Every year more and more women are boldly speaking out about the change they want to make. They are overcoming barriers of sexual harassment, discrimination, unequal pay, and exclusion from leadership to pursue their dreams. The incredible momentum of their actions and achievements is why we have women's events. In a community centered around women, every idea shared and word spoken brings us closer to a more equitable world. These 10 inspiring women's events throughout the U.S. are leading the way to positive change.
1. TEDWomen 2018, Nov. 28-30, Palm Springs, CA
If you haven't experienced a TEDWomen talk yet, you are in for a wonderful dose of inspiration. Every year TED Talks puts together a 3-day conference where women gather to share powerful ideas, diverse perspectives and inspire action. This year's theme of "Showing Up" centers on women and girls as bold changemakers and innovators. We love seeing a focus on women shaping our future and definitely recommend checking out Global Fund for Women's TEDTalk in your downtime. Visit TEDWomen on Twitter and Facebook for updates.
2. Create and Cultivate, Feb. 2019, Los Angeles, CA
Create and Cultivate is a vibrant one-day event for female entrepreneurs who are looking to grow professionally and gain valuable career insights in a beautifully designed, community setting. Attendees will hear from creative influencers and CEOs who are passionately leading in their industries. With mocktails and opportunities to mingle, you may end up cultivating new friendships with like-minded women who are leading change. Check out Create and Cultivate on Instagram and Facebook!
3. IWF World Leadership Conference, Oct. 24-26, Miami, FL
If you've ever wondered what happens when women act together as allies on a global scale, this inspiring event will show you. The annual IWF World Leadership Conference in Miami, Florida is led by powerful activists and advocates of change. Each selected speaker is dedicated to accelerating the state of women in the world. With an incredible network of leaders and influential women from over 30 countries, this event shows us the more equitable world we are building.
4. Womensphere, Emerging Leaders Global Summit, Oct. 12-14, New York, NY
Womensphere is all about empowering women to build a brighter future, and they do so by investing in women-led innovation and leadership. This year’s Emerging Leaders Global Summit is celebrating women who are transforming the world through leadership, innovation, creativity, STEAM, entrepreneurship, and sustainability. If you resonate with any of these disciplines, definitely reserve a spot!
5. S.H.E. Summit, Oct. 18-19, New York, NY
S.H.E. Summit brings over 50 inspirational leaders and changemakers together from around the world to lead the conversation on accelerating change and equality. This two-day open event is a wonderful opportunity to connect with like-minded women in a global marketplace who are passionate about social good. This year's bold speakers include Reshma Saujani, Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, Paola Mendoza, National Organizer of the Women's March, and Ai-jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance.
6. Women in the Workplace, Oct. 23, San Francisco, CA
Lady bosses in finance, business, marketing, computing, and tech, this event is for you! Led by The Wall Street Journal, the Women in the Workplace annual dinner event takes a deep dive into the state of women in the workplace in America. This year speakers from McKinsey & Company address the current challenges and successes women face based on comprehensive survey findings. Follow WJS on Twitter and Facebook for exciting news and updates on the event.
7. Massachusetts Conference for Women, Dec. 7, Boston, MA
The Massachusetts Conference for Women is a sell-out one-day event where women professionals gather to talk about entrepreneurship, personal finance, business, and health. We’ve participated many times! This year, the stellar lineup of speakers includes author and TED speaker Elizabeth Gilbert, comedian and disability advocate Maysoon Zayid, and mental health and LQBTQ activist Amanda Southworth. Follow #masswomen for inspirational content and news!
8. Grace Hopper Celebration, Sept. 26-28, Houston, TX
Any woman passionate about technology or STEM has most likely heard of the Grace Hopper Celebration. Produced by the Anita Borg Institute, this event is the world’s largest gathering of women in computing! It's a wonderful opportunity to connect with like-minded women and learn about the latest innovations in tech. Some of this year's keynote speakers are Jessica O. Matthews, Founder of Uncharted Power, and Padmasree Warrior, CEO of NIO U.S.
9. Women Donors Network Connect, Nov. 8-11, Seattle, WA
It is incredible what happens when a group of passionate and influential women philanthropists gets together. The Women Donors Network Connect started in 2013 as a way to connect women change-makers and progressive speakers with local and national leaders. This year's conversations and workshops are centered around protest and power, building inclusive communities, and the role of women donors. Hear from speakers Rachel Gilmer (Dream Defenders), Sen. Kamala Harris, and U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal!
10. Girlboss Rally, Nov. 17-18, New York City, NY
Sure, the Girlboss Rally is one of the most unconventional women's events out there... decked out in bright pink, with rooms full of beanbags and chandeliers. But it should come as no surprise the amount of ambitious and intelligent women who gather there! After just four years, Girlboss Rally has grown into one of the most sought-after two-day events for young businesswomen, creatives, and entrepreneurs. This year Arianna Huffington, Founder of Huffington Post, Piera Gelardi, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Refinery 29, and Shan-Lyn Ma, CEO of Zola, will be sharing their insights as business leaders and innovators.
We love each of these events for how they celebrate women's achievements and make measurable strides toward equality. As a majority women-owned company with a social mission, we believe that equal opportunity, equal pay, equal representation, and equal education for women and girls will lead us to a brighter future. Of course, there are so many more women's events than we could list here. If you've been to any of the above conferences or know of other women's events you would like to share with us, please let us know in the comments below!
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