In 2012, I was inspired to launch a topic driven dinner series. During my years as a professional, I have worked in the corporate, non-profit and public sectors. One of the biggest blocks to progress is not having key stakeholders and change agents at the table. Everyone should be at the table and everything should be on the table if we are truly making an authentic effort to understand problems and find lasting solutions. And when I say “everyone”, I mean diversity in its true sense: gender, ethnicity, sexual preference, expertise, talents, skills, interests, age, etc.
For each event, I bring together a diverse group of people who represent a variety of industries, interests and causes. Each guest is either a collaborator, supporter, connector or some variation thereof. In every case, they are a leader. My guests are chosen because they are multifaceted individuals with fascinating characters and authentic personalities. They are also open communicators who are willing to share their stories and insights.
When I held the first At the Table dinner event in October 2012, I had three primary objectives in mind:
- Create an intimate environment conducive to authentic, thoughtful and lively debate
- Provide event formats that engage, inform and inspire
- Generate opportunities for participants to broaden their network, develop partnerships, learn something new and explore new career and business opportunities
Amazing things happen when you gather a diverse group of people to share their stories and discuss opportunities.