One Show - Creative Leaders Retreat
This past weekend, creative leaders from all over the country, and a few from Canada and Europe, came together in Tucson, Arizona. The One Show, who created the event, brought mentors together to spend time with creative leaders like me- ones from smaller markets, or smaller agencies in bigger markets. It was an unbelievable weekend of sharing. The generosity of these mentors, people I’ve studied my entire career, astonished me. Being able have one on one conversations with people like Jim Riswold, Kevin Roddy, Susan Credle,Glenn Cole, PJ Periera and many others in an intimate setting was a big part of what made it special. I had to write it all down on the plane ride home before I lost the magic of it. Here’s my recap: 3 Days in Tucson, 24 hours later.
I was on the advisory board for the retreat which was one of the best professional experiences I’ve had to date. Working with the One Show on ideas for mentors, topics, leaders was a dream experience.
Mentoring mentors is desperately needed in our industry. Between the crush of lean staffing, tight deadlines, and limited training, leaders aren’t getting the mentoring they used to. I heard that over and over again throughout the weekend. I attended a conference last year that put it all in focus for me. It really was the impetus for me to do something about fulfilling the need for others, and myself. Adweek published the article last week, which was great timing for the retreat.
I am thrilled that One Show is going to do the retreat again next year. It is our hope that this continues on and helps creative leaders of all size realize their potential.