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2016 Session | Namaste: Making Choices that Matter

“Having it all” has become the subject of countless books, articles, debates, and social media commentary, with passions running high in all directions. With such a wide spectrum of priorities, workloads and resources for women, it is impossible to define “life balance.” In fact, many believe that the ideal doesn’t actually exist. Today’s gospel truth around the topic seems to be that any woman who wants to advance in a challenging career has to make sacrifices. The Conference for Women believes it’s not about making sacrifices but rather, it’s about making choices that matter during various stages in life. Changing your mindset from “having it all” and achieving “life balance” will help you move away from the frantic nature of just hanging on to feeling at piece with your current life and load. Attend this session and learn from a diverse array of Boston’s leading professionals about the difficult choices they made at various times throughout their career. Learn how they approached these decisions, the trade-offs they made and what they would do differently as they reflect on decades passed. Attendees will walk away with clarity and tools to make choices in their lives and get that much closer to feeling at peace and enjoying what you have versus struggling to have it all!

Thought Leader: Laura Vanderkam, author, What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast

Heather Campion, senior advisory committee, Harvard Institute of Politics and board member, Massachusetts Conference for Women
Theresa Creasey, head, applied solutions strategic marketing and innovation team, MilliporeSigma
Lynn Tinney, vice president, Americas channels, Riverbed Technology and board member, MA Conference for Women

Emcee: Jane Bowman, vice president marketing & strategic partnerships, Boston Globe