Texas Women Are So Awesome, They Even Have a Conference

September 16, 2015

Where will you be this October 15th? If you’re anywhere near Austin, the answer should be, “Why, I’ll be at the 2015 Texas Conference for Women, of course!” Because we will be there. And you’ll be there right? Because you’re smart like that, aren’t you? (And keep reading for your chance to win a ticket to the conference.)

Here’s why you should attend the 16th annual conference held at the Austin Convention Center: Thousands of women from across the state attend for a full day of networking, inspiration, professional development and personal growth. The one-day Conference features keynote addresses, and breakout sessions led by more than one hundred experts in the fields of business, philanthropy, health, finance, media and professional development. The nonprofit, nonpartisan event draws women of all ages and backgrounds who are interested in building communication skills, leadership strategies and work-life balance tools.

Plus, sometimes they have free cookies.

This year, one of the keynote speakers will be Robin Roberts, co-anchor of ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Emmy winner, author, two time cancer survivor and all-around inspirational person. Plus, she looks awesome in orange:

ABC NEWS - Robin Roberts )ABC/Heidi Gutman)

Not many people do, you know. Look awesome in orange.

Patricia Arquette will also be keynoting. You may remember Patricia from when she won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Olivia in Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, then gave a heartfelt acceptance speech on the gender wage gap in the U.S. You just know her keynote will be smart, powerful and full of calls to action about pay equity and how we can achieve it.

Patricia Arquette Photo: Randee St. Nicholas/CBS © 2014 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Patricia Arquette
Photo: Randee St. Nicholas/CBS
© 2014 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Also keynoting on 10/15 are the amazing Candy Chang, urban space artist and designer and TED Senior Fellow, and founder of the “Before I Die…” project, and Bert Jacobs from Life Is Good who will talk about how we should all “choose optimism.” He seems very “the margarita glass is half-full,” so that’ll be a fun speech.

In addition to the keynoters, there are 100+ speakers appearing at the Conference, including Anne-Marie Slaughter, author of Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family and president of New America Foundation; Jessica Jackley, co-founder of Kiva and Profounder; Mary Spio, CEO of Next Galaxy Media and author of It’s Not Rocket Science: 7 Game-Changing Traits for Uncommon Success; Aliza Licht, DKNY PR GIRL and author of Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job, Kill It in Your Career, Rock Social Media; Elizabeth Thornton, author of The Objective Leader: How to Leverage the Power of Seeing Things As They Are; Azita Ardakani, founder and CEO of LoveSocial; Gloria Feldt, New York Times best-selling author and co-founder of Take The Lead; Major MJ Hegar, Foreign Policy 100 Leading Global Thinker; Gloria Mayfield Banks, world-renowned leadership coach and many more.

Now back to the free ticket business: Want to win it? Go visit the Texas Conference for Women website, take a look at the speakers, then come back here and leave a comment telling us who you’re excited to see. Check out the Conference Agenda, too, for more insight. Winner will be chosen at random, and they may possibly get to sit next to an esteemed member of The Queso during the keynote luncheon, too.

And just in case you’re not our lucky winner, you can still use this super secret password that will get you $10 off the ticket price. You can purchase tickets here and use the password TXBG15. Win/win/win! Good luck!

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  • Reply Jennifer Bourgoyne September 16, 2015 at 6:47 am

    i would love to hear what Patricia Arquette has to say!

    • Laura Harrison Mayes
      Reply Laura October 13, 2015 at 5:44 pm

      Jennifer! You are the winner!

  • Reply Knighton September 16, 2015 at 8:56 am

    You know, I’ve been wanting to attend TCW for at least five years, but something always comes us. I’d love to hear Laura Simms and Mary Spio, but there are so many excellent speakers this year. How to choose?

  • Reply Lauren Bayne September 16, 2015 at 9:04 am

    I REALLY want to attend this year’s conference for multiple reasons:

    1. People like Laura Mayes and Wendi Aarons will be there and I enjoy sharing oxygen and ideas with them.

    2. It’s being held TWO DAYS before my 40th BIRTHDAY so what a way to spend the final 48 hours of my thirties!

    3. I really want to hear Laura Simms speak and meet/fist bump with her because the way she views life and helps others transform theirs is rad. Plus anyone who says, “One of my favorite parts of the day is sitting on the porch after dinner with a friend, a guitar, and a whiskey or tea.” is my kind of gal.

    Fingers crossed for me! (-: xoxo

  • Reply Marie LOwman October 2, 2015 at 11:08 am

    You want me there. You do.

  • Reply Suzanne Kho October 2, 2015 at 11:44 am

    I’d love to see MJ Hegar! She’s a true American hero.

  • Reply Alicia Hoffman October 2, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    I would be over the moon to hear Lisa Kueng, whose background is in line with my business, Moolah U. I haven’t been to the conference since leaving Dell in 2008 and becoming a small business owner. I remember soaking up the inspiration and leaving the conference literally an inch taller. I’d love to attend again as a small business owner, not just to have the different perspective, but to be a contribution for the women that I’ll meet throughout the day.

  • Reply Jody October 2, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    I don’t know which one I would like the most but myself and my two teen daughters would like to attend.

  • Reply Stephanie October 2, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    I am in a transition phase. There seems to be a number of presentations that could speak to me. And besides, today is my birthday and winning this would be a way cool bday pressie.

  • Reply MsDarkstar October 2, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    All of the speakers look WONDERFUL, but I’m especially interested in CARLA PIÑEYRO SUBLETT because women in tech are usually super intelligent and really on-the-ball. Plus, I’ve lived in Texas for 6 years now and haven’t been to Austin yet and this would be an excellent reason for me to make the trip!

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