Women's Leadership Conference 2015: Own It. Share It. Grow It.

Save the Date for the 2016 Conference!

The 12th Women's Leadership Conference is scheduled for Friday, April 29, 2016.  Please check back on February 15 to learn more about this year's theme, speakers, ticket prices and sponsors.  Tickets will go on sale in early March.

If you have any questions, email wlc@umn.edu.

About the 2015 Conference

Infuse your world with inspiration, and revitalize your workplace and community. At the 11th annual Women’s Leadership Conference, you’ll experience new ways to get inspired, discover strategies for fueling inspiration in those around you, and spark new connections with fellow leaders.

The Women’s Leadership Conference is a forum for leadership and professional development created to inspire and activate women in the workplace. This one-day conference features keynote addresses by leaders with a passion for diversity, workshops designed to hone skills in key areas, and panel discussions to engage seasoned professionals on important issues. The Carlson School of Management is thrilled to host this energizing opportunity for women in leadership roles to connect and thrive.

2015 Keynote Speakers

Sondra Samules head shotSondra Samuels
President & CEO of the Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) - a tireless reformer seeking to eradicate multigenerational poverty through education

George Halvorson head shotGeorge C. Halvorson
Chair and CEO of the Institute for InterGroup Understanding, and chair of the First 5 Commission for the State of California - a leader in breaking barriers to health care delivery and workforce diversity.

Breakout Sessions

The day includes morning and afternoon keynote addresses, lunch, three breakout session tracks, and a networking reception.  You can look forward to selecting from nearly 30 open workshops and presentations offered during three, hour-long breakout sessions within these themed tracks:

  • Own It (Inspire yourself)
  • Share It (Inspire others)
  • Grow It (Inspire community)

Breakout Session Details


The Women’s Leadership Conference tends to sell out quickly. In an effort to welcome several women to this year’s conference, the Carlson School will offer the following tiers of registration for attendees to choose from.

Registration Information

Conference Sponsors

Premier Sponsor

State Farm logo

Gold Sponsors

Ecolab logoPricewaterhouseCoopers logo

Maroon Sponsors

HB Fuller LogoLand O' Lakes logoMedica logo


Women's Leadership Conference
Friday, April 29, 2016
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Carlson School of Management
321 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN

Tickets will go on sale in early March