Dreams to Reality: 2012 Ladies Evening Out
I have been busy spreading my wings across this great city! Last week was dominated by meetings with Indianapolis Public Schools, IU Health, Indianapolis Colts, and a party at Iaria’s to celebrate my 31st bday & the Produce Mom’s birth on their wall of fame. Unbelievable.
This week I will be at Ladies Evening Out on Thursday, May 10th. And I’m one of their special guests. Ok, I’ll say it…. I’m a local celebrity guest & will be entertaining the crowd of approx 500 women with cooking demonstrations & samples! AHHHHH!
I’m obviously proud of The Produce Mom. I couldn’t have hoped for a better response from the Indianapolis community & the Produce industry. The blessings & opportunities I have enjoyed over the last 4 months were merely dreams in the back of my mind on that cold day in January when I pitched the idea of The Produce Mom to Indianapolis Fruit ownership. Today, those dreams are my reality. Even though The Produce Mom is owned by Indy Fruit, I have that wonderful entrepreneur spirit about this initiative. And as long as I’m alive – so will exist my burning desire to grow & improve The Produce Mom.
A huge part of building The Produce Mom was doing research. Tons & tons of research. In addition to studying up on blogs, I studied the Indianapolis area & specifically targeted the women who have changed the face of business here in the 317. I knew that in order to be legit in the local scene, I needed to be “in” with this crowd.
Let’s rewind a bit…. last year, I was named to the Board of Directors for the Officer David S Moore Foundation. One of my first fundraising events with the Foundation was a tribute night for Officer Moore with the Indiana Fever. I met a woman named Lynn Miller, who works in sales for Pacers Sports & Entertainment. She & I totally kicked it off and quickly became friends. She immediately impressed me with all her involvement in community organizations & boards. Lynn knows everyone! But beyond that – Lynn is a genuine person. Like the type of person you meet who actually remembers & cares about your answer to the often-asked/rarely-remembered small talk questions regarding family, kids, work, etc. It makes sense considering her strong business & personal network. One thing I have learned as a young addition to the business scene – there is a direct correlation between well-networked people & their personal character. Lynn sets the standard.
In February of this year, just weeks after the launch of The Produce Mom, Lynn gave my name to Jenn Kampmeier: A name I recognized from Googling “Indianapolis Business Women” over & over during my planning for The Produce Mom! Jenn is kinda like Lynn. She knows everyone. She is successful. She deserves it. When Jenn contacted me about joining her company’s annual social event as a presenting guest, I found myself overwhelmed with giddy excitement…. And I didn’t hesitate to say YES.
I will be at Ladies Evening Out on Thursday – demonstrating how to prepare Kale Chips & talking about my favorite produce items, sponsoring a booth, greeting fans, rubbing shoulders with some of the other women I recognize from my excessive Googling & research. I’m excited! I hope you can join us for a FUN night out. It will be a success and I’m truly humbled to be a part of it.
My 6:30pm cooking demonstration is FULL (have I told my fans lately that I love them???)
There is a limited amount of seats available for my 7pm demonstration.
See you Thursday,
xoxo Produce Mom