Cosmopolitan Self Made Summit
The absolutely highlight of last weekend was the Cosmopolitan Self Made Summit. I got invited along to come and see what the summit was all about.
Hosted in the Etc Venues at County Hall, just by Waterloo station, the location was perfect for an event like this. There were lots of individual rooms where the different sessions were held and large breakout areas where lunch and the networking drinks were held.
The day started just after 9am, where we were asked to register and pick up our itinerary for the day. The first session was in the main stage, which was a welcome from Cosmopolitan’s Editor-in-Chief Farrah Storr. This quickly led on to a session between Farrah and Emma Willis. It was a conversation piece where Emma talked us through her journey to her success. Emma is a very funny lady and her tale of how she’s achieved all she has was not only interesting but inspiring too.
After the keynote, we had a quick break, before heading into our individual morning sessions. I had been allocated a funding masterclass. There were a number of sessions on offer including one for networking, one about branding, as well as a couple of others.
The funding masterclass was really interesting. There was a panel made up of people who had experience of raising funds for their business and they talked through some of the strategies and tactics they had emploted. Amongst the panel was Taymoor Arighetchi, who is the founder and CEO of Papier, Lana Elie, founder of Bloom and Pip Murray, founder of Pip & Nut.
After the morning sessions, we broke for lunch which was served in the large breakout area. The lunch break was quite long which allowed me time to explore the pops up that were available for the attendees to take advantage of. There was a lady offering live portraits, a team of lovely ladies offering false eyelashes, a glitter bar plus also a stand for Enterprise Nation who were offering business advice.
The afternoon kicked off with a session where Farrah chatted with plus-size model Tess Holliday and then broke into a quick break followed by individual afternoon sessions. I was allocated a session called Rising to The Top, which was a close look at Rosette Rambakian’s career. She is the VP of Branding and Communications at Tinder. It was really interesting to hear what the company had been through and what she personally had been through to get where she is today.
After the final session there was a drinks reception where you could try some of the cocktails or mocktails on offer whilst networking. I found the break times really useful and used the opportunity to find out why other people were at the Summit. It was really interesting to see there were people at all stages of their career. There were some fresh out of university, looking for help and advice of what to do next, entrepreneurs with fledgling businesses, those who already had careers who were looking to network and improve their skills and connections.
I go to a lot of conferences within my day-to-day role outside of my blog. Often these conferences can be very dry and I often feel they may not have evolved much over the years. The Cosmopolitan Self Made Summit was really refreshing in terms of the content it covered, the guests they had and the sessions they ran. I really enjoyed my experience there and I would love to go back next year. I should also give a shout out to the goodie bag. I’m sure most people didn’t go for that, but it was a lovely and welcome addition! I left the Cosmopolitan Self Made Summit with some new contacts, great memories and I feel more inspired in my life as a result of a well organised and interesting programme of events.
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