W@A May Roundtable Recap

“What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” Katherine Shappley, VP of Global Business at Facebook, posed this question at the Women@Austin May roundtable. This question has guided and motivated her and her Facebook team to innovate while also not losing one of the  company’s most important assets: people and culture.

Katherine Shappley is familiar […]

Women@Austin Founder Jan Ryan on Design Thinking

As the founder of Women@Austin, Jan Ryan has mentored countless women as they launch their companies and grow as founders. Her career path is grounded in the tech world. Working at IBM when it launched the first PC, Jan went on to lead accounts at Lotus and FileNet (both acquired by IBM) before moving […]

April Roundtable: Accidental CEO – Autumn Manning, Co-Founder of YouEarnedIt

We’ve all heard the disconcerting fact that women hold less than 5% of the CEO roles in Fortune 500 companies, but we also know that entrepreneurs are people who see opportunities where others see obstacles.

And if there’s one thing we learned from Autumn Manning, co-Founder and former CEO of YouEarnedIt, the Austin-based software company […]

Join Women@Austin at SXSW

We’ve scoured all of the SXSW event listings to bring you a selection of the most promising female led and centric events happening during Austin’s favorite week of innovation, culture and art. We hope to see you out there! 

March 8, 2019Equitable Growth Ecosystems for EntrepreneursFAST COMPANY GRILLFemales in Cannabis Meet UpHow Washington DC is […]

January Roundtable: Finding Your Niche

On January 16th, we kicked off 2019 with a roundtable at The Refinery in downtown Austin. Annie Hardy led Finding Your Niche: Creating the Message that Connects, Every Time – an interactive workshop empowering entrepreneurs to understand their market.

Annie Hardy is the Founder and Managing Director of Zeet Insights. Zeet is a consulting firm […]

Women@Austin December Recap

2018 was a strong year for Women@Austin. We were able to reach more female entrepreneurs, understand the needs of our ecosystem, and connect through Roundtables and Venture Dinners. In 2018 we also became part of the Notley ecosystem which will provide more resources and support to our growing network. We look forward to what […]

October 26 Roundtable Recap

The ACL Room at Capital Factory was filled with empowered female business owners on Friday, gathered for a roundtable discussion about financials for companies at every stage. The conversation was led by Lynn Atchison, former CFO at Spredfast and HomeAway and champion of women entrepreneurs. Lynn offered tips from the trenches about her experience […]

We’re tougher than you think!

I recently had the privilege of attending a salon-style “Venture Dinner” brought together by Women@Austin and underwritten by JP Morgan. It is one of a series of events, each connecting a handful of women entrepreneurs with select investors, offering lively conversations on how women entrepreneurs can more successfully gain attention, confidence and funding from […]

Scaling the Impact of Women Entrepreneurs in Austin

“I couldn’t be more excited to announce that Women@Austin is joining Notley’s social impact ecosystem for the next chapter of growth.” – Jan Ryan, Founder, Women@Austin




When I first founded Women@Austin with a group of experienced women entrepreneurs in 2014, Austin was a very different place. Women entrepreneurs tended to operate out of silos, not […]

Another Great Women@Austin Roundtable June 23rd

Another packed W@A Lunch Roundtable this week — ‘Negotiation Skills: Secrets for Success’ led by @janryan. The ability to negotiate is critical for entrepreneurs and women in leadership. Thank you Andrews Kurth Kenyon for hosting us again in your amazing conference room, and for your support of women entrepreneurs. ‏ @AKKLawFirm  

Missed the last […]