Frequently Asked Questions

Attendee Tips:

Entering Names & Meal Choices

If you are the main registrant for a group of people, you’ll have to enter your guests’ email addresses and any special meal requests. Please log in to your account and click the blue button which reads “Badge Names / Meal Choices.”

On the next page you will see the summary of items you have purchased, and in red to the right, “Enter Names.” Click on that to enter your attendee names and email addresses, and to choose an alternate meal if necessary. The meal is the last field and it is a drop-down menu.

Breakout Sessions

All of our breakout sessions are first come, first served seating. You do not sign up for them in advance and are not guaranteed a spot in them, so be sure to plan your day in advance and get to the session early if it is a topic that’s very important to you. We also recommend having a second choice in case a session is full when you arrive.

Everyone attends the Keynote Sessions in the morning and during the luncheon. These are held in the General Session (Hall B), just off the Exhibit Hall.

We highly recommend you download the official conference app to help you plan your day and to have updates and alerts sent to you during the conference (i.e., any schedule changes).

Unable to Attend/ Transferring Tickets

We are past the cancellation date for refunds; however your ticket is fully transferable. If you are unable to use your ticket(s), you may offer them to a friend, donate them back to the Conference or sell them to another party. Whichever method you choose, you keep a seat from being empty and help others to experience the event.

To transfer to another person, please log in to your registration account and change the badge name to the new attendee name and email address. Then, when the time comes (starting 11/20), log in and email her badge to her to print. The badge is the ticket for entry.

Printing/ Emailing Badges

Your badge is your ticket for entry and you must have it printed and with you in order to pass through security and enter the convention center. Starting 11/20 you will log in to your registration and click on Name Badges / Meal Choices. You first need to answer the question about whether you or your guests booked a hotel (Blue Enter/Edit Hotel Info Button). Then next to your attendee names you will see the option to email all badges or print them all yourself. Your attendees will then receive an email with important logistical information and a PDF attachment of their name badge. Only main registrants, the person who purchased the tickets, have the login to the registration.

New Moms

Nursing mothers’ rooms can be found in Meeting Room 158 and Meeting Room 208. A refrigerator, outlets, and privacy screens are available, but please plan for the possibility of a crowd during peak break times.

When is the Conference?

The 13th annual Massachusetts Conference for Women will take place on Thursday, December 7, 2017. 

Where is the Conference?

Boston Convention and Exhibition Center
415 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02210

How much is a ticket and what is included?

Tickets for the 2017 conference are completely sold out. Click here to add your name to the waiting list.

Check out Opening Night for a great evening alternative!

Individual tickets for Opening Night are $25.

Tickets for the Workplace Summit are $75. Scroll down for more information about these events.

Conference tickets were $199 each; $1,990 for a table for 10. Your ticket includes:

  • Seated lunch
  • Two main keynote sessions
  • Three breakout sessions featuring more than 15 topics to choose from
  • Afternoon small group “roundtables” and networking opportunities
  • Access to the Exhibit Hall all day
  • Access to the Career Pavilion (including one-on-one career coaching and resume review), Health & Wellness Pavilion, Community Connection Pavilion and more


How do I register?

Tickets for the 2017 conference are completely sold out. Check out Opening Night for a great evening alternative!

Please read our Registration FAQ before registering. For any additional help, email [email protected]

How do I become a sponsor?

Contact Marlyse Fant at [email protected].

How do I become an exhibitor?

Exhibitors apply online on the Exhibitors page. A form will become available there closer to the conference date. For other questions, please email [email protected]

Who is speaking this year?

See the speaker page here; speakers will be added as they are confirmed. Please join our email list and follow us on social media for the latest information.

How do I become a speaker?

We are no longer accepting proposals for this year’s conference. Please visit us HERE for more information.

How long is the Conference?

The 2017 Conference includes three events spread out over two days.

The main Conference will be held on December 7th from 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM.

In addition, we will be hosting “Opening Night” the evening before the Conference, on December 6th from 5-8pm, and a special Workplace Summit on diversity and inclusion the afternoon of the 6th. See below for details.

What should I wear/What may I bring?

Attendees generally wear business casual attire. During the day, you will be moving throughout the convention center, including up and down stairs, so wear comfortable and appropriate clothing and shoes. You will receive a Conference bag upon arrival to hold all of your program materials.

Past attendees have found it helpful to bring any of the following: business cards, current resume (if you’re participating in our resume reviews/coaching sessions), phone/laptop/tablet + charger, paper/pen for taking notes, a light snack (the keynote luncheon starts at 1:00pm), and a bottle of water.


What is Opening Night?

For the third year in a row, we’re opening up the Exhibit Hall the night before the Conference to host a kick-off celebration. On December 6th from 5-8 pm you can enjoy meeting speakers, author signings, the opportunity to support women-owned businesses and local charities, and live entertainment while making great contacts before the big day. Food and drink will be available for purchase. Learn more.

What is the Workplace Summit?

The third annual Workplace Summit will be held on December 6th at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. The afternoon of lectures and workshops is designed to bring thought leaders together in one place to educate mid-level managers, executives and HR professionals about strategies to achieve inclusion and diversity in the workplace. Men are encouraged to attend. Learn more.

How do I get my badge?

A few weeks before the conference you will be able print your own badge from your registration, and also email badges to your guests for them to print (if applicable). Instructions for doing so are included in your confirmation letter.

What if my plans change?

NEW for 2017: all tickets are non-refundable. However, you may transfer your ticket to another party easily at no charge. Please refer to your confirmation email for instructions on how to log in and change attendee names.


Seating is done on a first come/first served basis except for the lunch session. If a table is purchased, assignments are made based upon registration date; individual seats are also assigned by date and multiple guests within a single reservation will be seated together. Unfortunately, requests for special seating cannot be accommodated.

Special Needs

The Conference does its best to accommodate attendees with special needs. All such requests must be made in writing and received by November 6th. Please fax your request to (512) 532-0920 or email it to [email protected].

Are there volunteer opportunities for the MA Conference for Women?

Yes! We depend on volunteers to keep things running smoothly. In exchange for their time and effort, volunteers are given complete access to Conference offerings outside of their shift schedule. Visit our Volunteer page for everything you need to know about signing up.

Are men welcome at the conference?

Most warmly! If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. We believe that gender partnership is the surest way to workplaces that work for everyone. While the majority of our attendees are women, men are starting to attend in greater numbers and typically find the day’s programming unique and enlightening.

Who produces the Conference?

The Massachusetts Conference for Women is a 501(c)3 organization, Tax ID#20-2699177. Meet our volunteer board members.

I have another question. Who can help me?

Visit Contact Us for a list of contacts who can help.

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