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:
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.
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!