The Soirée Women’s Leadership Symposium has announced it will return for its fifth annual event on Thursday, April 27, 2023.

The symposium will once again be held at the DoubleTree Hotel and Robinson Center in downtown Little Rock, and will offer a half day of professional development for women through programming led by entrepreneurs, industry experts and C-suite executives.

According to Mandy Richardson, symposium founder and publisher of Little Rock Soirée magazine, much of the event's growth, even amid a pandemic, can be attributed to assessing feedback. The 2022 event featured a new format allowing attendees to tailor the event to their needs, a popular change that the 2023 event will continue. The also popular pre-symposium VIP event will make a return as well.

"I can't believe we are in the depths of planning our fifth symposium," Richardson says. "It's been such an impactful experience to see this concept come to fruition in 2019 and then grow to what it is today. The response we get from attendees each year is that the symposium provides them with networking they might not otherwise have and access to speakers they find relevant and inspirational. That's my goal with each of these events, and so long as we are doing those things for the business women in central Arkansas, I am excited to continue building out this event with the support of our partners."

Keynote speakers, panelists and presenters have yet to be announced. Previous keynotes include Shiza Shahid, Cara Brookins, Randi Zuckerberg, Janet Stovall, Rebecca Minkoff, Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin.

"Everything is in the planning stage right now, but we have asks out to some exciting potential keynote speakers and are working on developing relevant and helpful breakout sessions once again featuring local leaders," Richardson says. "It's going to be another great day of networking and professional development."

Registration for the symposium will open in early 2023, and discounted early bird pricing will be available.

Learn more about the Soirée Women’s Leadership Symposium at the event website and follow along on Facebook and Instagram for updates.


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