Work: A Pop-Up Conference for Creatives and Entrepreneurs @ The Refinery, Austin [20 January]

Work: A Pop-Up Conference for Creatives and Entrepreneurs

13:00 - 17:00

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The Refinery
612 Brazos Street, Austin, Texas 78701
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Presented by #bossbabesATX and powered by Texas MSTC, #WORK is a one-day pop-up conference designed to share resources, new ideas and approaches to creative and entrepreneurial work. Produced by women for women in collaboration with Women Who Code: Austin and other community partners, the event's panels, workshops and speaker sessions will explore personal and professional development, marketing, business management and entrepreneurship. Complimentary coffee beverages will be provided by #bbatx's friends at Chameleon Cold-Brew.

Join us for this inaugural event on Jan. 20, 2018 from 1 to 5 PM at The Refinery! Tickets are $15 and available in limited quantities:


1:00 to 1:30 PM
Light refreshments and mingling

1:30 to 2:00 PM
An Introduction from entrepreneur Mellie Price

2:00 to 3:00 PM
Finding Your Niche As Creatives And Entrepreneurs, featuring Jennifer Sinski of RSVPster and Giant Noise, artist Calder Kamin, entrepreneur Terry Pierre Mitchell (of Elon & Company and The Austin Socialite) and artist/cultural programmer Xochi Solis
Through the stories of four multihyphenate creatives and entrepreneurs, attendees will learn how to maximize their skill-set and center in on viable products.

2:00 to 3:00 PM
Pitch Development with Melissa Murphy of Pitch Academy
How do you tell your story? Melissa Murphy will show us how to use language as a tool when marketing our ideas.

3:00 to 4:00 PM
It's All About the Paper: A Workshop On Business Management
In this session, attendees will learn the mechanics of business management—from invoicing to the IRS.

3:00 to 4:00 PM
The Perfect Price with Aileen Passariello of MamaLingua
How should we price our work? In this talk, Aileen Passariello of MamaLingua will discuss how she determined her market value and share actionable advice.

4:00 to 4:30 PM
On Failure and Figuring it Out, a panel featuring Hayley Swindell of The Refinery, Sharon Mays of Baby Greens, Nina Berenato of Nina Berenato Jewelry and Tania Mejia of Jolt Texas
Panelists will talk candidly about persistence in entrepreneurship, hearing/saying 'no,' and when a closed door might be a sign to change course versus a sign to quit altogether.

4:30 to 5:00 PM
To close the event, we'll engage in a communal Q&A / resource-sharing session. Together, we'll discuss the day's panels and talks, as well as go through the digital handbooks provided to every attendee. (In addition to the day's programming, attendees will also receive a complimentary #WORK book, a digital guide to Austin's creative and entrepreneurial resources.)

Looking for something to do after the conference? Our team will be heading to Cirque du Lani to watch three of our regular exhibiting artists slay the stage. 🔥


Tickets are $15 and available in limited quantities:


About #bossbabesATX, the producer: Through our programming, we hope to foster community, conversation and commerce around women in creative industry and the arts and women-owned businesses. Our productions center on personal and professional development, activism, the arts, entrepreneurialism, and community infrastructure. We believe intersectionality, informed decision-making, sharing professional resources and actively advocating for women's rights and the rights of marginalized peoples are inherently valuable and beneficial. Learn more about our programming and mission at *Our events prioritize the voices of self-identifying women and non-binary folks. We are not gender-discriminant; all are welcome to attend.

About Texas MSTC Program, the presenting partner: The Texas MSTC program is a one year masters focused on the intersection of business, technology and innovation. Designed for working professionals, their students learn the skills to take real-world technologies to market either within a corporation or through a venture of their own. Learn more about Texas MSTC.

About Women Who Code, a community partner: Women Who Code is a global non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers. Its Austin chapter organizes educational programming year-round, including Austin’s Diversity Hackathon at Capital Factory.

About The Refinery, the venue: The Refinery is a creative coworking and event space offering local makers, chefs, photographers, e-commerce retailers, bloggers, creatives agencies and local tastemakers a place to work, connect and grow in the heart of downtown Austin.
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