Last week, TSG Owners/Editors from across the country convened in our Headquarters’ hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia, for our third Editor Conference, an event that has taken place every two years beginning in 2014. The theme of this year’s conference was connection, and it was carried through in each workshop, panel, and social event, from discussions about what our mission means in real life (not just in print and online) to celebrating Editors who are having a profound impact on their communities by forging strong networks among local business owners and helping readers discover the unique talents within their hometowns.

“TSG Connect 2018” kicked off with cocktails at Common House, a modern social club located in downtown Charlottesville. Held in the Vinegar Hall event space, it was the perfect setting for drinks, introductions, and catching up with new and veteran Editors from Colorado to the Carolinas. Afterwards, Editors headed out on the town to dinner at some of our favorite local restaurants.

The following day, everyone gathered at Farmington Country Club for panels and workshops designed to inspire and facilitate discussion on how to further the TSG mission. First up was an inspiring keynote speech by Lynn Easton, founder of the internationally acclaimed event planning company Easton Events, and co-founder of Easton Porter Group. After hearing about Easton’s experiences rising to the top of the event industry, Editors moved on to sessions covering everything from confidence-building to business planning. The day culminated in a delicious dinner at Three Notch’d Brewing Company in IX Park, where everyone was excited to keep the day’s conversations going.

On the last day of the conference, we returned to Farmington Country Club for the morning, where we had Editor-led panels and our Co-Founders offered remarks reflecting on accomplishments as well as plans for the future. We ended the three-day event feeling energized and inspired, and having built strong connections that will endure for years to come.

Photography by Kate Thompson of Betty Clicker Photography and Emily Jean Rosser of The Scout Guide.