From the Founder: How to Make the Most of Your C+C Experience

Create + Cultivate founder Jaclyn Johnson by  Grant Legan

Create + Cultivate founder Jaclyn Johnson by Grant Legan

OMG, #createcultivateCHI is just a few weeks away...

And while our team puts the final pieces together for conference, I want to take a minute to get you all in a C+C state of mind! Each time, I learn more about what to expect and what to bring to the table, which I want to share with you (whether you're coming for the first time or the fifth)! — Jaclyn

1. Be Open

Conferences can feel intimidating. You don't know who is going to be there, what to expect, or what you want out of it. My advice is: be open to everything! The Create + Cultivate community is one of kindness, support, and enthusiasm. You'll quickly find out that everyone is very open about where they are and what they're looking for (in life and work), and will be totally down to buddy up for the day! We have seen so many friendships blossom from the conference, so be open to whatever it may bring.

3. Take Advantage

There is a lot to do on-site! We have a beauty lounge with OPI nail treatments, NuFACE mini facials, a Glam App beauty bar, and pop-up shops from TopshopHavenlyWhitney EveMira FitnessSimple Skincare, and Lulu & Georgia—so get ready! While you’ll be busy with panels and workshops, there’s still plenty of free time to mix, mingle, and shop! Maximize the experience and take advantage of it all.

2. Get Prepped

Bring your business cards, charge your Mophie, pack a pair of flats, and wear your game face! Most importantly, bring your questions! We have Q+As after each panel so you’ll have your chance to get your questions answered by the experts! The better questions, the better the panel. Don’t be afraid to get specific. We’ll supply the rest: from notebooks and pens so you can jot it all down, to Gevalia coffee and Daily Greens juice to give you an extra boost throughout the day.

4. Get Social

We have a happy hour for attendees the night before that we highly recommend attending! It's a great way to meet fellow attendees in a calmer setting before the festivities begin! Also, gear up your social media from Snapchat to Instagram—there will be tons of content to capture so get ready to hashtag #createcultivateCHI so we can all follow along.

5. Go For It

Be bold and get outside your comfort zone—approach that person you have been dying to meet and ask them your burning questions! We want you to get the most from your C+C experience but that starts with you! Myself and my team will be all over to answer any questions and if you see me, PLEASE introduce yourself! I love meeting our attendees and hearing all of your amazing stories! It's one of the things I look forward to most, so I'll be bummed if you don't say hi!


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