInstaMeet! To show just how awesome they are, Amtrak also put this adorable lime green mug in the Her Conference swag bags. It’s my new desk mug and I love it!
Amtrak, you will always have a special spot in my heart <3. It’s hard to put my experiences at these two conferences into words. The amazing new friends I made (especially Dia from All the Things I Do and Shacole from The Valid Lifestyle!), the inspiring women I saw speak, the skills I learned, the free swag I got (let’s be honest, everyone loves swag!) – all were enriching for me not only as a blogger, but as a woman who is passionate about the stories that surround me. I laughed, I cried, I ate A LOT of free food, and I made valuable friendships and business connections (often both at the same time!) that I know will last. My favorite thing about both conferences was the feeling of female empowerment and feminism that filled each room. I have never felt more happy to be a woman! Here are my top 10 favorite moments from both weekends, in chronological order:
1. #BlogHer15 Kick-Off Keynote with Essence Editor-in-Chief Vanessa de Luca and #BlackLivesMatter co-founders Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi.
#BlogHer15 kick-off event with @essencemag editor-in-chief Vanessa de Luca and #BlackLivesMatter co-founders Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi! #womenlives A photo posted by The Feminist Feline (@thefeministfeline) on
2. Getting engaged to Josh Peck at the #BlogHer15 “Grandfathered” screening!
When I filled out the Google form to attend this event there was a section where you could submit questions. I submitted “Will you marry me?” as a joke, not thinking they would actually ask it. WELL THEY DID. And he said yes! He said he’d be the feminist fox to my feminist feline! Haha 🙂
Wedding pic with @shuapeck ❤️👰🏻👨🏻❤️ #BlogHer15 #TheFeministFeline #TheFeministFox A photo posted by The Feminist Feline (@thefeministfeline) on
3. Learning about the grave state of maternal health across the world and at home in America with Christy Turlington Burns, model and founder of Every Mother Counts.
#maternalhealth panel w/ @cturlington @everymomcounts @equalitynoworg @merckformothers #BlogHer15 A photo posted by The Feminist Feline (@thefeministfeline) on
4. #BlogHer15 keynote on creating a saner internet culture with game developer Brianna Wu and Shireen Mitchell, Founder of Digital Sisters.
#cyberbullying panel with @Spacecatgal and @digitalsista! 👾👸🏻👸🏾💪🏿 #BlogHer15 A photo posted by The Feminist Feline (@thefeministfeline) on
5. #BlogHer15 closing keynote with Ava DuVernay and Melissa Silverstein of Women and Hollywood!
Humbled to be in the same room as @AVAETC and @melsil of @womenahollywood! #BlogHer15 A photo posted by The Feminist Feline (@thefeministfeline) on
6. #BlogHer15 closing party with Boyz II Men and Nick Cannon!
…Even though the rose Boyz II Men threw me broke in half :'(
7. Learning all about Plan B One-Step’s #PerfectlyImperfect campaign with Carly and Nessa from MTV’s “Girl Code!” at Her Conference.
#PerfectlyImperfect #TheFeministFeline-style with @nessnitty & @carlyaquilino! 😼 #HerConference #perfectlybold @perfectlyimperfect A photo posted by The Feminist Feline (@thefeministfeline) on
8. Her Conference keynote with Seventeen Editor-in-Chief Michelle Tan.
“Everything that you have done is right. It got you here.” @michanntan @seventeen #HerConference A photo posted by The Feminist Feline (@thefeministfeline) on
9. Gender equality keynote at Her Conference with Terri McCullough, Director of No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project, a Clinton Foundation initiative.
“@hillaryclinton said 20 yrs ago that women’s rights are human rights” Terri McCullough, director of #NoCeilings @clintonfoundation #HerConference #feminism #fem2 #genderequality A photo posted by The Feminist Feline (@thefeministfeline) on
10. Her Conference #ActuallySheCan keynote with Laura Brounstein, Special Projects Director at Cosmopolitan and Seventeen.
If speaking my mind makes people uncomfortable than it’s their fault! @laurabrounstein #HerConference @actuallyshecan #ActuallySheCan A photo posted by The Feminist Feline (@thefeministfeline) on
Yea…so basically the past two weekends were the best weekends ever. If you’re curious, someone captured a video of me in all my excitement at the conferences: