General Info

  • Cell phones: Please silence your phones in all keynote and breakout sessions.
  • Morning keynote: There are no assigned seats.
  • Luncheon keynote: Assigned seating is strongly enforced. Please find the table number that corresponds to the one listed on your badge. Consult the inside back cover of the program to find the location of your table.
  • Videotaping of keynote sessions on your phone is not
  • Breakout sessions are open seating and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Adding a session to My Schedule on the App does not ensure seating.
  • Continental breakfast and lunch: Included as part of your conference admission.
  • Please remember to hydrate: Fill up your new water bottle (found in your attendee bag) at water stations throughout the Exhibit Hall—thanks to Cisco, Dell, Hologic, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt Germany and Suffolk Construction.

WHERE ARE…?

ATMs: North Lobby on Level 1 next to the FedEx Office; Southeast Level O outside of Hall C; and Northeast Level 1 next to food court.

Coat Checks: Level 1 in the North Lobby, and on the lower level in the Exhibit Hall.

Concessions: Hall A, and the North Lobby.

Lost and Found locations: Registration in the North Lobby, Level 0 security desk, and Level 1 security desk – North Lobby.

Nursing Mother’s Rooms: Meeting Room 106 and Meeting Room 158

Restrooms: many of the men’s restrooms have been converted to women’s. They can be found in the General Session, the Exhibit Hall, and the North Lobby.

 

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2018 Volunteer Information

All volunteer spots have been filled for the 2018 conference and the waiting list has reached capacity as well. This page is a resource for volunteers who have signed up for the 2018 conference.


Volunteers help to set up the day before the conference and to keep things running smoothly on conference day. You are required to work only one shift and, in exchange for volunteering, you will receive free admission to the conference. Please do not sign up for the conference separately – you are registered through the volunteer program.

Volunteer sign up is ONLINE ONLY, and each shift has a limited number of spots. If you are unable to access the sign-up sheet for the shift you prefer, it has reached capacity and you will need to sign up for a different shift.

You will receive an email generated by the website to confirm that your submission was registered. If you do not receive such an email within two (2) days of filling out the online form, please go back and try signing up again using the same email address. The system will either accept the second try or indicate that the email has already been registered – either way your submission is confirmed. Please do not email the volunteer coordinator until you have tried to re-register as directed.

Six (6) weeks before the conference, you will receive an email indicating you have been selected to assist as a volunteer and seeking confirmation that you are still interested and available to assist. You MUST respond to this email to secure your spot. Be sure to check your spam folders – the volunteer coordinator will no longer call potential volunteers, and if you do not respond to the confirmation email we will reach out to someone else on the list.

Important Notes

  • There are very few tasks that do not involve walking or standing. Anyone who needs to sit or has other restrictions should sign up for Shift 1.
  • Preference will be given to local volunteers.
  • Volunteers helping with Resume Review or Coaches Corner should NOT sign up here. Please email [email protected] for additional information.

Shift Information

Tuesday, December 4th—two days before the conference

Shift 1
Bag Stuffing and other conference set-up: 9:00a-4:00p. NOTE: Volunteers may be released early, if all tasks are complete, but please plan on a full day.
           
Duties Include: stuffing conference goodie bags, putting name badges together, delivering materials to session rooms, assisting with speaker materials, etc.

Dress: Casual, comfortable clothes and shoes that support a lot of standing and walking.

Wednesday, December 5th—the day before the conference

No volunteer options at this time

Thursday, December 6th (Note the new times for 2018)—Conference Day

Shift 4
Early shift day of conference: 5:45a-10:45a
           
Shift 5
Second shift day of conference: 8:00a-1:00p

Shift 6
Afternoon shift day of conference: 12:00n-5:00p

Duties Include: speaker escorts, session timekeepers, session monitors and helping in the Career Pavilion, with booking singings and other activities in the Exhibit Hall.
 
Dress: All volunteers are requested to wear white and black (i.e., black pants and a white blouse or sweater) or all black. No jeans or graphic t-shirts. We recommend comfortable clothes and shoes that support a lot of walking.


Frequently Asked Questions

Who can I contact with questions not answered on the website?

Amy Blankenbiller, Volunteer Coordinator for the Conference for Women, can be reached at [email protected], but please read through the information on this page and other parts of the conference website first.   

Do I need to register for the conference separately?

NO.  Registration for the conference is handled through the Volunteer Coordinator (Amy B.) for volunteers.

Can I attend the conference if I am a volunteer?

YES. Volunteers on are provided a pass to attend the entire conference.  Volunteers on Shifts 2,3 & 4 can attend sessions before and/or after their assigned shifts.

Will I be able to attend the keynote luncheon?

All volunteers will be provided lunch and hear the keynote luncheon speakers.

Also, lunch is provided during Shift 1 on the day before the conference.

Are special meals provided?

Meals which satisfy vegetarian, vegan and gluten free needs will be provided if you make a notation on your sign-up form. If you have other dietary restrictions, please bring your own food, as no other special meals will be offered.

What will I be doing during my volunteer shift?

Specific duty assignments and related instructions are handled on site.  

Are parking and travel costs covered for volunteers?

NO. The conference does not reimburse volunteers for parking or travel.  If you have questions regarding parking locations or transportation, look under the “Conference” tab on the home page for travel information.

What are the next steps?

Amy B. will reach out to you approximately forty-five (45) days prior to the conference to confirm your availability and shift assignment. Each year folks reach out earlier to “check in,” but please be patient.

What should I do if I do not receive a confirmation email?

Be sure to check the email account used on your volunteer form and your spam folders approximately 4-5 weeks before the conference.  If you do not have a message, email Amy B. at [email protected] to inquire. DO NOT WAIT until a week or two before the event or you risk losing your spot.


Waiting List Information

This year the waiting list will not ask you to rank your preference of the different shifts. The Volunteer Coordinator will reach out to folks in order of signing up to fill vacancies as needed. You can choose to decline the offer when contacted, but you will then forfeit the opportunity to volunteer at this year’s conference. The Volunteer Coordinator will not contact people on the Waiting List repeatedly for openings on different shifts. The Volunteer Coordinator manages over 250 names to fill the four volunteer shifts and ensure all tasks to support the conference are covered; she is not able to contact each person several times or accommodate requests to fill an opening for only one of the shifts.

In October, the Volunteer Coordinator will begin confirming availability with folks already signed up on the original lists. This process takes time. The Volunteer Coordinator may not contact people on the waiting list until just a few days before the conference. Sometimes, there is more notice, but not always. And, there is no way to know which shifts may have openings that need to be filled.

All of us at the MA Conference for Women want to thank you for your flexibility and interest in helping us make 2018 the best conference ever.

Important Notes

  • There are four volunteer shifts outlined below. In exchange for your helping us on any one of the volunteer shifts, you will receive free admission to the conference. Your conference pass will provide access to all conference offerings that do not interfere with your volunteer duties; it also includes lunch and the opportunity to hear our keynote speakers.
  • After you complete and submit the waiting list form, you should receive an email generated by the website to confirm that your submission was registered. If you do not receive such an email within two (2) days of submitting the online form, please go back onto the site and try resubmitting your form using the same email address. The system will either take the second try or indicate that the email has already been registered – either way your submission is confirmed. You do not need to contact the Volunteer Coordinator.
  • There are only a few tasks that do not involve walking or standing on the day of the conference. Anyone who needs to sit or has other restrictions is asked to make a note in the comments box.
  • If you are interested in helping with Resume Review or Career Coaching, you should not sign up to volunteer here. You should email [email protected] for more information.
  • You do not need to sign up for the conference separately. Your registration is handled through the Volunteer Coordinator.

Bag Stuffing (12/4/18) – Two Days before the Conference

Duties Include: stuffing conference goodie bags, working on name badges, delivering materials to session rooms, assisting with speaker materials, etc.

Dress: Casual, comfortable clothes and shoes that support a lot of standing and walking.

Day Before (12/5/2018) Volunteer Shifts

Duties Include: working on name badges, delivering materials and flowers to session rooms, assisting with speaker materials, putting flowers on tables, etc. OR helping with Workplace Summit and Opening Night events.

Dress: Casual, comfortable clothes and shoes that support a lot of standing and walking.

If you help with the Workplace Summit and Opening Night events, we request you wear white and black (i.e., black pants and a white blouse or sweater) or all black. No jeans or graphic t-shirts. Comfortable clothes and shoes that support a lot of walking are a must.

Day of Conference (12/6/2018) Volunteer Shifts

Duties Include: speaker escorts, session timekeepers and room monitors, handing out conference bags and helping with booking singings and other activities in the Exhibit Hall.

Dress: All volunteers are requested to wear white and black (i.e., black pants and a white blouse or sweater) or all black. No jeans or graphic t-shirts. Comfortable clothes and shoes that support a lot of walking are a must.

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Addicted to Busy: Your Blueprint for Burnout Prevention (Free Teleclass)

Davis-Lack, PaulaAddicted to Busy: Your Blueprint for Burnout Prevention
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
1:00-1:30pm EST

Eventbrite - Addicted to Busy: Your Blueprint for Burnout Prevention, with Paula Davis-Laack

Are you addicted to busy? Burnout is one of the fast growing professional obstacles people face, and it’s hitting high-achieving women hard. In this informative 30-minute session, Paula Davis-Laack, a stress and resiliency expert, will explore what burnout is, what causes it, and the warning signs you need to look out for. Participants will come away with a “Burnout Prevention Blueprint” and specific strategies that will help them build their resilience to stress, so they can thrive both personally and professionally.

Join the free teleclass by phone on Tuesday, November 17th, at 1:00 pm EST

* Call In Details Will Be Sent In Your Confirmation Email Upon Registration

Tweet highlights during the call using @MassWomen and #masswomen

Paula Davis-Laack, JD, MAPP, is a former practicing lawyer, an internationally-published writer, speaker, media contributor and a burnout prevention and stress resilience expert. She has taught and coached burnout prevention and resiliency skills to thousands of professionals around the world. Her articles on stress, burnout prevention, resilience and thriving at work are prominently featured on her blogs in The Huffington Post, U.S. News & World Report and Psychology Today. She is the author of two e-books, the latest one titled, “Addicted to Busy: Your Blueprint for Burnout Prevention.” Davis-Laack works with brands such as American Express and NIVEA to help craft messages around what it means to have success, health and happiness today. Her expertise has been featured in and on O, The Oprah Magazine, Time.com, Fast Company, Forbes.com, Redbook, “The Steve Harvey Show,” Huffington Post Live and a variety of radio programs and podcasts. She was also named a Top 10 Online Influencer in the area of Stress by Sharecare, which is a Dr. Oz website. She is the founder and CEO of the Davis Laack Stress & Resilience Institute, a practice devoted to helping companies and busy professionals create sustainable success by helping them prevent burnout and build stress resilience.

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9 Ways the U.S. Women’s World Cup Win Makes the World a Better Place

Fans cheer on the U.S. women's soccer team at the first ticker-tape parade in New York City for an all-female sports team. Photo credit: Anthony Quintano

Fans cheer on the U.S. women’s soccer team at the first ticker-tape parade in New York City for an all-female sports team. Photo credit: Anthony Quintano

You don’t have to be a soccer fanatic to understand how truly awesome the U.S. women’s World Cup win is. So you can have a full and fine appreciation, here, with help from our Facebook followers, are 9 ways the triumph raised the bar, shifted the paradigm, shattered the ceiling—and otherwise rocked: Read More

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Exclusive Offer from Good Morning America’s Tory Johnson

Tory Johnson bookTory Johnson lived for nearly 40 years believing that if only she could lose weight everything would be perfect—only to discover that life doesn’t work that way. She finally did what had always been impossible: She lost 62 pounds in a year, and more since then. But rainbows and unicorns never appeared.

While she’s incredibly proud of her ongoing weight loss journey—a gigantic reward itself—it took several subsequent personal and professional hard hits to accept that lasting happiness, joy and fulfillment couldn’t be defined by a number on the scale or the size of a dress. Realizing she had a lot more work to do, Tory set out to transform herself on the inside as she had done on the outside.

Now in Shift for Good, Tory takes readers on a journey of personal discovery—with continued emphasis on weight loss and far beyond. She shares the remarkable impact that simple changes have made personally and professionally. Whether you want to re-engage at work, strengthen relationships, improve your health or find daily joy in all you do, Tory shows you how to shift for good, too.

EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Preorder Shift for Good today and receive an immediate excerpt, free custom journal, bracelet and mini mantra hand tattoos. Additionally, for you as a Conference for Women newsletter subscriber, when you submit your proof of purchase at www.toryjohnson.com/shiftforgood this week, Tory will mail you a set of 6 smart, fun custom magnets to inspire your shift, along with other Shift-inspired treats.

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Courage Training for Civilians

MJ-Hegar-220x300On her third tour of duty in Afghanistan, rescue helicopter pilot MJ Hegar and her crew were Medevacing three American soldiers who urgently needed surgery when they took fire from a large belt-fed machine gun. Still, they lifted off, determined to save the wounded soldiers’ lives. But with their fuel lines hit, they had to crash land. Hegar, who sustained shrapnel in her arm and thigh, fought the enemy off while the patients were being transferred to the escort chopper, then jumped onto its skids as it took off, holding on with one hand while firing her rifle with the other. Read More

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What You Really Need to Do to Move Up

Banks,-Gloria-Mayfield-220x300Do you undermine yourself when you talk? If you say “just” a lot (as in, just checking in or this will just take a minute), former Google executive Ellen Petry Leanse says yes. In her LinkedIn blog post, which got a lot of people talking this summer, she claims that women say the word a lot more than men, and that the tendency can undercut one’s clarity and credibility. “Using the word is a way to soften your comments or tone down your strength—no woman uses it when telling her child to take out the trash,” says Gloria Mayfield Banks, a motivational success strategist and trainer and founding partner of Charisma Factor. Read More

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Negotiation Tips That Work for Women

Margaret-Neale-220x300Compared to men, women tend to be less successful at negotiating— especially compensation—not because we’re bad at it. But because “we simply don’t do it,” says Margaret Ann Neale, the Adams Distinguished Professor of Management at Stanford Graduate School of Business and author of Getting (More of) What You Want. “We’re socialized to want to be liked, and when we negotiate, we’re perceived as being demanding, greedy and not nice.”

Studies have shown that’s true even if women follow the exact same script that men use. “We’ve all drunk the same social Kool-Aid, so it’s women as well as men who penalize women for asking for more,” Neale notes.

But when you’re open to negotiating, you’ll see that more things in life that you consider unchangeable—at work and at home—can actually be transformed into opportunities to get more of what you want. Use your leverage and be more effective with these five tips from Neale:

#1 Reframe how you think about negotiation. “Move away from thinking of it as a battle,” Neale says, “to thinking of it as an opportunity for problem-solving.” When you expect a fight, you’ll behave in ways that ensure one. “Your body language and your responses will likely encourage a fight as you filter your counterpart’s words and interpret his or her actions through the lens of a battle,” Neale adds. But when you come to the table to help find a solution, the other person isn’t forced to take “the other side,” and together you can reach an agreement that makes you better off.

#2 Raise your expectations. After all, if you don’t think you can improve the status quo by much, you won’t be motivated to enter a discussion. “It’s always easier not to negotiate, so when it comes to pay in particular, it’s important not to underestimate your worth,” Neale adds. Also, keep in mind that salary is just one component of your compensation. More vacation days, the flexibility to work from home, specific resources—they’re all possibilities that up the ante.

#3 Prepare a package of proposals. Come with just a single issue, and there can be only one winner and one loser. “You need to take the time to put together a set of proposals of things that you really want and figure out what is reasonable, what is optimistic and what you will walk away from,” says Neale, who notes that preparation is so important that it takes up two chapters in her new book. “And then pair your asks with solutions to a concern of your counterpart.” For example, when Neale negotiated to join the Stanford faculty, she presented a list of resources—a lab, doctoral student support, administrative support, etc.—that would help her do her job well and help Stanford to stand out.

#4 Tap into your superpower. “When women are negotiating on behalf of others, they are lions,” Neale says. In fact, women do 14% to 22% better than men in mock negotiations when they are representing other people. So when you’re getting negative pushback, especially over salary, don’t think that it’s just your interests on the line. Instead, “think that you’re doing it for all the other women who will come after you—your daughters, your granddaughters, your female friends,” Neale recommends.

#5 Seize opportunities. The best time to make an ask of a superior? Possibly when your boss is having a bad hair day. Definitely hold off on asking for a promotion if he or she is just back from the hairdresser or is wearing a spiffy new suit. Neale’s research found that the more attractive a man or woman feels, the more likely they are to believe that the status quo—specifically, people’s positions—are as they should be. Spinach in your boss’s teeth? Tell her, then dust off that wishlist!

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Small Attitude Changes, Big Money Impact

Kerry-Hannon-head-shot-220x300A fact of life they didn’t tell you middle school: You’ll likely be flying solo at some point during your retirement, if not at the start. “From the age of 65 to the end of life, most American women are single, and if they lost a partner, their standard of living drops,” says Kerry Hannon, a retirement and personal finance expert and author most recently of Love Your Job: The New Rules for Career Happiness. Yet on any given day, “women will talk about health before they’ll talk about wealth,” Hannon notes. Making financial security a priority in our thoughts—as well as a part of our conversations—is one attitude adjustment we all need to make. These five will also help ensure that the retirement years are truly golden:

#1 Get self-centered

Nature or nurture, women tend to put the needs of others first, and as a result, we experience career interruptions that lead to our missing out on raises, years of contributions to employer-sponsored retirement plans and reported earnings that will affect the size of our Social Security checks down the line. To even begin to make up for the losses, “you need to pay yourself first—which means put money in savings before you do anything else with your paycheck,” Hannon says. And when it comes to opportunities at work, which that taking-care-of-yourself attitude could position you for a promotion and higher salary, “by all means, as Sheryl Sandberg put it, lean in.”

#2 Stop using fuzzy numbers

“You need a solid understanding of how much you spend now to determine exactly how much you’ll need later in life,” Hannon says. You also can’t make sure you’re living within your means unless you run real numbers. Hannon recommends going to Mint.com and YouNeedaBudget.com for help tracking your spending and penciling out a budget.

#3 Be bold about saving

Afraid that they’ll need the money, many people who participate in their 401(k) plans allocate just fractions of their paycheck to it. “But at the very least, you should be putting in the 4% to 6% that employers typically require to get the maximum company match,” Hannon says. “It’s pre-tax, so you’ll hardly miss it.” An even better target savings amount: 10% that you eventually dial up to 15%—or more, if you’re getting a late start.

#4 Invest with confidence

“While most women are completely comfortable dealing with their daily finances, many are intimidated by stocks and bonds,” Hannon observes. The only solution is to get educated about investing and retirement planning. Hannon recommends checking out Iinvest.org, WiserWomen.org, Learnvest.com and Dailyworth.com—the latter three specifically geared to women. It may also be helpful to have a professional explain things. If you do go the financial-advisor route, Hannon suggests hiring one that charges a flat fee. Interview a few (there are searchable databases at sites of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors, the Financial Planning Association and the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards), find one you like and don’t be timid about asking questions. It’s your money, after all.

#5 Look forward to your 50s

In order to keep on working and earning, many women shift career tracks as the nest starts to empty out, or a life or health crisis pushes them to find work with meaning or a job that they’re passionate about. “It often takes about three to five years to get something new going full speed, so at 50, you might start thinking about what you want to do when you’re 55,” Hannon says. “Begin to add the necessary certifications or degrees, research and even moonlight to see if it truly is something you want to do in this chapter.”

Also, since money is often the biggest stumbling block to changing careers—you may have to take a pay cut—you should “get financially fit, sock away savings, pay down debts and perhaps downsize your home,” Hannon advises. You’ll feel challenged during those transitional years but remember, “you’re not reinventing yourself; you’re redeploying the skills you already have in your kit. It’s also an exciting time, so go slow and take it in baby steps,” Hannon adds.

Finally, to get your friends to join you in thinking and talking about money matters, Hannon recommends adding personal finance books to your book club’s reading list. Her top picks: The Charles Schwab Guide to Finances After 50, Get a Financial Life and Jonathon Clements Money Guide 2015.

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