Our “Sound Advice” panel in October marked our inaugural networking event at HiFi Buys. This networking opportunity brought together a panel of women, all leaders in their industry, to share their experiences, insights, and words of encouragement with our attendees. It didn’t hurt that we had some awesome partners showcasing their audio and automotive products and outstanding food and drink. There was even a reunion of some of our nearest and dearest friends!
Here are a few highlights:
No one could miss the fabulous All-New Jaguar F-PACE from Jaguar Land Rover Buckhead parked out front!
It was a blast to spend an hour networking with all of the attendees and listening to some of the great new audio products from Control4, ELAC, Peachtree Audio, Sonos, and Sony. For many folks present, this was their first visit to our new Buckhead store. It was a great opportunity to spread the word about how accessible—and fun—new hi-fi equipment can be!
After an hour of networking, our panel sat down with moderator Alexandra Tirado of Fortuna Holdings International. Alexandra’s passion is to encourage and inspire more women to become leaders in their respective industries, so she was a natural fit to lead the discussion. The panel was comprised of three women spanning three generations–Millennial, Gen X and Baby Boomer—each of whom are leaders in their industry.
Here are some quotable moments:
Panelist Sue Groszkiewicz, the “Baby Boomer” in the group, runs Accountable for Change, a firm devoted to high-quality problem solving services to small to medium sized businesses. Sue recommended that when someone is trying to persevere in the workplace, it’s important to “find what makes you different. Find people who believe in you.”
Panelist Melanie Romanaux, owner of social media marketing company Somedia, represented Milllennial business owners. She advised attendees “the stream will get harder to swim against. Look to people who know more than you. Learn from them.”
Gen X panelist Kathleen Thomas, Sales Manager for ELAC North America, counseled businesswomen to “Trust your gut” when seeking success. “As women, emotion is our biggest strength, not a weakness.”
One of the most fun moments of the night was the reunion of HiFi Buys founder Mel Silverman, Kathleen Thomas (who literally grew up in the audio industry at our first Buckhead store,) David Solomon of Peachtree Audio (another former HiFi Buys employee and recent blog interviewee), and HiFi Buys owner Alan Jones. That’s a lot of audio expertise in one place! We love it!