The 2019 Conference Center

The 2019 Massachusetts Conference for Women was held December 12, 2019 in Boston, MA.

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Malala Yousafzai


Malala Yousafzai

“I realize that when you speak out, people will target you, bully you, and harass you through social media. But the whole intention of those things is to silence you,” Nobel Peace Prize-winner Malala Yousafzai said. “If I stay silent, that means giving up on my cause and missing out on living a purposeful life, which is important to me. So, that is why I stick to my objectives and keep on fighting.” More.

Megan Rapinoe

“You are more impactful than you think,” the co-captain of the world’s greatest women’s soccer team and 2019 Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the year said. Emphasizing the importance of connecting with other women, she added: “We need to gain power from each other’s stories and find those common threads. Often, if feels difficult, because we feel isolated. But take the expertise and power that other women have for yourself as a way to motivate you in your life.” More.

Tara Westover

“An educated person is not someone who can recite an army of facts and knows a lot, but [someone] who has nurtured an interest in other people and is curious to see things from another person’s perspective,” said Tara Westover, author of New York Times bestseller, Educated. More.

Simon Sinek

There are two kinds of games in life, leadership expert Simon Sinek said: finite games, like football; and infinite games, like most things—from business to personal relationships. To play well, there are five things you need to know. More.

Yara Shahidi

“I lean on networks,” said actress, activist, and Harvard student Yara Shahidi. “My family was the first to connect me to what it means to be socially engaged. My friends remind me I am not alone in the fight for a fair and equitable world. My mentors and peers are part of my personal infrastructure.” Networks, she said, help us “lift one another up regardless of personal outcome, and we all get to grow as a result.” More.

Amanda Southworth

“As far-fetched as it may seem right now, we can make the future that we want to see. We can be the better person. We can take responsibility,” said Amanda Southworth, creator of AnxietyHelper and founder of the software nonprofit Astra Labs. More.


Session I: 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Communication: Speak Up. Stand Out.
Charmaine McClarie

Resilience Reset: Break Barriers and Thrive
Anne Grady, Bea Arthur, Mary Mack, Jaqi Wright

Unstereotype: Tools to Un-Bias the Office
Tiffany Jana, Roxann Cooke, Wade Davis, Virgie Tovar

Handling Conflict at Work
Amy Gallo, Rachel Cossar, Cabi Zijderveld, Jeffrey Whitford

Intrapreneurship: Pioneer Passion, Innovation and Vision
Alechia Reese, Renata Mutis Black, Sarah LaFleur, Courtney Lawrie

Make Your Meetings Matter
Mary Abbajay

Embracing Middle Age
Marci Alboher, Stephanie Browne, Karen Rinaldi, Darci Steinke

Fab Finance: Creating Your Best Financial Life
Tonya Rapley

Unplugged: Reclaiming Balance in a Connected World
Tiffany Schlain, Stephanie Humphrey, Mary Laura Philpott

A Conversation on How to Skimm Your Life
Linda Henry, Danielle Weisberg, Carly Zakin

Thinking in Bets: Lessons in Unemotional Risk-Taking and Decision-Making
Annie Duke

Session II: 11:30 am – 12:30 am

The Likability Trap: Women, Leadership and the Double-Bind
Alicia Menendez, Yvonne Garcia, Minda Harts, Erica Keswin

ENCORE | Resilience Reset: Break Barriers and Thrive
Kristen Balboni, Nikki Howard, Alechia Reese, Carla Wright-Jukes

Ask for It: Success for Women Begins with Negotiation Savvy
Sara Laschever

Networking: Become a Self-Promotion Pioneer
Karen Wickre, Susan Davey, Kate Reed, Yai Vargas

Outspoken: Amplify Your Voice
Veronica Rueckert, Rosaleen Burke, Dena Blizzard, Gabrielle Simpson Gambrell

Feedback (and Other Dirty Words): Why We Fear It, How to Fix It
M. Tamra Chandler

Get Unstuck and Transition with Excitement
Amy Morin, Jackie Glenn, Maxie McCoy, Trish Torizzo

Influence: How to Change Minds and Win at Work
Mary Abbajay, Lee Hartley Carter, Shannon Resetich, Roxanna Sarmiento

Hyperfocus: Productivity in a World of Distraction
Chris Bailey

Brave, Not Perfect
Reshma Saujani

Babecamp Bootcamp: Lose Hate Not Weight
Virgie Tovar

Session III: 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

ENCORE | Communication: Speak Up. Stand Out.
Charmaine McClarie

ENCORE | Influence: How to Change Minds and Win at Work
Jodi Glickman, Raschelle Burton, Karoline Lariviere

ENCORE | Unstereotype: Tools to Un-Bias the Office
Deborah Pine, Archana Gilravi, Emma Lees, Hillary Weingast

ENCORE | Outspoken: Amplify Your Voice
Veronica Rueckert, Bernice Carmer, Michelle P. King, Aria Mia Loberti

ENCORE | Feedback (and Other Dirty Words): Why We Fear It, How to Fix It
M. Tamra Chandler

You’re Not Lost: Create the Career YOU Want
Maxie McCoy

Viral Parenting: Raising Responsible Kids in an Online World
Mindy McKnight, Shaun McKnight

50/50: Rethinking the Past, Present & Future of Women and Power
Tiffany Shlain, Tracy Atkinson, Jessica Donohue

Harness Resilience to Catapult Yourself Forward
Anne Grady