March 11-12, 2018
“Really diverse panels and professionals who were able to share information in an accessible manner.”
“I found so much inspiration from the conference!”
“These were relevant topics and most exemplified the mission behind the conference.”
“High quality experience! I was really impressed with the caliber of mentors and attendees.”
“Simply amazing to be surrounded by so many incredible women from all walks of life.”
“It provided such clarity on the issued that often are confusing and diverse perspective on how to solve them.”
“I really enjoyed my time at The BE Conference. It was full of inspiring women and stories!”
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Poppy Crum is Chief Scientist at Dolby Laboratories. She also holds an appointment as an Adjunct Professor at Stanford University in the Center for Computer…Read More
Meghan Oliver is an integral part of Paradigm’s Content Creation initiative where she works across arenas, interfacing and collaborating with directors, musicians, financiers and distributors….Read More
Valarie Phillips is an Agent in Paradigm Talent Agency’s Motion Picture and TV Literary Departments. She has shepherded the careers of Jamie Linden (Money Monster),…Read More
Taylor Schultz is a Music Booking Agent at Paradigm Talent Agency. She is the head of the College Department, which she founded in 2011, and…Read More
Julia Ioffe is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where she covers foreign affairs and American politics. Previously, she has written for The New Republic,…Read More
Kristen Bell currently stars as ‘Eleanor Shellstrop’ in the NBC series “The Good Place” with Ted Danson, which returns for a second season this fall….Read More
Career Expert & Integrated Marketing, LinkedIn Blair Decembrele has 13+ years experience in corporate communications and marketing, specializing in editorial and technology integrated marketing. She…Read More
LARISSA RHODES is a film producer and the Director of Creative Development at Exposure Labs, where she develops projects motivated by social impact. Most recently,…Read More
Susan Lyne is President of BBG Ventures, AOL, a venture fund for women-led tech start-ups. The fund is focused on consumer internet businesses – services,…Read More
Wendy Sachs is a master of the career pivot and the author of the new, Oprah-recommended book, “Fearless and Free: How Smart Women Pivot and…Read More
Sarah Lesser Avins
Sarah Lesser Avins is Senior Vice President, Chief Development Officer of New York-Presbyterian Hospital. She brings over 25 years of management and fundraising experience to this position….Read More
Karen is an attorney, speaker, photographer, author and leadership coach. She is the creative mind behind the award-winning website, Chookooloonks, an inspirational source for living…Read More
Soledad O’Brien is an award-winning journalist, speaker, author and philanthropist who anchors and produces the Hearst Television political magazine program “Matter of Fact with Soledad…Read More
Lauren Leader-Chivée is the Co-Founder and CEO of All In Together. She has dedicated her career to closing the most critical personal, professional and political…Read More
Jesse Draper is founding partner of Halogen Ventures as well as creator and host of 2015 Emmy nominated television series,“The Valley Girl Show”. Draper is…Read More
Wendy Davis is the founder of Deeds Not Words, an advocacy initiative that empowers millennial women to channel their passion and energy on issues of…Read More
Eddie Bauer guide Melissa Arnot has made her life about exploring the beautiful mountains of the world. She is passionate about climbing and pushing her…Read More
Darlene Gillard Jones is the Chief Community Officer and is a founding team member of digitalundivided (DID), a social enterprise that fosters economic growth through…Read More
Shannon Stubo is the Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications at LinkedIn. She has more than 15 years of experience in the…Read More
Andrea Razzaghi is the Deputy Director of Astrophysics at NASA, providing executive leadership, strategic direction, and overall management of the programs and projects in the…Read More
Shelley Zalis is CEO of The Female Quotient and Creator of The Girls’ Lounge. Shelley created OTX (Online Testing Exchange), which in just nine years…Read More
Meredith Walker is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls. Walker began her television career under the mentorship of legendary journalist Linda…Read More
Cindy Whitehead is a highly regarded women’s health advocate and serial entrepreneur. Over a distinguished 22-year career in healthcare, in only the last 10 she…Read More
Beatriz Acevedo is the founding partner and president of mitú, the most influential digital media brand for Latino Millennials. She’s a digital pioneer, Latin media…Read More
Luvvie Ajayi is a New York Times best-selling author, speaker and digital strategist who thrives at the intersection of comedy, technology and activism. A thirteen-year…Read More
Lisa Stone is a board director, movement-builder and founder who creates scale movements with technology, storytelling and consumer aspiration. Lisa was founding CEO of #1…Read More
Annie Dean is the Cofounder and Co-CEO of Werk, the go-to destination for flexible work opportunities for ambitious women. Werk aims to fix the leadership…Read More
Dawn Laguens, executive vice president and chief brand officer of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, led the successful…Read More
Anna Auerbach is the Cofounder and CoCEO of Werk, the go-to destination for flexible work opportunities for ambitious women. Werk aims to fix the leadership…Read More
A community of game changers and changemakers
BE Conference starts and ends with networking opportunities and even includes several structured mentorship sessions, media opportunities and networking breaks throughout the day.
Sunday, March 12, 2017
4:00pm - 6:00pm Early Check In & Cocktails
6 to 7pm Clips & Conversation
Let’s get going with an exclusive chat with Larissa Rhodes, producer of Sundance Award Winning Chasing Coral, a feature film following a team of adventurers trying to reveal how the oceans are changing.
8:30 pm Networking Event & Nightcap
Monday, March 13, 2017
7 am Registration Open
8:00 - 9 am Breakfast
9 - 10:45 am Welcome & Opening Keynotes
We Got Next. (The Future is Female): Kristen Bell, Actor, activist, co-founder This Bar Saves Lives + Sharon Waxman, Founder & CEO, TheWrap.
Taking It To The Next Level (Careers, Phase II): Shannon Stubo, CMO, LinkedIn; Wendy Sachs, Author and Media Strategist.
Capital: Raise It, Manage It, Spend It: Co-founders, WERK Annie Dean, Anna Auerbach; Jesse Draper, Founder, Halogen Ventures; Susan Lyne, BBG Ventures.
How I Broke the Mold: Charting an Unconventional Career Path Mountaineer, Melissa Arnot; Andrea Razzaghi, Deputy Director of Astrophysics at NASA; Cindy Whitehead, CEO, The Pink Ceiling.
10:45 - 11:15 am Networking Break
In the Networking Nook
Entrepreneurship: Meet the founder of Megpies, Meghan Ritchie.
11:30 - 12:30 pm Mentorship Sessions
Meet with mentors to converse and connect on finding a career path, personal finances, work/life balance, entrepreneurship, business ideas, raising capital, running a business, hiring and firing or other workplace issues.
12:45 - 1:45 pm Networking Lunch
Lunch with like minds. Dine and discuss a variety of timely topics.
2:00 - 3:15 pm Mastermind Sessions
Soft Skills: Burnishing the Resume, Interview Skills, and more Blair Decembrele, LinkedIn.
Making the Ask: Equal Pay and the Real Deal about Negotiating for What You Deserve Sarah Avins, NY Presbyterian Hospital.
The Architecture of Confidence: Shelley Zalis, Girls Lounge.
In the Boardroom: Facilitating and Promoting Diversity and Progress Darlene Gillard Jones, digital undivided.
3:15- 3:45 pm Networking Break
In the Networking Nook
Balance: BE-ing@Work. Talk with Heidi Forbes Öste about balancing your digital life.
3:45 - 5:45 pm Afternoon Sessions
Entrepreneurship 101: Beatriz Acevedo, founder, Mitu Network; Lisa Stone, founder, BlogHer.
Hollywood Calling: Breaking Through in the Digital Age: Meghan Oliver Content & Distribution Agent, Paradigm Talent Agency; Taylor Schultz Agent / College Department Head, Paradigm Talent Agency; Valarie Phillips Motion Picture & TV Literary Agent, Paradigm Talent Agency.
About that First Amendment: Soledad O’Brien, TV journalist; Julia Ioffe, The Atlantic.
Activism and My Career: Wendy Davis, Words not Deeds; Dawn Laguens, Planned Parenthood.
Finding Your Give: Luvvie Ajayi, author; Meredith Walker, co-founder, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls; Jane Mosbacher Morris, founder, To the Market.
6:00 - 8:00 pm Cocktails and Music