BIG NEWS: The Power of Us, Quantified in HBR

We’re proud to have made it into the Harvard Business Review today, in an article by happiness researcher and Conference for Women veteran Shawn Achor.

You can read the full article here, but here are our main takeaways:

  • People can be cynical about the utility of women’s professional conferences. Achor’s [male] seatmate on a recent flight said “I’m all for equality, but I’m not sure what good it will do.”
  • What good CAN it do? Achor spoke with fellow happiness researcher Michelle Gielan, and the two decided to survey attendees in advance of the 2017 Conferences for Women in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Texas.
  • They wanted to know what, if any, financial or intellectual impacts could be measured among attendees.
  • They surveyed 2,600 women, using prior attendees to study outcomes and first-time attendees as a control group.
  • Among attendees who had never attended the Conference, 18% had received a promotion over the past year. During the same economic period, 42% of women who had attended the Conference received a promotion.
  • The likelihood of receiving a promotion doubled after attending the Conference for Women.

  • 5% of women in the control group received a pay increase of more than 10% compared to 15% of women who had attended the Conference.
  • Attendees of the Conference for Women had triple the likelihood of a 10%+ pay increase.
  • 71% of prior attendees reported that they “feel more connected to others.” Achor’s book Big Happiness argues that social connection is the greatest predictor of success and happiness, and tangentially leads to longer, healthier lives.
  • 29% of prior attendees reported that they “agree a lot” with the statement “I feel happier.” 78% of prior attendees reported feeling “more optimistic about the future” than before the Conference. 25% of prior attendees reported that they “agree a lot” with the statement “I feel more capable of handling stress in a positive way.”

“Laurie Dalton White, founder of the Conferences for Women, adds ‘Something special happens when you see that you are not alone. Making connections and building relationships with other attendees and speakers helps women form an understanding of their worth, and then they learn strategies to ask for promotions, seek fair pay, and even become a mentor to others.

Shawn Achor and Michelle Gielan

Shawn Achor and Michelle Gielan

‘We invite women like Michelle Obama and Sheryl Sandberg to speak at our conferences not just because of their own personal success stories, but because they are role models who inspire women in both big and small ways.'”

Achor and Gielan’s findings suggest that business leaders ought to encourage employees to find social connections in a professional context.

The result may be a happier and healthier workforce.

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An Attendee’s Cheat Sheet for November 2nd


Did you miss our email about Conference Day Logistics? Catch up on everything you need to know to make your day a success here!


First, we just have to acknowledge…

Our amazing sponsors! Their contributions subsidize the cost of the Conference and allow us to keep ticket prices uniquely affordable. We could not put on this event without their support, and we encourage you to get to know the companies demonstrating their real commitment to women in the workplace.


Help in Planning Your Day

As you think about what you’d like to get out of the conference day, we encourage you to browse our online agenda as well as download our official app, brought to you by Cisco and available on all major platforms. Read More

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Keep Texas Reading: Texas Conference for Women Book Drives

The Texas Conference for Women is proud to partner with the Rebuild Texas Fund and the Writers’ League of Texas to help schools and families affected by Hurricane Harvey rebuild their libraries.

There are two ways you can help:

Donate to the Virtual Book Drive

The folks at DonorsChoose.org have kindly pulled together a list of projects you can help fund right now. All projects support schools impacted by Hurricane Harvey.


Choose a Project to Fund


Bring New Children’s Books to the 2017 Conference

If you’re attending this year’s Conference, consider bringing along a few books for those in need. We’ll be collecting new books, appropriate for ages Pre-K to 12th grade, and ensure they’re distributed to communities in need.

Please bring your donations to the Writers League of Texas booth in the Community Connection Pavilion.


Just one book can make a difference in a child’s life. Thank you for your support!

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2017 Attendees: Important Information for Conference Day

This year promises to be a big one, so we want you to be as prepared as we are.

Read on for important logistical information… Read More

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Do you or your attendees require a special meal at lunch?

The lunch menu has been chosen for the 2017 conference and we are pleased to offer the following:

Standard Meal:

❦  Bourbon fig chicken kabob with smoked corn salad
❦  Roasted butternut squash with kale, farro and pecans
❦  Fall citrus and pomegranate salad with Thai basil and honey
❦  Pumpkin maple bar with brown butter whip

Alternate Meal:

(The alternate meal is gluten-freevegetarian, and vegan.)

❦  Field pea and corn salad
❦  Roasted butternut squash with kale
❦  Fall citrus and pomegranate salad with Thai basil and agave
❦  Blueberry buckle

If you or any of your attendees require the alternate meal, please have the main registrant log in to the registration and make that choice no later than Thursday, October 19th. (Only the main registrant, the person who bought the tickets, can log in to the registration). The login information was provided in the confirmation email sent to the main registrant.

If you and your attendees are having the standard meal there is no need to make a selection.

If neither of these choices works because of preferences or allergies, attendees are welcome to bring their own meal. These are the only two choices and they cannot be customized. We will be unable to accommodate on-site requests.

If you have questions, please contact [email protected]

Thanks, and we’ll see you for lunch in a few weeks!

—TX Conference for Women

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New Security Procedures for 2017

While attending the TX Conference for Women at the Austin Convention Center, please note that magnetometers will be in use and weapons of all kinds will be forbidden from the event.  Please refrain from bringing large bags containing unnecessary items to expedite your entry through security. Backpacks will be allowed, but are discouraged due to the amount of time it takes to search all of the compartments. Please consider bringing as few bags and packing as few items as possible.

Items like pepper spray, tasers or stun-guns, knives, guns, or any other projectiles, bottles or aerosol cans larger than travel size, or extended sharp items like long handled metal combs or screwdrivers, will be confiscated and not returned. Security will not store items for later pick up under any circumstances.

For the comfort and safety of all attendees, laser pointers, air-horns, whistles, and other noise makers are prohibited. 

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2017 Author Signing Schedule

bookpeople booksBook signings will take place in the Exhibit Hall, next to the on-site bookstore.

9:45 – 10:15 am
Mallika Chopra (signing in HomeAway booth #729, Tech Pavilion)
Adam Grant
Anita Hill
J Kelly Hoey
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2017 Speaker Sara Brand of True Wealth Ventures Talks TXCFW on KVUE

Sara Brand, Founding General Partner of True Wealth Ventures, discusses how her firm helps support women entrepreneurs and her panel at the upcoming Texas Conference for Women.

Click to watch on KVUE.com.

Brand will be a panelist in the session, “How to Get Taken Seriously as a Woman in Tech” at the 2017 Conference.

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2017 Speaker Bobbi Dangerfield of Dell Talks TXCFW on KVUE

Bobbi Dangerfield, senior vice president of global business services at Dell, talks about her involvement with the sold-out Texas Conference for Women in November.

Click to watch on KVUE.com.

Dangerfield will be a panelist in the session, “Innovation & Entrepreneurship: Pushing the Boundaries for Success” at the 2017 Conference.

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2017 Speaker Ruth Hughs of the TX Workforce Commission Talks TXCFW on KVUE

Ruth Hughs, Commissioner Representing Employers of the Texas Workforce Commission, talks about her involvement with the sold-out Texas Conference for Women in November.

Click to watch on KVUE.com.

Hughs will emcee the session “Innovation & Entrepreneurship: Pushing the
Boundaries for Success” at the 2017 Conference.

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