For women in business, many commonly cite mentorship and networking opportunities as key drivers for success and inspiration. In an industry that lacks female leaders at the top positions (only 15% of Fortune 500 corporate officers and board directors are women), it can be difficult for most women to identify and interact with other female role models.
What can the everyday businesswoman do to increase her opportunities to meet both peers and role models? Attend conferences! Often hosted and organized by universities, professional associations, chambers of commerce, etc., women business conferences are a great way to learn, network, and initiate relationships with other female leaders. NerdWallet picked just a few of their favorite Women in Business Conferences happening in 2013 (if we missed you, please let us know). From conferences geared towards young women in high school interested in studying business to seasoned female executives, the spirit of collaboration, learning, and inspiration is alive and well.
Featured Women Business Conferences
Eau Claire, WI (April 25, 2013) – Women’s Business Conference
The 2013 Women’s Business Conference is for women thinking of starting, improving, and expanding their businesses, and will connect attendees with established members of the business community in Western Wisconsin. Nearly 100 businesses. Sessions will include business plan basics, using Pinterest, encore entrepreneurship, among other relevant and interesting topics.
San Francisco, CA (May 23, 2013) – PBWC (Professional BusinessWoman of California) The Next Generation
Hosted by one of the most established professional network for women in California, The Next Generation conference aims to bring together “inspiring speakers, interactive learning and purposeful networking.”
Keynote speakers include powerhouses Congresswoman Jackie Speier (14th District), McKinsey Partner Lareina Yee, and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. Workshops in the morning and afternoon will explore an assortment of topics, from body language, to financial planning, to time management and productivity worskhops.
Sunnyvale, CA (May 11, 2013) – Santa Clara University Women in Business (WIB) Conference
Organized by the Women in Business Network of the Leavey Graduate School of Business at Santa Clara University, WiBCon 2013 brings together students, alumni, and extraordinary businesswomen from various industries to promote and celebrate women in business. This year’s conference will feature keynote speaker Luanne Tierney, Vice President Worldwide Partner Marketing of Juniper Networks, as well as sessions that cover topics like negotiating, fear of failure, social media, work/life balance, and other relevant topics, given my diverse and accomplished leaders from different industries.
Clarkston, GA (September 27-28, 2013) – National Association for Female Executives (NAFE Atlanta)’s Annual Women Excelling Business Conference (WEBC)
The Women Excelling in Business Conference aims to help women entrepreneurs and executives interested in business and career development during this conference, which will feature workshops, business pitch competition, and networking lunch. Sessions will include career track and entrepreneur track options for participants.
Ames, Iowa (October 21, 2013) – Iowa State University’s Young Women in Business Conference
Young Women in Business is a very unique conference designed for females in grades 9 through 12 and their parents, teachers, and counselors. The conference aims to help young women explore future studies and careers in the business field, with sessions for students that cover different majors in business, career opportunities, with fun career sessions and faculty sessions.
Worcester, MA (November 2, 2013) – Holy Cross’s Women In Business Conference
Holy Cross’ annual Women in Business Conference provides liberal arts students with networking opportunities and a chance to learn ways that they can have influence in their jobs and impact in their organizations. Last year’s conference enabled more than 150 alumnae and students to connect and network with each other.