January 29 - 31, 2020

Scotts Valley, CA


“The World-Changing Women Summit was the most extraordinary, inspiring, and transformative gathering I have attended in my life. To be in the company of such powerful, authentic women with such a thoughtful agenda and curated content was game-changing for me as a professional and a person.”

Picture a place where ancient redwoods tower above, hiking trails extend for miles, and yoga, meditation, and massage are offered daily.

Now imagine what it would be like to be at this place connecting with hundreds of other female change agents who are working to make the world a better place.

See yourself having deep conversations with your peers about what matters most in business, laughing with new friends, and connecting and networking with the leading businesswomen from around the world at a world-class retreat center.

This is the World-Changing Women’s Summit.

*Reach out to wcws@consciouscomag.com with any questions

What to Expect at the Summit

“This is more than a gathering of women. This is reconnecting with your tribe, or finding it for the first time. The energy, the inspiration and the connection available to us with this space is beyond what you could ever hope for from a traditional conference.”

We’re curating a powerhouse group of female leaders to share wisdom, find inspiration, and connect around best practices for leading and thriving in the conscious business world.

The best and brightest will gather for three days to dive deep and have raw conversations about critical topics such as:

  • Developing yourself as an authentic, conscious leader in the workplace
  • Bringing more purpose into the workplace
  • Working more effectively across generations
  • Developing a more inclusive workplace culture
  • Best practices for raising capital
  • Managing the stress of work-life integration
  • Scaling your company while staying true to your values
  • Creating greater impact in the world

"The WCWS changed my life in the best way possible. It re-centered my intentions and inspired me to live my purpose. Being at a conference with all women is very powerful and creates a special environment where we have a voice and the voice is strong!”

Previous Agenda

Monday January 28, 2019
10:00amRegistration OpenMain Lobby
12:00 - 1:00pmLunchKitchen Table
1:00 - 2:45pmConference OpeningRedwood
2:50 - 3:15pmBreak
3:25 - 4:25pmCultivating True Conscious Leadership
Akaya Windwood, Alfa Demmellash, Konda Mason, Michelle Long
In our first session, we'll sit down with true leadership visionaries to rethink what it means to be an effective leader. We'll examine what qualities are needed for leaders of the future, discuss what is being called for during these challenging times, and hear inspiring visions of how to take our personal leadership to the next level.
4:30 - 5:30pmWorkshop: Rethinking How We Lead
Meghna Majmudar
In this custom workshop, we'll work together as peers to reimagine what our leadership could look like, learn tools to elevate our capacity to lead, and learn from each other about what truly effective leadership looks like
6:00 - 7:30pmDinnerKitchen Table
7:45 - 8:45pmEvening Fireside Chat with Kit Crawford and Kim Jordan
In our opening evening fireside chat, we'll sit down with two business visionaries: Kit Crawford of Clif Bar and Kim Jordan of New Belgium Brewery. Both women have built multi-million dollar brands that put their employees first, have exceptional workplace cultures, and have loyal brand followers. We'll get to hear the true stories behind how they built these brands, what they've learned along the way, and how to find joy amidst the pressure of running their companies.
Tuesday January 29, 2019
7:00 - 8:30amBreakfast
*Members-only breakfast available beginning at 8am
Kitchen Table
8:30amConference BeginsRedwood
9:00 - 10:00 amWhat It Truly Takes: Scaling A Company With True Purpose
Komal Ahmad, Kim Graham-Nye, Molly Hayward, Zahra Kassam
We'll hear from extraordinary business leaders who have built game changing companies that make the world a better place. We'll examine what has made them successful, how purpose drives their performance, and what key challenges they've faced that have held them back on their journeys.
10:00 - 11:00amBuilding Incredible Workplaces
Erin Wade, Liz Allen, Rajkumari Neogy, Tara Robertson
In this exceptional session, we'll hear from cutting-edge practitioners and thought leaders on how to create cultures of belonging and workplaces that include everyone. We'll hear tangible tips and new insights on how to create workplaces where everyone can feel connected and thrive.
11:00 - 11:20amBreak
11:20 - 12:15pmWorkshop: Commiting to the Next Level
Jocelyn Macdougall
During this workshop, participants will work to identify the primary barriers that are holding themselves and their businesses back and will work directly on addressing their primary barriers to take their companies to the next level.
12:15 - 1:30pmLunchKitchen Table
1:30pmAfternoon Session BeginsRedwood
1:40 - 2:30pmFireside Chat with Sheryl O'Loughlin
Sheryl O'Loughlin has seen it all. As the former CEO of Clif Bar, the co-founder of Plum Organics, the current CEO of Rebbl, and the author of "Killing It: An Entrepreneurs Guide to Keeping Your Head Without Losing Your Heart," O'Loughlin has insights and wisdom that all leaders need to hear. In this one-on-one conversation, we'll hear the inside story from Sheryl of how she built her career, how she faced the demons along the way, and how she's finally found balance and joy in her career.
2:30 - 2:50pmBreak
2:50 - 3:50pmUpleveling Your Performance By Tapping Into Your Inner Wisdom
Tara-Nicholle Nelson
In this one-of-a-kind workshop, we'll receive practical insights on how to quiet our inner critic, tap into our innate wisdom, and take our leadership to the next level.
3:50 - 4:00pmScreening of Kate Spade New York: I am the Heroine of My Own StoryRedwood
4:15 - 5:00pmRejuvenation Break
*Kate Spade New York on purpose
6:00 - 7:30pmDinnerKitchen Table
7:45 - 8:45pmExclusive Interview: Eileen Fisher
In this one-on-one discussion, we'll sit down with fashion icon Eileen Fisher to hear her insights on how she's built an incredible conscious company, what leadership style works best for her, and what she's learned over her 30+ years building a $500 million sustainable brand.
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
7:00 - 9:00amBreakfastKitchen Table
9:00 - 11:00amPeer CirclesRedwood
11:00 - 11:20amBreak
11:20 - 12:00pmClosing ConversationRedwood
12:00 - 2:00pmLunchKitchen Table

Previous Event Speakers


Konda Mason
Co-founder, Jubilee Partners; Co-founder and founding CEO, Impact Hub Oakland


Sheryl O’Loughlin
Author of Killin’ It, President & CEO of REBBL, Co-founder & former CEO of Plum Organics, Former CEO of Clif Bar & Company


Komal Ahmad
Founder & CEO, Copia

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Tara Robertson
Diversity & Inclusion Strategic Partner for Mozilla

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Michelle Long
Co-Founder, Jubilee Partners

Stay tuned for 2020 speaker announcements.

Previous Speakers Include


Karen May
Vice President People Development, Google


Aisha Fukushima
Singer, Speaker, RAPtivist


Lynne Twist
Co-founder, The Pachamama Alliance & Founder, The Soul of Money Institute


Jessica Norwood
Founder, The Runway Project

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Kat Taylor
Co-founder & Co-CEO, Beneficial State Bank


Vicki Saunders
Founder, SheEO


Natalia Oberti Noguera
Founder and CEO,  Pipeline Angels


Rev. Deborah Johnson
Founder, Inner Light Ministries and The Motivational Institute

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Steph Speirs
Co-founder & CEO, Solstice

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Susan Griffin-Black
Co-Founder & Co-CEO, EO Products


Amy Baglan
Founder & CEO, MeetMindful

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Anya Cherneff
Co-Founder & Executive Director, Empower Generation


Miki Agrawal
Co-Founder & Chief Inventor of TUSHY, THINX, Icon, WILD


Lisa Skeete Tatum
Co-founder & CEO, Landit


Berry Liberman
Publisher, Dumbo Feather Magazine; Co-founder & Creative Director, Small Giants


Courtney Klein
Co-founder & CEO, Seed Spot


Deborah Jackson
Founder, Plum Alley


Nellie Morris
Co-founder, Purpose Generation

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Rahama Wright
Founder & CEO, Shea Yeleen


Robyn Sue Fisher
Founder & CEO, Smitten Ice Cream


Marianne Schnall
Author/Journalist, Co-founder What Will It Take Movements


Lisa Dyson
CEO, Kiverdi


Kim Coupounas
Director, B Lab


Olivia Khalili
Director, Oath for Good (formerly Yahoo)


Virginia Klausmeier
CEO & President, Sylvatex Inc.


Jenny Kassan
Author, “Raise Capital on Your Own Terms: How to Fund Your Business Without Selling Your Soul”


Yve-Car Momperousse
CEO of Kreyol Essence


Anna Auerbach
Co-founder and Co-CEO, Werk


Cylvia Hayes
Author, Former First Lady of Oregon


Konda Mason
Co-Founder & CEO, Impact Hub Oakland


Carolyn Buck Luce
Managing Partner, Imaginal Labs


Lori Darley
Founder & CEO, Conscious Leaders


Jenny Sauer-Klein
Founder & Director, The Culture Conference


Ayla Schlosser
Founder and CEO at Resonate


Leslie Caputo
Director of Enterprise Strategy at Werk


Sara Vetter
Business Development Director Soul of Money Institute

2019 Attendees From

Who Should Attend

While the Summit is open to any woman or gender non-conforming person who identifies as a change agent and leader in her/their community, we’re especially interested in convening female founders, CEOs, executives, and entrepreneurs involved with conscious businesses. This gathering might be the place for you if:

  • You’re seeking to build a community of peers who can help you take your business or role to the next level
  • You go to work to make a difference, not just to earn a paycheck
  • You believe that, in the right hands and with the right intentions, business can be a powerful force for good in the world
  • You reflect often on how to be a more effective, authentic, and empowering leader
  • You enjoy nerding out about the nitty-gritty of running a successful and sustainable business
  • You care about equality, justice, freedom, and wellbeing for all communities and ecosystems
  • You’re often forging your own path through what sometimes feels like an uncharted territory
  • You believe in the power of human-centered workplaces to create both stronger businesses and healthier communities
  • You’re not afraid to look in the mirror and do the hard internal work needed to be the change you want to see in the world
  • You’re open to connecting with and learning from a community of liked-minded achievers


You probably know the dismal stats about women in business. Only 32 of the Fortune 500 companies have female CEOs. Women still make 79 percent of the wages for the same work as men. Only 20% of all business investment goes into women-led businesses — and that’s even worse for women of color. The list goes on.

And yet, times are changing. Not equally, not everywhere, but they are. We’ve seen firsthand how an inspired band of powerful women are leading the way within the conscious business movement, working hard and smart to not only shatter glass ceilings but to build a better, more just and beautiful world for everyone through the power of business.

It’s time to gather these change agents in one place. We are CEOs, thought leaders, and entrepreneurs. We are investors and changemakers, movers and shakers, dreamers and doers. It’s time to join voices and forces, share stories and resources, eat and drink, laugh and cry together — and support each other as we change the world.

We’re already strong. Together, we can be unstoppable.

Top 7 Reasons to Attend

  1. Connection: Connect deeply with like-minded peers in a safe space
  2. Support: Discover the support that you need to take on the challenges that you’re facing and have the opportunity to support others who are equally challenged
  3. Rejuvenation: Find the space to rejuvenate in a restorative environment with on-site yoga, fitness and wellness centers
  4. Inspiration: Hear new, inspirational ideas to help you breakthrough old patterns of thinking and behavior
  5. Education: Learn about new resources, best practices, and key insights from the best and brightest in the field
  6. Elevation: Elevate your capacity to lead and take your business or role to the next level
  7. Food: No seriously, the food at 1440 is extraordinary.

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Questions, comments, suggestions, kind words? Please contact WCWS@consciouscomag.com 

Interested in joining the wonderful organizations supporting this convening? Please contact susan@consciouscomag.com