Press Release: Massachusetts Conference for Women Announces Kerry Washington as Keynote Speaker

Boston, MA,  – Kerry Washington, star of the ABC hit drama Scandal, accomplished film and stage actress and women’s rights activist, will be a keynote speaker at the 9thannual Massachusetts Conference for Women. Washington will address this year’s theme “The Power of Us,” along with other nationally recognized speakers including Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, media executive and bestselling author Cathie Black and leadership advisor and author Erica Ariel Fox. They are among the more than one hundred speakers who will address the Conference.

Registration is now open for the Conference, which will be hosted at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center on Tuesday, December 5, 2013. The nonpartisan, nonprofit Conference is Massachusetts’ largest event for women, attracting nearly 10,000 attendees who come together for a full day of networking, professional development and personal growth opportunities.

Washington and other speakers will share their experience and expertise on a range of topics including personal growth, career advancement, money management, health and wellness, small business and entrepreneurship, social media branding and more. This year’s Conference theme “The Power of Us” encourages women to take a greater role in changing the course of their own lives and in being a force for change in their communities.

A native of the Bronx, Kerry Washington has received high acclaim for her work on stage, on television and on film. Washington was recently seen in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained along with Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz and Samuel Jackson. The film was nominated for a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Picture. In television, Washington currently stars in the hit ABC drama Scandal. In 2013, Washington was awarded an NAACP Image Award for her portrayal of Olivia Pope and the show won for Best Drama. The NAACP also honored Washington with the President’s Award, recognizing special achievement in furthering the cause of civil rights and public service. An activist, Washington was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President’s Committee of the Arts and Humanities in 2009. She is also an active member of the V-Counsel, an esteemed group of advisors to V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls.

“We are thrilled to host Kerry Washington, Doris Kearns Goodwin and other inspiring women at this year’s Conference,” said Gloria Larson, Board President Massachusetts Conference for Women and President of Bentley University. “These women are activists and leaders in their fields and their collective wisdom challenges us all to make the most of our own lives, talents and experiences– in short, to believe in our own power.”

In years prior, attendees have benefited from the talent and wisdom of such trailblazers as President and Editor-in-Chief of the Huffington Media Group Arianna Huffington; women’s rights pioneer Gloria Steinem; celebrated poet, author, educator and historian Dr. Maya Angelou;  former Texas Governor Ann Richards; judge and television personality Glenda Hatchett; model, entrepreneur, spokesperson, advocate and filmmaker Christy Turlington Burns; personal finance expert Suze Orman; life coach and author Martha Beck; and many more.  Additional 2013 speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.

Exclusive to the Massachusetts Conference for Women, Local Leader Meet Ups offer attendees the chance to have one-on-one conversations with local businesswomen and community leaders, and intimate Expert Exchange sessions offer a focused discussion with industry veterans.  Conference attendees also have the opportunity to participate in the popular Career Pavilion, featuring resume reviews by human resource experts, Coaches Corner (one-on-one “speed coaching” sessions with local career coaches and executives), workshops on communication skills and social media, and much more.

The Conference Health & Wellness Pavilion showcases speakers and companies dedicated to improving women’s health, while an onsite Exhibit Hall boasts hundreds of organizations and companies with products or services that appeal to women.

The Massachusetts Conference for Women is presented by State Street Corporation and co-chaired by EMD Serono, Inc.  It is also generously underwritten by dozens of organizations including AAA Southern New England, Bank of America, Bentley University, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, The Boston Globe, CBS Radio, CVS Caremark, EMC, Hill Holliday, John Hancock Financial, Liberty Mutual, National Grid, Raytheon Company, Santander/Sovereign Bank, Tufts Health Plan, United Airlines and Weber Shandwick.

“The Massachusetts Conference for Women celebrates the power of individual women and the vibrant and diverse community we are proud to be part of,” said Alison A. Quirk, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources and Citizenship Officer for State Street Corporation. “We are delighted to be the presenting sponsor for the Conference again this year and look forward to a day of inspiration, new ideas and building great relationships.”

An early bird rate of $150 per person, $1,450 per table of 10, and $75 for students is available until Thursday, October 24th,, 2013. To register or learn more about the 9th Annual Massachusetts Conference for Women, explore our website, follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/masswomen or like our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/maconferenceforwomen. To apply for media credentials, please contact Julia Wright, [email protected].