Main Goals of the Conference?

• Learn. Come learn how other women leaders rose up and strategies to move professionally forward.

• Discover. Success stories and and ideas you did not know existed plus feedback on what works.

• Connect. Mingle with other top women leaders to pick up on best practices, mentors, and ideas.

If a COVID-19 Safety Issue or Date Conflict Should I Register Anyway?

When you register you will also receive access to this year's Summit live-streamed and on-demand, monthly speakers by webconference, other Monthly Benefits for a full year PLUS Free admission to next year's Summit should you not attend in-person this year due to the COVID-19 safety issue. Many women with date conflicts register anway to take advantage of these benefits including a live webinar each month with a top woman leader discussing what worked, videos of other women leaders posted each month, articles monthly, book summary monthly, access to the city's mentoring list, and much more all included (Details). It's the perfect way to network with other highly successful women and skyrocket your career.

Will Special Diet Meals be Available?

Yes, vegetarian/vegan meals will be available upon request (identify yourself to the hotel staff once seated).

Are the Facilities ADA Compliant?

Yes, there is handicapped access to all main entrances and conference areas. We can also make special accommodations if needed (please contact the hotel to coordinate).

How Soon Can I Login to the Online Resources?

You may login to view the Grand Rapids Women Leaders Community online resources (included in your registration) immediately after registering (note: use your email as the password the first time and you will then be prompted to create a unique password). The only exception to the immediate access is group tables as we enter those people into the registration system manually (allow 2-3 days from when you submit your group table reservation names/emails).

About the Planning Organization?

The Women's Leadership Summit is a fast growing membership organization of over 14,000 women in executive and leadership positions who are committed to the development and advancement of women in the corporate arena. Each of the (40) metro-based summits features successful top local women executives who volunteer to share their ideas, strategies, and what worked for them with other rising and aspiring women. The co-planners of the conference series are:


Shelly Fitzgerald
Planning Director
Shelly leads the overall planning and topics selection for the Women's Leadership Summit series. She has over 20 years of successful executive meeting planning experience.

Jennifer Matilsky
Speakers Selection Manager
Jennifer co-leads the speaker selection, moderates, and used to host a radio show on successful women. She is passionate about women's success in the workplace.


Shelley Taft
Speakers Selection Manager
Shelley has been responsible for speaker selection for the last 12 years. Before joining our team she had a similar role with Vistage (the association of CEOs) also for 12 years.

Patricia Gudmunson
Patty joined us 7 years ago and leads our customer service team in quickly answering questions and assisting in the planning and organizing of each event. She prides herself in resolving questions quickly.
The overall planning and funding of the Women's Leadership Summit series is made possible by the Executive Summits which is dedicated to global best practices and holds over 90 major conferences with over 30,000 attendees yearly. The Executive Summits also operates a large number of best practices groups globally with over 90% of the Fortune 500 as members who benchmark and share best practices across most corporate functions.

A portion of our revenue is donated to Girls Inc. If you cannot attend please consider donating directly at

May I Cancel?

Yes, you may cancel for a full refund up until a week before the event at which time we will have paid the hotel for your meal and seating costs which is most of the registration expense. You may wish to keep your registration as then you will automatically receive recordings of all the speakers and you will also have access to the Grand Rapids Women Leaders Community for a full year (new speakers monthly, articles, book of the month, mentoring access and more. If you still wish to cancel please start a chat.

Is Parking Included?

Usually not, the hotels set their own rates and often there is adjacent parking at lower rates available nearby. We encourage registrants to go Green where possible (mass transport options, ride sharing with their colleagues, or ride share apps from their office parking where possible).

May I Be a Sponsor or Speak?

Potentially yes, if your product or service adds value to the participants. Please see the Sponsorship page for more info. If you have a special story or topic that would inspire the audience please send it to for consideration

Do you Have a Negotiated Overnight Room Rate if Needed?

We don't reserve a room block for overnight rooms as most attendees are within commute distance of the hotel so the rooms usually go unused and then we are charged for them. If you need a sleeping room we recommend which often has discounts for the event's hotel or one nearby.

What is the Dress Code?

For years we have said Casual yet everyone still shows up in Professional clothing so we have given up and now say "Professional" :)

How Did You Find Me?

It is always from one of two sources. Either a past registrant suggested your name to be invited to this year's conference, or we researched your name, title and what you do on LinkedIn and thought you would be a good fit with the other attendees.

Are there Continuing Education Credit Hours (i.e. CEUs, CPEs, etc)?

Not automatically as credit approvals are state-by-state but you can manually submit the agenda in most states for credit. Also if you login you can print a completion certificate if needed for each speaker's presentation.

How Much is the Registration Fee to Attend?

Go the the Event page to view the registration fee.

Does the Location Ever Change after Registration?

Yes, on rare occasion the registration outgrows the hotel's available event room capacity where it makes sense to change to a hotel with a larger ballroom on that day. We encourage all registrants to check back on the site within 1-2 weeks of the event to verify the location for safety (you don't want to miss half the first speaker's message by the time you get to the right place).

When is the Next Summit After This One?

In most cities it is yearly although in a few cities like New York, Grand Rapids, etc the Summits get too big and so for better networking/culture we do them twice yearly to get the crowd down to a more optimal size. Also keep in mind that when you register you will also receive monthly benefits for a full year (live webinar each month with a top woman leader discussing what worked, videos of other women leaders posted each month, articles monthly, book summary monthly, and access to the city's mentoring list, and much more all included). Many women register even if they have a date conflict to be able to access these extended benefits throughout the year.

Registration Terms?

Our full attendee registration terms are located  Here


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"The Mix of presenters was very valuable/interesting. Enjoyed the Panel discussion and open audience Q&A."  - Tia Bryant, Executive Director, S Phase

"I enjoyed the conference. I thought the topics and speakers were great."  - Katelyn Stewart, Marketing Manager, Warren Averett

"The conference was very enjoyable. Really felt moved and am making some positive changes in my life as we speak."  - Jennifer Efferson, Chief Administrative Officer, The Powers Company

"I liked the diversity of speakers. The topics were relevant and enjoyed the questions and answer after each speech."  - Jeannine Blanco, Manager, East Lake Foundation

"Nice location! "  - Vicki Hall, Sr. Manager, Assurant

"All of the speakers were leaders in their careers and extremely inspiration."  - Denise Pagliarulo, VP Finance, AXIS Capital

"I enjoyed the entire day. The speakers were the best!"  - Susan Waits, V.P. Business Development, HSI Financial Services