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The 2018 Conference Center

The 2018 Texas Conference for Women was held November 9, 2018 in Austin, TX.

Relive the day here with selected video clips, photos, and even podcasts of every breakout session!


Shawn Achor on the Power of Connection

“Women Supporting Women in Business”

Winners of the Target Storytellers Contest

The Ann Richards School Band



Browse breakout session audio here!

Session I: 10:00 am – 11:00 am

In the Wake of #MeToo: What the Workplace Looks Like Now
Emily Ramshaw, Nina Shaw, Denise Shepherd, David Smith, PhD

Corner Office Success: How to Accelerate Your Career Trajectory
Emily Sheeren, Penny Baldwin, Ann M. Oglesby, Dr. Jen Welter

Personal Brand Overhaul: Redefine the Way You’re Perceived at Work
Catherine Kaputa, Kailei Carr, Sarah Delille, Jessica Honegger 

Get Paid What You’re Worth
Claire Wasserman, Alison Green, Lindsey Lurie, Selena Rezvani 

Live Richer with the One Week Budget
Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche

Get Unstuck: Navigating a Career Transition
Wendy Sachs, Stacie Graham, Maxie McCoy, Gwen Wunderlich

Session II: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Play Big: Lessons in Being Limitless
Dr. Jen Welter

How to Get Buy-in to Pioneer Equity and Diversity in Your Organization
Lori Nishiura Mackenzie, Carol Fulp, Wendy Howell, Emily O’Halloran 

Why Simple Wins: Escaping the Complexity Trap to Get to the Work That Matters
Lisa Bodell

Managing Up: How to Work Successfully with Any Type of Boss
Mary Abbajay, Alison Green, Alice Rutkowski, Christy Schumann 

Transform Your Working Life: The Science Behind How to Have a Good Day
Caroline Webb

Session III: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Women & Work: The Changing Meaning of Ambition
Hana Schank, Elizabeth Wallace

Innovation Quotient: Making Your Mighty Idea a Reality
Nathalie Molina Niño, Jessica Honegger, Amy Porter, Lea Sims

Reading Others: It’s All about the Body
Alice Rutkowski

Break the Cycle: Embrace Your Hormones
Martie Haselton

ENCORE: Why Simple Wins: Escaping the Complexity Trap to Get to the Work That Matters
Lisa Bodell

Harness Resilience to Catapult Yourself Forward
Anne Grady

Time-Saving Tips for Women at All Stages in Life
KJ Dell’Antonia, Lauren Smith Brody, Courtney Carver, Jackie Maniscalco

ENCORE: Live Richer with the One Week Budget
Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche


Keynote Recaps

Brené Brown Inspires 7,500 Texas Women with Talk About Courageous Leadership
In her most recent research project, Brené Brown asked 150 leaders one big question:

What does the future of leadership look like? Or, as she put it before an audience of 7,500 at the Texas Conference for Women this November: Who will still be standing, and who will be gone, in five years from now?  Read more…

Shawn Achor Shares the Single Greatest Predictor of Success, Happiness and Longevity

Shawn Achor, one of the world’s leading experts on the connection between success and happiness, told 7,500 women at this month’s 2018 Texas Conference for Women that his latest research “validates the entire reason you’re here today.”

“Social connection, which is created by being here, is the greatest predictor of long-term happiness and the greatest long-term predictor of success,” Achor said. “What we have just found out is that it is also as predictive of how long you will live as obesity, high blood pressure, or smoking.” Read more…

Photo Highlights

All photographs by Marla Aufmuth/ Getty Images for the Texas Conference of Women