NAPW March Meeting - Powerful Women of SXSW @ Westin Austin at the Domain, Austin [21 March]

NAPW March Meeting - Powerful Women of SXSW

18:00 - 20:30

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Westin Austin at the Domain
11301 Domain Dr, Austin, Texas 78758
Film, High Tech, Television News… These industries are traditionally male-dominated and yet these Powerful Women of SXSW have made a name for themselves as leaders! How did they do that? Let's find out in this lively panel discussion!

Have questions for our panelists? Send them to [email protected] in advance of the meeting!

BRANDY AMSTEL, FILMMAKER: Brandy Amstel is an award-winning sculptor, painter and film producer/director. You may know her for her film, In Her Shoes, which is affiliated with the Dress for Success organization. She was named Austin’s Fearless Woman of the Year and is featured in the Best Seller, Fearless Women: Visions of a New World, a powerful book that features 50 women visionaries from all over the globe who are making a huge difference for people throughout our world. Brandy has appeared on 20/20, and is featured in the CNN documentary, Enlighten US, as well as the upcoming documentary, Vital, Vibrant & Alive. A master on living powerfully in all areas of life with over 20 years experience inspiring people around the world, Brandy supports you by creating transformational experiences through her art, her online programs, video blog, films, live events and retreats. Visit

LAURA MCCANLIES, BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY: Originally from Mexico, Laura is a well-rounded business technologist with a passion for helping organizations transform their business through process automation, innovation, data, and technology. Laura has worked with companies ranging from small to Fortune 250, across multiple industries (hospitality, retail, engineering, semiconductor, and pharma). Laura obtained her MBA and BS in Computer Science at Monterrey Tech ITESM in Mexico. Laura is part of the CIS Texas State Board of Advisors and sits on the Innotech Advisory Counsel.

TERRI GRUCA, TELEVISION ANCHOR: Emmy award winning anchor / reporter whose stories have resulted in changes at the state and national level. As an anchor, Terri is known for her ability to ad lib breaking news and hard hitting investigations with a trust worthy, personable style.

TERYN FOGEL, PRODUCER: As a creative executive and producer, Teryn has overseen all facets of production on several films, from modestly budgeted independent films to large studio movies and everything in between. She learned the ropes in the studio world working for Sony, Fox, and Disney, running development departments for multiple production companies with studio deals where she was a production executive on STUART LITTLE, HAUNTED MANSION and FORBIDDEN KINGDOM. Her producing expertise was honed in the world of documentary filmmaking, with the award winning SKID ROW and the documentary television series, ON THE ROAD, for Sundance Channel. Teryn produced and raised financing for the independent feature films KILLER DILLER and the recently released, DESIREE. Teryn’s journey took her to Emergent Order where she’s running production and producing ABUNDANCE in partnership with American Enterprise Institute.

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At this meeting we will have a PANEL DISCUSSION. We will introduce each speaker, and then we will pose a series of questions to the speakers. If you have questions you would like us to ask, send them to [email protected] in advance of the meeting.
Plan to arrive at 6:00pm for informal networking until 6:30pm; appetizer bar, drinks (from the hotel bar). After open networking we will all enjoy our panel discussion!

LIFT UP! Mentoring Our Sisters
During the course of the night we are going to participate in Lift Up! There will be a board where you can share a need; for example, maybe you need help understanding Facebook Advertising, or maybe you want to be connected with the head of a certain company. Please place your requests on this board, and peruse the board to see if there's something you can help out with. If you see one you can help with, tack your business card to it. That's a promise for a 30 minute phone call to Lift Up this other woman and help her get what she needs. (Note this is mentoring free of charge, not a sales opportunity.)

SWAG BAG SPONSORS: Your Chance to Shine Your Gifts!
This meeting will include SWAG BAGS! If you have a business or service you would like to promote, now is your chance. When you sponsor our meeting in the SWAG BAG, you'll not only reach attendees with your physical swag in the bag, but you will receive mention in our event promotions, on our Facebook page, and you can include a special offer in an email we are sending to our membership (with links to your website). The exchange for this wonderful marketing opportunity is $25 (plus delivery of swag before the meeting).

Dress for Success
Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Since starting operations in 1997, Dress for Success has expanded to almost 145 cities in 21 countries and has helped more than 925,000 women work towards self-sufficiency.

With funding cuts, Dress for Success in Austin needs our help more than ever right now!

Please consider donating money or gently used professional clothing at the meeting!
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