Dallas-area women entrepreneurs will have an opportunity to share their lessons learned, offer on-the-ground
guidance and talk through their careers with UT Dallas students and others in the University community. The
Women’s Summit is one of more than 100 similar events happening on university campuses worldwide during the
Women Entrepreneurship Week. These events will encourage women to chart their own course in business,
wherever they may be.Highlights of this summit, hosted by the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
at UT Dallas include:
• How to find investors and funding
• Where to get advice
• The economic impact of women-owned businesses
• Networking, breaks, dinner, and reception.
Attendees will include UT Dallas students, alumni, and staff representing all majors and degrees and female
professionals who will attend for the networking, learning and mentoring opportunities.
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
2:45 PM – Investor Panel with Laura Baldwin, Inobat Igamberdieva, Linda L. Williams,
and Cindy Revol, moderated by Clarisa Lindenmeyer
3:45 PM – Networking Break with Refreshments and Networking
4:15 PM – Fireside Chat with Special Guest Interviewed by Kellie Rasberry
5:00 PM – Founders Panel with Merilee Kick, Danyel Surrency Jones, Yasmeen Tadia,
and Kimberly Gorsuch-Bradbury, Moderated by Leah Frazier
6:00 PM – Dinner
6:45 PM – Keynote: The Hard Work of Doing Good Well by Jessica Shortall
7:45 PM – Reception with Desserts, Beer, and Wine
2019 Women’s Summit will be held on Wednesday, October 23, 2019
CALL FOR SPEAKERS AND SESSIONS
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. If you would like to host a workshop at Women’s Summit, please apply
through the link below. The conference director will follow up with you individually.
Registration will open in August, more details coming soon.
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,
Repeat., 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.
Proximity to Power
Danyel Surrency Jones
Make Your Life Sweeter
Leah FrazierJournalist & Founder
Southern Champion or BuzzBallz
Linda L. Williams
U.S. Small Business Administration
The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show
Ruth Ruggero Hughs
Texas Workforce Commission
If you are interested in or have any questions, please contact: