Women's Symposium

55th Annual Women's Symposium March 4, 2020

Schedule and Speaker

Women's Symposium Schedule 

11:00am - 12:00pm

Registration and Check-in Opens

12:00pm - 1:30pm

Luncheon and Opening of the 54th Women's Symposium:

Courtney Caldwell, Cofounder & COO of Beauty-tech startup, ShearShare

1:30pm - 2:40pm

In Her Shoes: A Legacy of Women's Leadership at SMU

2:45pm - 3:55pm

Pounding the Pavement: Political Action in Our Communities

4:00pm - 4:15pm

Snack Break

4:15pm - 5:25pm

Filming Our Footsteps: Bringing Women's Lives into Focus

5:30pm - 6:00pm

Resource Fair and Community Awards Reception

6:00pm - 7:45pm

Community Awards Dinner Program

8:00pm - 9:00pm

Closing Evening Talk: 

 A Conversation with Glennon Doyle and Abby Wambach

9:00pm - 9:30pm

Book Sales

Announcing Our Featured Speakers

Opening Keynote Speaker: Courtney Caldwell '00, COO and Cofounder of ShearShare 

Opening Keynote Courtney Caldwell '00, Cofounder & COO ShearShare

Courtney Caldwell is the Cofounder & COO of beauty-tech startup, ShearShare, the first on-demand salon and barbershop space rental app. With ShearShare, licensed stylists can rent workspace by the day in cities all over the world, while salon and barbershop owners make money on unused space.Prior to cofounding ShearShare--Google Demo Day winner 2018, Tech. Co’s Startup of the Year, and a YC Fellowship and 500 Startups alum--Courtney managed an award-winning salon with her husband and cofounder, which was the genesis behind ShearShare. Before that, Courtney spent two decades building winning teams in tech marketing and ran a boutique consulting firm where she fast-tracked international sales and marketing success for brands such as Zendesk, Zenefits, and Qualtrics. 

She recently received an honorary doctorate degree from Miracle University and was named a 2018 Dallas Business Journal Women in Technology, the 2017 L’Oreal Women in Digital NEXT Generation Award winner, and a Direct Marketing News "40 Under 40.” She serves on the Advisory Board for Ogle Cosmetology School, the Alumni Board for Southern Methodist University, and is a member of the UT-Dallas Entrepreneurship Council.

Courtney lives in McKinney, Texas, with her husband, Dr. Tye Caldwell, and their 18-year-old son, Trey.


Featuring a Closing Conversation with Glennon Doyle and Abby Wambach

Our Closing Conversation Featuring Glennon Doyle and Abby Wambach

Our closing speakers this year are authors, activists, and couple Glennon Doyle and Abby Wambach. Glennon Doyle is the New York Times Bestselling author of Love Warrior, a 2016 Oprah’s Book Club selection, as well as the hilarious New York Times Bestseller Carry On, Warrior. She is an activist, speaker and founder of Together Rising, a non-profit organization that has raised over eleven million dollars for women, families and children in crisis. Abby Wambach is the all-time leading scorer in international soccer history with 184 career goals. After winning the Women’s World Cup in 2015, Wambach retired as one of the most dominant players in the history of women’s soccer. A true leader on and off the field, Wambach is dedicating the next chapter of her career to fighting for equality and inclusion across industries as well as working with women to be better leaders.