Conference Overview


The North Carolina Governor’s Conference for Women is a powerful annual convening of more than 1,500 women from across the state for energizing dialogue on a variety of women's issues. Launched in 2006 (then as the North Carolina Conference for Women), this day-long experience includes a mix of dynamic speakers, entertainment, and an interactive expo for networking, information sharing, and education. 

Our mission is to provide a platform for women of all ages and backgrounds across North Carolina to network with peers and become informed on timely issues that are of value to today’s women.


The mission of the conference drives the creation of a conference theme each year. In 2011...

Knowledge is Power

Although Sir Francis Bacon penned that line over 400 years ago, it couldn’t be more relevant today. Whether we’re talking about education for our children that leads to jobs in our state, or life-long learning that leads to a more enriching life, gaining knowledge is the power that keeps us growing.

That’s why the theme for the 2011 NC Governor’s Conference for Women was Power Up,PowerOn! on November 2 in Charlotte, we found ways to inform, inspire and educate each other—and took our learnings back to our communities.

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1. Who attends the conference? Women of all ages, walks of life and backgrounds attend the conference from all across the state. Attendees include volunteers, community leaders, corporate executives, elected officials, civic leaders, aspiring leaders, artists, nonprofit executives, young students, and emerging entrepreneurs. Many mothers bring their young daughters to introduce them to concepts that will begin to shape their lives.

2. Can men attend? Yes.

3. How and when can I register? Registration is typically available eight months prior to the conference via our on-line registration system or submitting a form by email, fax, or mail.

4. Who oversees the conference? The conference is governed by an advisory board of volunteers made up of women from across the state. A Core Committee comprised of conference founders, representatives from the Governor’s office, and key sponsors guide the day-to-day workings of the conference.

5. Is the Conference a non-profit organization? The NC Governor’s Conference for Women is produced pursuant to a fiscal sponsorship fund established through the Foundation for the Carolinas. Non-Profit tax ID Number 56-6047886.

6. How is the conference funded? Funding comes from sponsorships, registration fees, exhibits, and scholarship donations. No state or other public funds are used.

7. What is the role of the Governor’s office? The Governor recognizes that the conference is an opportunity to address emerging issues affecting women and girls around our state, and as such helps set the priorities and the agenda for the event. Representatives from the Governor’s office sit on the core committee and provide input on content and strategic planning and keep the Governor engaged in conference plans. The Governor’s representatives also keep the committee informed as to the Governor’s thoughts about conference concepts and speakers.

8. Where is the conference held? The 2011 conference took place November 2nd at the Charlotte Convention Center.

9. How are scholarship applications reviewed? A volunteer committee of advisory board members reviews every application and makes scholarship selections.

10. Do scholarships cover travel expenses? No, travel expenses are the responsibility of the recipient.

11. How are the Hall of Fame inductees selected? A volunteer committee of advisory board members, along with several non-board committee members, reviews all nominations and makes inductee selections.

12. How is the official charity selected? Charities are encouraged to apply for consideration and the selection is made by a volunteer committee of advisory board members.

13. How are speakers selected? The Core Committee selects all of the speakers. If you are interested in being considered please click here to submit an interest form. Due to the volume of requests we receive, we are unfortunately unable to respond to all submissions. If interested, a representative from the conference will contact you.