Networking can be a bit daunting; with so many ways to do it now, where does one start? Our recommendation – if you can, you should attend a conference. It’s the perfect spot. Typically, there are a decent amount of attendees, specific topics to discuss, opportunities to ask questions, and chances to chat with everyone after. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite conferences for networking; let us know if you’re going to any of these!
“Girlboss is about being the boss of your own life. We will gather the next generation of curious creatives, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and tastemakers to spark conversation around the topics they are passionate about. From marketing and brand building to getting paid and quitting jobs, health & wellness, sexuality and more, it will be a day filled with actionable takeaways. 10% of all ticket proceeds will benefit the Girlboss Foundation.”
The first Girlboss Rally will be held on March 4, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. With Nasty Gal founder and alum, Sophia Amoruso, spearheading this event and a lineup of dozens of other reputable women, this is a must-see. If you can’t get there yourself, make sure to follow along on social media that day!
“This is a 365 day conversation around entrepreneurship and being a woman in the modern digital world. We gather the next generation of curious creatives, entrepreneurs and bosses to spark conversation around the topics they are passionate about from influencer marketing and brand building to raising money.”
The next Create + Cultivate Conference will be held May 6, 2017 in New York, New York. With 50 speakers, including the likes of poet and writer Cleo Wade and fashion mogul Rebecca Minkoff, you’re not going to want to miss this.
“Imagine a place where you feel empowered, inspired and motivated. Close your eyes and picture what it would feel like to be surrounded by people who are rooting for your success. This is what a Pearl xChange event offers. In an impatient world that is focused on constantly moving faster, it is easy to lose ourselves in the rush of everyday life. Technology can fool us into thinking that we are connecting with others by simply posting something online. But you know the truth; your social media feed can be a very lonely place. Step out of your virtual life and join us for true connection with women just like you.”
The next Pearl xChange will be on November 4, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Founded by power duo Ramey Warren and Nicole Richie, Pearl xChange provides a space for women to converse and share experiences beyond the ones we create in our current digital age.
“TEDWomen is a three-day conference about the power of women and girls to be creators and change-makers. The program of speakers, workshops, events — and daring discussions — has sparked some of TED’s most iconic moments yet.”
The 2017 date has yet to be announced, but TED’s site provides highlights from previous years, showcasing just how motivational this event has been. While you’re on the site, make sure to scroll through some TED Talks and tweet us your favorites!
“Co-founded by Dr. Anita Borg and Dr. Telle Whitney in 1994 and inspired by the legacy of Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, Anita Borg Institute’s Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) of Women in Computing brings the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront.”
As girls grow up, their interests in STEM fields dissipates due to the lack of representation and fair treatment of women in STEM industries. Do your part in supporting women in tech by attending the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. The next GHC will be October 4-6, 2017 in Orlando, Florida.
“Yellow Co. exists to gather and equip creative women to use their passion, strengths, and influence to serve the greater good.”
A conference created to highlight working women who are working towards putting good back into the world, the Yellow Conference is the perfect gathering for women looking to create change. Past speakers have included Caitlin Crosby (Founder of The Giving Keys) and Vik Harrison (VP of Creative at charity:water), which, in our minds, is reason enough to attend. The next Yellow Conference will be held on August 24-25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
“A space for working women worldwide.”
An online and offline space for women to connect, network, work, and grow, The WW Club is a great space to meet creative women with entrepreneurial, self-starter spirits. With events all over the world, and an online space for when you can’t attend events, you’ll be constantly connected with super women through The WW Club.
Written by our Digital Specialist, Nora Henick.
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