Here are 10 conferences that are sure to empower women of different work experiences, faiths, ethnicities, and ages. There are countless conferences every year, and it can be hard to narrow down the good ones. Any of these conferences will empower and hone leadership skills for women all around the United States!
Geared at women both entrepreneurial and not, TED Women is an interesting and relevant conference. The 2016 theme was time — “Time is personal. We all have the same amount of time — 24 hours a day and yet most of us feel we never have enough. Even with today’s latest inventions, technology, science, we can’t make time or stop time — or can we?” Details about 2017 dates are not yet available; stay tuned.
For women who blog, BlogHer is an important conference, allowing for lots of networking and growth as a blogger. The next BlogHer conference will be held June 22-24, 2017 in Orlando, FL. BlogHer promises, “You'll experience inspiring keynotes, sessions where you'll learn the latest techniques, and find opportunities to network with YOUR community.”
IF:Gathering exists “to gather, equip and unleash the next generation of women to live out their purpose.” Each year IF:Gathering gathers Christian women of all denominations and leadership abilities together for inspiring conferences and live-stream events. The next IF: Gathering will be in Austin, TX, on February 2-3, 2017.
The Yellow Conference is for entrepreneurial women who want to make a difference. The Yellow Conference describes itself as “for the ones who desire to fight for a better tomorrow. The ones who are willing to roll up their sleeves, step out in courage, & use their creativity for good.” 2016's Yellow Conference was August 25-26, in Los Angeles. 2017's location has not yet been announced.
NOW (the National Organization of Women) holds a highly sought after conference about feminist issues each year. “As the grassroots arm of the women’s movement, the National Organization for Women is dedicated to its multi-issue and multi-strategy approach to women’s rights, and is the largest organization of feminist grassroots activists in the United States.” The 2016 NOW Conference was held in Washington D.C.; 2017 dates/locations have not been announced.
ICAN Women's Leadership Conference
The ICAN Women's Leadership Conference has been the premier conference for women in leadership … for over 20 years.” Specifically targeting women in leadership roles across a wide number of industries, 2016's conference topic was TRANSFORMATION. Details for 2017 are not yet available.
Featuring well-known authors and speakers such as Jen Hatmaker and Shauna Niequist, Belong is a tour of ongoing conference events. Still upcoming in 2016 are St. Paul, MN, Charlotte, NC, Hartford, CN, and Atlanta, GA. Geared toward women of faith, whether they are professionals, or not, Belong promises, “There will be plenty of personal stories, music, laughter and maybe even some tears in this open space where women can connect to one another, to see and know each other, and carry each other’s burdens.
S.H.E. Summit's goal is “to support and develop female and male leaders to RISE to their highest potential and LIFT others in the process so that gender equality is accelerated and actually achieved by 2030.” The 2017 S.H.E. Summit dates have not yet been announced, but women who hope to promote young female leaders and achieve gender equity should keep an eye out for more information soon.
The Forbes Women's Summit “explores the intersection of power and passion”. Including big name stars such as Sarah Jessica Parker as speaker, with keynotes discussing topics like how women, “across industries and generations” can redefine “pathways to power to drive meaningful change in their businesses, in their personal lives and within the communities around them?” The summit takes place in NYC each year. 2017's dates are yet to be announced.
Women of Color Leadership and Empowerment Conference
The 2016 Women of Color Leadership and Empowerment Conference took place at Harvard. Their “renowned panel discussion facilitated a dialogue between recognized, executive women leaders who are paving the way for professional empowerment.” 2017 dates and times are yet to be announced, but professional women of color seeking to connect with other executive leaders are sure to enjoy this networking opportunity.