Join me at these conferences and events
By Deborah Jackson
September 20, 2013
Over the the last year I have had the honor of being invited to speak at various conferences for women. The topics and formats vary from women entrepreneurs, women investing, business plan competitions, girls in tech, women’s innovation, early stage investing, my personal journey, and pitch events. This is the time for women helping women by sharing their wisdom, stories and insights. These conferences teach women and inspire women. The number of women I have met and admired because of these events is simply endless. Every time we spend our time participating in these conferences we are making an investment in our selves and in other women.
Sept. 25: WomanCon 2013 – New York, NY
This one day conference will be a whirlwind of touch points for women in entrepreneurship — from the conception of a business idea and finding funding for it, to pitching to the media and networking with other female entrepreneurs. The guest panel of incredibly successful founders and experts includes JJ Ramberg, host of MSNBC’s “It’s Your Business” program; Kay Koplovitz, founder of USA Network and chairwoman of Springboard Enterprises; Peggy Wallace, managing director of Golden Seeds; and Janine Popick, CEO and founder of VerticalResponse. Our CEO Deborah Jackson will also come on stage to speak about Plum Alley and her own extensive experience with entrepreneurship and fundraising. Enter code “PLUM90” at checkout for $90 off the registration fee.
Sept. 30-Oct. 2: Womensphere Global Summit & Awards 2013 – New York, NY
This multi-day affair held at Columbia University is breathtakingly comprehensive: more than 100 leaders and innovators from wide-ranging disciplines convene to tackle the theme of “Creating the Future: Evolution + Revolution.” They’ll examine the futures of — among many others — science, technology, business, academia, sustainability, and media, all in relation to the advancement of women’s leadership and entrepreneurship. Speakers and honorees include Abigail Disney, filmmaker and co-founder of Daphne Foundation; Aine Duggan, president of the National Council for Research on Women; Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University; and Danae Ringelmann. Deborah will be part of a roundtable session on the future of leadership and entrepreneurship on October 2. Enter code “PlumAlley-Womensphere” at checkout for $200 off your ticket price per person, per day.
Oct. 1: 85 Broads – San Francisco, CA
Deborah makes a West Coast appearance for a talk hosted by 85 Broads, where she’ll be discussing the opportunities and risks female entrepreneurs face when it comes to crowdfunding their ideas and how to harness the power of that kind of financing to its fullest potential.
Oct. 3: PechaKucha Night – New York, NY
Originally an event started in Tokyo that has now spread to cities all over the globe, PechaKucha teams up in New York with New Lab, a newly converted incubator in the Brooklyn Navy Yard that fosters innovation in design, prototyping, and manufacturing. Along with featuring a few of the city’s best movers and makers in the tech and design scenes, they’re raffling off some serious swag — one is by 3D printing company MakerBot and the other’s sponsored by yours truly, which includes a $500 Plum Alley gift card, two tickets to our exclusive launch party in October, and more.
Nov. 1: Pennsylvania Conference for Women – Philadelphia, PA
The Conference for Women in its various locations is always stacked with heavy hitters, and the PA one is no exception. In celebration of its 10th anniversary, its keynote speakers this year include former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; first female Secretary of State and author Madeleine Albright; and host and star of Judge Hatchett, Glenda Hatchett. Deborah is one of the breakout session speakers; read about her and others here. Enter code SO13PA at checkout for a reduced ticket price.
Nov. 15: Columbia Women in Business Conference – New York, NY
As one of the largest student-run conferences in the country, the CWiB is impressive in both size and staying power (this will be its 21st year!). The theme this time is “Create Your Own Rules: Building Your Path to Success,” the facets of which keynote speaker Ann Glover, chief marketing officer of ING U.S., and others — including Deborah — will delve into.
Nov. 19: Texas Conference for Women – Austin, TX
Hosted by Anita Perry, the First Lady of Texas, the Texas Conference for Women touts big names for its keynote speakers as well, including celebrity chef and TV personality Rachael Ray; Nobel Peace Laureate and women’s rights activist Leymah Gbowee; and former president of Bank of America Wealth Management and current owner of 85 Broads, Sallie Krawcheck (who’s also speaking in PA). Deborah is speaking on a Career Advancement 101 panel, called “Innovation Uncensored: Ignite Your Project, Career and Workplace.” Read about other speakers here. Enter code SO13TX at checkout for a reduced ticket price.
Dec. 1: Massachusetts Conference for Women – Boston, MA
This one’s still a few months away, but it’s never too early to reserve your seat at a conference where luminaries like actress and women’s rights advocate Kerry Washington, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin, and TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie are keynote speakers. Deborah is a breakout session speaker; see the full speaker list here. Enter code SO13MA at checkout for a reduced ticket price.
EDIT: NEW EVENT ADDITIONS
Oct. 23: Meet the Innovators: UnGrounded – Chicago, IL
Oct. 23: Founders Breakfast: President of Time Inc. Digital, Fran Hauser – New York, NY
Oct. 28: Meet the Innovators: Red Stamp – New York, NY
Nov. 7: Founders Breakfast: Emily Becher, GM Samsung Accelerator – New York, NY
Nov. 13: Founders Breakfast: Molly Barton, Global Digital Director, Penguin Books – New York, NY