2014 marked the inaugural Socialight Conference in Vancouver! The conference has been hailed as Canada’s “ultimate leadership and entrepreneurship event” and until this year, had been held annually in Toronto.
From June 7-8 the conference brought together innovative thinkers inside the Vancouver Convention Centre with a common interest in L.I.G.H.T — an acronym for Leaders Impacting Global Humanity of Today.
The two day event focused primarily on leadership, social entrepreneurship, funding, and most importantly, “people.”
I attended the conference and I was inspired by a variety of entrepreneurs, community leaders, and guest speakers, particularly with Socialight chief visionary officer Theresa Laurico, Japadog founder Noriki Tamura, and “mediaprenuer” Gwen Elliot.
Theresa Laurico’s introductory speech urged everyone to “acknowledge and recognize that your presence is your present.” Her words inspired, engaged, and celebrated.
The conference was an opportunity to recognize outstanding local entrepreneurs like the man behind the “Japadog” Noriki Tamura. Even though Tamura required the assistance of a translator, he proved that the language of a successful business is “universal. Founded in 2005, Japadog had one mission: to become the #1 purveyor of hotdogs in the world. Fact: Noriki is the most rad human being, ever.
25-year-old mediapreneur Gwen Elliot found a way to merge a career with media and entrepreneurship and has produced a show called The Naked Entrepreneur, airing on the Oprah network in the Fall.
I had the absolute pleasure of interviewing Elliot and discovered that she’s an extraordinarily driven young woman that just wants “to do cool shit.”
Prizes were given away, new friendships were formed, and everyone (myself included) ended up leaving the conference ignited and with a desire to transfer dreams into action.