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MARCH 8, 2021

Join the Kendra Scott Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute in a virtual celebration of International Women’s Day 2021. This year, we’re joining the IWD Community in encouraging the world to choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements while challenging gender bias and inequality.

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Tune in to our FREE virtual celebration and hear from some of today’s leading female voices from the business community and across the University of Texas at Austin. Join for a very special announcement from Kendra herself!

The International Women’s Day virtual celebration is open to all gender identities. We invite you to join us in community as we #ChooseToChallenge.


Spots are limited — register today to reserve a ticket!


the women who encourage us to #ChooseToChallenge

Kendra Scott

Kendra Scott

Designer, Founder and Executive Chairwoman of Kendra Scott, UT Austin Professor of Practice

Gail Warrior

Gail Warrior

Entrepreneur, Nationally Recognized Speaker and Certified Health & Life Coach

Julie Goonewardene

Julie Goonewardene

UT System Chief Talent and Innovation Officer

Lesley Robinson

Lesley Robinson

Director, Kendra Scott Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute

Samantha Bryant

Samantha Bryant

President, KS WEL Institute Student Advisory Board

Rashu Jain

Rashu Jain

President-Elect, KS WEL Institute Student Advisory Board

and more

Kim Barnes
Communications Expert
at Barnes Team Media

Adrianna Cantu
Founder of Revealix

Chrissy Cowdrey
Founder of Stagger

Jessica Gaffney
CEO & Executive Director at Beam
(formerly Women@Austin)

Ashley Jennings
Managing Director of the
Texas Innovation Center at UT

Marissa Limsiaco
President and Co-Founder of Otso

Dr. Melissa Murphy 
Founder at The Pitch Academy and Lecturer at McCombs School of Business at UT

Anna Robinson
Founder & CEO at Ceresa

Jan Ryan
Executive Director of the Center for Creative
Entrepreneurship and Professor at UT

Eva Tirion
Senior Intern, Kendra Scott WEL Institute

Dr. Van Truskett
Executive Director of the Texas Innovation Center
and Professor at UT

Lauren Washington
Co-Founder of Black Women Talk Tech and Fundr

We #ChooseToChallenge, will you?

Raise your hand high to show you’re in and that you commit to choose to challenge and call out inequality.

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get connected
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Join the conversation on the Kendra Scott WEL Institute Slack Workspace. Connect with fellow KS WEL Institute followers before, during and after the IWD virtual celebration. This evergreen space is the perfect forum to hear about exciting KS WEL Institute updates, opportunities and events, meet fellow entrepreneurs and grow your network on campus + beyond!

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Be sure to join our Slack Workspace to enter a chance to win exclusive prizes and giveaways including Kendra Scott goodies, a DELL laptop and more!

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civic dinners
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Apply to join us after the IWD virtual celebration for our “Choose to Challenge” Civic Dinner, co-hosted by Young Women’s Alliance! Through an environment of community, diversity, inclusivity, and empowerment, our goal is to redefine leadership and entrepreneurship through a gender-enlightened lens.

Once selected, you will be invited to a virtual “dinner” with 7-9 other UT students and a YWA dinner host to guide you through conversation about the “Voice of Women”. As a bonus, FREE Tiff’s Treats cookies will be delivered to your door!

Applications close at midnight on 3/2/21.


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the next generation of courageous & creative female leaders

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We’re excited to bring you our International Women’s Day virtual celebration content for FREE with the help of our generous sponsors.

If you believe in our mission and want to ensure we empower the next generation of strong female leaders, consider donating today.



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