Frequently Asked Questions
When is the Conference?
The 13th annual Massachusetts Conference for Women will take place on Thursday, December 7, 2017.
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.
Where is the Conference?
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center
415 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02210
How much is a ticket and what is included?
Normally, Conference Day tickets are $185 each; $1,850 for a table for 10. That price 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
Individual tickets for Opening Night on December 6th are $25.
Tickets for the December 6th Workplace Summit are $75 each. Scroll down for more information about these events.
Who is speaking this year?
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.
How do I register?
Tickets for the 2017 Conference will become available starting in June. Conference day tickets almost always sell out on the first day, so please be sure you are signed up for our newsletter to receive a reminder and a registration announcement in June.
For specific registration questions, email [email protected]
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.
What is the Workplace Summit?
The second 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.
When will I receive my registration badges?
Approximately three weeks prior to the event.
Cancellations must be made in writing by November 6th. Questions? Email [email protected]
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.
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].
How do I become a sponsor?
Contact Marlyse Fant at [email protected] or (215) 514-5846.
How do I become an exhibitor?
Email [email protected]. An online application form will be available closer to the conference date.
Are there volunteer opportunities for the MA Conference for Women?
We depend on volunteers to make each Conference a success. Please check the volunteer page early this summer to find volunteer opportunities.
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.
I have another question. Who can help me?
Visit Contact Us for a list of contacts who can help.
Who produces the Conference?
The Massachusetts Conference for Women is a 501(c)3 organization, Tax ID#20-2699177. Meet our volunteer board members.