Melinda Gates! The First of Many Amazing 2020 Conference for Women Speaker Announcements

Melinda Gates! The first of many amazing 2020 Conference for Women speaker announcements

Philanthropist, businesswoman, and global advocate for women and girls Melinda Gates will help us kick off the first-ever all-virtual (and newly global) Texas Conference for Women on October 1st.

Gates, who grew up in Texas, has been at the forefront of addressing how women are experiencing the current health crisis and its effects disproportionately, including economically, in the workplace, and at home.

She is co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which is dedicated to improving equity in the United States and around the world. She is also the founder of Pivotal Ventures, an investment and incubation company working to drive social progress for women and families in the United States.

Register before July 10th to secure early bird pricing of $125.


Visit our Speakers page for more exciting speaker announcements including:

Join Valorie Burton, Wade Davis, Priya Parker and other exciting speakers at the 2020 Texas Conference for Women


For registration updates and other good news, download the brand-new Texas Conference for Women app.

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Standing Together, Now More Than Ever

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Our nation has been rocked by tragedy and unrest in recent weeks and months—shaken by a tipping point in racial injustice, a global pandemic, and widespread economic devastation.

We stand with those mourning the senseless killing of George Floyd and the countless other Black lives lost needlessly. We join the voices calling for change, and we call on women to support one another in fighting for equality for people of color.

As an organization, our core mission has been to promote inclusive equality for working women—across race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, and political affiliation. But we realize we must go further.

In the coming weeks, the Conferences for Women will be using our platform and sharing resources dedicated to amplifying the voices of Black women and women of color.

Every woman, of every race, can make a difference. By standing shoulder to shoulder in the fight for justice, by taking actions to promote diversity and lending our voices to calls for change. By participating in the civic process and by providing support to groups fighting for change when possible.

Let’s find our strength by joining together. Support each other. Volunteer. Donate. Read. Learn. Vote. And remind ourselves every day: We are the women the world needs now.

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2020 Conference Updates

Save the Date - Registration Opens June 10

One reason the Texas Conference for Women has been such a special event for 20 years is because of what happens when 7,500 Texas women come together to inspire and learn from each other. You can’t help but feel “The Power of Us.”

It’s a feeling we need this year more than ever. That’s why, with your safety in mind, we are designing a unique event for these times that we promise will not disappoint.

This year’s Conference on October 1st will deliver the same quality you’ve come to love and expect in a highly interactive virtual experience.

Recognizing how extraordinary today’s challenges are, we’re lining up some of the smartest people we know—globally renowned visionaries and leaders—to provide the inspiration, development, and connection we all need and want now.

In one day, you’ll gain:

  • Powerful new perspectives to stay resilient and relevant in today’s changing times
  • Opportunities to chat real-time with speakers and interact with each other
  • Ways to support women-owned businesses
  • And, even a chance to have some much-deserved fun.

Stay tuned for exciting speaker announcements and other details.

Registration opens Wednesday, June 10th at 9 a.m. with an Earlybird Price of $125.

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What Everyone Needs in the Face of a Great Challenge

two friends practicing social distancing while smiling and hiking up a mountain

Our friend and happiness expert Shawn Achor once shared that if you view a mountain by yourself, your brain will perceive it to be 10 to 20 percent steeper than if you view it while standing next to a friend who is going to climb it with you.

Well, friends, we’re standing next to you (from six feet away, of course) as you view what might feel like a mountain of new challenges. Think of us as the friendly crew that’s helping find the best guides, tips, and inspiration to help you succeed.

That’s why this month we launched these new resources and initiatives:

We’ve also increased the frequency of our newsletter to keep you informed and connected to this vital community of women supporting women. If you know a friend or colleague who could benefit from joining us, please share this newsletter with them. New readers, sign up here.

Two final notes:

  • Young women from underserved communities who are prospective college students need our help now. Please consider giving to our partner, ScholarMatch.
  • The 2020 Conference will go on, and registration will begin in June. Read our statement.

More from the April 2020 Newsletter

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Amanda Southworth—Take Action Even When You’re Scared 

Amanda Southworth

“If we avoided doing things because we’re scared, we would never get anything done,” iOS developer, and mental health and human rights activist Amanda Southworth said at the 2019 Texas Conference for Women.

She should know.

As someone who suffered from anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts, she recognized something important in 2015: “I could continue on my current path and probably die before I turned 40. Or, I could take what I was given and use it as a force to make things better.” Read More

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10 Pearls of Wisdom—from One of the Nation’s Top Investment Bankers

Carla Harris

People don’t get to the top of their game on Wall Street without knowing something about the secrets of success. But not everyone can share their wisdom with as much clarity, power and inspiration as Carla Harris, vice chairman and managing director at Morgan Stanley and former chair of the National Women’s Business Council.

Here’s are 10 lessons—“Carla’s Pearls” she calls them—that she shared at the 2019 Texas Conference for Women. Read More

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Tracee Ellis Ross Shares How She Found Her Confidence—and Keeps Growing

Tracee Ellis Ross

Tracee Ellis Ross has a talent for making us laugh—and for breaking boundaries. On screen, as the star of the popular sitcom, Black-ish, she is helping tell a new story about black families.

Off-screen, she is breaking boundaries for women as an outspoken voice on sexual harassment and someone willing to challenge the expectation that all women must marry and have children.

Now, also an entrepreneur, one could ask: How has she found the confidence to take all of this on? Read More

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Megan Rapinoe on Fighting Like Hell for Equal Pay

Megan Rapinoe

At the 2019 Texas Conference for Women, U.S. women’s soccer superstar Megan Rapinoe was asked to respond to the suggestion some people have made that she should be grateful for the opportunity to play on the world stage—and perhaps not make such a big deal out of the whole equal pay thing.

Here was her reply:

“I think the idea that being paid equally and knowing what you deserve and also being grateful are not mutually exclusive. That doesn’t compute for me or anyone on the team,” she said to applause from the audience of 7,500.

Known for her candor, the pink-purple-haired co-captain of the world’s greatest women’s team added: “I think that we can be proud and grateful to represent our country; and to me, pulling on that shirt doesn’t mean just being grateful for wearing the stars and stripes. It means fighting like hell every day to ensure that every person is afforded the same opportunities as everyone else—and that women get paid equally.” Read More

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Elizabeth Gilbert: On the Three Most Powerful Words a Woman Can Say

Elizabeth Gilbert

When she was 25 and had moved to New York City to pursue a career as a writer, Elizabeth Gilbert saw a woman in her neighborhood who seemed to be living her dream life: one of creativity that was not taken up by other day jobs.

“She became my mentor. She didn’t know. We didn’t have the conversation. I just decided. And, what that meant in my world was that I would semi-talk to her,” Gilbert told 7,500 women at the 2019 Texas Conference for Women. “My plan for this mentorship relationship was to be in her presence and what would happen is all that [she had] would migrate to me.”

Then, one night, Gilbert saw her at a party, where the woman politely asked how her writing was going. Gilbert responded: not very well. The woman asked why. Gilbert said she had too much work, and was busy with a boyfriend, and her roommates were very distracting. In short, she didn’t have time, and she didn’t have privacy. Read More

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July 2019 News

This edition of the TX Conference for Women newsletter was published July 9, 2019. Subscribe to our email list to hear from inspiring speakers and get tips on improving your life & career every month!

Three Rewarding Ways to Unleash Your Career Now

Close up of woman lacing up sneakers

We have three offerings this month about how to fast-track your career: Play to your human strengths. (AI can’t replace those!) Don’t let fear of failure hold you back. (More people than you imagine survived a massive failure before making it to the C-Suite.) And think about networking like going to the gym. (We’ll explain.) Read More

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