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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!”

300+ women gathered for a day of empowerment.

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2017 Speakers

Poppy Crum

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…

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Meghan Oliver

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….

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Valarie Phillips

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),…

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Taylor Schultz

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…

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Julia Ioffe

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,…

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Kristen Bell

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….

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Blair Decembrele

Career Expert & Integrated Marketing, LinkedIn Blair Decembrele has 13+ years experience in corporate communications and marketing, specializing in editorial and technology integrated marketing. She…

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Larissa Rhodes

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,…

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Susan Lyne

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,…

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Wendy Sachs

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…

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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….

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Karen Walrond

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…

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Soledad O’Brien

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…

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Lauren Leader-Chivée

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…

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Jesse Draper

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…

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Wendy Davis

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…

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Melissa Arnot

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…

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Darlene Gillard

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…

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Shannon Stubo

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…

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Andrea Razzaghi

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…

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Shelley Zalis

Shelley Zalis

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…

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Meredith Walker

Meredith Walker

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…

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Cindy Whitehead

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…

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Beatriz Acevedo

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…

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Luvvie Ajayi

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…

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Lisa Stone

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…

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Annie Dean

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…

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Dawn Laguens

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…

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Anna Auerbach

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…

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Jane Mosbacher Morris

Jane Mosbacher Morris is the Founder and CEO of TO THE MARKET, a socially inspired business connecting the 32B artisan industry with businesses and consumers…

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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 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


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.