Smart Girls take on Nashville!

What an incredible weekend! The inaugural Smart Girl Summit took place in Nashville, Tennessee this weekend. Smart Girls came from all over to learn, network, and just have fun.

I rode from the DC area with SGP Cofounders Stacy Mott and Teri Christoph. After a LONG ride to Nashville, we got in and had dinner with a fabulous group of people – yes, there were boys present, I promise. It was good to be back in Nashville, and to meet everyone that I already felt like I knew so well. Everything came together beautifully, and I think I speak for everyone on the leadership team when I say that it surpassed expectations.

We all knew that Michelle Malkin, Liz Cheney and Marsha Blackburn would be great. They are all fantastic women, and worthy of keynote status on their own. The one that surprised me was Robin Smith – she had half the women in the room contemplating running for Congress by the time it was all said and done. She’s the former head of the Tennessee GOP and is currently running for TN-3.

My favorite moments came from the women, many of whom had never been to an event like this, and were coming away with ways to become more involved at home. The training sessions offered by American Majority were overflowing, and the biggest feedback we got was “Can we make it TWO days next year?” Rest assured – we will offer even more next year.

Stacy Mott and Teri Christoph poured themselves into this for months, as did the rest of the SGP leadership team: Michelle Moore, Rebecca Wales, Kristen Hawley, and Katie Favazza.

Short story? If you weren’t there you missed out on some amazing time with smart, motivated, and generally awesome men and women. However, you can come to DC about this time next year for SGS ’10! I was there, so there are photos. Enjoy!

Jenny Erikson, Michelle Lancaster, Me, and Lisa Mei in the Grassroots Training session... naturally, I was tweeting.

Jenny Erikson, Michelle Lancaster, Me, and Lisa Mei in the Grassroots Training session... naturally, I was tweeting.

Kimberly Haney and I - one of my favorite women!

Kimberly Haney and I - one of my favorite women!

Never too busy to cheese for the camera...

Never too busy to cheese for the camera...

Liz Cheney and I.

Liz Cheney and I.

Michelle Malkin and I at the fundraiser.

Michelle Malkin and I at the fundraiser.

Me and RFC Radios Fingers Malloy.

Me and RFC Radio's Fingers Malloy.

Duane Lester, Me, Andrew Riley, and Thomas LaDuke... the RFC Radio boys.

Duane Lester, Me, Andrew Riley, and Thomas LaDuke... the RFC Radio boys.

TX State Coordinator for SGP Michelle Lancaster, Kimberly Haney, and I.

TX State Coordinator for SGP Michelle Lancaster, Kimberly Haney, and I.

Kristen Hawley, Michelle Malkin and I on the way to dinner.

Kristen Hawley, Michelle Malkin and I on the way to dinner.

See Duane Lester’s post at All American Blogger for some videos.

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