A couple of days ago I headed off to Nashville with Goldman Sachs, my prior employer, for a conference. Six years ago I was started my career at Goldman as an analyst in New York. It is incredibly hard to believe that this past weekend I was a keynote speaker at a Goldman conference in Nashville. Sometimes I have to pinch myself to make sure this is real life!
In just a few years I went from Goldman analyst to starting two companies and a blog and in large part I was able to do this thanks to my experience on Wall Street. I loved my time at Goldman. Although I was working 16 hour days, I was challenged every day and made the most incredible friends, mentors and, of course, found my husband! Thanks to this network still being supportive to this day, I received a call a few weeks ago asking if I was willing to speak about starting a social impact business and what it is like to work in the field with UNICEF. Naturally, I jumped at the opportunity! Even more exciting is that this specific conference is in a different city every year and this year it was in NASHVILLE.
It has been over a decade since I was in Nashville so I took the opportunity to arrive early and explore the bustling music town. Fortunately, Goldman put me up in the trendy Thompson Nashville. I loved everything about this hotel! The rooms were perfectly “Nashville” with Western and music elements with a modern twist. The Thompson had everything from a Killebrew coffee shop to the highly rated restaurant Marsh House. I didn’t want to leave – especially when I discovered the trendy rooftop bar called L.A. Jackson with views of the city and a busy bar scene. I enjoyed drinks with a few friends who live in Nashville and watched the sunset from the roof.
I did make time for some shopping and was mostly impressed with the unique designs of each store I visited. For instance Frye had a drumset in the middle of the store. My favorite shop was White’s Mercantile which is one of the most perfectly curated home goods stores I have ever been to! Coming in a close second was Pangaea where there is truly something for everyone. I could’ve spent hours in both of these stores there were so many goodies! Both are an absolute must to visit next time you find yourself in Nashville.
Finally, I ended my trip speaking to about 100 Goldman clients about The Starling Project and all I do with UNICEF. While I am incredibly fortunate that I am asked to speak at many events and conferences, it was the highest honor to be asked to speak for Goldman. Still pinching myself!
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