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March 11-12, 2018 at SXSW

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  • “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!”

2018 Speakers and Mentors

Letitia James

Public Advocate Letitia James is a tireless champion for working families and the most vulnerable New Yorkers. In 2013, she made history as the first…

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Cindy Whitehead

The New York Times called her pharmaceutical product the drug of a generation and Fortune called her a tireless force of nature. Associates of hers…

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Sasha Alexander

A talented and versatile actress in both film and television, a director and producer, Sasha Alexander is known for playing Dr. Maura Isles on TNT’s…

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Shelley Zalis

CEO, The Female Quotient and Founder, The Girls’ Lounge Shelley has gone against the grain most of her career, starting in 2000 when she left…

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Claudia Carraso

Claudia Carasso is a communications management consultant, creative director, and marketing leader with more than 20 years’ experience in developing major global brand platforms, growing…

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Sarah Ann Masse

Actor, Writer, Producer, Comedian, Singer, Activist. Sarah Ann Masse is a hilarious woman on a mission; not only is she continuing the trend of breaking…

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Karen Walrond

Karen Walrond is an author, speaker & photographer. Her bestselling book, The Beauty of Different, is a chronicle of imagery & essays on the concept…

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Lisen Stromberg

Lisen Stromberg is an author, culture innovation consultant, and widely regarded speaker who empowers people and companies to reimagine the future of work through work/life…

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Kendra Bracken Ferguson

Kendra Bracken Ferguson

For almost two decades, Kendra has helped to define and navigate the digital space as a creative force for brands and influencers, becoming a recognized…

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Emiliana Guereca

Along with being an award-winning event producer, Emi devotes much of her time to advocacy programs for women’s rights, Latino education, and gender equality. In…

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Andrea Razzaghi

As deputy director of Astrophysics at NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Andrea oversees the Agency’s research programs and missions necessary to discover how the Universe works…

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Karen Appleton

Karen Appleton Page is an entrepreneur, startup mentor, angel investor and board member.  A respected business leader, Karen worked at Apple on the enterprise team,…

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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 11, 2018

  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm Early Check In and Networking
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm Conversation with TBA
  • 8:00pm Networking Event & Nightcap

Monday, March 12, 2018

  • 8:00am Breakfast
  • 9:00am - 10:45am Welcome & Opening Keynotes
  • 10:45am - 11:15am Networking Break
  • 12:45pm Lunch


  • 2:00pm - 3:00pm Break Out Sessions
  • 3:00pm - 4:00pm Coffee Break
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm Break Out Sessions
  • 6:00pm Closing Cocktails

300+ women gathered for a day of empowerment.

See what attendees of 2017 had to say!

Watch our exclusive footage from the once in a lifetime event.


The BE Conference is a premier conference for emerging professionals, bringing together women who are at the top of their fields in media, entertainment, entrepreneurship and technology with young female influencers, along with corporate leaders who want to connect with them.

“BE” is about being the best possible version of yourself.

BE Conference is focused on connections, experience and mentorship, where industry leaders connect with young female professionals to grow and succeed in their professional lives.

A gathering of leaders. Focused on what’s next.

Join us in Austin as we meet, connect and learn.