15+ Conferences To Attend in 2018 That Empower Women


This is your year to shine and invest in yourself. What better way to achieve that than to attend conferences that empower women.  These events are a mecca of networking opportunities, seminars with inspirational speakers, discussions about the real issues that women face, and a chance to experience something new.  Below is a curated list of 2018 can’t miss opportunities. So get your business cards ready!

Bonus Tip: Connect with women in your area by searching for local events that are often more affordable on EventBrite.com.

Conferences For Bloggers, Media Mavens, and Digital Influencers



Attendees get access to an impactful one-day program of workshops, mentor sessions, and panels, as well as delicious cocktails, food, pop-up shops, photo booths, gift bags, and more. Create & Cultivate has taken place all over the country from Atlanta to Brooklyn to Los Angeles to Chicago and continues three times a year, nationwide. Past speakers include: Issa Rae, Mandy Moore, Jessica Alba, Rachel Zoe, Nicole Richie, Meghan Markle, Kendra Scott, and many more.

BlogHer events are the largest and most diverse celebration of female content creators, social media influencers, entrepreneurs, media makers and brand marketers. There are various events throughout the year.

This Media Conference is primarily an invitation-only event for Influencers, Brands, PR/Marketing professionals, and Entrepreneurs. The focus of this conference is to provide quality content in a unique environment where guests are able to apply the information from the event, straight into their projects.

This experience is a multi-city tour with intimate and immersive 1-day workshops geared towards high-engaging influencers and impactful enterprises who are prepared for holistic business and interpersonal growth.

Join 5,000 fellow marketers and creators at the mega-conference designed to empower you with business-building ideas—brought to you by Social Media Examiner.

Bonus Tip: Check out the agenda of each conference and map out which sessions will help you reach your goals. Be prepared to showcase your skills - and be open to learning something new.

Conferences For Beauty & Fashion Enthusiasts

From London to Dubai to New York to Los Angeles, these festivals bring content creators, celebrities, brands, and fans together to celebrate beauty, self-expression and staying true to oneself. 

This conference takes place during New York Fashion Week. SIMPLY NYC is a place to learn, network and get inspired as you enjoy a day full of panels and breakout sessions presented by the influencers who are making major waves in the worlds of fashion, beauty, blogging and tech.

StyleCon brings together a community of fashion and beauty lovers, digital influencers, and style and tastemakers with brands to engage, discuss, follow and influence.
Top stylists and makeup artists will showcase their talents with complimentary pamper stations including hair, makeup, lashes, and nails.

This is a workshop series teaching the ins and outs of public relations, giving you the skills to take your career to the next level.

Bonus Tip: Don’t let the price tag discourage you. Some events offer scholarships, early bird and group discounts, and even social media contests for ticket giveaways, so be sure research and ask the organization who’s hosting the event about these deals!

Conferences For Business & Tech Professionals



This event features a variety of tracks that allow attendees to explore what’s next in the worlds of film, culture, music, and technology, SXSW proves that the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together. Featured speakers include: Katie Couric, Mark Cuban, Wendy Williams, Rachel Zoe, and many more.

The Grace Hopper Celebration is the world's largest gathering of women technologists. It is produced by AnitaB.org and presented in partnership with ACM.

Forbes Women’s Summit celebrates the doers and the doing; a source of inspiration and support that connects and empowers women around the world, helping them to realize their potential and reach new heights. The Summit brings together the voices and insights of a diverse range of female luminaries from the worlds of business, entertainment and politics. This event is invitation only.  

Join some of the world's most influential entrepreneurs at the Inc. Women's Summit, where you'll connect with other business owners, hear inspirational stories, and learn valuable tactics you can use in your own company.

Write/Speak/Code is on a mission to increase the visibility and leadership of women and non-binary coders through thought leadership, conference speaking, open source contributions, career development, personal growth and self-care. There are various events throughout the year.


Conferences Celebrating Women of Color

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The annual ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans, is one of the nation’s largest live events. Each year, the festival draws nearly 500,000 attendees who gather for three days of music, entertainment, empowerment and culture. Now in its 24th year, the ESSENCE Festival has featured some of the biggest names in entertainment and the nation’s most influential speakers, authors and leaders, including Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Prince, Janet Jackson, Kendrick Lamar, and many more.

The Women of Power Summit is a professional leadership conference designed especially for executive women of color. This event will bring together over 1,000 influential black business women.

ColorComm is an essential organization for women of color in all areas of communications including Public Relations, Corporate Communications, Advertising, Print Media, Broadcast, Digital and more.

The CurlFest is an annual gathering of the best names in natural beauty, dope fashion, and special surprises you don't want to miss! Curl Girl Collective is for the modern woman of color - creating innovative experiences for the all the curly girls from around the world.

AfroTech is a conference where the founders and employees of some of the fastest-growing tech startups will present the tactics & strategies they use to grow their products and businesses. Conversations will range from raising venture funding, combining tech and culture, user design workshops and growth hacking.

What women empowerment conferences are you attending this year?

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