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Saturday, April 21
 

8:30am

Conference Registration and Networking Breakfast
Check in, receive conference details, and join us for breakfast catered by women-owned local catering, Bread and Ginger.

Saturday April 21, 2018 8:30am - 9:00am
Simmons Paresky Center

8:30am

Lift as We Climb Donation Bin Opens
Conference attendees are invited to participate in our Lift as We Climb Donation Bin.  Help us support local women's shelters by providing a donation of women's health items including toiletries, tampons, pads, underwear, bras, and socks.

Any participant who brings a donation will be entered to win one of three great raffle prizes!

Saturday April 21, 2018 8:30am - 9:00am
Simmons Paresky Center

9:15am

Opening Keynote: Kickass Confidence: Neuro-based Strategies & Secrets to STAND Out. Be Heard. Have Impact.
Smart, hard-working people aren’t guaranteed success. Confidence is the key unlocking our potential to lead better and achieve more. So why are some people more confident than others? Good news – its not genetic. It can be learned and regulated by anyone, at any time.  Apply the same high performance tools and techniques used by elite athletes, military and C-suite execs to pump your own brain with small win endorphins and build sustainable confidence neural pathways.

Speakers
avatar for Alyssa Dver

Alyssa Dver

Chief Confidence Officer, American Confidence Institute
MIT, Wharton, Harvard, IBM, Pepsi, Staples, State Street, IEEE, Wayfair, The Royal Bank of Canada, Liberty Mutual and dozens more have hired Alyssa to share life-changing neuro-based strategies and secrets of confidence. Alyssa is the co-founder of The American Confidence Institute... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 9:15am - 10:00am
Simmons Paresky Center

10:15am

Breaking Through Coded Patriarchy to Design for Modern Women
Limited Capacity filling up

Women represent the largest unserved market in business due to "coded patriarchy" - the exclusion of female perspectives in design, from technology, to clothing to even cities. With the success of companies like The Honest Company and Thinx, were seeing the rise of women-centered innovation: products and services designed for women by women. Women-centered innovation has attracted over $1.5 billion in investment in the last few years. How do you tap into this new type of innovative thinking and apply these lessons to your own career and business goals?

Speakers
avatar for Danielle Kayembe

Danielle Kayembe

Founder & CEO, GreyFire Impact
Danielle is a serial entrepreneur who works on projects at the intersection of women and social impact. She advises female founders on scaling their businesses and raising capital, and connects companies to ecosystems of underrepresented founders. Danielle was a founding partner in... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
MCB C120

10:15am

Innie Power: The Quiet Strengths of Introverted Women
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

In this session that is equal parts interactive and contemplative, Amma marfo will shine a light on origins and misconceptions around introversion, draw parallels between the challenges of introverts and those of women on campus and at work, and share some strategies for making your impact heard where your voice might not be.  Look forward to a session that helps introverts to better understand themselves, and that helps extroverts to better understand their quieter counterparts.

Speakers
avatar for Amma Marfo

Amma Marfo

Author
Amma is the author of two books on introversion. The first, THE I'S HAVE IT, demystifies introversion, identifies its hallmarks, and instructs on how to best embrace their introversion in a variety of professional scenarios (the office, interviews, conferences, graduate programs... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
MCB C103

10:15am

Planning Your Next Career Move
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

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 + Career Strategist, Work Wonders Coaching and Consulting
Jenn Walker Wall is a career strategist, consultant, and founder of Work Wonders Coaching + Consulting where she helps people land new jobs and get stuff done. She’s also co-host of the Making Life Work Podcast and career blogger for Just Us Gals. She has previously worked at Sloan... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
Special Functions Room

10:15am

Startup Mama: How motherhood can enhance (rather than hurt) your entrepreneurial career
Limited Capacity seats available

By and large, the narrative in the startup community is that motherhood and startup culture don't mix. Being an entrepreneur consists of late nights, endless dinners of pizza or ramen, and a lot of dudes.  Actually, there is no better time than now to be a mom -- and a successful startup founder.  In this session, we'll discuss how the tide is changing for women in entrepreneurship and how that affects moms. We'll debunk myths about parenting in the startup age, pull a few lessons from successful women who have done it, and discuss how we can take it upon ourselves to continue closing the gender gap by addressing arguably one of the startup community's top issues in inclusiveness.


Speakers
avatar for Beth Santos

Beth Santos

Founder & CEO, Wanderful
Beth Santos is a dynamic leader and inspired entrepreneur with a passion for international development, multiculturalism and community building. She is the founder and CEO of Wanderful, a global sisterhood of travelers. Beth created Wanderful while cruising her blue motorcycle through... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
MCB C106

11:30am

Change of Heart: Challenging Imposter Syndrome
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

This workshop uses a combination of small group exercises, discussions, and personal stories to identify strategies to speak more confidently and resist imposter syndrome.

Speakers
avatar for Rayshauna Gray

Rayshauna Gray

Historical Researcher & Writer, Harvard & Tufts University
Rayshauna Gray is a Chicagoan living in Cambridge. She's thrilled to be living her childhood dream of being a time travelling storyteller. She loves researching with Tufts University's history department, Harvard's Slavery Research Project and History Design Center, and petting all... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Special Functions Room

11:30am

Disrupting Caregiving
Limited Capacity seats available

With 10,000 people turning 65 everyday in the US, eldercare will impact all of us. It disrupts our careers and our lives..unless we disrupt it first. This session will look at how caregiving affects women and what we can do to not only survive our caregiving years, but actually thrive at work and in our lives as a result.

Speakers
avatar for Liz O'Donnell

Liz O'Donnell

Author
Liz O’Donnell is an author and entrepreneur. Her book, Mogul, Mom & Maid: The Balancing Act of the Modern Woman, looks at the impact of women’s personal lives on their careers. Liz is the founder of Rent-A-Sister, a company that provides support services to family caregivers... Read More →



Saturday April 21, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
MCB C106

11:30am

Pathways, Potential, and Decisions for Women Leaders
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Leadership can be complex territory for women, especially in male-dominated cultures and fields. In this workshop, I'll invite participants to think about the pathways to two different kinds of leadership roles (positional and influential), and how to align action with intended impact when in both kinds of role.

In 2000, Liz founded Strategy Matters - a consulting firm supporting businesses, nonprofits, government, and public private partnerships to address pressing problems and create new solutions.  Previously, she was Deputy Director for Strategic Planning at the Boston Police Department, and in that role supported a citywide planning process that engaged over 400 residents and yielded great reductions in crime. She built relationships with businesses, philanthropists, and government to secure support for community partners working to prevent crime in Boston.  Liz holds a MA in Philosophy from the University of Washington and a BA in Philosophy and Politics from Mount Holyoke College.


Speakers
avatar for Liz O'Conner

Liz O'Conner

In 2000, Liz founded Strategy Matters - a consulting firm supporting businesses, nonprofits, government, and public private partnerships to address pressing problems and create new solutions. | | Previously, she was Deputy Director for Strategic Planning at the Boston Police Department... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
MCB C103

11:30am

The Person You Want to Meet is Already in Your Network
Limited Capacity filling up

Many of us think that we need to attend a networking event or make a cold call to meet the person that leads to our next job, our next business opportunity, or a professional mentoring relationship. However, even if we don’t know that person right now, we often already have someone in our network who does or who is only a few degrees removed from them. Instead of focusing on building bigger networks, come learn how to strengthen & activate your existing relationships to meet your next job or business goal. Find out how to start from where you want to be and create a map of people that will get you there. Stop networking and start connecting!

Speakers
avatar for Sheena Collier

Sheena Collier

Founder & CEO, The Collier Connection
Sheena Collier is a superconnector, a strategist, and the Founder and CEO of The Collier Connection (TCC). Through TCC, she focuses on creating spaces to connect people to resources, information, and each other; and planning strategic events connecting audiences to the mission, brand... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
MCB C120

1:45pm

How a Bankrobber Turned Me Into an Entrepreneur
Limited Capacity seats available

In this workshop I want to discuss how to recognize and jump on opportunities that come once in a lifetime, how to get past the fears of completely overhauling your structured life to one of an entrepreneur, and ways to keep persistent in the face of the unknown.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Nashawaty

Julie Nashawaty

CEO, Aste
Julie Nashawaty is the Founder and CEO of Aste (www.aste.io), a company founded to verify that your online date truly is who they say they are.    Aste is the only human powered solution leading the fight against online dating fraud, committed to keeping our world safe one date... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 1:45pm - 2:45pm
MCB C120

1:45pm

Ideation to Market Ready
Limited Capacity seats available

Ideation to market ready -the inventors journey . This work shop offers a fun and interactive learning experience where Participants explore the process of inventing. Participants will use their creativity to brainstorm new products or services that solve a problem in the market place . Participants will then be asked to execute a quick business plan in effort to learn how to get a product into the market.

Speakers
avatar for Chantal Calloway

Chantal Calloway

Founder, Calloway Creative Inc
" | Chantel Calloway is a social entrepreneur and the 1st African American female board game inventor. Calloway is the Founder of Calloway Creative Inc and the sole creator of Rhyme Antics –The Hilarious Rhyming Vocabulary game. | As an advocate for literacy and former event planner... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 1:45pm - 2:45pm
MCB C106

1:45pm

Present Your Best: Move From Speaking Stress to Speaking Success
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Your ideas deserve to be heard. Yet some smart, motivated women feel uneasy speaking to groups, expressing ideas or connecting with clients and colleagues. Some avoid saying speaking up entirely. As a result, they may miss out on opportunities, lose access to clients and decision makers or become a best kept secret in their industry or organization. This program provides insights and strategies for women to boost visibility, more clearly and confidently express ideas, and connect authentically with an audience of 1 or 100. Even if your hands shake and your heart races you can move from speaking stress to speaking success.

Speakers
avatar for Stacey Shipman

Stacey Shipman

Principal, Communicate Presence
Stacey Shipman brings out the best in people. As the Principal of Communicate Presence, she works with individuals and organizations that want to communicate their vision and ideas with more clarity and ease. As a result, they learn to connect better with clients, work better with... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 1:45pm - 2:45pm
MCB C103

1:45pm

Setbacks and Success: Transforming Mistakes into Opportunities
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

We all make mistakes - it’s an inevitable part of life. So if we can’t avoid mistakes, the next step is to learn how to manage them. Drawing on my own experiences, this interactive workshop will highlight lessons from personal and professional mistakes, share tools for shifting perspectives, and prompt us to (re)consider how to shape our setbacks into successes. Participants are encouraged to identify in advance a life “setback” to workshop and bring along an open mind, humble heart, and collaborative spirit.

Speakers
avatar for Tariana Little

Tariana Little

Co-founder & Co-CEO, EmVision Productions
Tariana V. Little is co-founder of EmVision Productions, a boutique video production company that helps organizations communicate their impact, and a public health doctoral candidate at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. In 2016-17 Tariana was appointed to SPARK Boston... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Special Functions Room

3:00pm

Closing Keynote Panel: Putting Learning into Action for Ourselves and Our Future

This closing panel will explore the importance of taking a next step for change both in our personal lives and in the community.  Wherever we find ourselves in our careers, we can be leaders in the workplace, in our cities, and as mentors to the next generation.

Our panelists include young women who are actively making an impact in their own communities and experienced community leaders who will explore the importance of supporting one another in an intersectional community.


Moderators
avatar for Helena Berbano

Helena Berbano

Asian American Millennials Unite, Co-Founder and Co-Director
Helena Berbano is a civic engagement and organizing specialist. She has managed national voter engagement programs, working with state and local nonprofits and grassroots groups. She has worked with diverse constituencies, with a particular focus on disenfranchised populations. For... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Mei Collins

Mei Collins

SPARKS Leadership Team, Boston GLOW
Mei Mei Collins is a senior at Somerville High School, and was lucky enough to join Boston GLOW's organization in eighth grade. An aspiring environmental engineer, Mei spends her time mostly doing homework, playing frisbee, dancing, or going on Twitter. She's currently a member of... Read More →
avatar for Jacarrea Garraway

Jacarrea Garraway

Founder, Garraway Studios
Jacarrea Garraway is a native of Boston, Massachusetts and currently attends New York University where she studies film and television production. She is deeply passionate about the arts as a social justice platform and creating work which shows a wide array of representation... Read More →
avatar for Tariana Little

Tariana Little

Co-founder & Co-CEO, EmVision Productions
Tariana V. Little is co-founder of EmVision Productions, a boutique video production company that helps organizations communicate their impact, and a public health doctoral candidate at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. In 2016-17 Tariana was appointed to SPARK Boston... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Simmons Paresky Center

4:00pm

Post Event Networking Social Hosted by Loretta's Last Call
By this point we hope you're eager to continue the conversation with fellow conference attendees and speakers. We invite you to join us at Loretta's Last Call to continue the conversation and community building!
Heavy appetizers will be provided and a cash bar available.  

Saturday April 21, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Loretta's Last Call 1 Lansdowne Street, Boston, MA