Women’s Summit

October 15, 2018, 2:00-8:30 PM

Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center, UT Dallas campus

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.

Register here

UT Dallas students, staff, and faculty please contact Dresden Goldberg for your access code for complimentary tickets.

To discuss sponsorship opportunities, contact Dresden Goldberg, Assistant Director, Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, dresden.goldberg@utdallas.edu.

Keynote: Jessica Shortall

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. 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.

Speakers Include

Laura Baldwin

Managing Director, Golden Seeds

Inobat Igamberdieva

Principal, Interlock Partners

Yasmeen Tadia

CEO & Founder, Make Your Life Sweeter

Danyel Surrency-Jones

CEO & Co-Founder, Powerhandz

Leah Frazier

Award-Winning Journalist and Founder, Think Three Media

Merrilee Kick

CEO, Southern Champion/BuzzBallz

Kimberly Gorsuch-Bradbury

CEO & Founder, Weeva

Cindy Revol

Principal, Perot Jain

Kellie Raspberry

Co-host of the Nationally Syndicated Kidd Kraddick Morning Show

Clarisa Lindenmeyer

President, Proximity to Power

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