20 September 2005
I can’t believe it’s been so long since I last posted! I’ve been slammed at work – had a big meeting with almost each and every client last week – and to be honest, I’ve been preoccupied with the unbelievable aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. It put a lot of things into perspective – for a lot of people I’m guessing.
For me, it was like this. I was in New Orleans last summer for a conference. Stayed in the beautiful Ritz Carlton (believe me when I say that July is off-season in New Orleans and we got a great rate) right on Canal Street. Ate some of the most incredible food for four straight days – yes, I gained weight – strolled down Royal Street with its amazing art galleries and antiques, watched the great show of people in the square by St. Louis Cathedral, recoiled at the rank smell and debauchery of Bourbon Street.
So to see whitecaps and looting on Canal Street, to think of the painting that we fell in love with but couldn’t afford on Royal Street, to remember the quaint little restaurant in the French Quarter and to see the president standing in front of the cathedral for his “we’ll rebuild” speech, well, it’s all been a little much.
I’m just starting to emerge from the post-hurricane haze and get my brain back into marketing to women. And for my first re-entry, I’d like to say this. Remember when we talked about how women value companies who are responsible corporate citizens? Remember when we talked about how if you meet the long list of expectations of women you’ll end up pleasing men with their shorter list of criteria? All to say to the amazing corporate citizens of this country who have rolled up their sleeves, signed big checks, filled huge trucks and spearheaded fundraising campaigns of their own, thanks. Not only from all the women of this country who notice this kind of thing, but from everyone.
We noticed. All of us.