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General's Residence - Fort Mason

San Francisco, CA 94109

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SERENDIPITY is coming back to San Francisco with a personal and professional development conference hosted by the digital networking platform GUILD. This summit will unite more than 500 women across experience and industries with personalized workshops, experiences, curated networking meetings, engaged discussions, talks, family-style dinners, and an opportunity-filled cocktail reception.

The magic behind these connections is both the catalyst of serendipitous in-person conversations and the GUILD’s AI-powered networking algorithm that coordinates 1:1 introductions between like-minded women. This combination empowers women of all ages, across all industries to build their network to achieve their goals.

The GUILD will host salons in a beautiful location overlooking the San Francisco Bay. Each salon focuses on a cross-industry area of development from “Investing”, “Emerging Tech”, "Entrepreneurship", “Leadership,” to “Women’s Health” and “Self-Care” with intimate, salon-style workshops, panel discussions and activity-based networking with mentors, entrepreneurs, investors and coaches.

Like last year, we're inviting engaging workshop hosts and thought leaders to participate and share their experiences and participate in the event.

Reactions from last year's conference:

"My experience at Serendipity embodied the word to a t. With thought leader panels and interactive workshops, being fed breakfast and lunch from some of the best spots in the city, to a reception that exceeded expectations with bites, exhibits, raffle prizes and synergistic networking. I'll be back next year."

"I love being part of Serendipity. This is my second year of leading a session and I was thrilled to recommend the conference to every woman I know. It feels so different than other conferences I attend in ways that are hard to quantify or put into words. It is the embodiment of empowered women, empower women."

"If you could only go to one women's event every year - Serendipity would be the one thanks to it's unique combination of quality speakers, interesting talks and stellar network."

"I loved the opportunity to connect with other women in the startup ecosystem, and meet investors!"

"Having run dozens of conferences and attended hundreds, I can safely say that Serendipity was tremendous. The mix of great usable content, low stress introductions, and incredibly enthusiastic mutual support was something very rarely seen. Plus I was made very welcome despite my Y chromosome."

"Serendipity was, hands down, the best conference I have ever attended for my personal growth and development."

"Loved bringing together women with common interests but incredibly diverse backgrounds and career paths to learn and share together!"

"The caliber of speakers was extremely high. The community was vulnerable, courageous and very supportive."

"I really liked that the conference was geared towards women and helping us navigate a very complicated, complex corporate world."

"I loved the sincerity and professionalism of the people organizing and leading the workshops. The woman running The Emerging Technology workshops had amazing women present -- their businesses, their stories, their professionalism, their presentation skills and effectiveness. I loved learning about these technologies, have been out of tech for 10 years and my interest was reignited."

"Loved getting to know a lot of the women, loved that it brought people down to earth, made it accessible to network in authentic ways."

"Highly actionable sessions. Transformational experience with high quality content and the same incredible attendees of high caliber that I am matched with on the Guild. I loved the diversity and relevance of every session."

"Small groups, eclectic venues, personal touches, amazing accomplished speakers, cross-section of attendees, fun cocktail event, wonderful VIP dinner."

"The topics were different than any other conference I've been to. I absolutely LOVE the speakers during the Friday afternoon session on Company Culture. Most especially the ladies who spoke about diversity and inclusion. I was beyond inspired. Last, the session on self-care made my week. I've learned so many gems to help prevent me from burnout. I also LOVE the free gift and the acupuncture. Please continue this session next year!

"I love the whole conference. I was truly taken back by the women attending, their diversity, background, and openness to being at the space with no shield. It became a very emotional and uplifting weekend."

Inspired by a need for change in the traditional professional development conference, Guild proudly considers SERENDIPITY an “unconference,” breaking the stereotype of lengthy stage presentations and 1,000 gala dinners. Instead, the conference is centered around three important values of development: learn, connect, inspire. Each woman leaves SERENDIPITY having shared authentic conversations with both speakers and attendees, developed legitimate connections to follow up with, and feel inspired to innovate their industries.

If you’re interested in hosting a salon, happy hour or gift bag sponsorship, please contact us here: guildserendipity.com/sponsor.


8:00am Networking Breakfast

9:00am Session 1

11:00pm Session 2

12:30pm Lunch

2:00pm Session 3

3:30pm Session 4​

5:30pm ​ Happy Hour

7:00pm Optional VIP Dinner

About The GUILD:

The GUILD expands women’s careers and lives through the power of AI, to create smart, human connections. With our 1:1 introductions we're on a mission to make networking less awkward and more convenient for professional women. We host monthly activity-based networking events aimed at providing our members with the opportunity to gain skills, promote their businesses and organizations, and share best practices (and a glass of good wine) in a unique atmosphere. For more information or to attend an event, visit guildserendipity.com.


  • Workshops (Leadership, Self-care)
  • Panels and Talks (Emerging Tech)
  • Lounges
  • Experiences

Salons and Experiences:

Panels and Talks

  • Conquering the Boardroom - Shannon Gordon, Julie Castro Abrams, Shannon Nash, Lisa Violet
  • FemTech - Women's Health - Nicole Dahlstrom +
  • Inspiring Leader Lighting Talks - Social Impact - Lisa Mae Brunson, Arjita Sethi, Shakeya McDow, Sally Rogers, Komal Ahmad, Kara Goldin
  • Investing In Change - Anke Huiskes, Trish Costello, Janine Fipro, Lyndsey Bouchele, Syl Yip
  • Emergine Tech Leaders - Nitasha Syd, Robin Parisse, Lauren Pfeifer, Veni Singh, Alex Eremia +


  • Networking for Introverts - Stephanie Thoma
  • Is Your Voice As Powerful As You Are? - Hillary Wicht
  • Rock Your Business Model - Maaike Doyer
  • The Thought Leader Formula - Robin Farmanfarmaian
  • Quick Pitch – Don’t be Caught Pitchless! - Donna Griffit
  • Inner Mastery & Creativity - Svetlana Saitskey


  • Facial Yoga - Elsa Jungman
  • Integrative Women's Wellness - Ruchi Puri
  • Say "No"! - Sarah Holtz
  • The Power of Story to Design Your Life - Melanie Vetter
  • Tools for Effective and Transformational Leadership - Anne Klimt
  • Unleash Your Creativity, Curiosity and Collaborative-ness Silk Painting- Ellen Brook
  • Write Your Own "User Manual" to Make Your Team Less Anxious and More Productive - Ramona Shaw
  • Managing Humans: Essential Skills for New Managers - Kim Nicol
  • Midlife is an Opportunity, not a Crisis - Terri Mead


  • Coaching Lounge - Maria Bailey, Arjanne van der Plas, Kim Nicol, Hillary Wicht, Anne Klimt, Rachael O’Meara, Ramona Shaw
  • Talent Lounge
  • Founder Funder Lounge (APPLY HERE https://www.letsguild.com/investor-entrepreneur) Many Many investors and entrepreneurs, Ha Nguyen, Anke Huiskes, Trish Costello
  • Product Expert Lounge - Connie Kwan


In this salon, we’re focusing on every detail of what it takes to turn an idea into a thriving product. We’ll build skills in prototyping, building a kick-ass product team, product roadmap and how to scale once you hit product market fit. With roundtable conversations, advice from experienced product leaders and founders, and personal meetings to fine-tune your plans, you’ll leave this salon with a solidified checklist for getting your product to launch or IPO.


The StoryPOWER salon will harness the power of a narrative, weaving the idea of telling a story into all aspects of your personal and professional life. We’ll have workshops that cover everything from crafting a personal narrative, positioning yourself as a thought leader and learning how to make it up as you go. You’ll leave this salon feeling confident in the weight of your words, ready to share your story with colleagues and leadership.


Experience the Social Responsibility salon to discover your higher purpose in work and life. The sessions will spark conversations with some of the city’s leading social entrepreneurs and give you the tools to weave meaningful impact into your career and company culture. You’ll leave this house with deeper roots in the Bay Area’s vibrant social impact community and courageous energy to change the world through your career and everyday life.


Anyone who’s gone searching for funding knows that investors are looking for the right person to invest in, more than the right company. We are so excited to bring you the third "Founder Meet Funders" lounge. We'll be hosting the exclusive Founders Lounge where founders who applied get 1:1 speed-pitching opportunities with VCs, angels and international investing experts (pre-seed- Series A).


We’re devoting a salon to women’s health. We’re welcoming the ladies and men with careers in FemTech to share the latest technologies and research from fertility to pregnancy, from breastfeeding to menopause and anything in between. You’ll walk away not only with a list of valuable apps, websites, contacts, insights and aha moments but with a plan to take care of your, your children’s and your family health.


In the Find Your Coach salon, we’re bringing in amazing coaches to advise you in your career, leadership, wellness, and finance. These experts will offer guidance towards the goals that you’ve set for yourself...and maybe even a few you haven’t considered! Leave this salon with a different outlook on every area of your life, a potential coach to use as a resource after Serendipity, and new connections with other women in the salon at our open networking hours!


This salon focuses on on giving you the knowledge about the latest and greatest developments in the emerging tech landscape. Anything from blockchain circles to VR advances and conversations about building and prototyping exciting new technology will be discussed in a safe place where every question is welcome!

Each session will bring together a panel of experts that discuss the latest in technology and how the women paved their path.


We’re Striking Gold in this salon, and learning about investing with purpose and bankrolling new products.

Learn how you can start investing in products and companies you want to get behind and build a network of investors who will share this exciting journey. You’ll walk away from this house with a toolkit to conquer investment models and accredited investors learn how to angel invest.


No matter your industry or place in your career, allowing time for yourself to decompress and step away from work. That’s precisely why we’ve created the Unplug salon, meant for sessions that will discuss every area of your life (that isn’t your work) to help you feel more energized, focused, and passionate every single day. You’ll leave this salon with a better understanding how to harness your inner heroine, a plan to start meditating, knowledge about your skin and many contacts to re-connect at a yoga studio or go for a run on the beach.


In the leadership salon, we’re looking at the steps to take to become a great leader, we'll hear from great leaders about equality in the workplace and learn how we can be the change we want to see. You'll learn what it takes to join a board and the inner game of leadership. Walking away from this house will leave you with great contacts and the personal and professional skillset to take on your next leadership role.

Schedule subject to change

Visit guildserendipity.com to find out more about SERENDIPITY 2019.


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