We_Can_Do_It!Every year more than 20,000 conventions roll through Las Vegas and bring together a group of people for a single purpose. The reasons for conventions vary, often to push a retail platform or unite a company’s workforce or sometimes to showcase an industry’s new offerings to the public. Rarely do these conventions touch upon a social theme, but there’s one that does.

The 2014 National Women’s Conference, a two-day event, being held at the MGM Grand Las Vegas on Aug. 6 and 7, that will not only feature distinctive speakers, enlightening seminars, and individual coaching sessions, it may also encourage a social discussion of gender equality. I don’t think the Adult Entertainment Expo or Culinary Union Convention has ever done that.

I am writing about this conference because many may not realize the significance an event like this has to the female population of our country. As an attendee of last year’s Women’s Conference (and I must admit here that I was dragged there by my sister) I can say this event is more than just a business building expo, it is a broad connector to gender equality, an attempt at understanding our current wage inequality and an effort to bridge the gap. And most importantly it is an event that should be attended by both sexes.

Moderated by Chair of Canada, Latin America and the U.S. Western Region of Edelman Communications Gail Becker, the National Women’s Conference will include distinguished male and female speakers who will provide insight into navigating the professional world as a woman.

Listed on the program agenda for the conference are portions of the day set aside specifically for networking. Hint: This is particularly important for college students looking to advance themselves in an industry or specific workplace. What makes this event’s networking opportunities even more beneficial than a typical work conference is that the attendees, speakers and special guests are interested in advancing women in the workplace. Although a seemingly obvious statement, it’s an interest many current industry leaders do not hold an affinity for.

The cost of registration is $350 and yes, the admission price is a bit hefty,  but the event is well worth the price of a few new textbooks. And though it may not offer you the newest technological gadgets or get you a photograph with a UFC star, it might change your perspective on the current positioning of women in business. And that’s kind of priceless.

Check out my “2014 National Women’s Conference” Pinboard on my Pintrest for a little inspiration and motivation.