I have just returned from a remarkable trip to New York City. I was one of 80 women invited to the Martha Stewart Dreamers Into Doers 2012 Event. it was a two day affair that included the television show and numerous seminars and demonstrations. We were treated to lunch on both days with wonderful speakers and interaction with all 80 ladies. These are all ambitious entreprenurial women who are on their way to great things. Some of the women are still at the dreaming stage of their career and some are already doers hoping to add to their knowledge to grow even larger companies. It was quite an adventure. On the first day we went to the studios to attend a live telecast of the show.
We had to be at the studio at 8:15 to get in the line to pass through security. There is security for everything we do now. That is me under the Martha sign. It was a beautiful day in the city.
Once we passed security we were seated in the foyer to fill out questionaires and listen to Joey tell us what would be happening. That is me with Dawn Mohrman of Hydrangea Home and Shana Dreher of Pinwhirls Designs. You must check out their websites. They both do fabulous work.
We were then directed to the studio where they seated everyone individually. They want to make the people in the audience shine so they seat you by the color of your clothes. As you can see I was wearing very bright colors and was placed on the front row! Beside me is Stephanie of Petite Soiree.
We were allowed to take a few pictures of the studio. I just love the greenhouse area. All LIVE plants!
After the show began we could not take pictures until the taping was over. I got this great photo of Martha. She is really very pretty and a gracious host to her guests.
The show we attended had Stephanie Izard from The Girl & the Goat restaurant in Chicago. She is the only female winner of Top Chef. She was so comfortable in the segment that you felt like you were in her kitchen learning to make a fab meal.
When the show was over we collected our goodie bags which included a Girl & the Goat cookbook, and were loaded on a bus to go to the Martha Stewart Omnimedia offices. We had a wonderful lunch and listened to great advice from Terri Shapiro of the Deluxe Corp.
She was very encouraging to all the ladies and had some good advice.
Lunch was delicious and the tables were beautiful, just like you would expect from Martha Stewart. These are the centerpieces on the tables. Love the yellow!
Our dessert tray was full of tiny red velvet whoopee pies, mallow-mar bars, cookies and strawberries. Very tasty little bites.
After the seminar we went to studio B for another informal seminar with Doug Quint and Bryan Petroff of the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck fame. They were telling us about the start up of their “truck” and how it has grown into a mini empire with a brick and mortar store front now with absolutely no advertising other than Facebook and Twitter. Just goes to show where there is a will there is a way and social media is the way.
The final thing for day one was a wonderful dinner of pizza, antipasti, salad and desserts hosted by the ‘New York’ Dreamers Into Doers. After dinner we were walking to catch a ride back to our hotel with Lisa Umansky of PolkaDot Poundcake. She was there for reunion time with ladies from the two previous years. I just want you to see how they park the cars in the garage.
I was really really ready for a good night’s sleep to get ready for day two.