'Girl Boss' Author Sophia Amoruso to Speak at Women's Conference in Jakarta

American businesswoman and author of the New York Times best-seller memoir "Girl Boss" Sophia Amoruso is scheduled to speak at a women's conference called Resonation at The Kasablanka in South Jakarta on Saturday (29/04). (Reuters Photo/Mario Anzuoni)

By : Lisa Siregar | on 7:12 PM April 20, 2017
Category : Life & Style, Arts & Culture

Jakarta. American businesswoman and author of the New York Times best-seller memoir "Girl Boss" Sophia Amoruso is scheduled to speak at a women's conference called Resonation at The Kasablanka in South Jakarta on Saturday (29/04).

Nina Moran, the founder of the conference, said in a statement that Amoruso will share the ups and downs of her life, which includes the dissolution of her marriage and high-profile company, Nasty Gal.

Amoruso began her career at the age of 22 by selling vintage clothes on eBay through her online shop Nasty Gal Vintage.  The online store was named "Fastest Growing Retailer" in 2012 by Inc. magazine in 2012 and eventually transformed into a brick and mortar store.

In 2016, Forbes named Amoruso as one of the richest women in the world. However, that same year, she resigned from the company as chief executive as Nasty Gal filed for bankruptcy.

"We will learn from Sophia Amoruso on how to rise again from our failure," Nina said.

Amoruso, 29, has a new Netflix show "Girlboss" that will be released on Friday. Produced by Charlize Theron, the adaptation of Amoruso's memoir stars Britt Robertson as Amoruso, who dropped out of college but has gone on to build a fashion empire valued at $100 million. The screenplay is written by Kay Cannon, who wrote for successful shows such as "30 Rock," "New Girl" and the "Pitch Perfect" films. 

The conference aims to motivate a generation of young Indonesian women to reach for their dream career and have a positive family life and personal relationship. It also features Australian ballerina Stephanie Kurlow — who hopes to become the world's first hiajbi ballerina  and Swedish engineer Johan Ekengard, who have been campaigning for their fathers to take their vacation leave and spend time with their children.

The conference also features a number of Indonesian businesswomen from various fields as facilitators to lead the group discussion. The list also includes fashion designer Jenahara and musician Reda Gaudiamo.

"We hope to push women to dream big. Our lineup of speakers and facilitators will share their life journeys so we can support each other in making our dreams come true," Nina said.

Ticket prices to attend the Resonation conference varies from Rp 520,000 ($39) to Rp 1.2 million. Tickets are currently on sale on their official website.

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