Frequently Asked Questions

When is the Conference?

The 14th annual Massachusetts Conference for Women will take place on Thursday, December 6, 2018. 

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 2018 conference will go on sale June 6th. Prices have not yet been set for the upcoming conference, but for reference, here are 2017 ticket prices:

  • Opening Night: $25
  • Workplace Summit: $75
  • Conference: $199 each/ $1,990 for a table for 10

A ticket to the main 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 2018 conference will go on sale June 6, 2018 at 9:00am Eastern.

Because tickets to the main conference typically sell out within hours, 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.
  3. Put registration on your calendar for the morning. Though subject to change, we try to open registration at 9:00 am Eastern. The 2017 Conference sold out in 25 minutes and left many people disappointed that they had waited until later in the day to try to register.

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?

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

How long is the Conference?

The Conference includes three events spread out over two days.

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

We also host an “Opening Night” event the evening before the Conference, from 5-8pm, and a Workplace Summit on diversity and inclusion 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.


What is Opening Night?

For the fourth year in a row, we’ll open up the Exhibit Hall the night before the Conference to host a kick-off celebration. On December 5th 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.

What is the Workplace Summit?

The fourth annual Workplace Summit will be held on December 5th 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.

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 and received by November 5th. 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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