Last week the Tampa Chamber held their annual Women of Influence Luncheon and it was definitely an awesome event! There were over 850 people in attendance at Ala Carte Pavillion, mostly women of course, but a few men did brave the event. Stacie Scheible, from News Channel 8 was the emcee and the speaker was Elizabeth Gilbert, author of "Eat, Pray, Love". It was very refreshing to hear someone so candid, genuine, and funny. She told some stories about her life in writing and also took the time to answer questions afterwards. I'm not a writer obviously:-) but she gave some really wise and interesting advice to a college student who asked for some works of wisdom. Elizabeth said that the one piece of advice she could give is that when writing, think of one person in your life and write your story directly to that person. She wrote "Eat, Pray, Love" specifically to one of her friends who was really going through a hard time and said if she had written it to someone else it would have a totally different feel to it. Definitely an awesome event!