I am still on a (natural) high. The kind that makes you giddy, elated, determined, inspired, happy and ready to take on the world. Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the Mylan Blogger's Summit. Mylan is the maker of EpiPen and EpiPen Jr. epinephrine auto-injectors. I had to pinch myself several times to make sure I wasn't dreaming while sharing a room with the most amazingly smart and influential food allergy advocates and mommas from across the country. What a truly incredible opportunity. I am beyond thankful to Mylan and Chandler Chicco Agency for inviting me and flawlessly orchestrating the entire event.
I have a lot of information to present and this will be the first of a two-part post on the Summit. The second will focus a bit more on the material presented and discussed.
We all arrived in Canonsburg, PA, on Thursday and had dinner at Jackson's on Thurday night to meet and converse in an intimate setting before the Summit the next day.
It was incredible to meet the women behind the blogs I have followed since day one of my daughter's diagnosis. Their posts have given me hope and courage to forge ahead on days when I have questioned my ability to manage it all. Everyone was so down-to-earth and open. By the end of the night, I truly felt like I was just surrounded by life-long friends.
What a great way to kick things off - in an intimate dinner where we could all connect on a personal level.
This was also the first time (Gah!) that Lisa Rutter, founder of No Nuts Moms Group, and I were able to meet in person. Not only is she family, but I also work with her in my role as a Leader for the No Nuts Moms Group of Cleveland. I feel like she has always been a part of my life, and always will be. I can't express how happy it made me to finally hug that gal's neck! Love her so much!
Early the next morning, we departed for Mylan's new Robert J. Coury Global Center, which just opened its doors in December of 2013. What a beautiful space! The setup for the Summit was perfect. We were all seated at a large conference table which was conducive to open dialogue and interaction. One of the coolest things in my opinion was the big screen display they set up for the #MylanSummit Twitter feed. We were not only able to share the Summit with each other, but with other members of the food allergy community through continuous tweets regarding our discussions.
Sitting in that conference room sharing ideas with all of those inspiring women made me want to do more. Educate more. Advocate more. Support more. Help more. Love more. Write more. Speak more. Share more. Do more.
Now, I bet you really want to know who was there, what was presented and what was discussed, don't you?!? Check out our group photo below along with the list of attendees and the fabulous blogs they write. Consider all of these required reading. And please stay tuned for Mylan Blogger's Summit 2014, Part II, coming your way soon. I learned so much and there were many highlights for me throughout the day that I want to share.
To be continued...
Attendees from left to right include:
Homa Woodrum, Oh Ma Deehness
Kelley Lindberg, Food Allergy Feast
Joanne LaSpina, Food Allergy Assistant
Lisa Rutter, No Nuts Moms Group
Colette Martin, Learning to Eat Allergy-Free
Jenny Sprague, Multiple Food Allergy Help
Keeley McGuire, Keeley Mcguire Blog
Elizabeth DiBurro, EBL Food Allergies
Ruth LovettSmith, Best Allergy Sites
Kimberly Pellicore, The Food Allergy Mom
Lindsey Steffensen, Frugal Food Allergies
Kristen Rutter (that's me!), Nut Free Momma
Rachel Hayden, Mom vs. Food Allergy
Tracy Bush, Nutrimom- Food Allergy Liaison
Kelly Rudnicki, Food Allergy Mama (not pictured)
I disclose in any communication made by me about EpiPen (epinephrine) Auto-Injector and/or the Mylan Specialty Blogger Summit that such communication is at my own discretion and based on my own opinion. I also disclose that my travel expenses were compensated by Mylan Specialty in exchange for evaluation and feedback on information presented during the meeting.