We’re proud to introduce six NEW virtual networking opportunities for the 2020 (first-ever) Virtual TX Conference for Women!

Special thanks to our official networking partner

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See below & be sure to read our 2020 TX Conference for Women Virtual Networking Guide for special tips on how to make the most of your networking experience, plus chat best practices.

Facilitated Networking Discussions

Join Texas Conference for Women board members for live, small-group discussions to power your personal and professional growth. These 45-minute discussions will take place from 3:15 – 4:00pm CDT, and then from 4:15 – 5:00pm CDT  in the Cisco Networking Lounge via video conference. Designed to encourage effective dialogue, participation is limited to 50 attendees and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Sign ups begin on Oct 1st at 12:35pm CDT in the Networking Lounge. Sign up early to ensure a spot!

Topics include*:

3:15 – 4:00pm CDT

Networking Remotely with Carol McGarah, CEO, Blackridge & TX CFW board member
How to Grow your Career in Tech with Amanda Hodges, SVP, North America marketing, Dell Technologies & TX CFW board member
Leading Through Change with Tamara Fields, office managing director, Accenture & TX CFW board member
Serving Your Community with Sabrina Brown, founder, Sabrina T Brown Consulting & TX CFW board member

4:15 – 5:00pm CDT

Job Search Strategies with Carla Piñeyro Sublett, CMO & GM, National Instruments & TX CFW board president
Accelerating Your Career Growth with Lisa McLin, Global VP & channel chief, Rackspace & TX CFW board member
Negotiating Virtually with Jane Gasdaska, change management lead, Phillips66 & TX CFW board member
Leading as an Ally with Bobbi Dangerfield, TX CFW board director

*topics subject to change


  1. Ensure that you download the WebEx app and have an account (free) to participate
  2. Visit the Networking Lounge beginning at 12:35 pm CDT on Conference Day to sign-up in advance of the session starting
  3. Once it’s time for your session, click on “Facilitated Networking Discussions” inside the Networking Lounge
  4. Find the link to the topic you signed up for and enter WebEx to start your session!

Peer Networking Chat Groups

Share your experiences and best practices with your peers about some of the most important issues facing professional women in 2020. Groups have been carefully curated by topic allowing you to connect real-time with women who have similar interests and challenges. Offered inside the Cisco Networking Lounge throughout the day (and the week following) you can join one or several groups. Pop in and out as your schedule permits! A list of topics can also be found in the Networking Lounge on Conference Day.

Eldercarestrategies during COVID for those caring for elders
Parentingmanaging remote learning, screen-time, socializing & more
Women in Techtips for working in male dominated environments
Work from Homestrategies for the new reality of WFH
Entrepreneurshipkeeping your small business afloat
Managing Stress & Self-Care how are you taking care of yourself right now
Giving Backvolunteering & more ways to support your community
Job Searchtips for finding opportunities now
Finance Hacksbudgeting and managing finances in the pandemic


  1. Visit the Cisco Networking Lounge ANYTIME on Conference Day
  2. Review the list of chat groups available
  3. Click on your chosen topic from the menu to gain access to the chats (You can move in and out of various chats throughout the day!)

Public Breakout Session Chats

Share ideas inside breakout sessions – and even ask questions of the speaker that may be answered live!


  1. Inside any breakout session, simply add your comments or questions into the chat bar to share them publicly. (Breakout sessions can be accessed from the main lobby or lower navigation bar.)

Private 1:1 & Group Messaging

Seeking new connections and want to chat privately? Need a reserved place for your friends or colleagues to “meet up” and talk about what you’re seeing and hearing at the event? 1:1 messaging and group chats are available and easy to access throughout the virtual platform! This allows you to take the conversation beyond small talk and engage meaningfully.


  1. Click on the chat icon in the bottom navigation bar on any screen inside the platform
  2. To chat with another attendee, search for them by name in the full attendee list and click the message icon
  3. To start a group chat, simply click “Add people to this chat.”

Exhibitor Office Hours

Meet one-on-one with executives from companies that support women’s advancement. Exhibitors will be available throughout the virtual exhibit hall to chat live and answer your questions. Have your resume ready because many companies are actively recruiting. You can also “swipe” your virtual badge inside various booths to automatically share your contact info with exhibitors or enter contests.

OCT 1st @ 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM CDT
OCT 5th & 6th @ 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM CDT


  1. Navigate to the exhibitor booth that interests you by going to “Exhibit Hall,” then choose “Pavilion,” then select the booth of your choice.
  2. Inside the booth, click “Chat”
  3. You can also connect directly with a representative by clicking on their Door Card in the top right corner of your screen inside the booth.

Smart Matches – New App Feature!

The new and improved 2020 TexasWomen app delivers next-gen matchmaking for optimal networking. Whether you want to meet a mentor, peer, recruiter, or potential client, find the right people through your customized smart matches (which will even tell you why you were matched.) Download the app and fill out your profile to see who you’re matched with! This year’s app is brought to you by Cisco, with support from Liberty Mutual.

Make the most of these networking opportunities and more with the Conferences for Women’s Virtual Networking Guide featuring tried and tested tips for building real relationships virtually.

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