A Brief History...

ConTessa was founded in 2012 to offer a space where women could run the games and panels that fit their interests in a public way so as to inspire, educate, inform, and empower other women like them. Our work led to a gold ENnie in 2015, a Diana Jones Award nomination in 2016, and an increased number of women creating gaming products and freelancing throughout the industry.

After four years, and hundreds of events at our own online conventions and at in-person conventions like Gen Con and U-Con, we realized the appeal of what we do spread further than women, so we opened our requirements to include and support all marginalized people so we can spread the love, support, and empowerment even further. ConTessa is now comprised of our overall organization that creates events led by any marginalized person as well as three branches to target individual needs and groups: ConTessa Women, ConTessans of Color, and QueerTessa.