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With Lauren Bush Lauren (Founder, FEED Projects), Jill Abramson (former Exec Editor, NY Times), Brenda Berkman (1st Woman Firefighter @ NYFD), Naomi Hirabayashi (CMO, DoSomething) & others.
Wednesday, July 09, 2014 at 08:00 AM    Cost: $52
Fordham University, 155 W 60th St

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The Smart Girls Group is proud to present the first annual Smart Girls Conference. The conference will bring together the next generation of superstar women,from future Fortune 500 CEOs to presidents to editors-in-chief and beyond.Just like The Smart Girls Group, Smart Girls Conference willempower young women to succeed in all facets of their lives, throughkeynote speakers, panels, workshops, networking, andmore. In an effort to continue to empower the next generationof superstar women, participants will find opportunities thatwill cater to their smarts, while connecting with Smart GirlSisters from across the globe.

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The conference theme is Be Smart. Live Smart. and we have two days jam packed with all sorts of panels, speakers, workshops, and more, all going along with just that! See below for our agenda:

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 8:00am|Breakfast, Registration, Smart Girl Expo Time 9:00am|Welcome to Smart Girls Conference from Founder & Smart Starter, Emily Raleigh 9:30 |An Interview with Lauren Bush Lauren, Founder of FEED Projects 10:30 |How to Achieve Your Dreams by 30 11:30 |A Lesson in Style: Defining Your Signature Style & Owning Your Look 12:00 |KPMG presents: Women in Business Lunch & Learn 1:00 |Networking & Smart Expo Time 1:20 |Smart Girl Surprise #1 1:30 |Trailblazing in the Media: What It Takes to Break In & Make It 3:00 |An Hour With the Executive: Jill Abramson 4:00 |Smart Girl Surprise #2 4:15 |Networking & Smart Expo Time Thursday, July 10, 2014 8:00am|Brunching & Branding: How to Leverage Your Personal Brand for Opportunities 8:45am|Smart Girl Surprise #3 9:00am|Keynote: Brenda Berkman, First Woman Firefighter of the NYPD 9:45am|Smart Expo Time 10:00am|The Future of Feminism 10:30am|When I Was A Smart Girl: What I Wish I Knew Your At Age 11:15am|Smart Girl Surprise #4 11:30am|Smart Girls Group Breakout Sessions 12:30pm|Lunch & Smart Expo Time 1:30pm|Career Development Workshops Presented by Levo League: Rock Your Resume

Presented by Imperative: Finding Your Purpose & Passion

Presented by Image By Elaine: Looking & Acting Like A Professional Smart Girl

3:30pm |Door Prizes & Smart Girls of the Year Awards 4:15pm |Closing Remarks

We are honored and excited to have so many superstar Smart Girls and Smart Women speaking at our conference! These women come from all different backgrounds and industries, and are sure to inspire you to #BeSmartLiveSmart! Our speakers include:

  • Jill Abramson,Executive Editor of The New York Times
  • Lauren Bush Lauren, Founder of FEED
  • Brenda Berkman, First Woman Firefighter of the NYFD
  • D'Arcy Rudnay, Chief Communications Officer of Comcast Corporation
  • Lesley Jane Seymour, Editor-in-Chief of More Magazine
  • Naomi Hirabayashi, Chief Marketing Officer of
  • Kayla Webley, Senior Editor of Marie Claire
  • Carly Heitlinger, Author of College Prepster
  • Tammy Tibbetts, Founder of She's the First
  • Soraya Darabi, Founder of Zady
  • Kendall Ciesemier, Founder of Kids Caring 4 Kids
  • Ashley Parrish, Editor-in-Chief of DailyCandy
  • Julie Zeilinger, Founder & Editor of The FBomb
  • Mackenzie Horan, Blogger & Boutique Owner of Design Darling
  • Kat Lazo, Feminist Media Activist & Founder of TheeKatsMeoww
  • Renata M. Black, Founder of Empowered By You and Seven Bar Foundation
FAQs Who should attend Smart Girls Conference?

Smart Girls Conference is open to all ages! From middle school, high school, and college-aged students to professionals and beyond are welcome to attend. We highly encourage Smart Girl Sisters and members of our Smart Women's Network or those interested in becoming involved in The Smart Girls Group to attend.

Where is Smart Girls Conference?

Smart Girls Conference is at Fordham University Lincoln Center, which is located in the Upper West Side, exactly one block from Columbus Circle and next to the Lincoln Center. Fordham University Lincoln Center's address is:113 West 60th Street,New York, NY 10023.

Does it cost any money to attend Smart Girls Conference?

There is a registration fee for attended Smart Girls Conference. Attendees are encouraged to register early to qualify for the lowest possible registration rate. Early bird registration will be open from April 28 - June 1, 2014. General registration will continue from June 2 - July 7, 2014. Registration rates are as follows:

Smart Girls Sister Early Bird Registration: $49.99
  • General Public Early Bird Registration: $59.99
  • General Registration (for both Smart Girl Sisters and General Public): $79.99 What is included in the registration fee?

    The registration fee will cover the cost of your Smart Girls Conference conference materials, snacks, swag bag, breakfast, and lunch on both days of the event. Attendees should expect to pay for their travel and housing expenses, andany additional activities they plan on pursuing during their time in New York City.

    Is Smart Girls Group arranging housing during the summit?

    We are blocking rooms at the Holiday Inn on 57th Street, only a few blocks from Fordham University Lincoln Center. Attendees will be able to block rooms at the Holiday Inn starting on Monday, April 28th (same day as registration). Attendees are more than welcome to stay wherever they would like. Hotel accommodation is not provided in the conference registration fee.

    What is the conference schedule?

    The conference will begin promptly at 9:00am on Wednesday, July 9th, but we will open the doors at 8:00am and suggest attendees arrive then. From 8:00am-8:45am, attendees will sign in, receive their smart bags, and attend the Smart Girls Expo. This is also when we will be serving breakfast.Attendees are expected to participate in the summit from approximately 8:00am-4:45pm on Thursday, July 10th.

    There is an optional conference day on Friday, July 11th, where we will arrange small group excursions throughout New York City. Information and registration for that can be found here.

    How do I get to New York City?

    There are many ways to get to the Smart Girls Conference! Fordham University Lincoln Center is located in the Upper West Side, exactly one block from Columbus Circle.

    The major airports in New York City include LaGuardia (LGA), John F. Kennedy (JFK), and Newark (EWK) in New Jersey. There is a shuttle from Newark (EWK) to New York City. From LaGuardia and JKF, you can take a yellow cab or the subway. If taking the subway, we suggest using the Google Maps app.If you're traveling from a nearby city, consider taking a train to Penn Station or riding the Megabus or Bolt Bus.

    What should I pack to wear?

    Here at The Smart Girls Group, we encourage Smart Girls to own their individual style. With that being said, for the conference, attire should be business casual. Business casual attire includes professional outfits consisting of a blouse and dress pants/skirt or a dress. The average July temperature in New York City is 83 degrees Fahrenheit with high humidity.

    I have other questions. Who can I contact?

    If you have any other questions, please email our Conference Director, Alexa, at or tweet at @SGGSummit.

    Special thank you to our conference partners Whole Foods, KPMG, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Kenneth Cole, Maia Yogurt, Onli Beverages, Baked By Melissa, Stella & Dot, Dormify, Tieks, Julep, Lemon & Line, Levo League, Imperative, Muses & Visionaries Magazine, Compass Partners, Elle B, Intern Queen, and Fordham Universtiy Gabelli School of Business for their amazing support!

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