#WiTS17: Milwaukee

Guess where I spent last weekend.

In case you don’t recognize the location, I was in beautiful Milwaukee, Wisconsin. That’s a photo of the Milwaukee Art Museum.

I was in Milwaukee to attend the Women in Travel Summit, #WiTS17, produced by She’s Wanderful. I’ve attended various conferences over the years, but none that amazed me like this one.

When I signed up to attend, I didn’t know what to expect. I even questioned whether or not I would “belong” there. Would I get anything out of it? Would I have anything to contribute? Would I fit in?

Those fears were put to rest quickly. Within five minutes after I arrived at the decadent Art Deco Hilton downtown, I met several other conference attendees who made me feel right at home.

Then, I met Millie, the hotel’s dog concierge. She is a mini-Golden Doodle. Her human is one of the hotel’s concierges, and she’s on hand several days a week to greet visitors and hotel guests.

From the welcome reception on Thursday night to the final session on Sunday afternoon, the conference was go-go-go. I found my tribe in a group of “mid-life” bloggers and made new friends, including Angie, a Southern Belle from Alabama. She’s traveling the world and telling about it at Bama on the Road.

I marveled at the cross-section of conference participants. Young, older (notice I didn’t say “old”), different ethnicities, from varied locations and backgrounds, doing different things, all coming together to learn from one another. Travel bloggers, writers, entrepreneurs, etc. An impressive group of talented women.

Though I’ve been blogging for years, I signed up for Blogger 101 lessons on Friday. Boy, did I get a schooling. I learned things that I didn’t know that I didn’t know about what I should/could be doing to improve my blog and website.

The WiTS conference kicked off Friday evening with a welcome party at the Harley-Davidson Museum. On Saturday, the sessions began. In each time slot, we had three sessions to choose from. Dynamic speakers talked about topics such as creating outstanding brands, blogging in mid-life, and mastering social media.

Over the weekend, I had private mentoring sessions with Sara and Deidre, and I came away with pages full of tips and advice.

My one regret is that I planned my travel too tightly to take advantage of any of the tours that were offered by #WiTS17 and #VisitMilwaukee. My solution was a short taxi tour around Milwaukee highlights before going to the airport on Monday morning.

Live and learn. Next time, I’d go in a day early and/or stay a day late so that I could participate in some of the tours. And speaking of “next time,” #WiTS18 will be held in…drumroll please…Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. C’est magnifique!

 

~~Sally Rose
Author of Amazon Nº. 1 Best Seller Penny Possible
Author of A Million Sticky Kisses
Contributing author to Once Upon An Expat
iamsallyrose.com

6 Comments

  1. Reply
    Sara Broers April 26, 2017

    I enjoyed meeting you! What a great recap.

    • Reply
      sallyrose April 26, 2017

      Thank you, Sara. I appreciate all your tips. Now, the implementation…*sighs*.

  2. Reply
    Suzanne Fluhr April 27, 2017

    I enjoyed hanging out with you and Angie on the first night when we women of a certain age found each other.

    • Reply
      sallyrose April 27, 2017

      It was great to meet you, Suzanne. Happy travels!

  3. Reply
    Marjie Malizio April 27, 2017

    Loved me ya, girl!! Hope your kamikaze attack on Milwaukee as you headed to the airport was productive. I sure wish you could have joined us on the Bloody Mary Tour….. delicious!!

    • Reply
      sallyrose April 27, 2017

      Great meeting you too, Marjie. Bloody Marys next time.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *