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Live with purpose. Plan with passion.

Denver • April 28


"Best event ever, always upbeat and never time to lose interest. Great food and service from staff and the accommodations are always fabulous."
– Becky Torres, Clackamas Community College

April 27

3:30 - 5:00 pm
Welcome Reception

April 28

7:30 – 8:30 am Continental Breakfast & Welcome Remarks

8:30 – 10:00 am Keynote Address - Fawn Germer

10:00 – 10:15 am Networking Break

10:15 am – 11:45 am Workshop - Betsy Bondurant

12:00 – 1:30 pm Smart Women in Meetings Awards Luncheon

1:35 – 2:45 pm Keynote - Audrey Nelson, Gender Communication

2:45 – 4:45 pm Workshop - Laura Stack, Workflow Mastery (2 Hour Workshop)

A Bright Mind for Smart Events

The 2017 Smart Woman Summit is coming to Denver this April! Now in its second year, the Smart Woman Summit offers business-centric, career-enhancing workshops for women in the meetings industry.

It’s no secret that as women in the workplace, we have our own set of challenges to overcome. Let's embrace this female-driven industry we are all so passionate about and grow together as a strong, talented community of female leaders.
Smart Women in Meetings Awards Luncheon
Smart Meetings is the leading media company in the meetings industry and the most trusted source for meetings professionals. In addition to being known for executing the most sophisticated, luxurious and educational experiences, Smart Meetings publishes the industry’s leading magazine.

The company's founder and CEO, Marin Bright, decided to combine her love of events with her passion for female empowerment by creating The Smart Woman Summit.  Bright has set the pace for female meetings industry entrepreneurs and leaders with more than 20 years of experience directing successful teams in the male-dominated B2B publishing industry. The only female leader in the meetings publishing industry, Bright has built a powerful brand and continues to lead her company toward innovation and sustained success.

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"I thoroughly enjoy the Smart Meetings events because of the networking, speakers and the size of the event. You are not lost in a large crowd. I come away from these events with great ideas, contacts and energized!"
– Jane Murphy, Energy Insurance Mutual


Create Connections
Education and CEUs
Swag Bag


Attend educational workshops critical for women in the workplace.

Share in powerful networking and gain new business contacts.

Earn CEUs from thought-leading breakout speakers.

Recognize the honorees of the 2017 Smart Women in Meetings Awards. 

Take home your pair of Punjammie lounge bottoms and support a meaningful CSR cause for women in India.

Gain inspiration with your Summit swag bag.

Smart Women in Meetings Awards Luncheon

Audrey Nelson
He Speaks, She Speaks:
What Different Things They Say


Betsy Bondurant
Giving Your Career Positive Momentum!


Laura Stack
Workflow Mastery: Organize Your Time, Tasks and Inbox!


Indulge in an exquisite meal thoughtfully prepared by world-class chefs and treat yourself to a tempting cocktail. The Awards Luncheon is a chance to honor the winners of the 2017 Smart Women in Meetings Awards and gain inspiration from your fellow women in meetings. Enjoy a delightful plate of sumptuous eats, hear the inspiring stories of your talented peers and elevate your growing community of ambitious women in meetings.
The Smart Woman Summit will be hosted at the breathtaking Ritz-Carlton, Denver. You'll experience the luxury property's recent renovation to its lobby and 13,000+ sq. ft. of beautiful meeting and event space. Attendees are welcome to stay at the Ritz-Carlton, Denver, however Smart Meetings' room block is at capacity. Due to the popularity of this event, we've added an additional block of rooms at the Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center at a special Summit rate. More details will be provided at the time of registration.


Smart Meeting Mountain

April 27 • The Ritz-Carlton, Denver

Attending the Smart Woman Summit? Why not come a day early to kick your planning off with 65 of your meeting planner peers? We invite all of you to join us at Smart Meeting Mountain on April 27, the day before the Summit—in the same convenient location. Source your meetings for 2017, network with even more fabulous female meeting professionals, earn CEUs and take home creative, inspiring ideas for your own meetings and events.

Attend Smart Meeting West, stay for the Smart Woman Summit and save on your hotel with a special reduced rate.

Set your career on the fast track to success with relevant, industry-leading educational content and earn valuable CEUs from breakout speakers.

Share in recognizing the honorees of the 2017 Smart Women in Meetings Awards (and collect your own prize if you’re named a winner!)

Boost your business contacts while you network with the meeting industry’s most focused, ambitious female ambassadors

Gain inspiration with your summit swag bag filled with today’s most innovative corporate incentive gifts

Listen-in with Dr. Audrey Nelson to uncover the differences in communication between men and women! Dr. Nelson reveals how men and women can learn from each other and complement one another in the workplace. You'll learn why coed teams are often higher functioning and produce a superior level of results than same-sex groups and explore the differences in verbal and nonverbal communication, why women think men don't listen and how the old saying is so true: it's not what you say, but how you say it. 


Contact us at events@smartmeetings.com or call 415.339.9355.

Lean in with “The Productivity Pro," Laura Stack, to learn how to effectively, efficiently master the critical skills of email handling, planning, scheduling, time management and organization. Proper workflow is the secret weapon for any great planner; it's what separates  the ordinary performers from the extraordinary. Discover Laura's career-changing tips and finally experience the optimal level of planning you've always worked toward!

As our job roles consistently evolve in this every-changing industry, it's up to us to take charge of our own career progression. In this interactive session, you'll learn to demonstrate your value, examine practical skills to ensure career advancement, review effective self-appraisal tools and learn to turn a good idea into an actionable plan. You'll complete this inspiring session with a practical strategy to advance your career and not just chase your goals, but achieve them!

Fawn Germer
Stand Up and Lead


Few people have influenced the day-to-day performance of professionals and organizations more than Fawn Germer. Bestselling, Oprah-featured author, speaker and business consultant, Fawn is revered for her authenticity and inspiration. She is an expert on change and viability, showing how to turn the stress of a change-driven world into an opportunity to innovate and transform.

Take home your pair of Punjammies! These lounge bottoms support a meaningful CSR cause and invest in the dignity and freedom of women in India.