Don’t be deterred. Despite those “SOLD OUT!” signs plastered across this year’s Texas Conference for Women’s website, you can still be part of the thriving, supportive community that has grown out of this one-day event, soon to roll its 18-year-old self into the halls of the Austin Convention Center.
Here are three tips on how to access inspiring resources from professional women across Texas and the nation, even without one of those prized 2017 conference tickets.
Speaker Articles: Written by speakers from the conference rosters, recent topics now archived include Marketing Yourself and Your Small Business (hear from executives at QVC and zulily about differentiating your brand), Success & Leadership (past keynote speaker Shonda Rhimes—“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How to Get Away with Murder”—writes about ‘Grit, Success and her Latest Project’) and Goals & Priorities (where 2017 keynote speaker and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg discusses ‘Handling Disappointment at Work’).
Teleclasses: Sign-up in advance for a free teleclass or listen at your convenience after the fact to the 30-minute teleclass podcast. Podcasts currently available include ‘Free Up Your Day & Do the Work That Matters Most’ (featuring Lisa Bodell, founder and CEO of Futurethink, and author of Why Simple Wins: Escape the Complexity Trap and Get to the Work That Matters) and ‘How To Create a Richer, More Satisfying Life,’ with Emily Esfahani Smith, author of The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters.
Videos: The Texas Conference for Women does a great job of sharing videos of speaker sessions from past conferences. Today, ahead of this year’s conference, you can watch back to (among others) 2016 keynote speakers Amal Clooney, Diane Von Furstenberg and U.S. soccer star Abby Wambach. Check back after this year’s conference for 2017 videos.
BONUS 4th tip: Do not read and listen passively. Contribute to the conversation. Post your comments and questions, interact with others, and you’ll only increase the investment of your time and energy.
Follow these three—now four— tips, get inspired, stay connected and you’ll ace next year’s largest women’s conference in the state, with networking, inspiration, amazing keynotes and 100+ more speakers. Namely, the 2018 Texas Conference for Women! #TXConfWomen
Cover • Academy Award-winning actor Viola Davis, 2017 Keynote Speaker, Texas Conference for Women • photo Art Streiber