Women’s Summit


The UT Dallas Women’s Summit presented in partnership with WEDallas is scheduled during Women’s Entrepreneurship Week, joining more than 100 similar events happening on university campuses worldwide These events will encourage women to chart their own course in business, wherever they may be.

Program highlights for the 2nd annual summit include:

How to find investors and funding
Where to get advice and mentorship
Hands-on business building workshops
The economic impact of women-owned businesses

Networking, breaks, and lunch

Women’s Summit attendees include UT Dallas students, alumni, and staff representing all majors and degrees and Dallas & North Texas region professionals.

2:00 PM Kick Off with speakers from The University of Texas at Dallas
2:15 PM Partners in Starting and Growing Your Business with Ruth R. Hughs, Texas
Workforce Commission
2:45 PMInvestor Panel with Laura Baldwin, Inobat Igamberdieva, Linda L. Williams,
and Cindy Revol, moderated by Clarisa Lindenmeyer

3:45 PMNetworking Break with Refreshments and Networking

4:15 PMFireside Chat with Special Guest Interviewed by Kellie Rasberry

5:00 PMFounders Panel with Merilee Kick, Danyel Surrency Jones, Yasmeen Tadia,
and Kimberly Gorsuch-Bradbury, Moderated by Leah Frazier

6:00 PMDinner

6:45 PMKeynote: The Hard Work of Doing Good Well by Jessica Shortall

7:45 PMReception with Desserts, Beer, and Wine

Women’s Summit 2019 intends to provide hands-on workshops to help women entrepreneurs build their
businesses. We are looking for diverse offerings from marketing, website building, and financials to HR,
business plans, and legal basics. *Submissions are now closed.


Register Here

Keynote: Jessica

Jessica Shortall is a nationally recognized advocate, author, and
speaker, focusing on workplace diversity and the economic case for supporting people to
bring their whole selves to work.

Jessica is a prolific writer and speaker about and for working
parents; about a diverse, human workforce; and about doing good in the world. Her 2015 book,
Work. Pump.
, is a survival guide for breastfeeding and going back to
work, and her TED talk that same year on the moral and economic case for paid family leave
was a TED “Talk of the Day” and has 1.5 million views.

By day, Jessica runs Texas Competes, a coalition of more than 1,300
Texas employers making the economic case for Texas to be welcoming to LGBTQ people. Jessica keynoted SXSW 2017 on the story of Texas Competes, the
Texas bathroom bill, and building unexpected bridges in a divided time.

Jessica was the first Director of Giving at TOMS Shoes; co-founder of
The Campus Kitchens Project, a hunger, and nutrition program now active on more than 50
college campuses; and a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan. She has a bachelor’s in Art
History from Wake Forest University and an MBA from Oxford, where she was a Skoll Scholar in
Social Entrepreneurship. She is married with two kids.


Kimberly Gorsuch-Bradbury
CEO & Founder

Cindy Revol
Perot Jain

Inobat Igamberdieva
Interlock Partners

Clarisa Lindenmeyer
Proximity to Power

Laura Baldwin
Managing Director
Golden Seeds

Danyel Surrency Jones
CEO & Co-Founder

Yasmeen Tadia
CEO & Founder
Make Your Life Sweeter

Leah FrazierJournalist & Founder
Think Three Media

Merrilee Kick
Southern Champion or BuzzBallz

Linda L. Williams
Economic Development Specialist
U.S. Small Business Administration

Kellie Rasberry
The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show

Ruth Ruggero Hughs
Chair and Commissioner
Texas Workforce Commission

Title Sponsor

Signature Sponsors

Community Partners

If you are interested in or have any questions, please contact:

Dresden Goldberg

Director Programs & Operations