20+ Women-Focused Conferences That You Need to Add to Your Calendar

There are tons of design, tech, music, and women-focused conferences that millennials can access to get a leg up in their fields. Below is our curated list of can’t-miss conferences that will give you the opportunity to grow professionally, to network with influential peers, and to transform yourself into a leading lady. 

1) Summit 21 | Various Locations

Presented by Blavity, the EmpowerHer conference, which was renamed Summit21, is a black women’s conference to explore, leadership, creativity and tech. Speakers include top multicultural bloggers and influencers such as Gabifresh, Luvvie,  and Teen Vogue Beauty Editor Elaine Wenthworth. Timeframe: late May. Cost: $220

2) Alt Summit | Various Locations

Alt is a place for design bloggers, lifestyle writers, and creative entrepreneurs to connect at an in-person event. Conversations and classes are centered around what is new in the blogging and creative world and what innovative tools are “next”.Past speakers have included everyone from leading branding experts to Emmy award-winning actresses like Sarah Michelle Gellar. Timeframe: Early winter. Cost: $300 – $600

3) The Yellow Conference | Los Angeles, California

The Yellow Conference is a gathering for entrepreneurial women who are passionate about living extraordinarily in their everyday routines. This 3-day event is geared towards women that are passionate about bringing social change into the world through creative ways. Past speakers have included Darling Magazine founder Sarah Dubbeldam. Timeframe: late August. Cost: $355 – $555.

4) Inc. Women’s SummitNew York City

This powerful women’s summit gathers together business owners and entrepreneurs for an opportunity to be inspired by high-profile speakers, informative panels, and a networking lunch. This year’s keynote is led by Shark Tank’s Barbara Corcoran. Cost: $350.

5) Propel | Various Locations

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Propel exists to equip and empower women by giving them the tools to identify themselves as the natural born leaders they are. They will be hosting activate events in a few states (including Mississippi and Ohio) and focuses on cultivating leadership through a spiritual lens. Cost: $75 – $80.

6) Create & Cultivate | Los Angeles, California

Create & Cultivate is a creative conference for female entrepreneurs in the digital space.  The one-day event, which has a millennial focus, gathers together 500 women to talk business building and content strategy. It also allows women to get one-on-one access to leading female entrepreneurs in the industry with mentor power hours. Speakers include big acts like Chelsea Handler and Jessica Alba among many more. Cost: $350 – $500.

7) Designer VacaPalm Springs

Designer Vaca is the ultimate “anti-conference” — a cool mix between a poolside retreat and a rad women’s networking session. Based in the California desert, the event gathers female graphic and web designers from all across the world to relax, collaborate, and learn from each other’s life experiences. The intimate environment fosters direct connections with big names in the design industry; you may even run into a famous graphic designer. Timeframe: Mid-October. Cost: $299.

8) Creative at Heart | Various Locations

Each conference is designed to be an inviting atmosphere for creative women of all industries — photographers, planners, hand-letterers, designers, etc. You’ll hear keynote speakers who discuss heartfelt and practical topics that can be carried across all industries, and also receive one-on-one time in panel sessions specific to your craft. Two-day events are held in select cities across the nation. Cost: $650 – $750.

9) Rising Tide Society Summit | Online

Learn from some of the most creative minds on entrepreneurship, marketing, and more without leaving your couch. If you want affordable access to the best educators and creatives in the industry that will help you turn your ideas into a business then this conference is for you. A portion of the funds also go to charity. Cost: $130.

10) Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing | Houston, Texas

The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is the biggest event  that brings in the most impactful women technologists (around 15,000 women!). The event includes thematic sessions around programming and diversity to highlight the contributions of women to technical science. Cost: $350 – $950.

11) BlogHer | Various Locations

Presented by SheKnows Media, the 2016 BlogHer conferences are the world’s largest celebration of women content creators across social media, video, photos, and the webThis year’s staple BlogHer conference will be hosted in Los Angeles in early August, while it’s food-focused conference (mmm nom nom) will be held in Austin in early October. Cost: $99 – $700.

12) The Influence Network | Charlotte, North Carolina

These conferences are a celebration and a chance for like-minded women to come together to worship, connect and learn together. Livestreamed online  classes geared towards spiritual leadership are available in addition to the one-day women’s conference. Cost: $100 – $160. 

13) Pinky Promise Conference | Atlanta, GA

A live 3-day event for Christian women. The panel of speakers will talk about everything from managing your money to being single in a modern world to finding your purpose.  The program also offers a day care service for any one that cannot travel without their children. Cost: $55.00.

14) TEDWomen | San Francisco, California

TEDWomen is a three-day conference about the power of women and girls to be creators and change-makers. Known for their powerful public “talks” that are hosted all across the country and around the globe, TEDWomen gathers innovative females together to offer inspiration and solution through their personal experiences and stories. Timeframe: Mid-October. Cost: $2,495.00.

15) The Most Powerful Women | Laguna Niguel, California

Fortune Most Powerful Women is one of the world’s most extraordinary leadership communities, convening the preeminent women in business—along with select leaders in government, philanthropy, education, and the arts—for wide-ranging and inspiring discussions. The conference, which started 17 years ago, has included leaders from Fortune 500 companies, prominent celebrities, and even the First Lady herself. Timeframe: Mid-October. Cost: $2200.

16) The Most Powerful Women Next Gen | Laguna Niguel, California

Fortune Most Powerful Women Next Generation Wednesday, December 3, 2014: San Francisco, CA 2:00 PM SHATTER A finance pioneer-turned-entrepreneur and a new-economy star share their lessons on networks, entrepreneurism and building their careers. Sallie Krawcheck, Chair, Ellevate Varsha Rao, Head of Global Operations, Airbnb Moderator: Karen Finerman, Co-founder and CEO, Metropolitan Capital Advisors, Panelist, CNBC Fast Money Photograph by Stuart Isett/Fortune Most Powerful Women
Fortune MPW Next Gen is a unique gathering of the preeminent rising women in business, along with select leaders in government, philanthropy, education, sports and the arts. This conference is geared towards a younger subset of women and you must be nominated to attend. Timeframe: Late November. 

17) SXSW Interactive | Austin, Texas

The SXSW Interactive Festival showcases five days of compelling panel sessions led by the brightest minds in emerging technologies, hands-on instructional Workshops, one-on-one mentor opportunities with industry leaders and a variety of exciting networking opportunities. Some sessions are even geared specifically towards women. Cost: $525 – $1750.

18) BeautyCon | Various Locations

If you’re a beauty lover (or just someone who loves stocking up on products) this event will feel like a festival from heaven. Influencers galore will be in attendance (including faves like Michelle Phan) and you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about the beauty industry, content creation, and brand building. Timeframe: Throughout the Year. Cost: $30 – $330.

19) Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit | Phoenix, Arizona

Black Enterprise and ADP join together to host this powerful event for African-American women. Leaders from a variety of industry come together to discuss leadership, career progressions and work-life balance. Timeframe: Spring. Cost: $195 – $600.

20) ColorComm | Miami, FL

The ColorComm Conference, affectionately known as C2, is a business conference for women of color in communications. More than 300 multicultural professional women gather together in a warm-weathered oasis to discuss issues and innovative ideas in the industry with communications leaders like Arianna Huffington and Michelle Ebanks. The event invites women from a variety of backgrounds including public relations, journalism, consulting, social media, advertising, and media relations. Timeframe: Late July. Cost:  $750 – $1,450 based on membership. 

21) The Fearless Conference | Philadelphia, PA

The Fearless Conference is a two-day event in Philadelphia for career-driven women to come together in an explosion of inspiration and ambition. From creative entrepreneurs to corporate executives looking to learn from one another, the women who attend are fearless and driven. The conference will focus on hands-on workshops led by local, Philadelphia-based business owners and thought leaders followed by a happy hour. Cost:  $100 – $150. 

22) Write/Speak/Code International Conference | New York City

Write/Speak/Code hosts an annual international conference for women software developers. The goal of the sessions are to help female developers gain the knowledge, skills, and path to becoming speakers, open source contributors and thought leaders. The program includes four days of constructive feedback from experts, interactive panels from other women developers, and a series of workshops for attendees to develop prototypes. Childcare and scholarship assistance is also available. Cost:  $200 – $610. 

23) Bossed Up Bootcamp | Various Locations

Feeling a bit lost about your career and life? The Bossed Up Bootcamp is a weekend that will surround you with ambitious women and life experts that will help you find clarity, determine your life purpose, and give you a strategy plan to help you take your life and career to the next level. The bootcamp is held during various weekends of the year in different cities (D.C. and Boston to be exact) and helps you gain leadership skills to become the boss of your life. Ticket costs are reduced by 50% for full-time students, active military and veterans, and anyone facing financial hardship.  Timeframe: Varies. Cost: $399.

24)  SIMPLY Fashion & Beauty Conference powered by NYLON | New York City

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Love fashion and beauty and want to learn the tips, tricks, and how-to’s? Aspiring to be a blogger, stylist, entrepreneur, fashion designer, or editor? Already work in the industry and trying to grow your business and network? SIMPLY NYC is a place to learn, network and get inspired as you enjoy a day full of panels and breakout sessions presented by the influencers who are making major waves in the worlds of fashion, beauty, blogging and tech. Cocktails, pampering, meet & greets and photo booth fun are always right around the corner, so don’t miss out! Cost: $50 – $500.

25) BAUCE HAUS | New York City

Launched in 2019, BAUCE HAUS is the ultimate anti-conference that helps ambitious women of colors intersect with their future self-made selves. Hosted in a premium setting, BAUCE HAUS is an intimate event that includes panels, private coaching session and fun activities that are focused on financial freedom, self-motivation, and opportunities to make new professional friends. This event is truly like no other! Returns next year September 2020. Cost: $99

26) Mogul X | New York City

Mogul X Conference

Mogul X is a modern growth experience wrapped into a powerful day of immersive classes, transformative networking and job opportunities. The company’s main goal is to help millennials reach their goals and realize their full potential. With topics ranging from work, finance, relationships and travel, Mogul X brings together it’s global community to hear top advice from world-class CEO, executives and celebrities. This event also includes the opportunity to connect with recruiter’s from some of the nation’s top companies including IBM and CBS. Download the Mogul App to learn more today. Cost: $250+

Let us know if there’s any conferences you believe should be highlighted in the comments section below! 



  1. MyClutter

    May 4, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    Also, DigitalUndivided – for black and brown women in tech.

  2. Bria

    May 7, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    Unlimited You Weekend hosted by Heal a Woman to Heal a Nation

  3. Elizabeth Manigult

    May 10, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    Women Who Wine Detroit Elevate Rooftop Affair

  4. Fendy

    May 10, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    Also missing, C2 (Short for ColorComm Conference) is the ultimate business conference and retreat for women of color in communications. Unlike many conferences with thousands in attendance, C2 is an intimate group of 300 multicultural, professional women. With innovative programs and topics presented by the industry’s top practitioners and thought leaders, this conference provides a safe place to address relevant issues from like-minded women.

    • mm


      May 10, 2016 at 7:03 pm

      Thanks for sharing. We added it to our list! :)

  5. Samantha Jansen

    May 12, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    SHE Summit in NYC is also a great women-focused conference.

  6. Mel

    June 15, 2016 at 9:29 am

    Check out The Fearless Conference for ambitious, career-driven women –!

    • mm


      July 13, 2016 at 4:37 am

      We’ve added you to the list! :)

  7. Caitlyn

    July 12, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    How is Bossed Up Boot camp not on this list?!

    • mm


      July 18, 2016 at 9:58 am

      Thanks Caitlyn! We’ve added Bossed Up Bootcamp to our list! :)

  8. Jasmine

    July 15, 2016 at 8:46 am

    Sister Summit Conference should be up here!

  9. Yvette

    July 15, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    Worthy Women conference in DTLA!

  10. Kara C

    July 16, 2016 at 7:38 am

    Two major tech conferences not on this list are Write Speak Code, and Lesbians Who Tech Summit, NYC and SF.

    There’s also Google women’s tech makers summit but I’m not sure if their conference is annual

    • mm


      July 18, 2016 at 9:57 am

      Thank you so much Kara! We’ve added Write/Speak/Code to our list! :)

  11. Tatianah

    July 20, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    There’s also the Black Women’s Expo each year in Chicago and a couple of other cities:

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  13. Eboné Smiley

    September 9, 2016 at 11:56 pm

    Create + Cultivate will be in Atlanta this October.

  14. Sabrina Madison

    September 12, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    2nd Annual Black Women’s Leadership Conference presented by Heymiss Progress | May 19-20, 2017 | Madison, WI |

    2016 Video:

    The Black Women’s Leadership Conference is now a two day event for women who desire to take part in opportunities for personal and professional growth. Attendees will participate in strategic power sessions lead by women who have proven to be leaders in their chosen professions.
    Enjoy networking, shopping with vendors, connections to mentors and resources, and have a professional headshot taken.
    This conference aims to promote sisterhood while elevating the collective status of Black women.

  15. Veronica

    April 15, 2017 at 9:43 am

    Also there’s the Black Bloggers United conference in Miami, FL

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  17. taskudankamu

    September 18, 2018 at 3:40 am

    that s really good. your job need to improvisation


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