It’s the day that PeopleShare clients look forward to every year- a day of networking, inspiration and fun- Xpert Café. The exclusive, annual event was created eleven years ago and had only fifty people in attendance in 2008, and has grown to more than 700 guests this year with a superstar speaker- journalist and activist Robin Roberts.
Guests arrived early and packed three ballrooms, eagerly awaiting Robin’s speech. When she emerged from the side door to a standing ovation, someone snapped a selfie with her- which Robin graciously stopped and smiled for on her way to the stage.
CEO and co-founder Dave Donald remarked at the success of the event, saying, “We are blown away by the clients that came out for Xpert Cafe 2019. We are continually humbled by the event growing year over year and the positive feedback from clients. We aim to provide the ultimate networking opportunity and an educational presentation each year, and show our clients that we are true partners in their staffing solutions.”
In her speech, “Positioning Yourself for Success”, Robin spoke on life, work and her health obstacles, including two crippling diagnoses of breast cancer and MDS. She shared stories of her childhood in Mississippi, anecdotes of her upbringing with her sisters and parents, and inspiration on how to make the most out of whatever life throws at you. “Dream big,” she said, “But focus small.” Was one of her pieces of advice, along with, “Always make your mess your message,” noting that even the worst of situations can be turned into a personal growth opportunity.
At the end of her speech, Robin took questions from the audience, answering queries about equal pay, self-care and how our companies can care for employees during their own health struggles. After the presentation, guests enjoyed refreshments and some also got to meet Robin, speak with her and take a photo with her.
Guest Monica Murphy commented, “What an incredible talk. So many words of wisdom and inspiration to consider as an HR professional, individual and mother. My favorite takeaways were, “Dream big, focus small,” “change the way you think to change the way you feel,” and “know your worth.”
Xpert Café happens only once per year and the PeopleShare team is already planning next year’s event for September 2020. Want an invite? Contact us today to see how we can create a custom staffing solution for your company.
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