Join us at Adweek’s annual Women Trailblazers Summit as we meet with the female powerhouses pushing their industries forward. At this year’s in-person event, we’ll hear from notable C-suite executives, influential creators and professional athletes who are using their voices and positions of leadership to empower women and accelerate change.

Listen in as they share the moments of personal growth that led them to the top, how they’re building value and what refreshing and relevant advice they can offer you when it comes to making an impact.

Featured Speakers Include

Meliassa Ben-Ishay
Meliassa Ben-Ishay
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Baked by Melissa
Amani Duncan
Amani Duncan
Chief Executive Officer
Cathy Engelbert
Cathy Engelbert
Jasmin Foster
Jasmin Foster
Chief Executive Office and Founder
Be Rooted
Jeanine Liburd
Jeanine Liburd
Chief Social Impact and Communications Officer
BET Networks
Sheila Lirio Marcelo
Sheila Lirio Marcelo
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Proof of Learn
Dawn Porter
Dawn Porter
Director & Producer
Trilogy Films
JuE Wong
JuE Wong
Chief Executive Officer
Lauren Zalaznick
Lauren Zalaznick
Television Producer

Agenda at a Glance

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Registration and Breakfast
9:30 AM - 9:40 AM
Opening Remarks
Opening remarks and a look at the event.
9:45 AM - 10:10 AM
View from the Top  

Behind some of the world’s most recognized brands today are a collective of women CEOs. They have proven to the industry that they have what it takes to successfully lead and make an impact in their respective fields. 

Hear from powerhouse CEOs, Amani Duncan of BBH USA, Emilie Ariel of Casper and JuE Wong of Olaplex as they discuss their experience being the leading force behind their brands, while offering sound advice and takeaways on what it takes to be an undeniable force in today’s competitive landscape.  

Amani Duncan JuE Wong
10:15 AM - 10:35 AM
Main Stage Session

Session details to be announced.

10:40 AM - 11:00 AM
Main Stage Session

Session details to be announced.

11:05 AM - 11:25 AM
Title IX: What it meant then and what it means now

2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the Title IX of the Education Amendments Act. This monumental shift in cultural change is commemorated in its celebratory year as women leaders from around the nation gather to share how their businesses support the movement.  

Dawn Porter of Trilogy Films and Cathy Engelbert of the WNBA join Adweek to share how Title IX has shaped their careers, how the civil rights law transcends and reflects today’s workforce, and how we can continue to be changemakers in our everyday societal challenges. 

Cathy Engelbert Dawn Porter
11:30 AM - 11:50 PM
Main Stage Session: Whalar

Session details to be announced. 

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
1:10 PM - 1:30 PM
Main Stage Session: Proof of Learn

Session details to be announced.

Sheila Lirio Marcelo
1:35 PM - 1:55 PM
Main Stage Session

Session details to be announced.

2:00 PM - 2:20 PM
Increasing Gender Parity on Boards

As companies are continuously expected to take stands on social issues, there's an even greater need for a variety of perspectives. Diverse female leaders continue to flip the script and fill more seats across boards.  

Join Adweek as we hear from remarkable trailblazers who will pull no punches on how best to earn your spot on the board and the what’s in the pipeline for continued growth. 

Jeanine Liburd
2:25 PM - 2:45 PM
Lessons from Female Founders

Breaking new ground in the entrepreneurial landscape is no easy task, but building a name for yourself is. 

Melissa Ben-Ishay of Baked by Melissa and Jasmine Foster of Rooted will join Adweek as powerhouse entrepreneurs for an insider’s POV on building your own business. Together, they’ll tackle the challenges female founders face, how to grow community and their strategies for success. 

Meliassa Ben-Ishay Jasmin Foster
2:50 PM - 2:55 PM
Closing Remarks

Thank you for joining!

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Cocktails & Reception


What past attendees had to say

Accolades for Adweek! Thank you for championing the conversation around women who continue to push boundaries. It is not just about women, but for women—women who are diverse and inspired. Bravo for another fabulous event.

It was inspiring to be surrounded by such a diverse group of talented, passionate people who share a common goal — working our butts off and learning as much as we can to make our workplaces better than they are now.

Upbeat, on-topic and women in the news right now — Women Trailblazers was educational and entertaining with takeaways for my career, personal interests and future goals.

The Women Trailblazers Summit was a great experience that I hope to rejoin. A place where diversity converges to discuss important topics for women in adland.

There was an amazing energy (and synergy) throughout the day! This event is a "must attend" for women to be inspired and empowered to be the best version of themselves!

The Adweek Women Trailblazers event is a fantastic day for professional "me time". I would encourage anyone to take time out to absorb, get inspired and recharge.

The Women Trailblazers event made me feel like these incredibly bright and accomplished women were my colleagues, not just people I look up to. It's so great to see women lifting each other up.

What a cool group of women to hang out with. Totally relatable and inspiring at the same time.

Adweek event are quality events. From the moderators to the speakers, they provide a great experience where you can make meaningful connections.

Adweek's events are what you need to feel inspired and motivated. The Adweek team curates amazing speakers and content and then facilitates the session so that each panel is pure gold. Your day/week will be better for attending these events!