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March 11-12, 2018 @ SXSW

  • “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!”

And now introducing, the Power Women Summit

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Sunday, March 11 @ SXSW


2018 Speakers and Mentors

Katie Couric

Katie Couric (@katiecouric) is an award-winning journalist, Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C) co-founder, and New York Times best-selling author. SU2C has raised over $500 million…

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Rachel Bloom


Rachel’s film Most Likely to Murder will premiere at SXSW on March 12 and will be available on Digital and On Demand May 1st. Rachel is starring and producing the film…

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Julia Hart

Co-Founder, Original Headquarters

Julia Hart is the co-founder (with her husband, producer & writer Jordan Horowitz) of the film and television production company Original Headquarters. Her feature directorial…

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Jordan Horowitz

Co-Founder, Original Headquarters

Jordan Horowitz is an Academy Award nominated producer and the co-founder (with his wife, writer & director Julia Hart) of the film and television production…

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Jayna Zweiman

Co-Creator & Co-Founder, The Pussyhat Project

Jayna Zweiman is a multidisciplinary artist and designer. Her independent practice combines architecture, art and new media to focus on experiences that overlap physical, virtual…

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Beatrice Fischel-Bock

CEO & Co-Founder, Hutch

Beatrice Fischel-Bock is the CEO and Co-Founder of Hutch, the home decor tool that mixes 3D technology with online shopping to let you virtually decorate…

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Kristie Gonzales

President & GM, KVUE

Kristie Gonzales is the President and General Manager of KVUE, leading a staff of more than 120 employees who produce 33 hours of award-winning live…

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Jacqui Burge

CEO & Founder, Desk Yogi

Desk Yogi founder Jacqui Burge has been practicing and teaching fitness, nutrition and yoga for more than two decades. The motivation behind Desk Yogi began…

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Maile Pacheco

Founder, beGlammed

Beauty and fashion industry veteran, Maile Pacheco, is beGlammed’s ethnically-diverse, female Founder. An expert makeup artist by trade, Pacheco’s proclivity for customer service and sales…

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Jennifer Perri

VP of Univision Creator Network, Univision Communications

Jennifer Perri is Vice President of the Univision Creator Network. For the last two years, Jen has lead the charge in cross platform integration of…

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Jennifer Whalen

Baroness von Sketch Show

An alumnus of Second City Toronto, Jennifer Whalen is a co-creator, executive producer, writer and star of Baroness von Sketch Show. She was head writer…

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Aurora Browne

Baroness von Sketch Show

Aurora Browne is proud to be one of the co-creators, writers, executive producers and stars of CBC’s new hit sketch comedy show, Baroness von Sketch…

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Meredith MacNeill

Baroness von Sketch Show

Meredith MacNeill can currently be seen as co-creator, writer, producer, and star of CBC’s award- winning hit sketch comedy series “Baroness von Sketch Show.” The…

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Katie Soo

SVP Marketing, Warner Brothers Digital Networks (WBDN)

As Senior Vice President of Marketing, Katie Soo is responsible for overseeing marketing across the Warner Brothers Digital Networks (WBDN) portfolio to develop initiatives that…

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Stacy Nadeau

Professional Speaker & Life Coach

In the summer of 2005, six women made national news when they appeared on a Times Square billboard, dressed only in their underwear. While other…

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Tracey Welson-Rossman

Tracey Welson-Rossman

Founding Member & CMO, Chariot Solutions

Tracey is a Founding Member and Chief Marketing Officer at Chariot Solutions, a leading Philadelphia area enterprise application and mobile development consulting firm. She is…

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Kristin Glushon

EVP Client Development, Branded Entertainment Network (BEN)

Kristin Glushon is the Executive Vice President of Client Development for Branded Entertainment Network (BEN), which connects global brands to consumers through the power of…

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Shannon DeJong

Founder & CEO, House of Who, Inc.

Shannon DeJong is Founder and CEO of House of Who, Inc., a mission-driven creative agency and brand arthouse located in the San Francisco Bay Area….

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Gabriella Schwarz

Managing Editor & Head of News, Flipboard

Gabriella Schwarz is the Managing Editor and Head of News at Flipboard, a content and curation platform with over 100 million users. In her role…

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Michele Beno

Director of Marketing, VICELAND at VICE Media

Michele Beno is the Director of Marketing for VICELAND at VICE Media, where she leads marketing for the VICELAND brand and all programming. She has…

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Letitia James

Public Advocate & NYC City Council Member

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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Singer, Songwriter

Dorothy was built around Dorothy Martin, a singer who was born in Budapest but raised in San Diego. As a child, she started singing early…

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Lupe Valdez

Candidate for Governor of Texas & Former Dallas County Sheriff

In 2004, Lupe Valdez shook the political establishment in Dallas County, becoming one of the first Democrats elected countywide in many years.  Lupe was ultimately…

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Cindy Whitehead

CEO, The Pink Ceiling

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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Elizabeth Koshy

CEO & Founder, Invar Studios

Elizabeth Koshy is a serial entrepreneur with a vast range of experience founding different companies in the media entertainment space. She pioneered the creative outsourcing/co-production…

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Jessica Barth

Writer, Actor, Producer, Lifestyle Blogger, Child Advocate and Activist

Jessica Barth is an actress best known for her breakout leading role in the hilarious Ted movie franchise.  She began her career in the Philadelphia…

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Kelley Walton

Head of Global Event Marketing, Under Armour

For over 15 years, Kelley has helped top global brands connect with consumers through innovative, integrated marketing strategies.  Her career has spanned industries, including media,…

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Camila Jimenez Villa

Co-President & Chief Content Officer Fusion Media Group, Univision Communications

Camila Jimenez Villa, Co-President and Chief Content Officer of Fusion Media Group, a sector of Univision Communications.  A groundbreaking role model with a powerful voice,…

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Jennifer Shappley

Sr Director, Talent Acquisition, LinkedIN

Jennifer leads the Business Recruiting team at LinkedIn supporting Global Sales, Finance, HR, Marketing & Communications and Legal hiring.  After spending the last 13 years…

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Carolyn Rodz

Founder, Alice

Featured in Fortune, Inc., Fast Company, Entrepreneur and more, Alice was founded by three-time Latina entrepreneur Carolyn Rodz. She has helped raise billions of dollars…

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Christine Lubrano

SVP, Original Programming IFC

As IFC’s Senior Vice President, Original Programming, Christine Lubrano is responsible for the development and production of IFC’s growing slate of scripted comedy series. She…

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Nancy Giordano

Strategic Futurist, Convener, Keynote Speaker

Described as endlessly optimistic, Nancy is a strategic futurist with a drive to help enterprise organizations and visionary leaders transform to meet the escalating expectations…

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Ellen Gilbert

Talent Agent, Paradigm

ELLEN GILBERT has worked in the agency business for 29 years. Directly after college she started her career as a receptionist at an agency, before…

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Dawoon Kang

Co-Founder, COO & Head of Marketing, Coffee Meets Bagel

Dawoon’s work spans from strategy & business development to marketing, research and investing/finance. She started her career at Avon Products as Analyst for U.S. Strategy…

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Poppy Crum

Chief Scientist, Dolby Laboratories

Dr. Poppy Crum, is Chief Scientist at Dolby Laboratories.  She is also an Adjunct Professor at Stanford University in the Center for Computer Research in…

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Claudia Carasso

Founder, Elastic Minds LLC

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

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

Author, Speaker & Photographer

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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Claire Winslow

President & Senior Strategist, Best Practice Media

Claire Winslow is the President and Senior Strategist at Best Practice Media, a boutique social media marketing agency in downtown Austin. Best Practice Media specializes…

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Lisen Stromberg

COO, 3% Movement

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

Chief Digital Officer, CAA-GBG

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

Founder, Women's March LA Foundation

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

Deputy Director of Astrophysics, NASA

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

Founder, KPG

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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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.

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 Cocktails
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm Sharon Waxman, Founder & Editor in Chief, Fireside Chat
  • 8:00pm - 9:30pm Networking Nightcap

Monday, March 12, 2018

  • 7:00am - 8:00am Coffee & Tea in Lobby for Morning Activities

    Guided Mentor Run: Explore Austin by foot with our local athletic sponsor Under Armour, special gifts will be available for all who attend

    Knitting Circle: Meet and Hear the HERstory of the Pussyhat Movement from the Founder, Jayna Zweiman

    Morning Meditation: Center Your Full Day of BE Conference, Sponsored by Flipboard

  • 8:00am - 9:00am Registration is Open

    Breakfast: Coffee, tea & buffet

  • 9:00am - 10:45am Welcome & Opening Keynotes

    Welcome from WrapWomen

    Women In The Spotlight: The New Politics

    Featuring NY Public Advocate, Letitia James

    Panel: The New Activism

    The new women’s movement – the origins, momentum, path to change featuring Emiliana Guereca 

    Fact-Check: Where Women Stand Now – the Good, the Bad and the Future

    Learn the secrets of how trailblazing women have integrated their personal and professional goals. Lisen Stromberg, Partner+COO of the 3% Movement and author of “Work Pause Thrive: How to Pause for Parenthood Without Killing Your Career,” will share insights from her cutting-edge research of 1,500 high achieving women and will provide you with insights on how you, too, can integrate your work+life.

  • 10:45am - 11:15am Networking Break

    In the Networking Nook:

    Entrepreneurship: Meet the Founders

    Featuring: Bea Fischel-Bock, Cindy Whitehead, Maile Pacheco

    Speakers Corner:

    Make Your Pitch; Solve a Problem; Promote Your Platform

  • 11:15am - 12:45pm 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.

  • 12:45pm - 1:45pm Networking Lunch

    Lunch with like minded young women. Dine and participate in a fun activity to expand your network.


  • 2:00pm - 2:45pm Afternoon Keynote

    Breaking into the (Comedy) Boy’s Club:

    A discussion featuring Sharon Waxman and the ladies of Baroness Von Sketch

  • 2:45 - 3:45 Afternoon Panels

    When Harvey Weinstein Happened – How Hollywood is Changing

    Featuring Sarah Ann Masse

    Marketing Gurus

    Finding joy, meaning, and passion as a leader and manager

    Achieving the Impossible – Career Stories You’re Not Going to Believe

    Hint: It’s not really impossible

    Empire Building – Thinking Big from Day One

    Learning how to scale your business featuring Cindy Whitehead

  • 3:45pm - 4:15pm Networking Break

    In the Networking Nook:

    Fund Your Business, Grow Your Business

    There are many places to go to find start up funding for your business. What are your options and which one is right for you?

    Where Do I Start? Making It Happen

    How do you birth your idea into the world?

    Super Charge Your Social Media

  • 4:15pm - 5:15pm Mastermind Breakout Sessions

    Diversity is Your Strength – Use It 

    How to let your uniqueness allow you to rise.

    What do you want to BE: The Confidence Gap

    How does the confidence gap impact all aspects of women’s lives? What’s standing in the way of reaching your potential?

    It’s My Body – Owning Your Space

    When it comes to sexual harassment in the workplace, do you know your rights? Do you know how to spot it? And what to do next?

    Build Up Your F**k Off Fund

    How to negotiate salary, own your worth and feel empowered when you discuss money and finances

  • 5:15pm Closing Performance
  • 6:00pm Closing Cocktails

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