The 4th annual Women|Future Conference begins on November 1 at 11:00 am ET with the opening keynote, "Embracing Diversity & Empowering the Next Generation" by Sandy Carter, Vice President of Public Sector Partners & Programs at Amazon Web Services (AWS). The Women|Future Conference is designed for career-driven women looking to be inspired, build resilience, and prepare for changes ahead. The five-day agenda is packed with 40+ sessions hosted by women CEOs, Founders, Executives, Entrepreneurs, and Small Business Owners from global organizations such as Facebook, IBM, Infosys, Pinterest, Ralph Lauren, SAP, Talkspace, and others.
Attendees will gain practical, actionable takeaways to implement in their professional and personal lives. Session topics include financial wellness, lead generation, entrepreneurship success, how to blend storytelling and strategy to grow your business, imposter syndrome, work-life balance, mentorship, workplace diversity, speaking engagements as a business growth strategy, and more.
One of the best things about the virtual conference platform is the networking; attendees make lasting connections as business partners, mentors, and friends long after the conference is over. See for yourself what past attendees had to say about their experience! View Testimonials from Past Attendees.
Following Sandy Carter's keynote on November 1 are two breakout sessions, "The Truth Bombs on Work-Life Balance to Avoid Burnout for Busy Women" and "Networking Tips & Tricks: Learn How to Become Memorable and Build Authentic Relationships" at 11:45 am ET. Other sessions on day one are "Leading Authentically in Male-Dominated Industries” and "The Smart Woman's Guide to Financial Success." Throughout the week, there will be one hour and 15-minute blocks in between sessions designated for networking, mentorship, yoga, meditation, or style consultations to break up the days.
New Session Alert! Fireside Chat with the Vice President of Frito-Lay
The Vice President of Marketing at Frito-Lay North America, Ciara Dilley, will be closing out the first day of the Women|Future Conference in a fireside chat with Neera Chaudhary, President, North America at Ketchum. Their chat is titled, "How One Female-Founded Pita Chip Brand Had Helped Thousands of Other Female Entrepreneurs Success," and will take place live on November 1 at 4:15 pm ET.
As a female-founded brand, Stacy’s Pita Chips has always upheld a commitment to help other female entrepreneurs succeed. In this session, Ciara Dilley, VP of marketing at Frito- Lay North America, will discuss the Stacy’s Rise Project, an annual initiative that accomplishes just that – and then some. Neera Chaudhary, President of North America, Ketchum, will moderate the session.
The fireside chat will explore the evolution of this initiative – from the early days of ideation to the thousands of female founders it has helped via mentorship, grants, networking opportunities, and much more. Ciara will also discuss how she’s engrained purpose into the core of the brands she leads and why she believes the economic empowerment of women is the single most powerful contribution we can make to advance female equality.
What Else to Expect at the 2021 Women|Future Conference
The Women|Future Conference is a professional and personal development, learning, networking, and mentorship conference hosted by The Stevie® Awards. The Women|Future Conference & Event Manager, Ruslana Milikhiker, remarked on the transformation since the first annual Women|Future Conference in 2018;
“The first conference took place four years ago to complement The Stevie® Awards for Women in Business program. Now it has evolved to serve women on a larger scale. Our conference tagline Cultivate Your Tomorrow was added in 2020. We chose this phrase because the Women|Future Conference encourages women to not only embrace their tomorrow, but to tackle career, personal, and life goals. The conference goes beyond the changing business landscape and focuses on current issues we all face as working women juggling a busy schedule and doing it all.”
Nina Moore, the Marketing Manager of the Women|Future Conference, commented on the decision to make this year’s conference virtual;
“We successfully pivoted from in-person to virtual for the first time in 2020. Encouraged by glowing testimonials from past attendees and the flexibility of virtual, we are doing the same in 2021. Virtual events are accessible, affordable, and deliver just as much value and networking opportunities to people around the world, especially those unable to travel. This forward-thinking conference does just that and more!”
Below is a partial list of 2021 Women|Future Conference panels, sessions, and workshops:
- Creating a Rockstar LinkedIn® Profile
- Giving Voice To Women's Voices: How Podcasting Can Benefit Female Entrepreneurs
- Entrepreneurship – Success Stories Fireside Chat
- How to Embrace Women Super Powers in the World of Tech
- Leadership Tips from 2021 Stevie Awards for Women in Business Winners
- Networking Tips & Tricks: Learn How to Become Memorable and Build Authentic Relationships
- Personal Development Training: Abundance 360 - Creating Your Best Life Ever
- Protecting Your Business and Intellectual Assets
- The Future of Work - Preparing for the Changing Business Landscape
- The Power of Purpose: Organizations that Give Back
- Top Five Lead Generation Strategies for 2022
- Why Diverse Teams Drive Better Outcomes
- Women-Owned Business Pitch Competition Finalists Presentations
A Message from our Sponsor RFG Advisory
On November 4, eight women-owned businesses founded in November 2018 or later will pitch their product/service before a panel of judges for a chance to win funding during the 2021 Women-Owned Business Pitch Competition.
The Pitch Competition is sponsored by RFG Advisory, an innovator in the wealth management industry. The President of RFG Advisory, Shannon Spotswood, is one of four judges who will evaluate each pitch. Shannon is an Entrepreneur, Business Owner, and 25-year industry veteran in financial services with an outstanding reputation built on leadership roles in investment banking, hedge fund management, and business development.
Only 2.3% of venture funding went to female-led businesses in 2020 according to Harvard Business Review. RFG Advisory is on a mission to change that, supporting one female-led business at a time!Asia-Pacific Segment of the Women|Future Conference
This is the first year the Women|Future Conference is hosting sessions exclusively by female leaders in the Asia-Pacific region, bringing together the APAC women’s community with the Stevie Awards international audience.
These sessions focus on the advancements of female executives from the Asia-Pacific region who are championing the power of leadership and management in traditionally male-dominated industries such as financial technology, banking, insurance, and e-commerce. The Asia-Pacific conference agenda aims to further broaden and develop the fintech industry in Asia with the help of these female leaders.
Asia-Pacific Digital Infrastructure Sessions Include:
- Building the New Digital Infrastructure
- The Future is Female: Building the New Generation of Financially Literate Women
- Leadership Tips from Stevie Awards for Women in Business Winners
- Women in E-commerce and Mobility: Creating the Asian E-commerce and Mobility Highway
- Women Leading Legacy Industries: Edutech, Proptech, and Insurtech
- Women in Fintech: Reshaping the Industry and Bridging the Gap
Registration for the Women|Future Conference is open. Attendees save 10% when groups of three or more individuals register together. Students may register for the Women|Future Conference at a discounted rate of $49 (with proof of a valid current student ID). Sessions are recorded and available for replay through 2022 for your convenience.
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