There are more than 8.6 million women-owned businesses in the United States, generating more than $1.3 trillion in revenues and employing nearly 7.8 million people. Women now account for more than half of all graduates from both bachelor’s and PhD programs in the U.S. And robust new networks of women continue to make an indelible impact on economies all over the world. What sorts of entrepreneurial communities will be best positioned to attract this talent? What does inclusion look like from women’s perspectives? What, to paraphrase Sheryl Sandberg, can we do to make sure women aren’t entering startup environments with lowered expectations? These are the questions we’ll be diving into in September.
This will be a gathering of entrepreneurs, investors, mentors, creatives, and students committed to enabling and supporting the women-led startups and transforming the next generation of businesses. We’ll have national press on hand, as well, to both contribute to and report on the conversations we have. And, yes, both men and women are welcome to attend. Macky auditorium can accommodate more than 2,000 people.