Being in this digital-creative space for some time now, I know how daunting (and lonely) entrepreneurship can get. Sitting alone behind your computer trying to figure out how the heck SEO works, finding clients or trying to find the right business partner to collaborate with are all part of a day’s work.

Over the last few years, I’ve been to my share of events, networking opportunities, conferences, and meetups. Some were great. Others not so. So I’ve put together a list of the top six must attend conferences for this summer. If you’re a female entrepreneur and you want to be inspired, build connections, and “up” your game, you’ll want to take note. Oh yeah, and don’t forget about Femme & Fortune’s own conference, The Fearless Conference, happening this October in Philadelphia! 


Yellow Conference

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Yellow Conference is a gathering for creative entrepreneurial women who desire to ignite passion and bring goodness to the world. Featuring past speakers such as Caitlin Crosby (founder of The Giving Keys), Sarah Dubbeldam (founder of Darling Magazine) and many other world-changers, the Yellow Conference provides insight, knowledge, and inspiration to help you get your business off the ground.

Mark Your Calendar:

August 25-27, 2016 | Los Angeles, CA

Register at: yellowconference.com


Rare Birds Con

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Rare Birds Con is a two-day conference packed with inspiring and practical information that offers incredible opportunities for business owners to connect. You will hear from the world’s leading experts on entrepreneurship and innovation and be fired up by hard-hitting new ideas. Whether you are in the early stages of your business or in growth mode, the conference is a perfect place to get direct and tactical information to move your business forward.

Rave Reviews:

“It is human nature to seek communities to cherish. Rare Birds is a wonderful community and platform that gives myself and others a community to enjoy. We can draw inspiration and strength from our peers. It also offers place where the next generation of entrepreneurs can think to themselves #IFSHECANICAN and that is something to be truly celebrated.” – Mia McCarthy, Yummia

Mark Your Calendar:

June 8, 9, 2016 | Sydney, Australia  

Register at: rarebirdscon.com


Glam University’s Girl Power Sleepover

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Sabrina Peterson, founder of Glam University features the highly successful “GirlPower SleepOver” conference. Presented in a business bootcamp format, attendees will learn fundamental skills and strategies from successful business experts. The curated industry experts will provide their secrets and insight in an intimate setting allowing attendees to receive personalized insider advice on how to take their business idea and grow it into an established brand.

Mark Your Calendar:

July 16, 17, 2016 | Atlanta, Georgia

Register at: girlpowersleepover.com


Simply Stylist

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Catt Sadler of E! News will host the 2016 Simply Stylist ‘Do What You Love’ annual conference. Founded in 2012 by Sarah Boyd as a way to connect like-minded individuals, tastemakers, and brands in the fashion and beauty space, the conference will feature an expert panel – influential stylists, designers, bloggers, editors, tech mavens and more.

Other than the panel, the conference also features networking events, mixers and workshops, all designed to help you connect and build lasting relationships with other companies and brands. If you’re trying to take your career to the next level or even just get a (stylishly-clad) foot in the door, this is your ticket.

Mark Your Calendar:

July 16, 2016 | Chicago, IL

Register at: simplystylist.com/attend-2016


Haven Conference

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Haven is a DIY and decorating professional blogging conference. The conference brings together 400 pro-bloggers with over 100 sponsor representatives for a 3-day event. Sessions focus on improving skills in blogging, decorating, home improvement, photography, writing, social media, brand relationships, book writing, and more.

Mark Your Calendar:

August 5-7, 2016 | Atlanta, GA

Register at: havenconference.com


Savvy Business Owners Conference

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The Savvy Business Owners Conference is a conference for female business owners who have been in business for at least one year and are ready to meet like-minded entrepreneurs uplevel, shift, find clarity, grow, focus and take action in their business.

Set in the beautiful Scottsdale, Arizona, you will have the opportunity to learn from trend setting movers and shakers in the marketing and business world, while indulging in organic meals, and top-of-the-line accommodations. Best part – registration includes nightly parties to break the ice and connect with other attendees!

Mark Your Calendar:

August 28 – 31, 2016 | Scottsdale, AZ

Register at: heathercrabtree.com (Update: the conference is sold out!)