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BRAVE Leadership Conference 2017!

Hello brave humans! 

This past Sunday was our first ever BRAVE Leadership Conference. The whole event took months of planning, and years of ideas forming in Meaghan's brain before it came to life. I really want to make a joke about our Event Planning intern Lucia being flustered, but she handled everything so flawlessly that there's no joke to be found! A modern day tragedy in my life. She really is a rockstar, and the conference would not have happened without her so shall we all give her a round of applause? I'm expecting you do at least one power clap from your seat right now. Did you do it? Don't lie, I'll know...especially you dad because I'm looking right at you.

At the conference, we had a wide variety of AWESOME humans present and attend our conference (I am sooooo not biased) as well as a beautiful performance by UConn's own Rubyfruit. Check them out, their music puts my family's chorus of happy birthday to shame! Although, the bar is set pretty low for that one. 

The whole day was full of good vibes and thought provoking conversation, and I got to wear a butterfly headband, so honestly what more could you ask for? Oh I know, a fun video! That's what you could ask for. A group of us worked on a call to action video that we would like to share with you. We hope it keeps the good vibes rolling so even if you didn't attend our super mega awesome conference, you can join us in feeling inspired and empowered. Sound good? I mean honestly you don't have a choice, I've already attached it. I've also shared some of my favorite pictures (with commentary, of course) from the event down below! (Peep that headband. I major in fashion and cool.) If you'd like to view the entire album, here is our (brand new) Flickr page! Yay technology.

I'd like to leave you with a challenge my friends. Figure out your non-negotionables, and then live brave! Sounds so simple, right? If you'd like, you can share your experiences with us via the hashtag #liveBRAVE. Either way, take some time to recognize the ways in which you are already living brave, and additionally the new ways you can start being brave. For me, it's remembering to speak up, and then actually following through. I often find bravery in the small, every day actions. It is there for you too :)

That's it for today y'all! Stay brave!

Peace out,

Serena

The interns! What a cute bunch. Not biased.

The interns! What a cute bunch. Not biased.

Is this not an incredible picture? Love it.

Is this not an incredible picture? Love it.

Rubyfruit slaying us all with their talent. 10/10.

Rubyfruit slaying us all with their talent. 10/10.

Not many of you know this, but Meaghan is actually a professionally trained orchestra conductor! Look at that focus. Just kidding, she's just really into her speech. and it blew our minds, per usual.

Not many of you know this, but Meaghan is actually a professionally trained orchestra conductor! Look at that focus. Just kidding, she's just really into her speech. and it blew our minds, per usual.

RT :)

RT :)

The rockstar that is Lucia, belting out the national anthem before kickoff. Wait no, actually she is speaking lots of nice words. But I had you for a minute didn't I?

The rockstar that is Lucia, belting out the national anthem before kickoff. Wait no, actually she is speaking lots of nice words. But I had you for a minute didn't I?

Group huddle! Meaghan was opposed to the idea of swaying and yelling WHAT TEAM like they do in High School Musical. This is why she's in charge. 

Group huddle! Meaghan was opposed to the idea of swaying and yelling WHAT TEAM like they do in High School Musical. This is why she's in charge.