November 12th 9-5pm | Austin Marriott Downtown

Join us for this year’s Anniversary party celebrating the kaleidoscopic and intersectional richness of our community!

Filled with personal and professional development opportunities, we are hosting panels, workshops and networking sessions to boost your relationships and career!








9:00 – 10:00 a.m.Welcome & Registration
10:00 – 11:00Professional Development
•   Finding Your Team: Recruiting & Retention
•   The Power of (Female) Leadership
•   Thinking Out Loud: Women Over 50
11:00 – 12:00 p.m.Champagne Networking
12:00 – 2:00Cover Woman Panel Luncheon
•   Community Grant Winner Announced
2:00 – 3:30Workshops
•   Coalition Building: Intersectionality and Allies
•   Feeling the Burn! Burnout and Wellness in 2021
3:30 – 4:00Networking
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.VIP Happy Hour


MORNING 10 – 11:00 a.m.
Finding Your Dream Team: Recruiting and Retention
Finding the right candidate or job can be art and science a lot like dating, building relationships and manifestation. As we emerge from this past year’s lockdown many of the dynamics, demands and expectations of our professional lives are changing and we are all trying to adjust to and define what the new normal will look like. Join CEO of the Executive Council Network, Wendy Howell as she moderates the conversation with Kelli Mason, co-founder at JobSage; Wendy Middlebrook, director of human resources at Indeed and Cary Frieden, c-level advisor at Culture Index. 45 min. Panel w/ Q&A. 
The Power of (Female) Leadership
The past year sped up the possibility of new working models. This next phase of work comes with many questions for leadership to consider. What are the implications for culture and inclusion in remote and hybrid models? How do companies account for pay and promotions? What new skills have we learned? What are the new standards and which systems are best? Austin Woman founder Melinda Garvey moderates this conversation with Sharon Brogdon, former vice president diversity, equity and inclusion at BigCommerce; Amber Glassman, co-founder and CEO at Bryan Anthonys; Kaitlyn Kasten, vice president of brand demand, and community at Kelly Wynne; and Ana Villegas, CMO at NI as they discuss strategy, operations and the future of work. 45 min. Panel w/ Q&A. 
Thinking Out Loud: Women Over 50
For women over 50, gendered ageism is having an impact on the future of our professional lives. As companies are building out their workforce, inequity and underrepresentation in top positions are a problem for all women but especially for experienced professionals looking to continue our leadership trajectory. Join veteran journalist Judy Maggio; Jeannie Ralston, co-founder and CEO at NextTribe; and Mary Anne Connolly founder at MACMedia in this discussion about how to avoid being “aged out” and continue to develop and cultivate a rich career past 50. 45 min. Panel w/ Q&A.
Join Austin Woman founder Melinda Garvey for a lunch chat with cover women Delia Garza, October 2020 cover and city council member and county attorney; Rose Smith, February 2021 cover and founder and CEO at Black Women in Business; Muna Hussaini, September 2021 cover and head of ESG governance at Indeed; and Neha Sampat, November 2021 cover and founder and CEO at Contentstack!
AFTERNOON 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Coalition Building: Intersectionality and Allyship
We are a complex and multifaceted mix of experience, origin and identity. Our communities overlap through the passion in supporting women to achieve any and all dreams but the challenges and success for each of us on that path look different. How can we leverage our collective resources and learn about each others struggles to create larger initiatives, coalitions and unified visions for the future of women in Austin? Join motivational speaker, writer, coach and podcast host Mindy Henderson; Nan Blassingame, program director for Great Promise for American Indians; Briona “Bri” Jenkins, founder of the Briona Jenkins Consulting; and Kazique Prince global director of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging at NI in this discussion and workshop. 1.5hr. Panel w/ activity.
Feeling the Burn! Burnout and Wellness in 2021
Burnout is the literal hot topic this year. Moving through personal, global and professional changes at a speed unknown we have all been feeling the burn. What are the ways we can resource ourselves and stay holistically fit in a world still uncertain? What are some of the pitfalls and challenges we are facing and how can we support each other and ourselves in staying cool and calm amidst the burn? Join moderator Helynn Nelson, people consultant manager at Google in conversation with Andra Liemandt, founder of the Kindness Campaign; Dr. Omerine Aseh, family practitioner at Austin Regional Clinic; and Diana Anzaldua, founder of Contigo Wellness for this discussion and practice. 1.5 hr. Panel w/ activity. 



The Austin Woman small-business grant is awarded each year to a woman owned or led start-up in Austin that has been operating for three years or less. The grant includes a feature & a 6-month advertising contract with Austin Woman along with a cash prize.

The winner will be announced November 12th during the luncheon.

Congratulations to this years finalists!

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