The Texas Women’s Summit 

Breaking barriers
building bonds

April 29, 2019 | Austin, Texas

The Texas Women's Summit

It’s Time. It’s time to forget “I am not ready yet,” and the subtle cultural expectations of women to be accommodating, deferential and unassertive. Join hundreds of other women, who have already broken barriers, in nourishing your mind, extending your network, and becoming a woman of influence.

A mountain of issues faces professional women—some internal, some external—but together we can summit it . . . we can “lean in,” learning from each other’s experiences and preparing the way for each other. Learn practical tips and tricks for breaking internal and external barriers, while building bonds with other professionals.

The Texas Women’s Summit will tackle the challenging topic of women on corporate boards and help you prepare yourself, your mentees, your sponsors, and other women to serve. 
  • According to Deloitte’s 2017 analysis of 7,000 companies in 60 countries, women held 15% of all boards seats. In the U.S. that figure is 21%.
  • Companies with fewer women on their boards have more governance-related controversies.
  • Companies with diverse boards have lower volatility, better performance, and invest more in R&D.

What You'll Learn

Part I:

Internal issues like finding your passion, finding and nourishing your network

Part II:

External issues like board leadership challenges, resistance to change, gender differences

Part III:

Building your own plan and planning your legacy, resilience

Texas Women's Summit Leadership Award

“Breaking Barriers” Leadership Award

We're currently accepting nominations for the “Breaking Barriers” Leadership Award.


Debra Boblitt headshot, Texas Women Summit speaker

Debra Boblitt

Former Senior Executive, State Farm Insurance

Bridget Brennan headshot Texas Women Summit speaker

Bridget Brennan

CEO, Female Factor

Cindy Burrell headshot, Texas Women Summit speaker

Cindy Burrell

President, Diversity in Boardrooms

Laura Chinchilla speaker at The Texas Women's Summit

Laura Chinchilla

First Female President of Costa Rica

Sally Crane Cox headshot

Sally Crane Cox

Co-founder and Board Chair, The Matriots

Pamela El NBA headshot

Pam El

Former CMO, NBA

Kathryn Fortunato headshot

Kathryn Fortunato

Co-Founder, Lizzie Fortunato

Lizzie Fortunato Texas Women's Summit

Lizzie Fortunato

Co-Founder, Lizzie Fortunato

Kay Fuhrman speaker at The Texas Women's Summit

Kay Fuhrman

Partner, Heidrick & Struggles

Gay Gaddis T3 speaker at The Texas Women's Summit

Gay Gaddis


Diane Hamilton Texas Women's Summit Speaker

Dr. Diane Hamilton

Radio Show Host, Speaker, and Author

Inna Kassatkina speaker at The Texas Women's Summit

Inna Kassatkina

Co-founder, Global Language Solutions

Sandra Beach Lin Texas Women's Summit

Sandra Beach Lin

Member of the Board, American Electric Power (and 3 others)

Kris Manos Texas Women's Summit speakder

Kris Manos


Catenya McHenry Texas Women's Summit

Catenya McHenry

tv host & author master of ceremonies

Gail Page, TX Women Summit conference speaker 2019

Gail S. Page

Venture Partner, Turret Capital Management

Sharon Steele speaker at The Texas Women's Summit

Sharon Steele

Founder, Plentiful

Olga Smirnova headshot

Olga Smirnova

Co-founder, Global Language Solutions

Liliya Spinazzola Texas Women's Summit co-founder

Liliya Spinazzola

Co-founder, The Texas Women's Summit

Teri Lucie Thompson, co-founder of The Texas Women's Summit

Teri Lucie Thompson

Co-founder, The Texas Women's Summit


The Texas Women’s Summit will be held at the Fairmont in downtown Austin.

Fairmont Austin
101 Red River Street
Austin, TX 78701

Fairmont Austin is located amid the lush greenery of Palm Park and Waller Creek and directly connected to the Austin Convention Center. The newly opened 37-story luxury hotel features 1,048 guest rooms and suites with picturesque vistas of Lady Bird Lake, a dramatic cityscape and the State Capitol. Fairmont Austin engages guests with the city’s famed music scene, as well as the area’s celebrated cuisine and diverse artistic lifestyle.

Ticket Prices




Premium Individual

Premium Individual tickets are located closer to the stage.


Table for 10


Premium Table

Premium Table for 10 individuals is located closer to the stage. 


8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Continental breakfast/Expo Opens

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. 

Welcome & Opening Remarks
Catenya McHenry and Teri Lucie Thompson

9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Find Your Passion

Pam El

9:45 a.m. – 10:30  a.m.  

Panel Discussion:

Case Studies in How Passion Leads to Broken Barriers

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Networking Break

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 

Breaking Barriers with Grace and Grit

Debra Boblitt

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Lunch Keynote:

Breaking Barriers: Change Leadership as the First Female President of Costa Rica

Laura Chinchilla

12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Women and the Economy

Bridget Brennan

1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. 

Getting and Owning a Seat at the [Board] Table

Kay Fuhrman, fireside chat with Sandra Beach Lin

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Networking Break/Expo

2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. 

The Female Director and New Legislation

Cindy Burrell with Kris Manos and Gail Page

3:30 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.  

Building Bonds: Cowgirl Power & Resilience

Gay Gaddis fireside chat with Catenya McHenry

3:50 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.

Summiting your Mountain and Crafting a Lasting Legacy

Diane Hamilton

4:20 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Musical performance by Archer Collaborative

4:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Closing Remarks,
Catenya McHenry and Liliya Spinazzola

4:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Expo and Departure


The Texas Women’s Summit 2019 is an event dedicated to women in leadership with particular emphasis on board directorships and enriching individual mentor networks. Several sponsorship opportunities are currently available. 

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