Smart Woman Summit 2020

The Smart Woman Experience

Welcome to the 5th annual Smart Woman Summit! Get inspired by today’s leaders at The Ritz-Carlton Denver on September 29, 2020. The gala event celebrates all women in the meetings industry (and the men who support them) with powerful opportunities for education, leadership and camaraderie.

Join Smart Meetings in a celebration of people who work tirelessly toward a vision of a better world. Every year we share the stories of women who are living muses, showing other people the way through their actions and words. At this special event, you’ll meet an accomplished, influential group of female leaders, entrepreneurs, CEOs and women-on-the-rise for an unforgettable networking experience with like-minded peers and colleagues.

The Smart Woman Summit delivers actionable business strategies, tools for professional growth and stories of personal success to cultivate and empower a community of female ambassadors in the meetings industry.


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Alison Fragale

The Power of Negotiation

Alison Fragale is dedicated to helping everyone use the predictable, behavioral rules of psychology to negotiate successfully.

  • The magic of give and take in a business relationship
  • How top negotiators make friends and influence people
  • Tips for using verbal and nonverbal communication

Dr. Jennifer Welter

Choose Greatness

As an athlete and the first female coach in the NFL, Jen Welter knows that greatness is a choice you make over and over.

  • Choose personal greatness so it becomes a part of who you are
  • Build mental acuity to achieve what others say is impossible
  • Be a team player

Stephanie Burns

Make Unreasonable Requests

The founder of Chic CEO served more than 100,000 female entrepreneurs from all over the world.

  • Think, act and innovate in the spaces between
  • Stretch yourself to ask for what you want
  • Make a bigger impact


5 Points of Light

Tara Thomas

The Tech You Need

Lee Papa

How to Meet with Mindfulness

PK Keiran

Connecting People with Purpose

Melissa Majors

Best Practices for Diversity,
Inclusion and Leadership

Janet Granger

Your Strategic Marketing Call to Action


Education & CEUs

Advance your CMP certification with powerful educational workshops.

Fab Gifting Experience

Score your free swag bag filled with amazing goodies and giveaways.

Power Networking

Build business relationships with the industry’s top meeting professionals.

Awards Gala

Honor the winners of the 2020 Smart Women in Meetings Awards at an evening ceremony and seated dinner.

Speaker Panel

Learn from industry peers about hard-hitting social issues that affect the meetings and hospitality industries.

Surprise Features

Stay tuned for more fabulous event features and attractions!

Smart Woman Summit
Awards Gala

The Smart Woman Summit culminates with a night of celebration as we honor the winners of the 2020 Smart Woman Summit at The Ritz-Carlton Denver. Winners will receive on-stage honors at this awards ceremony and dinner. The night will include a cocktail reception, after-party and special photo opportunities.

The awards gala is included in a full-summit pass and all summit attendees are encouraged to attend. Full-summit attendees are welcome to purchase Plus One tickets to the awards gala for guests.

Cocktail attire suggested.

2020 Smart Woman Summit Awards Categories Include


3:30-6:00 pm Welcome Reception
Mix and mingle at a fabulous networking reception
7:45-8:45 am Breakfast
Check in and fuel your day with tasty morning bites
8:45-10:00 am Welcome Remarks & Keynote: The Power of Negotiation with Alison Fragale
10:00-10:30 am Inspiration Networking Break
Spark creativity and inspiration with your fellow event attendees
10:30-11:45 am Keynote: Choose Greatness with Dr. Jen Welter
12:00-1:30 pm Lunch
Delight in a chef-prepared plated lunch
1:45-3:00 pm Panel: Changemakers of the Meetings World
3:45-4:15 pm Keynote: The Big Ask—Make Unreasonable Requests with Stephanie Burns
6:30-7:45 pm Awards Gala Cocktail Reception
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7:45-10:00 pm Smart Woman Summit Awards Gala
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Of course! The Smart Woman Summit is designed especially for women in meetings and includes meetings-centric topics and networking opportunities. However, all women (and men who support them) are welcome to purchase a ticket to the conference.
Yes! Non-industry guests, family and friends may purchase a ticket to the Gala to accompany winners and other conference attendees.
Yes, our keynote presentations and educational workshops are CEU-accredited. You will earn three CEUs at the Smart Woman Summit.
We understand that life happens and even though you may be just as delighted to attend the Smart Woman Summit as we are to have you, you may need to cancel your reservation. Our cancellation policy is as follows:

Once purchased, you may request a refund until March 30, 2020, less a $50 administrative charge per person.
We have arranged two room blocks at the Westin Denver Downtown and the Ritz-Carlton Denver with rates of $209 and $249 per night, respectively. Once you register, you will receive confirmation of your registration and links to hotel options for reservations.
We've prepared an approval letter just for you! Please click here to download an approval letter that covers the event ROI and concrete takeaways that will help you in your meeting planning role.


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The Ritz-Carlton Denver

Inspired by both the beauty of the landscape and the energy of the city, The Ritz-Carlton, Denver welcomes guests with its own interpretation of modern luxury. Here, guests can retreat to some of Denver’s most spacious accommodations while enjoying views of the skyline or Rocky Mountains.

1881 Curtis Street
Denver, Colorado 80202