International Women’s Day is a great day to highlight some fantastic events at South by Southwest Interactive of interest to women.

Here’s some panels to check out.

Women get less venture capital then men. But lots of people are focusing on that now with hopes of changing the status quo. Here’s two panels focused on investing in women.


Empowering a Billion Women by 2020

It takes place starting at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 10th in Salons 5 and 6 at the JW Marriott.

The speakers include Ingrid Vanderveldt with EBW2020, Lili Hall with Knock Inc., Stephen Evans-Freke with Auven Therapeutics and Tina Tchen with the U.S. government.

“EBW is “changing the world by changing the ratio” with data driven solutions in industries that create economic and social impact for women and girls across industries and borders. Additionally, and with the help of our partners, ultimately reaching our goal of Empowering a Billion Women by 2020. In 2017 we will be leveraging our access, collection and analysis of women owned businesses worldwide to release The EBW Economic Data Platform and EBW Global Economic Reports on Women’s Entrepreneurship to bridge and accelerate the mutual investments between global brands and women entrepreneurs they seek to connect and do business with,” according to its panel description.


Women in Entrepreneurship

Takes place is Salon H at the Hilton Austin Downtown starting at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 11th.

The speakers include Lauren Gilchrist with Pivotal Labs, Dyan Gibbens with Trumbull Unmanned, Congresswoman Mimi Walters and Congresswoman Robin Kelly.

“Women-led private technology companies are more capital-efficient, achieve 35 percent higher return on investment, and, when venture-backed, bring in 12 percent higher revenue than male-owned tech companies. Yet women owned businesses are significantly less likely to win VC backing, and if they do, often wind up disqualified from being deemed a women owned business by the government. What should governments be doing to encourage women entrepreneurs? What should they stop doing to discourage women entrepreneurs?,” according to the panel

Why Women in Tech Matter

It takes place at the JW Marriott. Salon A-B, Saturday, March 11 at 3:30 p.m.

Austin’s William Hurley, known as Whurley, CEO of Honest Dollar, is participating in this panel with Unoma Okorafor with Waaw Foundation, Niamh Scanlon and Doreen Bogdan-Martin with ITU.
They panelists will discuss the importance of gender balance in the field of technology. “ITU, the UN ICT agency, is leading innovative solutions to close the gender gap. This session highlights successful strategies to get more women in tech and why it matters,” according to the panel description.


Elephant on Madison Avenue

It takes place on Sunday, March 12th starting at 12:30 p.m. in Ballroom EFG of the Austin Convention Center.

Speakers include Austinite Leslie Wingo of SandersWingo, Lisen Stromberg of the 3% Movement, Bradley Jakeman of PepsiCo and Michele Madansky of Michele Madansky Consulting.

“In a follow up to the SXSW 2016 Elephant in the Valley Keynote, the Elephant on Madison Avenue Featured Session will discuss sexual harassment and gender bias in the advertising industry and how it compares to tech.
The results of The Elephant in The Valley shed light on some of the conscious and unconscious biases that women in tech experience on a daily basis. After hearing about the research at last year’s SXSW Keynote, The 3% Movement decided to run a similar study to gauge how women in advertising (and especially in creative fields) are experiencing these biases. In this panel we will share some of the results from Elephant on Mad. Avenue and have a conversation about what agencies and the industry as a whole are doing to ensure more women get promoted and thrive in the agency environment. We will also consider how Silicon Valley compares to Madison Avenue for women in these industries.”


Beyond the Bottom Line: Setting a New Bar for VC

It takes place starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Hilton, room 400 on Monday, March 13th

This panel features Sara Brand, co-founder of True Wealth Ventures, a $20 million fund focused on investing in women-led startups, along with Jenny Abramson of Rethink Impact, Mike Nellis of the Austin Community Foundation and Pam Ryan with the Tingari-Silverton Foundation

Female Investors Talk Investing in Women
It takes place at the Hilton in room 402 starting at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, March 13th.
The panel discussion features Sukhinder Singh Cassidy with theBoardlist, Susan Lyne with BBG Ventures and Theresia Gouw with Aspect Ventures.

The Future of Connection

It takes place at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 13th at 11 a.m. in Salons 5-6 at the JW Marriott.

Julia Boorstin with CNBC interviews Whitney Wolfe, founder of Bumble, one of the fastest growing dating apps in the country. Wolfe, who formerly worked at Tinder, founded Bumble in Austin and recently was named to the Forbes’ 30 under 30 list.


Badass Buying Power: The Rise of the Millennial Women

It takes place starting at 3:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency, Zilker Ballroom on Tuesday, March 14.

The speakers include Jon Birger with Fortune Magazine, Kristina Durante with Rutgers University, Edwin Beadle with American Honda Motor Co. and Samantha Skey with SheKnows Media.

“Since 2000, one-third more women than men have graduated college, a topic Jon Birger explored in his book DATE-ONOMICS. With greater education comes greater income: Wages for U.S. women age 25-34 have risen 13% since 1980 whereas men’s have fallen 20%. Indeed, Millennial women are so outpacing men in education, it’s inevitable they will be their generation’s high earners. What does this mean for the future of advertising? The rise of Millennial women portends big change in how luxury cars, jewelry and other premium products once purchased mainly by men will be marketed. Translation: opportunity for advertisers who recognize the shift—and peril for those who don’t” according to the panel description.