This article was published on February 6, 2014

20 must-attend tech conferences for female entrepreneurs in 2014

20 must-attend tech conferences for female entrepreneurs in 2014
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Scott Gerber is the founder of Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most successful young Scott Gerber is the founder of Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most successful young entrepreneurs. YEC members represent nearly every industry, generate billions of dollars in revenue each year and have created tens of thousands of jobs. Learn more at

Earlier this month, I asked members of the Young Entrepreneur Council about the top events for founders in 2014. But we thought we’d dive a little deeper and get opinions from our female members. We asked 20 women of YEC the following question:

What is one must-attend conference or event you’re looking forward to in 2014, and why?

Their top picks (not all are gender-restricted!) are below:

Deepti Sharma Kapur1. Forbes Women’s Summit

The Forbes Women’s Summit does a great job at bringing together women from all backgrounds. There are top CEOs, first-time entrepreneurs and other top women executives from corporate America.

Dinner the night before the conference gives each attendee a chance to get to know the other guests in an intimate setting and to discuss how women can continue innovating and advancing in the workplace.
Deepti Sharma Kapur, Food to Eat


kelsey Meyer2. Big Omaha

I attended Big Omaha last year and was thrilled with the speakers and attendees I met. Some standout speakers included CindyGallop and Catherine Rohr of DefyVentures. I’m always a fan of conferences with amazing female speakers.
Kelsey Meyer, Influence & Co.


Kristi Zuhlke Kimball3. O’Reilly Strata Conference

The O’Reilly Strata conference has been on my list to attend for over a year now. They are geared towards the data startup and have so many topics and great speakers that I think will help me explode growth for my company.
Kristi Zuhlke Kimball, New Consumer Solutions LLC


Brooks Bell4. eMetrics Summit

eMetrics Summit is all about analytics and data. I’ve been going for five years and it’s helped me understand all the challenges of analysts.

Analyzing data and understanding how data flows in a large organization is a critical skill for all of us. Too few of us have a strong grasp on it, and this is an excellent conference to get a view into that skill set.
Brooks Bell, Brooks Bell



Rakia ReynoldsThere are a lot of great events I’m looking forward to this year, but the one I’m probably most excited about is this year’s PSFK conference. PSFK presents a ‘curated collection of creative thinkers will present new ideas in design, innovation and storytelling to an audience of peers’ in New York City on April 11.
Rakia Reynolds, Skai Blue Media


6. Empact Showcase 2014

Sarah SchuppI’m most looking forward to attending the Empact Showcase in 2014. Every year, this has been my favorite event. They pull together the country’s top U.S. entrepreneurs age 35 and under with revenues over $100,000.
Sarah Schupp, UniversityParent


Leah Neaderthal7. The Lesbians Who Tech Summit

I’m really excited for the first-ever Lesbians Who Tech Summit, which brings together hundreds of queer women and allies across all areas of technology.

Oftentimes it’s hard for LGBT women to find and connect with one another, even inside their own companies. The Summit is building a community of queer women in tech worldwide.
Leah Neaderthal, Start Somewhere


Kim Kaupe8. Inc. Women’s Summit

Out of all of the conferences I attended last year the one that stuck out the most to me was the Inc. Women’s Summit. A power-packed 10-hour day featuring seven accomplished women founders was exactly the type of fast moving and high-level learning that I enjoy

As we kick off 2014, I am looking forward to an announcement soon about how they will top last year’s event!
Kim Kaupe, ZinePak


Katie Finnegan9. The WIRED Business Conference

The annual Wired Business Conference brings together business leaders effecting change through innovation, using new technologies to help them make a big difference. Speakers share an ambition that inspires, and 2013 included talks by several notable women in business, including Tory Burch and Marissa Mayer.
Katie Finnegan, Hukkster


mary-ellen-slayter10. HR Tech

A lot of our clients are in the HR technology industry, and my favorite show by far is the HR Tech conference organized by the HR Executive manage. There’s no better way to find out what’s new in the industry and network with other marketing executives, HR pros and trade media in the industry.
Mary Ellen Slayter, Reputation Capital


Martina Welke11. Dent

I’m very excited about Dent because it’s a small, curated group of people and there is a strong emphasis on relationship-building. The content looks fantastic and it’s the type of experience that leaves entrepreneurs inspired to be more creative — the perfect energy to kick off a productive spring season!
Martina Welke, Zealyst


Sumi12. Celebrate Your Life

As women entrepreneurs, it’s vitally important that we take the necessary time to fill our own selves up — journaling, meditation, quality food, exercise, whatever it is. We must take exquisite care of ourselves in order to best serve others.

My “must-attend” is the  “Celebrate Your Life” conference headlined by hugely inspiring speaker and author Marianne Williamson.
Sumi Krishnan, K4 Solutions


Vanessa Van Edwards13. World Domination Summit

This conference, put on by Chris Guillebeau of the $100 Startup, is truly the best conference I have ever been to. I cannot wait to go again this July. It might already be sold out, but if you can snag some tickets — DO IT!
Vanessa Van Edwards, Science of People


Tynesia Boyea-Robinson14. Life Is Beautiful Festival

Tony Hsieh’s Life Is Beautiful festival is a perfect example of the type of holistic viewpoint entrepreneurs should have in terms of the intersection of our purpose, the people we love, and the places we enjoy.
Tynesia Boyea-Robinson, Reliance Methods


Jessica Brondo15. SXSWedu

SXSWedu is the most incredible conference for ed tech entrepreneurs and soon-to-be entrepreneurs. The speakers are fantastic, but the camaraderie is even better.

There is also always an Ed Tech Women event at the conference organized by Sehreen NoorAli, which is one of the most inspiring networking events I’ve been to in a while.
Jessica Brondo,


Ishita Gupta16. The Conference for Women

I spoke at The Conference for Women last year amongst incredible women — including Hillary Clinton and Madeleine Albright. For any women entrepreneur, small biz owner, or thought leader, this a MUST-attend event.

What you’ll get is incredibly productive advice on running your business and amazing networking with high-profile women. You’ll also add a level of prestige to your own brand.
Ishita Gupta, Fear.less Magazine


Mary Ray17. Women 2.0 Conference

I’m looking forward to the Women 2.0 conference in San Francisco, because of the speakers and the companies represented (all in the tech space, and the speakers are women). Plus, it’s local, which fits my startup budget perfectly!
Mary Ray, MyHealthTeams


Jess Butcher18. SXSW

SXSW is Blippar’s must-attend event. A melting pot of every business connection we could hope to meet: top brands scoping out what’s ‘hot’ in the startup tech scene, every key agency in the land, and thousands of inspirational startups.

There’s almost too much to see and absorb — sometimes 15-20 meetings per day followed by a hardcore partying at night (fantastic team bonding!)
Jessica Butcher, Blippar


Suzanne Smith19. TED

I’m an avid fan of TED — local (TEDx), national, and women-only. TED is an opportunity for me to get outside my comfort zone and learn from others about all the cool things going on.

I always find connection points to my work and feel better about the future! I also improve my storytelling ability by watching others do their talks.
Suzanne Smith, Social Impact Architects


Heidi-Allstop20. Wisdom 2.0

Wisdom 2.0 is an awesome opportunity to take a step back from all of the business pitching and reflect on yourself as a leader. Speakers like Arianna Huffington and Tony Hsieh take the stage and share tips on practicing mindfulness, and attendees are discouraged from pitching one another.

In true San Francisco fashion, it comes complete with breaks for meditation, journaling and goal setting.
Heidi Allstop, Spill

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