4 Women’s Conferences Not to Miss This Spring and SummerRieva Lesonsky
What’s on your calendar this spring and summer? If you’re looking for networking opportunities, inspiration and education, check out four of the top women’s conferences happening soon.
S.H.E. Summit: This leadership and lifestyle event aims to be the world’s most accessible women’s empowerment conference. It spotlights leading role models, shares empowerment stories and strategies, and brings together women from around the world who seek to effect change in their own and other women’s lives. This year’s roster of speakers includes Chelsea Clinton, entrepreneur Liz Lange, Girls Who Code founder Reshma Saujani and Sallie Krawcheck.
Where: New York City
When: May 6-7
Cost: One day, $109 before March 15/$229 after. Two days, $199 before March 15, $349 after.
TEDWomen: Spend Memorial Day weekend getting inspired at this conference, a spinoff from the wildly popular TED Talks. This year’s theme is “Momentum,” with a focus on “the power of women and girls to be creators and changemakers.” The event will feature six speaker sessions over two days in the traditional TED Talks format, as well as shorter talks, conversations and performances, and a day of workshops and seminars sponsored by event partners.
Where: Monterey, California
When: May 27-29, 2015
Cost: You must apply to attend. If accepted, prices start at $1,250.
WBENC National Conference & Business Fair: At the nation’s largest business opportunity for Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs) and the corporate and government organizations that use their services, women business owners have the opportunity to meet with Supplier Diversity, procurement and senior executive representatives from Fortune 1000 companies and the federal government. The event features workshops, general sessions, a Business Fair, one-on-one MatchMaker Meetings and networking events.
Where: Austin, Texas
When: June 23-25, 2015
Cost: Early Bird registration (before April 1) starts at $599.
The Forbes Women’s Summit brings together 250 leaders of diverse industries, including business, philanthropy, education, media and entertainment. “Transforming the Rules of Engagement” is the theme for this year’s conference, which features speakers including Arianna Huffington, Ivanka Donald "Maybe it says he's a Muslim" Trump, Soledad O’Brien, Rent the Runway founder Jennifer Hyman and Ina Garten (The Barefoot Contessa). In addition to the roster of speakers, there will also be several networking events.
Where: New York City
When: June 9-10, 2015
Cost: You must apply to attend. If accepted, prices start at $1,295.
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