The Event that Changed Me

Posted on February 10 2019

The Event that Changed Me

mary clayton carl jones and beth picard

The Southernc Summit

Last week I attended The Southernc Summit at The Cloister on Sea Island. Those of you that know me well know that I would rather have needles stuck in my eyes than be involved with a large group of anything! When I joined the Junior League, I lasted through one meeting and promptly resigned. When my kids were in school- I never went on a field trip, the PTA- that was a no too. I have always been happy to do my part- but only as a committee of ONE!

I LOVE being with a few people at a time, but large groups seem to overwhelm me. After college, I quit going to concerts, and not long after that even football games- and I LOVE Alabama football, but prefer the seat in my house. Maybe it is because I am a little claustrophobic, not sure, but I know I have spent most of my life avoiding large groups of people. (Unless of course it is a big party and lots of alcohol is involved- then I am GOOD!)

So when my sister, Mary Clayton Carl Jones insisted that I MUST go to this event, an event with THREE HUNDRED women, I found a million excuses why I couldn't, wouldn't or shouldn't. She did not relent. She told me it would be great for me, she told me I would meet amazing people, learn a ton of things that would help my business.

Then my friend Mary Beth Greene, who I have known for years, back when we were both doing other things, and had also attended and was pretty adamant that I go too. 

mary beth greene and beth picard

Mary Clayton finally convinced me. At the time I signed up she was not sure whether she was going to be able to go or not because of work. I would not have been nearly as anxious if I had known she was going with me from the start, but I had a couple of months to be petrified about the whole thing before she signed up. Even after knowing she would be with me, I was still nervous. 

whitney wise long and cheri leavy

Then I met these two beautiful and brilliant women when I first got there. Whitney Long and Cheri Leavy are the creators of the Southern Coterie and the Southernc Summit. I don't think I can effectively describe how "at home" or welcome they make you feel. When I met them, they were surrounded by hundreds of women, but yet, they took the time to talk to me, they hugged me like they had known me forever- I really love hugs! They made me feel that I was the most important person at the event, which I am sure is exactly how they made everyone else feel as well.

And the event.... well..... this post would be 500 pages long if I were to tell you all the SPECTACULAR things about it, so I will share some highlights.
lbh pr company
They had some add-on workshops for SMALL groups- mine had six people and it was with Lauren Hopkins (right) and Kari Torstenson. Lauren owns LBH & Co. PR and our workshop was all about public relations and how to get yourself out into the world. It was GREAT! I learned a ton, but most of all, I felt like I already had two new friends! They have a wealth of knowledge and as soon as I can I want to hire them! 
hoffman media
The list of presenters, speakers, media, etc... is much too long for one blog post, but I have to say, this was one of my favorites. Phyllis Hoffman DePiano the founder of Hoffman Media and her son Brian Hoffman. They are both DELIGHTFUL, hilarious and so fun! I love their magazines. Tea Time magazine has actually used my dining room twice for photo shoots (mostly because I am the only one they know that has raspberry pink walls), and this is in the Jan/Feb issue right now! 
teatime magazine

And I am just going to throw this out there in case Brian or Phyllis ever happen to see this- PLEASE send your crew back. I LOVE having them here and most of all getting to taste all the DELICIOUS food!! 

Back to the events... besides all the great presenters and speakers, there are parties!! Now I REALLY love a good party! At the Boho Bash on the first night, there was even a marching band to greet us! The next day a beautiful lunch by the ocean at the Beach Club. They had several other shorter "Sip, Socialize and Shop" events as well.
beach club lunch

All of this was grand and wonderful but the BEST part, the VERY BEST part... was meeting so many wonderful, talented people. I have new friends, I have people I am hoping to collaborate with, I met people that live in Birmingham that I didn't know and can't wait to get together with like Paige Albright, Elizabeth Adams and Lucy Farmer (you really should click on these links to see the amazing things they do!)

I have a new friend, Jayme Evans Connecticut that I LOVE, she works for a company that sells Witch Hazel- and after telling me all about it- I am getting some! 

jayme evans and beth picard

I met the most amazing, talented Bettina Benson who I am going to probably drive crazy, but I LOVE her! (and she thinks I am a badass- so how could I not!) She is beautiful inside and out and designs the most gorgeous clothes for her company Chloe Kristyn.

bettina benson of chloe kristyn designs

The summit also lets you choose a mentor. I chose Lydia Fenet and she is a remarkable woman! She works for Christie's in New York. She also has a book coming out April 9th, I have already pre-ordered mine on Amazon. You should too whether you have a business or not because let's face it- who doesn't want to be the most powerful woman in the room! Even though I haven't read it yet, I KNOW it is going to be great, because Lydia is. 

lydia fenet

the most powerful woman in the room

I know great things are going to happen because of this conference. I know my art is going to find new avenues and who knows what else. Most of all I know I have made some new friends that I will have forever and that is worth everything....including a couple of months of angst! And YES, I will be going again next year.

And just so you know- this is not any sort of affiliate marketing stuff- I TRULY loved this conference and love every single thing or person I put a link to- but if you know me, you already know I would never recommend something I didn't love!

xoxo,

Beth

6 comments

  • Lucy: February 12, 2019

    Beth! It was such a treat to meet you and get to know you better! I can’t wait for us to get together in Birmingham!!

  • Mary Beth Greene: February 10, 2019

    Love this and love that you were there to soak it up and leave feeling inspired. Excited to see what’s next for you and some of the others that you will collaborate with.

  • Bettina : February 10, 2019

    Beth,

    I couldn’t have summarized The Summit better myself! This was a great way to set the tone for 2019! You are a ray of light and I’m glad to call you a friend!

    xoxo,
    Bettina

  • beth picard: February 10, 2019

    thanks Brian! It really was fantastic and getting to FINALLY meet you was a highlight!

  • Melissa Groover : February 10, 2019

    Oh my goodness Beth! It is like we were twins separated at birth. I had thise exact feelings prior and even up until the day before was thinking of ways to get out of it, but I am so glad I didn’t. I have never been a part of such a large group of women wanting to collaborate and have each other succeed (even if you do similar things). I was totally blown away and can’t wait for next year.

  • Brian: February 10, 2019

    Thank you for such kind words! The Summit is truly unlike anything I’ve ever attended and I am so glad you were there! Thank you for opening your home to our magazine teams, we will gladly come back!

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