Smart Woman Summit

  • Times Square, Manhattan, NY

  • Thursday, August 3, 2023

  • New York Marriott Marquis

Get Ready for The Most Empowering Day of Your Meetings Life

Make plans today to join the community of leaders at the original gathering of influential women in meetings: Smart Woman Summit. This is your chance to champion your career by being in the room where alliances are formed, problems are solved, and futures are made. By celebrating your greatness, we all rise up together.


Highlighted Sessions:

Ladies Who Lead Lunch

Join your fellow Smart Women in a brainstorming afternoon that tackles the biggest challenges in the meetings industry as you band together to solve shared problems. Trained “provocateurs” will lead your matched group through an exercise in discovery and innovation.

This is your chance to build your personal advisory board of experts to turn to for expert advice when you need it most.

Luxury “Me Time”

It’s pampering time as you will be treated to a personalized gifting experience worth more than $1,000 from Bulova Watch, Joycoast, Essential Bodywear and more. We pop the cork on an afternoon that celebrates your fabulousness.

Smart Women in Meetings Awards Gala

This is the most exclusive evening of the year in the meetings industry. Dress for the occasion as we celebrate the leaders who elevate our events and spread joy and transformation. The spotlight is on you and your allies as we sing the praises of the Visionaries, Innovators, Industry Leaders, Stellar Performers, Entrepreneurs and Rising Stars. We invite winners from all years to join us as we celebrate greatness and encourage more of it in the years to come. This is where the movement happens.

Special Performance by The Water Coolers

Get ready to laugh, nod in recognition and sing along as this celebrated troupe of Broadway singers and comedians kicks off the evening with a performance that will include a special tribute to Women in Meetings, created just for the gala.

Learn More about The Water Coolers here:



'Dr. Romie' Romila Mushtaq MD, Chief Wellness Officer Evolution Hospitality
'Dr. Romie' Romila Mushtaq MD, Chief Wellness Officer Evolution Hospitality

BrainSHIFT for Women Leaders: Brain Science of Success

Dr. Romie is a board-certified physician, award-winning speaker, and the founder of The brainSHIFT Institute. She brings together over 20 years of leadership and authority in neurology, integrative medicine, and mindfulness to deliver programs and create cultural change.

Dr. Romie currently speaks and consults for Fortune 500 companies, professional athletes, & global associations. Dr. Romie is also the Chief Wellness Officer for Evolution Hospitality, where she scaled a mindfulness & wellness program to over 7000 employees. Her expertise is featured in the national media, such as NPR, NBC, TED talks, and Forbes. Her book, "The Busy Brain Cure" is being published by Harper Collins in January 2024. Find the cure for your busy brain at or @drromie on social media.

Check out Dr Romie's Website
Michelle Roark, Olympic Skier and Wellness Entrepreneur
Michelle Roark, Olympic Skier and Wellness Entrepreneur

Overcome the Unthinkable to Be a Force

You are a unique individual. When you are brave enough to embrace all of your gifts, you will be unstoppable. Don’t take our word for it. World Cup Champion Michelle Roark proved that you can be a fierce athlete, sparkle like a pink diamond, innovate by mastering the application of a mass spectrometer in the lab and demonstrate the tenacity of a bulldog in the market. As the founder, CEO, and aromatic scientist of Phia Lab, she has learned to harness biological essences to enhance individual performance.

This session could unleash the energy and confidence that has been missing in your life and career.

Visit Phia Alchemy Here
Michele Rigby Assad, former undercover CIA agent and author, “Breaking Cover”
Michele Rigby Assad, former undercover CIA agent and author, “Breaking Cover”

Operation True Grit

Negotiating event contracts and advancing your career is a lot like the job of an international undercover operator. You must keep secrets, but skillfully persuade others to tell you theirs. You have to love your life, but willingly leave it behind to produce programs around the world. Michele Rigby has done all of that and more. You have to be one step ahead of everyone else on the team. Working undercover for the CIA, she served in treacherous areas throughout the Middle East—a woman leading some of the most highly skilled operatives on the planet. The threats were real. The missions were perilous. Now, she has been cleared to share her success secrets with you: understanding what really matters in the face of your greatest fears.

This session could change the way you look at your life and make you the emotionally smartest person in any room.

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The Water Coolers
The Water Coolers

THE WATER COOLERS have been making audiences laugh since 2000 with their unique blend of music and comedy performed by top Broadway singers and comedians. They enjoyed a smash engagement Off-Broadway in 2002 [produced by one of the producers behind Hairspray, Spamalot, The Producers, Funny Girl, and 6 The Musical] and a Chicago company followed. The Water Coolers writing team is made up of professional comedy writers and people working in the “real world” and is headed up by one of the creators and co-authors behind New York’s longest running comedy hit ever, Tony ‘N Tina’s Wedding, whose other comedy credits include numerous appearances on The Conan O'Brien Show, and voicing Peanut on the Cartoon Network's cult hit, Harvey Birdman, Attorney At Law, also starring Stephen Colbert and Gary Cole.

The performing cast draws NYC pros with resumes including top comedy clubs like Igby's, the Improv, the Comic Strip, and the Icehouse as well Broadway's hippest and hottest shows, including Gloria Estefan's "On Your Feet," “Tina, the Tina Turner Musical,” “K-Pop The Musical,” “Wicked,” “Rock of Ages,” "Jersey Boys," Carole King's "Beautiful," “Chicago,” “Hair,” “Pippin”, “In The Heights,” and "The Boy from Oz," with Hugh Jackman.

Check Out The Water Coolers Here


Wednesday, August 2, 2023 - All Times Eastern Standard Time

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Welcome Reception: Mix and Mingle at a fabulous networking reception The Terrace - Located on the 9th Floor

Thursday, August 3, 2023 - All Times Eastern Standard Time

7:30 am- 9:00 am Breakfast: Check in and fuel your day with tasty morning bites The Westside Ballroom - Located on the 5th Floor
9:00 am - 10:30am Welcome Remarks & Keynote - Dr. Romie Mushtaq, MD The Westside Ballroom - Located on the 5th Floor
10:30am - 11:00am Inspiration Networking Break: Spark Creativity and inspiration with your fellow event attendees The Westside Ballroom - Located on the 5th Floor
11:00am - 12:00 pm Keynote: Speaker - Michelle Roark The Westside Ballroom - Located on the 5th Floor
12:00pm - 1:30 pm Ladies Who Lead Lunch - Provocateurs' Roundtable The Westside Ballroom - Located on the 5th Floor
1:45 pm - 3:00 pm Keynote - Michele Rigby & Wrap up The Westside Ballroom - Located on the 5th Floor
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Smart Meetings Gifting Boutique The Terrace - Located on the 9th Floor
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Awards Gala Cocktail Reception The Edison Ballroom
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Smart Woman Summit Awards Gala The Edison Ballroom

2022 RECAP





Full Smart Woman Summit Conference and Smart Women in Meetings Awards Gala pass (including a 1-year membership in Smart Woman VIP Club [a $199 value], welcome reception on August 2, gourmet meals, workshopping with peers, career-boosting speakers [see below], gala dinner and entertainment): $799 Smart Woman Summit (conference only): $499 Smart Women in Meetings (Gala only): $499 Guest of Smart Women in Meetings Awards (Gala only): $249 Table for 8 for Smart Woman Summit and Smart Women in Meetings Awards Gala: $4,995

Full-Day Conference Attendee Welcome Reception on Wednesday and all scheduled conference meals, General Sessions, Education Sessions, Gifting Experiences, and SWAG bag are included in your conference pass. Full-Day Conference Attendee & Gala & Awards Dinner Everything is included in the full-day conference pass and the awards gala and dinner. Travel and Hotel Accommodations are not included

We ask that you RSVP for the Wednesday evening welcome reception in your event profile We assume you will be participating in all other scheduled events included in your purchased conference ticket.

Smart Meetings has secured a limited number of guest rooms for our conference attendees. You will be responsible to secure your own hotel accommodations using our group room block link. Once you secure your conference pass, you will receive an email confirmation with the link to access our room block. The guest room rate is $269 plus applicable taxes. Parking is not included Please note guest rooms are limited and will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Extended stays are currently being offered from Tuesday, August 1, through Friday, August 4th.

What works best for you works best for us. As a conference attendee, you are responsible for securing all of the necessary travel arrangements; therefore, we do not have any restrictions. Feel free to check out the hotel website for more information New York Marriott Marquis 1535 Broadway, New York, New York, USA, 10036

Dress Code Casual Cocktail - Welcome Reception Business Attire - Conference & Education Sessions Prepare yourself for a day of Inspiration, Motivation, and Goal Setting. Formal - Reception & Gala Glam up for an elegant evening and walk the red carpet!

Yes! You will receive CEU credits for each Keynote session that you participate in. Our event team will submit them on our behalf within 7 days of the event.