I come as one but I stand as ten thousand.
I believe in the power of gathering. Engaging, growing, and connecting people energizes me and I especially love when serendipitous connections happen. When we gather to learn about new people, ideas, and experiences, the most interesting things come to light. In addition to curating events, content, and experiences happening today, I’m also spending time thinking about what the future of gatherings and connecting is going to look like.
Growing up, I was exposed to a lot of different worlds and interacted with many different types of people. The moments that stuck with me were those times when people came together to create something better than what they could do by themselves. That’s why M13’s theme of #BrighterTogether resonates with me.
I come as one, but I stand as ten thousand. Adapted from Maya Angelou, I have always loved this phrase. It reminds me of my ancestors, and all the people who I may not be able to see, feel, and experience, but have paved the way for me to be where I am. We are each made up of the people, places, and experiences that have shaped us and I’m honored to be able to create the environments in which we can share our uniqueness with one another.