To celebrate the launch of the publication, Abernathy partnered with Lessons Learned to host an intimate, private launch event in New York City on Saturday, March 14th, 2015.
Lessons Learned is a live storytelling event series founded by Wes Kao. The invitation-only event series features a curated speaker lineup, intimate setting, and stories from smart people about hard-earned lessons.
Abernathy Magazine x Lessons Learned
Following the Lessons Learned format, the Abernathy launch event featured 10 speakers who gave 5 minute live talks about their own personal stories, lessons, and struggles about identity and race.
It was a very special evening that I’m thrilled to have been a part of.
Our distinguished speakers
This event would not have been possible or worth doing without the involvement of our incredible speakers, several of whom traveled from other states on their own dime to be with us.
Michael Parrish DuDell
Ernest White II
You can view the full photo set (snapped by Kara, who I’d highly recommend) here.
So, how did it go?
We’ve gotten overwhelmingly positive feedback about the stories shared on Saturday. There were laughs, there were tears, there were hugs, and most of all, there were important conversations.
Many people have asked when the next live event of this type will be. It’s unclear to me whether getting into the events business will further the Abernathy mission, but what is clear is that this event would not have happened without my friend Wes Kao and her organization, Lessons Learned.
Wes has developed a system for creating safe spaces for small groups of less than 50 people to come together and share stories about tough topics. She’s continued to hone the event structure, flow, speaker process, storytelling advice, etc as a science and art. She’s honored that it’s attracting ever more amazing people like yourselves to come together and meet each other.
If you’re interested in co-hosting your own “Lessons Learned x Your Organization” small group event, she would be happy to share everything she knows. You can reach Wes at email@example.com.
Where was the event?
I’d be remiss if I didn’t give a special shout out to Daniel Jarvis for hosting the event at his beautiful apartment. Thank you.
And thanks to everyone who attended.