After picking up our swag (cool t-shirt!), it was time to weave our way through the maze that is the +Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center to find somewhere for a quiet drink before the Ice Breaker event. On our way through the maze, Jean got stopped by +Lyssa Adkins and +Michael Spayd as we passed each other in one of the corridors. Lyssa says to Jean, "I have just published a blog by Em Campbell-Pretty..." and Jean points to me. It was such a strange serendipitous moment and a great way to kick off my Agile 2013 experience. (Lyssa featured "Leading Through Vulnerability" on her Women in Agile blog in July).
The Welcome Reception (i.e. drinks!) helped me reconnect with my Agile Data Warehousing buddies +Ken Collier and +Lynn Winterboer. I also introduced myself to fellow Aussies +Matthew Hodgson (whom I recognised from his Scrum Australia presentation) and +mia horrigan. The evening was topped off by a lovely dinner with Jean, +Anders Ivarsson, +Joakim Sunden and Jaana Nyfjord,. The conference hadn't even really started and already I felt the investment had been worthwhile!