Reese Witherspoon and Dr. Brené Brown Speak Out on Women in the Workplace

7,500 Women Gather in Austin at Pivotal Time for Women In America

Reese Witherspoon speaks during the KEYNOTE LUNCHEON during the 2018 Texas Conference For Women at Austin Convention Center on November 9, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Marla Aufmuth/WireImage).

Reese Witherspoon speaks during the KEYNOTE LUNCHEON during the 2018 Texas Conference For Women at Austin Convention Center on November 9, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Marla Aufmuth/WireImage).

Just days after women played a key role in the 2018 midterm elections, 7,500 women gathered in Austin for the 19th annual nonpartisan Texas Conference for Women, headlined by Reese Witherspoon and Dr. Brené Brown.

With the growing focus on women in the workplace, as a result of the #MeToo movement, a 2018 study that revealed that progress has stalled for women across all levels of corporate America, and other developments, this conference has become a key forum for discussing and advancing women in the workplace.

Dr. Brene Brown speaks during the KEYNOTE LUNCHEON during the 2018 Texas Conference For Women at Austin Convention Center on November 9, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Marla Aufmuth/WireImage).

Dr. Brene Brown speaks during the KEYNOTE LUNCHEON during the 2018 Texas Conference For Women at Austin Convention Center on November 9, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Marla Aufmuth/WireImage).

Dr. Brené Brown, researcher and #1 New York Times bestselling author, discussed the critical role of courage in women’s personal and professional lives today. “Women have this idea that they are supposed to be a certain way in order to be successful, but true success comes from self-acceptance because that allows you to be vulnerable, authentic and imperfect, which takes great courage,” she said.  

This nonpartisan, nonprofit event is part of the largest network of women’s conferences in the country that attract an estimated 40,000 women a year in Texas, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and California. Themed “The Power of Us: Amplify Your Voice”, the conferences offer access to some of the most successful women in America and more than 100 experts who share practical skills and strategies related to business, philanthropy, health, finance, media and professional development.

Keynote speakers Marjorie Clifton, Nina Shaw, Renata Quintini, and Tyler Haney during the 2018 Texas Conference For Women at Austin Convention Center on November 9, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Marla Aufmuth/WireImage).

Keynote speakers Marjorie Clifton, Nina Shaw, Renata Quintini, and Tyler Haney during the 2018 Texas Conference For Women at Austin Convention Center on November 9, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Marla Aufmuth/WireImage).

Other keynote speakers included Shawn Achor, bestselling author and speaker on happiness and success, and Nina Shaw, entertainment lawyer and a founding organizer of Time’s Up.

“This event continues to be Texas’ pre-eminent event for women, and it is a privilege to see so many strong, motivated women supporting each other each year,” said Carla Pineyro Sublett, President of the Texas Conference for Women Board of Directors. “We are proud to support this dynamic community of women through this annual conference and all of our year-round resources.”

The Texas Conference for Women is generously sponsored by Liberty Mutual InsuranceRackspace; TargetCisco; DellRetailMeNotUnited AirlinesUSAAVisaAccentureApplied MaterialsArmAT&TCharles SchwabEquinorHarvard Business School Executive Education; IBMMary KayOraclePhillips 66QualcommHEBTexas Beverage AssociationDeloitteDickinson Wright PLLCExpress ScriptsExxonMobilHuston-Tillotson UniversityKate SpadeMerckPaula’s Choice SkincarePlanviewSilicon LabsTokyo Electron (TEL)UnitedHealthcare; and media sponsors Austin American-StatesmanKVUEOutdoor Advertising Association of Texas; and The Texas Tribune.

To learn more about the Texas Conference for Women, visit www.txconferenceforwomen.org.

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