My friend Gail Cayetano, Partner and Co-Founder of the
conscious jewelry line Cayetano Legacy Collection, is a superwoman. I do not exaggerate. Three weeks after giving birth to her second baby, she was moving and shaking as one of the founders and co-creators of The Heart Series Conference, which took place in LA this past Thursday and Friday on February 16th and 17th, at Playa Studios in Culver City.
In 2014, she and her other super amazing co-creator Megan Sette, Founder of M Collaborative, a
boutique cause-marketing agency, had the idea to bring together the community of companies
working to do good after a conversation that they themselves were looking for such a conference for social enterprises. Thus The Heart Series conference was born – the only conference specifically targeted to businesses making a bigger difference in the world.
Now in its third year, the two-day conference features an outstanding group of leaders from a variety of socially conscious brands.
I was happy to be part of the team that made this year’s conference possible, and really enjoyed meeting some fantastic leaders with goodness at the forefront of their driving mission. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.
By the way, the conference was so inspirational that their hashtag #haveheartdowell was the #2 trending hashtag in all of Twitterland on Thursday! If you are moved to learn more about the intersection of businesses x bettering the world, don’t forget to reserve next February 15 and 16 for next year’s conference.
Largest turnout yet. Over 200+ socially-conscious and mindful business leaders congregate, collaborate, and share best practices.
Look at the gorgeous succulents adorning the conference space – from the speaker stage to a photo wall provided by sustainable company Shop Succulents.
There were so many remarkable speakers! Here is the panel that discussed “Establishing Meaningful Business Relationships”: From L to R: Justin Wolff/Yoobi, Monika Wiela/Give Back Box, Danielle Silber/International Rescue Committee, Francis Aquino/Headspace. (Photo credit: Monika Wiela)
Producer/Writer/Choreographer Nigel Lythgoe (American Idol, Gladiators, and So You Think You Can Dance) and Director/Producer/Choreographer Adam Shankman speak with Maggie Chieffo, Editor-in-Chief of Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls about their organization, Dizzy Feet Foundation and the importance of arts as a tool for creativity and innovation. (Photo Credit: Sustainable Venice)
Loved meeting these two socially-conscious CEOs! On the left is Scot Tatelman of State Bags. For each bag purchased, one fully-stocked backpack is hand-delivered to an American child in need. I bought a backpack for my son and there is a promo code that is available until Monday, 2/20 for 25% off your purchase: heartseries. Get it while you can! Rheena Mae of MaeMae Jewelry, sitting on the right, is a power manifestor! She told me the story of how she doodled a picture of her jewelry shop at last year’s conference. That was on a Friday and by that next Tuesday, she was signing a lease for her storefront in the trendy Atwater Village. I also want to do a shout out to Danny Wright, founder of Gravity Water. I forgot to take a photo but I loved Danny’s mission to harvest clean rainwater so that all children can have clean water to drink.
Here I am with the incredible team! From Left to Right: Sam Avery, Gail Cayetano, and Megan Sette.
The food and beverage sponsors were exceptionally generous. Above is just a small representation from Chomp Eatery, True Food Kitchen, Suja Juice, Verve Coffee Roasters, and Boxed Water is Better. Other partners included Chipotle, LYFE Kitchen, Califia Farms, Isabella’s Cookie Company, Munchery, Deep River Snacks, and ZICO Coconut Water.
Last but not least, don’t quit your day dream! It is heartening to hear what so many people are doing to spread positivity in the world, and how The Heart Series is at the helm by organizing like-minded people to make an even deeper impact.