TEDWomen: A Celebration of Global Women Entrepreneurs

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By Francine Gordon (Co-Organizer, TEDxBayArea TEDWomen)

Last year, TED held its first TEDWomen conference in Washington, DC. Recognizing the phenomenal community of women in the San Francisco Bay area, TEDxBayArea decided to organize its own day-long program dedicated to women.

About 175 people heard TED-type talks by more than 20 presenters including Jill Tarter (Center Director, SETI), Debra Bowen (Secretary of State, California), Tara VandDerveer (Coach, Stanford Women’s Basketball Team), Shaherose Charania (CEO & Co-Founder, Women 2.0), John Hagel (Co-Founder, Deloitte’s Center for the Edge), and Dominique Crenn (Chef de Cuisine Luce at InterContinental & Winner of Food Network’s Next Iron Chef). Participants had periodic breaks to discuss what they heard with each other and the presenters. It was a thought-provoking and inspiring day.

Based on the success of that inaugural conference, the 2nd annual TEDxBayArea Women’s conference is being held December 8, 2011 at Cisco. The theme is Global Women Entrepreneurs. Among the speakers already confirmed are Kay Koplovitz (Founder, USA Networks/Board Chair, Liz Claiborne), Ann Winblad (Founder & Managing Director, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners), Kara Swisher (Co-Producer, AllThingsDigital), Vivek Wadhwa (Visiting Scholar, UC Berkeley / Columnist, Washington Post & Business Week), Liza Donnelly (cartoonist, New Yorker) and Anat Bar-Gera (Co-Founder & Chair, 4GAfrica). Presenters will be sharing stories triumphs and failures, advice on what to do or not do, perspective on the challenges and opportunities that are out there. There will be periodics to allow attendees to process what they’ve heard while networking with other attendees and speaker. It will be a day that will fire up your entrepreneurial soul.

Attendance is by invitation only. To apply for an invitation, click here.

Above photo is from TEDxBayArea TEDWomen 2010.

About the guest blogger: Francine Gordon is the Co-Organizer of TEDxBayArea Women program and Chair of SVForum Tech Women. Upon completion of her PhD from Yale University, Francine began her professional life as one of the first two women on the faculty at Stanford Graduate School of Business. She has held senior management roles at several high tech firms and is currently writing a book on gender and innovation (Womennovation). Francine works with global companies addressing innovation, teamwork, leadership, and the advancement of women.