Frequently Asked Questions

When is the Conference?

The 16th annual Massachusetts Conference for Women will take place on Thursday, December 10, 2020. 

Opening Night at the Conference will be held the evening before, December 9th, from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. (This is a separate, ticketed event.)

The Workplace Summit will also be held December 9th, from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. (This is a separate, ticketed event.)

Where is the Conference?

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

How much is a ticket and what is included?

Ticket prices for 2020 have not yet been set. 

For reference, 2019 ticket prices were:

    • Opening Night: $40
    • Workplace Summit: $75
    • Conference: $199 each/ $1,990 for a table for 10 (Please note we did not offer tables of 12 for the 2019 Conference)

A ticket to the main (Dec. 10) conference 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 2020 MA Conference for Women will go on sale Wednesday, June 3rd at 9:00AM Eastern. 

Please sign up for our mailing list to receive news & reminders for upcoming events.

Registration Tips
Because tickets to the main conference typically sell out within minutes, there are a few things you should do to maximize your chances of getting one:

  1. Sign up for our email list and add [email protected] to your address book to help our messages get through to you.
  2. Pay special attention to our emails in May and early June; we always send a “save the date” email about a week before registration opens. Registration opens up to seven months in advance of the conference date.
  3. Put registration on your calendar for the morning. Though subject to change, we try to open registration at 9:00 am Eastern. The 2019 Conference sold out just a few minutes after 9:00 am and left many people disappointed because they had waited until later in the day to try to register.

How do I become a sponsor?

Contact Wendy Morris at [email protected].

How do I become an exhibitor?

Find more information and an application form on the Exhibitors page. 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?

Please visit this page for information on speaking at the Conference.

How long is the Conference?

The Conference hosts three distinct events spread out over two days. (Tickets for each event must be purchased separately.)

The main Conference is held on one full day from 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

We also host an “Opening Night” event the evening before the Conference, from 5-9pm, and a Workplace Summit on diversity and inclusion best practices earlier that afternoon. 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.

Backpacks are allowed into the convention center; however, due to increased security measures in recent years, bigger bags may delay your entry slightly.


What is Opening Night?

For the sixth year in a row, we’ll open up the Exhibit Hall the night before the Conference to host a kick-off celebration. This is a separate ticketed event that is not included in your main Conference registration.

On December 9th from 5-9 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 sixth annual Workplace Summit will be held on December 9th from 1-5pm at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. This is a separate ticketed event that is not included in your main Conference registration.

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. Both men and women 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?

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.  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 to join?

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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