There’s Power in Coming Together and Learning from Each Other – Trinity University Women’s Leadership Summit

Disclaimer: I am receiving admission to the summit in exchange for this post. All opinions and fan-girling are my own. 

As someone who is motivated to connect with leaders in my community and learn from others who have achieved success all over the country, I’m thrilled that this year’s Trinity University Women and Girls Summit is almost here! The Summit is an event and initiative to empower women and the community on issues that impact all of our lives. The lineup is packed with powerhouse women from all over the country and includes my Love Warrior crush Glennon Doyle Melton.

Last week, part of the summit’s organizing team shared a Facebook Live video to discuss behind the scenes information about what to expect and how the summit came into existence. Co-founder and organizer Trish DeBerry of The DeBerry Group said, “It stemmed around a conversation at Trinity University about female empowerment, mentorship, networking – kind of the soft skills side of what perhaps young graduates were looking for.” That conversation became about connecting women of all ages. The idea steamrolled into creating a conference with national speakers who could provide inspiration. Last year, the conference was headlined by Amy Cuddy and sold out.

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“One of the biggest things that we heard from Trinity students and as we went out into the community was ‘Bring us together’ There’s a lot of power when we come together and learn from one another,” said Christy Banazek, Director of Human Resources at HEB, the presenting sponsor. Last year’s conference attendees reported back that they were able to connect with other women, learn a lot, and make lifelong friends.

In its second year, the Trinity University Women & Girls’ Leadership Summit has an exciting lineup for 2017. The program extends over three days with evening kickoff on Thursday, six compelling workshops on Friday, and a non-stop day of powerhouse speakers from all over the world on Saturday. Topics vary from inspiration, entrepreneurship, overcoming perfection, dealing with stress, and being successful.

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Here are a few of the speakers whom I’m most excited to see:

Glennon Doyle Melton

Glennon Doyle Melton is the author of the inspiring and hilarious New York Times bestselling memoir, Carry On, Warrior, and the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir Love Warrior, which was chosen as one of Oprah’s Book Club picks for 2016. She is the founder of, an on-line community where hundreds of thousands of readers meet daily to experience her shameless and laugh-out-loud funny essays about marriage, motherhood, faith, addiction, recovery, and serving the marginalized. She is also the creator and president of Together Rising, a non-profit organization that has revolutionized on-line giving through “Love Flash Mobs” and has connected countless families in need with millions of dollars in critical resources.

Jennifer Hyman

Jennifer Hyman is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Rent the Runway, a business that has transformed the retail industry by making designer dress and accessory rentals a convenient and accessible luxury experience for millions of women. Since Rent the Runway’s launch in November 2009, Jennifer has managed all areas of the business including technology, fashion, sales, marketing, operations, customer service and team management, while also serving as a company spokesperson. Best known within the entrepreneurial and fashion communities for her unmatched marketing abilities, Jennifer was named as the Chief Marketing Officer of Fortune magazine’s “Executive Dream Team.”


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Kah Walla
Political Leader, Activist, and Entrepreneur

A Cameroonian Political Leader, Activist, and Entrepreneur, Kah Walla is internationally recognized for her expertise in leadership and strategy, her understanding of Africa’s development issues and her strong stance for its women and youth.

Part of Africa’s new generation of political leaders, Kah proposes bold, innovative solutions for the continent’s problems based on over 20 years-experience working on economic, social and political issues in over 25 countries across Africa. She has worked with actors at grassroots, national, continental and international levels. Kah has founded various organizations: STRATEGIES!, a 20-year old leadership and management firm based in Cameroon and working on 5 continents. Cameroon Ô’Bosso, an 8-year old citizenship movement helping ordinary Cameroonians build voice to influence national policies. She is president of the Cameroon People’s Party, working daily to bring democratic change to a country that has not changed presidents in the last 34 years.

Ashley Ruiz & Cheryl Scoglio
Brené Brown’s The Daring Way Team

These two women will lead a workshop twice on Friday: “Perfectionism: What it’s Really All About” How does perfectionism get in the way of how we want to show up in our lives and at work? In this workshop, we are going to define and unpack perfectionism and distinguish the difference between perfectionism and healthy striving. Through a hands-on activity, we will look at how we protect ourselves using perfectionism and how it impacts our creativity and authenticity.

Here’s Brené Brown talking about perfectionism on Oprah’s Life Class:

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This is a truly exciting opportunity to connect with and empower talented women and girls while engaging with renowned experts on topics of entrepreneurship, empowerment, truth-telling, leadership and success.

Find a full schedule on Trinity University Women and Girls Summit website.

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