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Be Nice to Yourself. Seriously.

Be Nice to Yourself. Seriously.

We’ve all had those days.

Those days when your hair looks weird, or that twenty pounds that snuck up on you out of nowhere won’t let you button your favorite pair of jeans and now you have to wear those weird brown pants that itch.

Or, you just lost your job, or a relationship, or your back hurts and you just feel like warmed over garbage. Like the light inside you has just gone out.

Those days are tough. And sometimes we tell ourselves we deserve it.

“I wasn’t good at the job.”

“I’m too fat to be loveable.”

“I’m the worst.”

You wouldn’t let a friend talk to themselves like that, you wouldn’t let a child talk to themselves like that, you wouldn’t let anyone say such mean things about themselves…but you say it to yourself, don’t you?

I know you do. I do too. And sometimes we say those rotten things so often, we don’t even realize it anymore. It becomes part of our script. The script to a pretty terrible movie. And once we have it memorized, we might need help unlearning it.

We deserve a better script. We deserve more light. We deserve to be nicer to ourselves.

On September 13, come meet Katie Horwitch, “Self-Talk Shifter”, author and podcast host as she guides us though all of the ways we can improve our own self-talk practices at the ROCK WHAT YOU GOT: Women’s Summit Leadership Symposium. Bring your friends, your co-workers, your neighbor you don’t know that well, but she made cookies that one time and she seems cool…and learn how you can be nicer to yourself, filling yourself with light, and by doing so, be a light for others too. And cookies. Have a cookie.

Click here to learn more about Katie Horwitch and her organization WANT: Women Against Negative Talk.

Click here for more information and to get your tickets!

The Time is Now

The Time is Now

Is it just a moment? Or…

Is it a movement?

In the last couple of years, women have been finding their voices like never before.

Women are galvanized. Banding together.

Pink hats and marches and “Me Too”…all of those things… but, SO MUCH MORE.

Assembling together because no glass ceiling has ever been cracked by just one individual.

When we share our stories, when we mentor one another, when we amplify the voices of women, we not only free ourselves to be the very best we can be, but we free others to do the same.

What you may remember as the “Twin Cities Women’s Expo” has evolved over the last year into ROCK WHAT YOU GOT, a celebration of twin cities women in business, entertainment and community engagement.

Under new leadership, ROCK WHAT YOU GOT is changing how we present, promote and elevate each other as female individuals. ROCK WHAT YOU GOT welcomes you to share our event, the Women’s Summit, on September 13, 2019 at the beautiful and historic Earle Browne Heritage Center. During the day, network with professional business women, attend mentorship panels, and have more than a few lively discussions! Keynote speakers include Katie Horwitch of WANT: Women Against Negative Talk and Lisa Harrisof Fashion Meets Poetry. Later, get the party started for your weekend with a seriously STUNNING entertainment line-up featuring legendary talents like Tina Schlieske and Jearlyn Steele, (SERIOUSLY, if you’ve seen either of these incredible women perform, you know…but if you haven’t…you’re in for a treat!) brilliant up and coming comedian Ellie Hino, (who absolutely brought the house down at our last event, The” ROCK WHAT YOU GOT Paygap Comedy Tour”) and many more music and comedy acts guaranteed to make the start to your weekend energizing and inspiring!

Learn more and get your tickets here: rwyg.zohobackstage.com/RWYGSeptember2019

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My Girlfriends are My Everything – National Girlfriends Day

My Girlfriends are My Everything – National Girlfriends Day

I love my husband and my family, but the women in my life (pictured above) breathe energy into me in a way that only a girlfriend can.
With a quick laugh,
a heavy cry,
fun on the town,
deep introspective thoughts about life, science, politics and social injustices,
or light and airy banter about something funny, weird, uplifting or crazy that just happened to us.

I always know when I haven’t spent enough time with my girls. I feel heavy, tired, empty and lonely. It’s easy to make excuses about being too busy or too tired to go out for a ‘girls’ night,’ but the truth is, our girlfriends need us as much as we need them. Research shows that there are measurable health benefits to spending time with your girlfriends. According to a UCLA study, women have a biological need to maintain close connections. In times of stress, women experience a survival response called “tend and befriend” that compels them to protect their kids and connect with other women.

In a University of Michigan study, scientists found that women produce mood-boosting and stress-relieving hormones when they feel emotionally close to other women. Finding a group of women that will encourage you to be exactly who you are is essential to your happiness and your health. We need to prioritize spending time with our close girlfriends, especially when we feel overwhelmed or lonely. Take some time to reach out to your closest friends today. Schedule a lunch or a night out – doctor’s orders!

Buffie Blesi (she/her)
CEO//Chief Inspiration Officer

Looking for a fun way to spend time with your girlfriends?

The Rock What You Got: Women’s Summit will take place this September 13th and 14th at the Earle Brown Heritage Center (the same venue where we held our January event). This time around we have a few new ideas to make the Rock What You Got experience even better! The weekend will be full of interactive experiences, workshops, and demonstrations that span 2 days and 3 separate events. Events will include the Friday Leadership Symposium, Friday night’s Concert, and Saturday’s Expo. Tickets are sold separately for each event, but all access passes are available, and we encourage everyone to join us for the full weekend! Click here to learn more.

Tickets are on sale now! Get yours now to take advantage of the EARLY BIRD discount. Hurry! Prices increase August 7th!

Here’s What We’ve Been Up To!

Here’s What We’ve Been Up To!

Last December we officially changed our name from the Twin Cities Women’s Expo to Rock What You Got. We did this because we felt like the old name and event didn’t fully represent the women of today. For us, Rock What You Got is an anthem call for everyone to embrace their uniqueness and encourage others to do the same – without apology and without guilt. Our mission is to elevate Minnesota’s most essential female voices in music, business, theater, and community. We got our start this past January with our first two-day Rock What You Got event, and we’re continuing to move onwards and upwards with our second two-day event, the Rock What You Got: Women’s Summit!

The Women’s Summit will take place this September 13th and 14th at the Earle Brown Heritage Center (the same venue where we held our January event). This time around we have a few new ideas to make the Rock What You Got experience even better! The weekend will be full of interactive experiences, workshops, and demonstrations that span 2 days and 3 separate events. Events will include the Friday Leadership Symposium, Friday night’s Concert, and Saturday’s Expo. Tickets are sold separately for each event, but all access passes are available, and we encourage everyone to join us for the full weekend!

Here’s a closer look at our 3 summit events:

THE LEADERSHIP SYMPOSIUM – Friday, September 13th // 9:00am – 7:00pm
A full-day professional development conference, designed to elevate your “game” and give you the tools to develop stronger leadership, business, and career skills. Plus, become a fierce supporter of other women. This year, our theme for The Symposium will be “Women Empowering Women.” At this event you will experience workshops, demonstrations, and networking. We’ll tackle tough subjects on diversity, negotiation, mentorship and more.

There will be 3 educational tracks available to you throughout the day:

  1. Leadership
  2. Entrepreneurship
  3. Professional Development

THE CONCERT – Friday, September 13th // 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Friday evening will be a time to unwind at our second Rock What You Got Concert. This event is a continuation of our ongoing entertainment series that strives to showcase some of the most talented local female performers in the Twin Cities. Our headliners include Tina Schlieske of Tina & the B-Sides and Jearlyn Steele. They will be joined by the Steele band plus other special comedy and theater guests. Bring your friends and relax with a night of music and fun!

THE EXPO – Saturday, September 14th // 10:00am – 6:00pm
Remember the Twin Cities Women’s Expo? This is it! Except we’ve reimagined it to do more for the women of today, with plenty of interactive experiences, workshops, demonstrations and fitness classes. We’re using this expo to place an emphasis on women owned businesses and locally made products and services. Come and learn something new, meet Minnesota entrepreneurs, buy local, and enjoy this day for you!

Currently, we are looking for exhibitors and offering scholarships to women and minority owned businesses. If you know someone that might be a great fit for this event, let us know! For more exhibitor information and to apply, click here.

Tickets are on sale now! Get yours now to take advantage of the EARLY BIRD discount. Hurry! Prices increase August 7th!

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Seriously, It’s Time for a Girls Night Out

Seriously, It’s Time for a Girls Night Out

when was the last time you had a girls night out?

We are all SO busy…all the time. It seems like there’s hardly a spare moment to spend with friends let alone organize a girls night out. The good news is, today is National Best Friends Day, and if that isn’t the perfect excuse to call up your besties, we don’t know what is. After all, it’s no secret that our schedules will always be busy. So, it’s up to us to make time for the people and things we care about the most, right?

Here’s the plan: you gather the girls, we’ve got the “Night Out” part covered. On June 28th, bring your entourage to the Pay Gap Comedy Tour at the Parkway Theater. We’ll start with dinner and a drinks at El Burrito Minneapolis – plus a few surprise goodies, special guests, & priority seating for the main event (all of which comes included in the $40 VIP ticket add-on). Next, everyone will meet at the Parkway Theater for music and comedy performed by an all-woman lineup! 

This is a night to celebrate and lift up ourselves and each other with positivity, laughter, and Woman-Power.

You’ll also be helping us do a little good; a portion of the evenings proceeds will go to support Breaking Free to fight sex trafficking in Minnesota, and Casa de Esperanza to help victims of domestic abuse.

So, what are you waiting for?!