Next Up: The Girls’ Lounge @ SXSW 2018

Mar 9 - 11, 2018 | Austin, Texas

Next Up: The Girls’ Lounge @ SXSW 2018

The Girls’ Lounge @ SXSW will feature more than 80 women panelists sharing their thought leadership on everything from how women are transforming the tech industry to how to make men allies in the workplace to how we can all be leaders for change. We hope to see you there!
The Girls’ Lounge @ SXSW 2018 will be open:

Friday, March 9: 8AM – 7PM

Saturday, March 10: 8AM – 6:30PM

Sunday, March 11: 8AM – 6PM

LOCATION: Palm Door on Sabine, 401 Sabine Street, Austin


Friday, March 9

11AM – 11:30AM Rethinking Leadership Through The Female Lens
Meaghan Morelli, Director, Digital Content, Subway Restaurants
Niki Herr, Senior Vice President and Group Account Director, Jack Morton


11:30AM – 12PM Being Fearless: How Women Are Driving the Social Movement Landscape
Shelley Zalis, CEO, The Female Quotient (Moderator)
Gemma Craven, SVP, Director of Social and Mobile, McCann New York

12PM – 1PM American Resistance: Data From Women Lead Movements On The Streets
Jenna Arnold, Co-Founder, ORGANIZE and Director of Strategic Engagement, Women’s March
Dana Fisher, Director, Program for Society and the Environment and Professor of Sociology at The University of Maryland

1PM – 2PM Solutions To Advancing Women And Girls In Innovation And Technology
Michelle King, Head of Integrated Strategy for Innovation, UN Women (Moderator)
Ann Rosenberg, SVP & Global Head, SAP Next-Gen
Meredith Walker, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls
Shelley Zalis, CEO, The Female Quotient
Farhoud Meybodi, Head of Creative, Wayfarer Entertainment
Nicole Isaac, Head of U.S. Public Policy, LinkedIn

2PM – 3PM Reality Check
John Keefe, Bot Developer and Product Manager, Quartz (Moderator)
Nadia Morris, Director, AT&T Connected Health Foundry
Carolyn Rodz, Founder and CEO, Alice
Dr. Ines Marusic, Data Scientist, QuantumBlack, a McKinsey Company
Lauren Kunze, CEO and Co-Founder, Pandorabots

3PM – 4PM Money Is Power: Time To Seize The Moment
Susan Avarde, Co-Founder, Brandometry (Moderator)
Jill Faherty Lloyd, Managing Director and Financial Advisor, Evercore Wealth Management
Lori Cashman, Co-Founder, Victress Capital
Sarah Kunst, Founder and Angel Investor
Lisa Wu, Partner, Norwest Venture Partners
Julie Wroblewski, Venture Lead, Pivotal Ventures

4PM – 5PM Women Leading Tech Into The Future
Laura Brounstein, Editorial and Business Development, Cosmopolitan + Seventeen (Moderator)
Maria Zhang, Chief Technology Officer, Tinder
Liz Holz, Distinguished Designer, IBM
Cindy Whitehead, CEO, The Pink Ceiling
Ying Wang, Director of Zo AI, Microsoft

5PM – 6PM She Means Business; He Can Help
Doug Zanger, Americas Editor, The Drum (Moderator)
Kaitlyn Wilkins, North American Director of Account Management, Facebook
Mia Mazadiego, Co-Founder, Neon Retro Arcade
Beverly Jackson, VP Social Portfolio Strategy, MGM Resorts International

6PM – 7PM Unplugged Performance With MEIKO, Followed By Cocktails And Conversations
MEIKO, Singer-Songwriter

Saturday, March 10

10AM – 11AM Daring Discussions: Unpacking Differences And Finding Common Ground
Jenna Arnold, Co-Founder, ORGANIZE and Director of Strategic Engagement, Women’s March
Erica Ford, CEO, LIFE Camp, Inc and Co-Creator, New York City Crisis Management System


11AM – 12PM How Millennial Women Are Shaping The Future
Adam Smiley Poswolsky, Author, The Quarter-Life Breakthrough and Founder, The Women Speaker Initiative (Moderator)
Hillary Kerr, Co-Founder and Chief Ideation Officer, Clique
Lisa Lee, Director of Diversity and Inclusion Strategies, Pandora
Minda Harts, Founder and CEO, The Memo
Minji Chang, Executive Director, Kollaboration

12PM – 12:30PM Bring Your Human To Work: How Smart Women Honor Relationships
Erica Keswin, Workplace Strategist and Founder, The Spaghetti Project
Meredith Kopit Levien, EVP and Chief Operating Officer, The New York Times

12:30PM – 1PM What’s Your True Negotiation Style?
Tanya Tarr, Negotiating Stylist and Founder, Your Edge Coaching

1PM – 2PM How We’ll Win: The Creators
Joy Robins, Chief Revenue Officer, Quartz (Moderator)
Kelsey Irvine, Founder, Violet Media and Executive Producer, Quiver
Audrey Wu, Co-Founder and CEO, CONVRG
Sarah Dubbeldam, Founder and CEO, Darling Media
Amy Nelson, Founder and CEO, The Riveter
Clara de Soto, Co-Founder,

2PM – 2:30PM Overcoming Obstacles And Championing Change
Shelley Zalis, CEO, The Female Quotient (Moderator)
Haben Girma, Disability Rights Lawyer

2:30PM – 3PM In Conversation With Actress/Director Aisha Tyler
Shelley Zalis, CEO, The Female Quotient (Moderator)
Aisha Tyler, CEO, Hot Machine Films and Criminal Minds, Archer, Whose Line Is It Anyway, The Talk, Friends

3PM – 4PM The Future Is Female And So Is Whiskey: A Conversation With Women In The Whiskey Business
Sophie Kelly, SVP, North American Whiskey Company, Diageo North America (Moderator)
Stephanie Jacoby, Vice President Johnnie Walker, Diageo North America
Nicole Austin, General Manager and Distiller, Cascade Hollow Distilling Co.
Alexis Piotrowski, Bar and Restaurant Brand Development, DOO

4PM – 5PM How To Create Cultures Of Care And Belonging For Workplace Transformation
Hayley Romer, CRO and Publisher, The Atlantic (Moderator)
Shelley Zalis, CEO, The Female Quotient
Jia Hyun, Head of Americas, LinkedIn Marketing Solutions
Dyllan McGee, Founder and Executive Producer, MAKERS
Jessica Reznick, Managing Director, We’re Magnetic
Kat Cole, COO and President North America, FOCUS Brands, Inc.
Lisa Skeete Tatum, Founder and CEO, Landit
Meredith Kopit Levien, EVP and Chief Operating Officer, The New York Times

5PM – 6:30PM Unfinished Business: Race, Gender And Equality
Jeffrey Goldberg, Editor-in-Chief, The Atlantic (Intro)
Gillian B. White, Senior Associate Editor, The Atlantic (Moderator)
Ta-Nehisi Coates, #1 NYT Bestselling Author and National Correspondent, The Atlantic
Megan Garber, Staff Writer, The Atlantic

Sunday, March 11

8:30AM – 9AM A Discussion With Bryn Vale: Hollywood’s Young Female Newcomer
Shelley Zalis, CEO, The Female Quotient (Moderator)
Bryn Vale, Actress, Family


9AM – 10AM A Talking Circle With Planned Parenthood: How To Leverage Your Power And Platform
Laura Brounstein, Editorial and Business Development, Cosmopolitan + Seventeen (Moderator)
Dawn Laguens, EVP and Chief Brand Officer, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Jennifer Palmieri, Former Communications Director for Hillary Clinton and Author, Dear Madam President: An Open Letter To The Women Who Will Run The World
Sally Kohn, MSNBC Personality and Author, The Opposite of Hate: A Field Guide To Repairing Our Humanity
Kate Gardiner, Founder, HXMXN and Feminist Audience Engagement Specialist
Wendy Davis, Former Texas Senator and Founder, Deeds Not Words

10AM – 10:30AM The Shocking Future Of The Gender Divide
Shelley Zalis, CEO, The Female Quotient (Moderator)
Faith Popcorn, Futurist and CEO, Faith Popcorn’s BrainReserve

10:30AM – 11AM The Road Less Traveled: Women Leaders Paving The Way Toward Societal Change
Lauren Wollack, Vice President for the Leadership & Global Activation Department, Vital Voices (Moderator)
Ariela Suster, Founder, Sequence Apparel LLC
Kristin Hayden, Chief Partnership Officer, IGNITE
Claudia Romo Edelman, UNICEF Special Advisor, Global Goals Cast Host, and Chairman, We Are All Human Foundation

11AM – 12PM #BossLadyBrunch: Building An Iconic Lifestyle Brand
Michele Promaulayko, Editor in Chief, Cosmopolitan (Moderator)
Rosette Pambakian, Head of Brand, Tinder
Alexis Glick, CEO, GENYOUth
Asani Swann, Founder, Sage Business Group and VP Business Strategy, Melo Enterprises, Inc.
Meridith Unger, Founder and CEO, Nix Biosensors

12PM – 1PM Women On The Stage
Melanie Deziel, Brand Storytelling Keynote Speaker and Consultant (Moderator)
Shelley Zalis, CEO, The Female Quotient
Cy Wakeman, International Keynote Speaker, New York Times Best Selling Author and CEO, Reality-Based Leadership
Nola Weinstein, Global Head of Culture and Experiential, Twitter
AJ Hassan, Executive Creative Director, R/GA Chicago

1PM – 2PM Women’s March Organizers On The Importance Of An Intersectional Movement: Together We Rise
Jenna Arnold, Co-Founder, ORGANIZE and Director of Strategic Engagement, Women’s March
Paola Mendoza, Filmmaker/Author and Artistic Director, Women’s March
Jamia Wilson, Executive Director and Publisher, The Feminist Press
Sarah Sophie Flicker, Artist, Author, Creative Director, Aerialist and Organizer, Women’s March

2PM – 3PM Time Out
Bill Moseley, Director, Marketing Communications, AT&T (Moderator)
Chris Plonsky, Assistant Athletic Director, UT Athletics
Tina Charles, WNBA Liberty Player, Five-Time WNBA All-Star
David Roter, Global Revenue and Partnerships, The Players’ Tribune
Katie Myers, Executive, Brand Consulting, CAA
Alissa Lieppman, Senior Director, Club Media Strategy, National Football League

3PM – 4PM When Men Are Champions
Michele Promaulayko, Editor-in-Chief, Cosmopolitan and Editorial Director, Seventeen and Women’s Health Magazines (Moderator)
Michael Monroe, Vice President of Marketing / Head of Re:think, The Atlantic
Dan Horowitz, Director of Advocacy and Campaigns, LinkedIn
Tim Allen, Partner, Microsoft
Jason Elm, Executive Creative Director, HEAT

4PM – 5PM Speech Moves
Sandy Lutton, Chief Revenue Officer, Washington Speakers Bureau (Intro)
Platon, World-Renowned Photographer and Master Storyteller (Moderator)
Shelley Zalis, CEO, The Female Quotient
Kat Cole, COO and President North America, FOCUS Brands, Inc.
Joanna Coles, Chief Content Officer, Hearst Magazines

5PM – 6PM Celebrating The Power Of Speech

The Girls’ Lounge is given with love from

Oath, Facebook, NBCUniversal, PepsiCo, Deloitte Digital, IPG, Spotify, L’Oreal, AT&T, JPMorgan Chase, Unilever, Google, Tinder, Viacom, UBS, LinkedIn, The Atlantic, Twitter, Diageo, Ipsos, #SeeHer, MAKERS, Quartz, Deutsch, Clear Channel Outdoor, MediaLink, PureWow, We’re Magnetic, The New York Times