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Join women CEOs, community leaders, entrepreneurs and more for a day of skills sharing and community building for women and our allies of all genders. All attendees will select from 3 breakout sessions, 3 keynote events, and have plenty of opportunities for networking, connections, resources sharing, and more!

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Saturday, March 23
 

8:20am

Registration and Breakfast with Music from Random Chants A Cappella
Join us for coffee generously provided by Caffe Nero, breakfast snacks, and music from Random Chants (http://www.randomchants.com/)
Please note that our speaking program will start promptly at 9:00 am

Saturday March 23, 2019 8:20am - 8:55am
Linda Paresky Center

9:00am

Welcome: Building Community and Sharing Skills
Speakers
avatar for Leah Moschella

Leah Moschella

Executive Director, Boston GLOW
In 2010, Leah founded Boston GLOW as an avenue to generate positive leadership opportunities for women and girls. In addition to her work at Boston GLOW, Leah develops innovative systems change to education policy to drive college and career access for all an Associate Director at... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 9:00am - 9:15am
Linda Paresky Center

9:15am

The Secret to Authentic Confidence: How to De-Program Patriarchy from Your Brain and Succeed Beyond Your Wildest Dreams
Every other day there's a news article about the "confidence gap" between men and women. Confidence is the key to personal and professional success, but women aren't taught how to create it. In this keynote I teach women how to identify internalized socialization in their self-critical thoughts and how to literally rewire their brains in order to produce authentic self-confidence and blow their own minds with what they can achieve at work and beyond.

Speakers
avatar for Kara Loewentheil

Kara Loewentheil

Host, UnF*ck Your Brain
Kara Loewentheil is a Master Certified Coach and Host of the UnF*ck Your Brain Podcast. Three years ago she did what every Jewish parent dreams of for their child: She left her legal career running a think tank to become a life coach. Now she teaches feminist women how to undo the... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 9:15am - 10:00am

10:15am

Achieve Your Career Goals Without Sacrificing Your Health
Limited Capacity filling up

Do you feel like you have to choose between working hard and taking care of yourself?
Perhaps you've noticed this cycle: you prioritize work, spend less time cooking/exercising/sleeping, then inevitably get sick. You slow down but once you're better, you're back to that "all-or-nothing" approach.
The truth is: you don't have to choose between your work and your well-being.

This workshop focuses on stress and sleep, and the impact both have on our job performance. You'll discover how to make lasting changes in a culture that makes you feel like there's no other way to live. With these tools, you can reach your goals while also being healthy enough to do what you love outside the office. 

Speakers
avatar for Aileen Axtmayer

Aileen Axtmayer

Aspire with Aileen, Founder
Aileen is a Holistic Career and Health Coach, and founder of Aspire with Aileen. She helps exhausted professionals restore their energy, feel their best, and do what they love. She’s helped thousands of people manage their stress and find meaningful work over the last 10+ years... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am
W201

10:15am

Entrepreneurship: How to Find Your Next Big Idea and Turn It Into A Business
Limited Capacity full

This interactive workshop will walk attendees through an insightful three-step process to identify problems they are already capable of solving -- the cornerstone of any successful startup. By digging into their individual experiences, strengths, and values, attendees will leave with a new perspective on their personal agency in the world, and just possibly with their next million-dollar startup idea.

Speakers
avatar for Maddie Purcell

Maddie Purcell

Founder, Fyood Kitchen
Maddie Purcell is the founder of Fyood Kitchen, an award-winning startup that puts on cooking competition parties - absolutely no experience required. In the past year, Maddie has been nationally recognized as the Outstanding Young Entrepreneur of the year by SCORE and named to the... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am
E303

10:15am

Equal Pay: Strategies for Salary Negotiation
Limited Capacity filling up

AAUW Work Smart is designed to help you negotiate for a new job, raise, or promotion. In every two-hour workshop you’ll gain confidence in your negotiation style through facilitated discussion and role-play and learn how to identify and articulate your personal value, how to develop an arsenal of persuasive responses and other negotiation strategies, including how to get a raise or promotion, how to conduct objective market research to benchmark a target salary and benefits, and about the wage gap, including its long-term consequences


Speakers
avatar for Alexandra Howley

Alexandra Howley

AAUW Work Smart
Alexandra Howley is a Program Manager at The American Association of University Women (AAUW) focused on scaling AAUW’s Pay Equity Programs (Work Smart, Work Smart Online, and Start Smart). She manages the organization’s city and state-based initiatives, including partnerships... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am
C311

10:15am

Invisible Labor is Killing Your Career: How to Stop Doing #AllTheThings
Limited Capacity filling up

Women are naturally more empathetic and patient, enjoy running a household, and are the obvious choice for nurturing the children...right?
NO! While men today do a higher amount of household work than any generation before them, working women, especially working moms, continue to do, on average, 50% more which saps time and energy that could be spent building their careers.
Rachel Wynn will present and lead a discussion that will cover:
✔️ How our society perpetuates the stereotype of "women's work"
✔️ Re-training your mindset to "drop the ball"
✔️ Concrete, actionable steps on communicating with your partner and designing a system to create an equitable household

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Wynn

Rachel Wynn

Founder, Starlight Social and The Feminist Founder
Rachel Wynn is a creative entrepreneur and founder of Starlight Social (est. 2015) where she and her team of 6 amazing women help businesses and brands craft a credible and professional online presence to drive website traffic, engagement, and sales. While growing her first business... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am
W203

10:15am

Make an Impact in the Boardroom: Finding the Perfect Nonprofit Board Opportunity
Limited Capacity seats available

After graduating from college, my male friends started finding board positions, while my female friends lagged behind, not realizing that they could make a difference in the boardroom even in their mid 20's. This workshop will introduce the responsibilities and perks of joining a non-profit board. We'll guide you through the board member vetting process, and give you insight on how to start looking for your first board positions. It's never too early or late to start making an impact in the boardroom. If you're passionate about non-profit work, and want to take it to the next level, a board seat may be perfect for you! 

Speakers
avatar for Christina Qi

Christina Qi

Partner, Domeyard LP
Seven years ago, Christina Qi started a quant hedge fund, Domeyard LP, from a dorm room with $1000 in savings. Domeyard currently trades up to $1 billion USD per day. Christina is a Forbes 30 Under 30 and Boston Business Journal 40 Under 40 listmaker, and is a visiting lecturer at... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am
W206

10:15am

What Keeps the Field Male-Dominated, Anyways? A Panel Discussion
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us for a panel discussion featuring women who have succeeded in traditionally male-dominated fields. This conversation will discuss experiences, successes, challenges, and support systems for creating space for women to enter and advance in these industries.  Panelists will share expertise, share resources, and engage in conversation and Q/A.

Speakers
avatar for Zoe Silverman

Zoe Silverman

Director of Talent, Yesware
Zoe Silverman leads the People Team at Yesware, a Boston-based SaaS company. After 6 years of helping grow this startup from its early days, there are many things she is proud of, but her most proud accomplishment was when helping get the organization to a 50/50 gender split in 2018... Read More →
avatar for Adaora Asala

Adaora Asala

Tech Leader, Community Builder, Impact Investor
Adaora Asala is an experienced tech leader, community builder, and impact investor with over a decade of experience years leading product, operations, and market growth initiatives in various industries across the globe. She believes great teams begin with great managers; that inclusive... Read More →
avatar for Amber Hampton

Amber Hampton

Founder, Indigenous Peoples' Code Camp
Amber Hampton, Tsalagi person (a member an community Indigenous community) who was raised with their Grandparents in a trailer park, was the first one in their family to graduate high school. Raised by strong women, Amber took risks to be the first one to go to college and gain skills... Read More →
avatar for Cory Munchbach

Cory Munchbach

Senior Vice President of Strategy, BlueConic
Cory Munchbach is the senior vice president of strategy at BlueConic, the world's simplest and most accessible customer data platform, empowering every marketer to find success with a CDP. Prior to joining BlueConic, Cory was an analyst on the customer insights practice at Forrester... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am
C103

11:30am

Chronic Health Challenges in the Workplace
Limited Capacity seats available

For women with chronic illnesses of any kind, life in the professional realm can be difficult to navigate. To whom do we disclose our illness? And to what extent? What about getting ADA protection?  What about the special challenges of an invisible condition, such as mental illness? This workshop will include the speaker's personal experiences, as well as an open discussion among the participants sharing tips and strategies. No one is forced to share any personal information, speak from your heart only if you wish to.

Speakers
avatar for Elana Elstein

Elana Elstein

Principal, Curriculum for Results
Ms. Elana Elstein was an educator for many years, including five years as a Lecturer at the University of Massachusetts Boston College of Management. She has also worked as development director in the not-for-profit sector, raised two children and been active in her community.  Ms... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
W201

11:30am

Finding Your Place in Life and Career: An Intergenerational Dialogue
Limited Capacity full

Join us for a panel discussion among women in different generations about the unique challenges they face, and how they can support each other. Special focus on young women newly entering the workforce, and older women late in their careers.

Moderators
avatar for Sankeetha Selvarajah

Sankeetha Selvarajah

Attorney
Sankeetha Selvarajah is a civil transactional attorney in the private sector where she counsels small businesses and startups in the retail, technology and manufacturing sectors.  She provides outside general counsel services to over 75 companies where the legal service timeline... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Cassandre Joseph

Cassandre Joseph

Cassandre is a proud single Mom, Writer, Creator, and Motivational Speaker. Before pursuing writing and motivational speaking as a career, she spent a number of years as an educator and mentor, working with students in grades K-12. She is also a Posse Alumna and graduated from Centre... Read More →
avatar for Marianne MacDonald

Marianne MacDonald

Senior Vice President, CDM Smith's Enterprise Programs
Marianne MacDonald is the founder and leader of CDM Smith's Enterprise Programs Office, responsible for priorities related to transformation and innovation to address the world's infrastructure challenge.
avatar for Olivia Lindberg

Olivia Lindberg

Wachusett Regional High School, Student
Olivia Lindberg is a junior at Wachusett Regional High School. She is involved with several non-profit organizations, as a hiking leader for JUMP Inc, volunteering with animals at NEADS service dog kennel, and raising money for Alzheimer's Association. She hopes to pursue a career... Read More →
avatar for Rebecca Reynolds Moore

Rebecca Reynolds Moore

Founder & Managing Director, InANutshell Consulting
My passion is helping women create fulfilling work through entrepreneurship. I'm like a child in a candy shop when I have the opportunity to advise an emerging founder. I enjoy coming alongside her to identify the tools, strategies, and messaging that will transform her brilliance... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
C103

11:30am

Planning Your Next Career Move
Limited Capacity full

Planning Your Next Career Move will walk participants through a five step process designed to reduce over-thinking and stress in your job search, while optimizing your strengths, skills and values to help you land your next role.  Participants will learn how to effectively identify and communicate their unique attributes, even during career transitions or pivots, write compelling cover letters and resumes that result in interviews, and where to focus on their time and energy for best results.  This workshop will help creative and ambitious professionals identify their next steps, whether they are actively searching for their next job or simply considering possibilities for the future.

Speakers
avatar for Jenn Walker Wall

Jenn Walker Wall

Founder, Work Wonders Careers
Jenn Walker Wall is the founder of Work Wonders Careers where she helps people land new jobs and succeed at work. She’s also co-host of the Making Life Work Podcast. Previously, she worked at the Sloan School of Management at MIT as well as Harvard University and Massachusetts General... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
C311

11:30am

Saving your Financial Future
Limited Capacity seats available

We all worry about our financial future. This workshop will discuss the importance of financial education, and the impact of the shortage of women's representation in the finance industry. This session will highlight opportunities in the financial industry as an entry level career as well as steps to empower yourself to achieve financial independence. Our session will help you understand why/how to pay yourself, how to make money, save money, protect your money, and manage your money. 

Financial concepts and solutions may not be the most exciting subject; but with discipline and patience, you can learn and understand the fundamentals. And you can build a good financial foundation. 

Financial indepence is not a dream. It is a priority. TOGETHER we can help families of all walks of life create a strong financial foundation. 


Speakers
avatar for Dr. Dolly Amaya

Dr. Dolly Amaya

Financial Ambassador, Faculty Member, National Campaign For Financial Literacy
Dr. Dolly Amaya, a Financial Educator, a Harvard graduate with 3 master’s degrees and a PhD in business in economics. Dr. Dolly shares her humble beginnings and what are now her three passions as: Educator, Agent of Social Change and Entrepreneurship. Dr. Dolly operates two successful... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
W203

11:30am

Setting Boundaries in Life and Business
Limited Capacity seats available

As you go through different transitions, in order to maintain your sense of self and sanity you will need to create new boundaries or reevaluate existing boundaries. Setting boundaries also sometimes looks like filtering out the people who no longer serve you and seeking out the people who compliment where you are in life right now.
Participants will learn how to identify their needs, set clear expectations, and create healthy boundaries to maintain sense of self and sanity. Participants will learn how to reevaluate and shift existing boundaries.

Speakers
avatar for Hehe Stewart

Hehe Stewart

Founder, Tranquility by HeHe
HeHe is the Founder of Tranquility by HeHe, a Maternity Concierge that helps women and their families find balance amidst chaos. Her educational background is a Master’s in Human Development and Family Studies, trained in Family Life Education. Helping families transition to becoming... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
W206

11:30am

The Top 5 Habits & Skills of Improvisers: How to Make Them Your Best Advantage When Navigating the Unknown
Limited Capacity filling up

The best professional improv comedians don’t “wing it.” They practice a highly-refined system of observing, connecting and responding. It’s how they swiftly and seamlessly work with their team while engaging audiences immediately, with only seconds to prepare. This system can be your best advantage. Come ready to laugh and learn valuable leadership, communication and relationship building tools in this fun and interactive workshop taught by CSz Boston owner and 17-year professional improviser and teacher, Courtney Pong. Get ready to elevate how you impact a room, from speeches to storytelling, and all of the unexpected in-between.

Speakers
avatar for Courtney Pong

Courtney Pong

Owner, GM, CSz Boston - home of ComedySportz!
I've been doing improv comedy for 18+ years, performing the long-running and well-loved improv comedy show ComedySportz. If you've ever seen Who's Line is it Anyway or Wild n' Out, it's like that ! We're in 30 major cities, and have been around for 35 years. I currently own and manage... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
E303

12:30pm

Lunch (provided by B&G Catering)
Join us for lunch in the Linda Paresky Center. Take time to network and meet representatives from local organizations supporting women and girls.

Saturday March 23, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Linda Paresky Center

1:45pm

Be Unapologetically You: Bold, Brilliant and Badass In Your Career
Limited Capacity full

Join us for a panel discussion about overcoming what goes on in our brain and leading with our authentic selves in order to navigate our careers and achieve our goals.  Panelists will share expertise in overcoming imposter syndrome and asserting our own truth.

Speakers
avatar for Amma Marfo

Amma Marfo

Author
Amma is an education, writing, and marketing professional that equips her audiences to understand creativity, their temperament, and the intersection of comedy and our daily lives. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from the University of Rhode Island, and a... Read More →
avatar for Jes Osrow

Jes Osrow

COO, The Rise Journey
Jes Osrow gets sh*t done, has the energy of four people, & only puts her name on things that represent her best. Her goal is to talk transparently about HR, recruitment, & talent development to contribute to conversations of fundamental change in approaches & assumptions in the People... Read More →
avatar for Janet Zaretsky

Janet Zaretsky

The BS-to-Brilliance Master, Business Coach, Speaker, Author, Empowered Women Enterprises, LLC
Janet Zaretsky, aka The BS-to-Brilliance Master, is a master professional coach, author, and speaker that helps people unleash their brilliance, confidence and visibility in the world. A powerful advocate for ending the gender gap, both in pay and influence, hasn has led her to be... Read More →
avatar for Kim Meninger

Kim Meninger

Executive Coach
Kim Meninger is an executive and leadership development coach who specializes in helping women leaders to maximize their confidence, visibility and influence. She leverages her 10+ year career in the high-tech industry where she learned how to effectively build strategic relationships... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
C103

1:45pm

How Hiring Really Works Once You've Climbed into the C-suite
Limited Capacity seats available

The hiring process works differently once you've joined the executive ranks. Learn how the executive search process works, how you can get on recruiters' radars for executive searches, and how you are likely to be perceived by hiring teams for those coveted roles. 

Speakers
avatar for Erica Seidel

Erica Seidel

Founder & Executive Recruiter, The Connective Good
Erica Seidel is the founder of The Connective Good, an executive search and recruitment consulting firm. She also writes a blog with "Practical Tips on Recruiting Great Analytical Marketing Talent", and has written for Forrester, AdAge, Forbes, FastCompany, and cmo.com The Connective... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
W203

1:45pm

It Doesn't Matter! Redefining What it Means to Have it All
Limited Capacity full

Having it all is crap. Whether it's work, home, or play everyone needs different things to be fulfilled. Understanding what you want and need is key to having YOUR all. Your needs, and your timeline shouldn't be set by anyone else's expectations. Whatever your all looks like, it takes support and self care, and sometimes even failure. This workshop will explore how to decide what you need to have your all, and a few of the tools to get you there.

Speakers
avatar for Taylor Shutt

Taylor Shutt

Attorney
Growing up a military brat, Taylor learned a lot about starting over. After an unusually long stretch in DC, she moved to Florida just days after high school. The next four years included an AA from community college, a BS from Florida State, a new career in broadcast news, and a... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
W201

1:45pm

Let Them Lead: Strategies for Supporting Women of Color in the Workspace
Limited Capacity filling up

Women of color are still underrepresented in the highest ranks of leadership within most organizations. This underrepresentation is not necessarily due to a lack of qualified women of color to fulfil leadership positions but is often due to sociohistorical and institutional barriers women of color face as they try to ascend to leadership positions. If we are to correct this disparity, women of color, allies, and organizations alike must purposefully provide adequate support for women of color who aspire to leadership positions. In this presentation, I will provide research-based strategies for individuals and organizations based on my study of six women executives from the federal sector.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Amina Gilyard James

Dr. Amina Gilyard James

Founder and Principal Consultant, INFLUENCE by AG
Dr. Amina Gilyard James is a published writer, international speaker, and Founder of INFLUENCE by AG-- a consultancy that empowers people to use their unique talents to influence authentically. She earned a doctorate in Human and Organizational Learning from The George Washington... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
W206

1:45pm

Love Triangle: Family, Entrepreneurship, School - a Mother Daughter Discussion
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you juggling your family while studying and working? Are you in the trenches and feeling guilty? Are you rushing in the supermarket instead of enjoying that time with your schlopping buddy? Do you enjoy looking at yourself in the mirror? Please join us in the discussion with a mother-daughter duo that will include perspectives from different generations of how we utilize our support systems and overcome the challenges and lived fulfilling lives with our family, completed advanced degrees, developed businesses and written our book Schlopping: Developing Relationship, Self-Image and Memories while shopping with the people we love. Our motto is “It’s never too late and it takes a village.”

Speakers
avatar for Yael Magen

Yael Magen

Attorney
Yael Magen, Esq., is a daughter, granddaughter, wife, and the mother of three young children. She is a graduate of Northeastern School of Law, Boston, MA and of Hebrew University, Jerusalem Israel in International Relations and Media and Communications. She has been a social organizer... Read More →
avatar for Sheryl Mendlinger, Ph.D.

Sheryl Mendlinger, Ph.D.

Professor, Northeastern University
Sheryl E. Mendlinger, Ph.D., is a daughter, wife, mother, and grandmother to four. She started her first entrepreneurship business, designing macramé jewelry, as a mother of 2 small children under the age or 3. She began her BA at the age of 33, when her daughter Yael began first... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
C311

3:00pm

Have FEAR
When we hear the word "fear" we tend to think of things that scare us and therefore inhibit us from doing certain tasks. I want to challenge women to see fear as something that empowers them. In this workshop, I will restructure fear into the phrase "Face Everything and Rise" where I will teach social emotional skills to help the audience process emotions and adversities. I'll push the audience to take a step further by using our experiences as catalysts to charge towards the things we tend to stray away from. This will be accomplished by teaching them how to feel their emotions in a healthy way, learn to articulate their thoughts/feelings, and react to turn their set back into comebacks.

Speakers
avatar for Gabriela Tavares

Gabriela Tavares

Gabriela was born and raised in Lawrence, MA to a family of immigrants. Throughout her life she overcame many adversities such as being the child of an incarcerated parent, surviving sexual assault, growing up in poverty in a single parent household, and losing a friend to gang violence... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Linda Paresky Center

4:15pm

Post Conference Networking at Bar Louie
Limited Capacity filling up

Join us for an informal networking to follow-up, connect, and share what we've learned.
Drinks will be available for purchase.

Saturday March 23, 2019 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Bar Louie 121 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215