Thawing the Seattle Freeze One Invite at a Time

On May 21, I was honored to speak at the City of Bellevue’s inaugural Neighborhoods Conference about my journey to “thaw the Seattle Freeze” by being intentional about getting to know – and building relationships with – my neighbors.  If you’d like to take a peek at my presentation, the video is below. After some great words by the Mayor of Bellevue and a gracious introduction by Bellevue Neighborhoods Outreach Director Mike McCormick Huentelman, my talk starts at about 16:45.

You are welcome to laugh at my expense at my “oops, where are my glasses” outburst at less than a minute in. :O

A sincere thank you to Julie Ellenhorn and Carol Ross from the Bellevue Neighborhoods Outreach team for finding my blog and reaching out to me. You were so wonderful to work with!  The conference gave me an incredible opportunity to meet so many thoughtful people who care about the greater Bellevue community; it was inspiring.

And, of course, thank you to my neighbors whom I’ve met, enjoyed gallons of coffee with, bbq’d with, dined with, and laughed and cried with during the past two years.  You continue to bring joy to my journey and I sincerely look forward to our continued friendships in the years to come.

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2 Responses to Thawing the Seattle Freeze One Invite at a Time

  1. Anonymous says:

    Great inspiring presentation Beck!! So great to spend the last 40 minutes with you; even though you were doing all the talking, I enjoyed being with you!! 🙂

  2. Lady Di says:

    You were fabulous! The first small group session I took following your speech, people couldn’t say enough about how your determination and enthusiasm for connecting with people inspired them.

    We used the information to help make some changes in our neighborhood so kudos to you for spreading your influence. I hope they have you back every year!

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