What do Rachelle Carson Begley of "Living With Ed," eco-fashion designer Karen Brown of Stewart+Brown, and raw food chef Ani Phyo have in common? They all spoke at the Women of the Green Generation conference this weekend.
In fact, all three notable green women were on the same panel! Green women in L.A. and beyond collected at the Marrakesh House in Culver City last Saturday for this second annual conference, which brought together established businesswomen, green actresses and eco-curious newbies alike. In contrast to the many other green conferences out there, Women of the Green Generation's schedule was filled entirely with women speakers who hosted panels ranging from marketing your green business (I was a speaker on that one) to mothering green.
Plus, inspiring speakers, like Zhena Muzyka of Zhena's Gypsy Tea, took the stage, and side "Ask the Experts" workshops allowed conference-goers to direct specific questions to experts in various aspects of green business in intimate groups.
Some of the panel topics were a tad vague and felt a bit like preaching to the choir. But for the most part, the conference was an inspiring event. And of course, if a panel or speaker didn't interest you, you could go sample snacks at the many eco-friendly booths of foods and products, try on eco-fashions, and even get free mini facials and massages.
Most of all, the conference allowed for a lots of great socializing and networking — which got me feeling re-energized and re-invigorated by the good green vibes from other women. My favorite part of the event? Re-connecting with Karen Stewart, who outfitted me in one of her deep purple hemp jersey Nile Tank Dress for the event.
The next Women of the Green Generation conference won't come around for another year, but the networking group holds monthly salons with speakers, eats and treats. Get on the email list to find out more about those as they come up.