Etsy Teams are an integral part of the Etsy Community – a place to connect with likeminded people (in person or virtually!) and share experiences, lessons, and questions. Many Teams engage constantly with their members in the team forums, helping them to find success on Etsy. Others organise meet-ups, pop-up shops, markets, workshops and more.
This past weekend we invited over 20 Team Captains and Leaders to Melbourne for our first ever Captains’ Summit. There were representatives from EtsyAdelaide, Sydney Etsy Team, Stay at Home Mums AU & NZ, Canetsy, WA Street Team, Etsy Resolution, DUST, Makers and Designers (MAD), BrisStyle, Wandarrah, Australian Press & PR, Australian Events, and UK’s Brighton Sellers Team.
Most of the Captains had never met each other, but it was obvious they shared a love for their Teams. The enthusiasm was infectious and everyone bonded over questions about leadership and engagement, not to mention a lot of food and laughs.
“I’ve never been more grateful to be part of this whole thing than I am after this weekend… It was so good to walk into the room and find it full of ‘my kind of people’ from the outset!” – Kate, WA Street Team
There was brainstorming, group discussions, workshops and fun! Everyone openly shared their Team’s experiences, challenges, and achievements.
“It was inspiring and exciting to learn that so much of Etsy is women supporting other women and this has been, I think, so fundamental in enhancing that sense of community. It was so wonderful to hear about the successes people have had with events, what worked, what didn’t.” – Cath, Stay at Home Mums AU & NZ
“I absolutely loved being in a room full of people who say “yes, let’s do it!” It feels like we could achieve anything with such motivation. However, the greatest power seemed to be in the willingness to reflect and grow. As a newbie captain, I gained tremendous insight into the machinations of teams and what is required from me.” Georgiana, Etsy Resolution
Our aim was to thank, listen to, and support Captains (as well as let them in on a few upcoming projects!). It was a valuable weekend for everyone involved and we learnt so much from this group of experienced, engaged and enthusiastic Captains. Thank you to everyone involved and we’re so excited for everything that unfolds!
Are you in a Team? Use the search function to find your folk or contact any of the wonderful Teams that participated in the Summit.