Mom 2.0 Summit is Here / by Leslie

Thursday morning I am heading to the Ritz Carlton in Key Biscayne, Miami, Florida for the Mom 2.0 Summit. This will be my third social media event and I am pretty sure I am addicted to them. Happily, this time I have been asked to live blog the conference, and I am so excited to be part of the team and officially involved in communicating the messages and happenings during the week. Big thanks to the Mom 2.0 team for this opportunity!

My first post is already up, Get Over the Nerves and Shine at Mom 2.0, which is a re-write of a post I wrote here before attending ALT Summit in January. My fellow live blogger Katherine Stone has also written Anybody Up For Cake in the Social Media Conference Room? which helps to explain why bloggers/social media people love to attend conferences so much. There is more to come from our other two live bloggers, Morgan Shanahan and Nicole Morgan. Stay tuned to the 2012 Live Blog feed for all of our posts about Mom 2.0 or you can also see just what I am contributing. Don't forget to check out the twitter hashtag #mom2summit to listen in on what everyone is saying. Right now it's mostly about what to wear, packing and traveling, but soon it will be filled with smart, engaging messages that will inspire you.

** HINT: There will be a message of goodness we will be sending out on Friday night (6-7pm EST) that we need you to amplify on your own networks. We are going to attempt to break a social media World Record (currently held by Justin Bieber fans) by sending out, sharing, or retweeting 11,000 messages on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram in 1 hour. We can totally do that, right? If we break the record, Dove will donate some serious cash to help some very cool kids. All will be revealed soon, so please stay tuned and plan to help us spread a positive message on Friday. **

The White Party will be at this fantastic spot. Picture me sitting with my toes in the sand, chatting about Moms in Social Media.

To learn about what Mom 2.0 is all about, read the About page and the Schedule. It will give you a sense of what the intentions are for the conference and what the conversations are going to focus on. Mom 2.0 was created to be a conversation between moms, marketers and media. Mothers have a huge voice online and in social media, they have a lot to say about the world and how we live in it, and motherhood is being redefined by online communities and huge opportunities for women to enjoy mothering at the same time that they feed their own souls. Mothers and women are taking control of the messages that we want to see, the ideas that we want to spread, and the important conversations we want to have. It's such an exciting time.

• What's Next? • Setting Intentions • Being Vulnerable • 

• Connection • Inspiration • Information •

These are just some of the themes and messages you will see over the next few weeks. It's all about living our happiest, most fulfilled lives and by doing that, ensuring that others around us, especially our families, are doing the same.