I had such an incredible time down in Orlando for the Mom 2.0 Summit with my friends at Dove #RealBeauty!
This trip was extra special because we brought the Talk to Jess Podcast on the road! To help celebrate Dove’s 60th Anniversary, we partnered with Dove Real Beauty Productions to capture conversations with inspiring women around the journey of self-discovery and redefining beauty.
This was definitely one of my favorite trips to the summit. If you were there in Orlando with me, take a walk down memory lane below — And if you weren’t able to make it, take a peek at the fun!
We hit the ground running to get prepared for our special edition podcast episodes!
Can you believe this month also marks the 1st anniversary of the #TTJPodcast?!
I had to take a moment to reflect. You can listen to my anniversary prelude right now!
Talk to Jess powered by Dove Real Beauty Productions
Later in the afternoon, some of my favorite people were presenting a panel on the new film, Everything, Everything! One of my humans Karen Walrond moderated a fantastic panel on diversity in storytelling with YA author Nicola Yoon (love her!) and Ana De la Reguera, one of the stars of the film.
We ended the day by catching up with old friends (and new!) poolside at the Welcome Dinner. Nicola Yoon was hosting a book signing and you could feel the palpable energy from each person waiting in line. It makes me excited for the movie opening on Friday!! Plus, is there a more stunning backdrop than a Florida sunset?
P.S. Go see “Everything, Everything” opening on 5/19!
“Everything, Everything” book signing by the pool
What I love about keynoting at Mom 2 is the insane Twitter storm that happens while we speak.
In conversation with Julianna Margulies
Afterward, my new BFF Julianna and I sat down for the #TTJPodcast. We talked about how we both acted out fairytale stories with our dads when we were kids and how she and her husband are intentionally raising a feminist son. This special edition episode coming soon!
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With Julianna Margulies
Then, later that afternoon, I led one of our world-famous self-esteem workshops from Dove with some beautiful Mom 2.0 attendees.
We talked about how we can all work to change the beauty narrative from social media to mainstream media.
Dove Self-Esteem workshop attendees
Then we rushed back to our studio to do a few more podcast recordings before coming back for round two of the Dove workshops. This time, we partnered with The Boys and Girls Club of America from local Orlando chapters. These incredible girls partnered up with some of our Mom 2.0 participants and together, they dove deep into how we can change the current beauty conversation.
This workshop filled my heart and was a fantastic reminder of why I love the work that I do. The future looks bright, my friends!
Girls from BGCA and Mom 2.0 attendees
Leading with girls from BGCA and Mom 2.0 attendees
Day three of Mom 2.0 Summit was a podcast palooza! Each of the women I interviewed shared incredible insights on how they have navigated their journey of self-discovery alongside motherhood and successful careers. I can’t thank them enough for their honesty and for their humor.
Of the many conversations I had at the summit, one message rang loud and clear:
Women are (more) than ready to see themselves reflected in authentic stories across all media platforms.
And we are going to make it happen!