The Growth of Women's Conferences

January 06, 2016 - By: Sarah Pease

In recent years, women
who attend female-focused conferences have noticed their popularity is on the rise. In fact, the number of
women leading Fortune 500 companies is at an all-time high and
Forbes annual ranking of the most powerful women includes names like German Chancellor
Angela Merkel
Melinda Gates, Facebook
COO Sheryl Sandberg, and General Motors CEO
Mary Barra. So, it’s easy to understand why women are eagerly signing up for conferences where their voice is heard and celebrated. Here are five women's conferences to check out:
Forbes Women’s Summit
, New York City Explore how leaders, across industries and generations, are redefining pathways to power to deepen their impact and drive meaningful change in their businesses, their personal lives, and within the communities around them. Date: Wednesday, May 11 – Thursday, May 12, 2016
iRetreat
, New Orleans, Louisiana Geared towards online influencers, aspiring entrepreneurs, brands, PR professionals, or anyone interested in cultivating brand/blogger relationships. Date: Sunday, July 10 – Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Emerging Women Live
, San Francisco, California Through
tools, knowledge, and networking, Emerging Women provides a platform for leaders and entrepreneurs to come together to explore and express their inner truths in order to have a strong voice in the shaping of the world’s future. Date: Thursday, October 13 – Sunday, October 16, 2016
Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing
, Houston, Texas Cofounded by the late
Dr. Anita Borg and
Dr. Telle Whitney over 20 years ago and inspired by the legacy of
Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, this conference is focused on the research and career interests of women in computing. Date: Wednesday, October 19 – Friday, October 21, 2016
Women's Entrepreneurship Day (WED), United Nations, New York The
world's largest celebration of women leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs igniting startups, driving economic expansion, and advancing communities around the globe.
Wendy Diamond, founder of WED says, “
Historically, women worldwide have been underpaid, undervalued, underrepresented, underfunded and underestimated. We are dedicated, determined and driven to change this.” Date: Saturday, November 19, 2016 Tell us in the comments which women's conference is worth attending.
Photo Credit: Forbes Women's Summit