This weekend could not have been more spectacular. I arrived in New York City on Friday night to check in to a very swanky hotel, the Hudson on 59th and 9th. From there, everyone gathered upon the Intrepid Aircraft Carrier for a series of speakers where I later found out I was a semi-finalist for a free five day trip to China in the fall from a contest submission I posted on a possible business venture utilizing global sourcing.
From our speakers, we ventured on to explore the unforgettable night life of New York City. A bar, a restaurant, and a night club later we rested our heads for yet another exciting day on Saturday.
Saturday kicked off with a bit of sleepy eyes, but excitement to visit the New York Stock Exchange did not stop us from enjoying every moment. We hustled our butts up and got over to the NYSE just in time to wander around the trade floor and look at all the exhibitor’s proposed business ventures. It was eye awakening to see fellow peers create such in-depth business ideas that will soon fuel our future. I was truly among the youths brightest of the future.
I preceded on to a special Women Luncheon consisting of a three course meal within the NYSE with some of the top executives in the business world today. These such leaders included: the editor of Fortune Magazine, CEO of DuPont, and many more amazing executives. It was an unforgettable experience to be able to talk with them one on one to get their feedback on how they got where they are, what they predict for the future, and any advice they had for me. Some business connections were made to say the least.
Our day gradually started to wind down, but was not over yet. A nap was in order to rejuvenate for the night to come. Our last event of our Kairos Summit consisted of a full dinner cruise along the beautiful skyline of New York City. It was clear night with varying city architecture in every direction.
I woke up Sunday morning after a whirlwind of a time thinking the last 48 hours were a great dream. I would re-do this weekend time and time again if I could. This was one of the best weekends I have had with great people, a lot to learn, and a beautiful city to explore.