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2016 Opening Night Agenda


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Opening Night Game Plan: Visit the Power Stage to hear from conference speakers and get your books signed; stroll the Pavilions and take part in mini-workshops throughout the evening; shop the Expo Hall and check out all the cool offerings our exhibitors have in store for you!


The Power Stage

Featuring seating for hundreds and plenty of standing room, don’t miss this diverse lineup – you will walk away both inspired and armed with practical ideas to make positive changes in your life.
Power Stage Emcee: Jackie Glenn, vice president, global diversity & inclusion, DELL

5:25 pm:
Stepping Outside of Your Comfort Zone with Kim Jackson, senior director, merchandising, Alex and Ani

If you always know where you are going, you’ll never know what you missed. Join Alex and Ani’s senior director of merchandising Kim Jackson for a journey through the past 365 days to learn how a 25-year veteran of the corporate world stepped out of her comfort zone and re-imagined work, life, and friendships. A master story-teller who engages audiences of all ages, Kim will illustrate how her advice to be more authentic, break routine and cultivate new skills, leads to playing bigger.

5:45 pm:
A Girlfriend’s Guide to Surviving & Thriving Menopause
and Perimenopause – Think Inside the Box!
 with Ellen Dolgen, author, blogger and heath, wellness and menopause advocate

For Ellen Dolgen, menopause education is a mission spurred by her own experience struggling with the symptoms. That’s why she has been #1 on Dr. Oz Top 10 Social HealthMakers on Menopause. Prepare yourself to laugh and learn…From hot flashes and mood swings, to mental fogginess and loss of libido, and lots more in between, participants will gain advice and strategies to manage the crazy ups and downs of perimenopause and menopause.

6:10 pm:
How to Combat Sexism in Today’s Workplace with Jessica Bennett, award-winning journalist and author, Feminist Fight Club 

Part manual, part manifesto, Jessica Bennett’s Feminist Fight Club blends the personal stories of a group of women who formed a secret group in New York City with research, statistics, and no-bullsh*t advice for how to combat today’s sexism. She herself has been in the trenches, navigating the pay gap, sexism, self-sabotage, and more. With the perfect blend of humor and hard hitting data, Jessica will entertain, inspire and inform you on strategies, insights, hacks and vocab to ensure you survive on the career battlefield.

6:30 pm:
The Do-Better Manual for Doing Life Right! with Luvvie Ajayi, award-winning writer, digital strategist and blogger

Luvvie Ajayi is a New York Times best-selling author if I’m Judging You, the voice of blog “Awesomely Luvvie” and a digital strategist who thrives at the intersection of comedy, technology and activism. In this session, she will share her unique and honest perspective and dole out the hard truths and a road map for bringing some “act right” into your lives, social media and popular culture. Thank goodness she is judging us because we could all use a Do-Better Manual to do life right!

6:45 pm:
Insights from a Love Warrior on an Abundant & Authentic Life! with Glennon Doyle Melton, #1 New York Times best-selling author, Love Warrior, newest Oprah’s Bookclub 2016 selection and renowned blogger and founder, and Together Rising

Just when Glennon Doyle Melton was beginning to feel she had it all figured out—three happy children, a doting spouse, and a writing career so successful that her first book catapulted to the top of the New York Times bestseller list—her husband revealed his infidelity and she was forced to realize that nothing was as it seemed. A recovering alcoholic and bulimic, Glennon found that rock bottom was a familiar place. In the midst of crisis, she knew to hold on to what she discovered in recovery: that her deepest pain has always held within it an invitation to a richer life. Learn from Glennon’s journey and realize that you were born to be a warrior: strong, powerful, and brave; able to confront the pain and claim the love that exists for us all. Walk away ready to attain a more abundant, authentic life

7:15 pm:
Emotional Correctness with Sally Kohn, columnist, CNN political commentator and former community organizer

Based on her hit TED talk, Sally Kohn explores the practical application of finding compassion for others—including, or even especially your enemies and haters and trolls — when they barely seem to deserve it. Sally reads from her epic folder of hate mail and hate tweets and shares her own internal and external strategies for combating the meanness everyone experiences on some scale every day. In a time when we need it more than ever, Sally will inspire and offers ways for you to renew yourself and your faith in humanity… even on social media!


Author Book Signings

Immediately following their keynotes, the following speakers will be heading over to the Bookstore to sign books and chat with attendees! Don’t miss your chance to get up close and personal with an amazing line-up of nationally recognized best-selling authors!

6:00 pm: Ellen Dolgen

6:30 pm: Jessica Bennett

7:00 pm: Luvvie Ajayi

7:15 pm: Glennon Doyle Melton

Note: Times are approximate and speakers will sign books in the book signing area immediately following their Power Stage sessions.

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Programming in the Pavilions

Anchored by a variety of Pavilions, don’t miss the many interactive opportunities to learn and advance yourself—in and out of the office!


Making LinkedIn Work for YOU!
5:00 – 8:00 pm
Speaker: Amanda Fakhreddine

Do you have a LinkedIn profile simply because you feel you ought to? Or have you been meaning to set one up but don’t know where to start? Chances are, even more advanced users of LinkedIn are not maximizing the platform to its fullest. With careful curation, LinkedIn be one of the most powerful tools in your personal branding arsenal, enabling new opportunities, driving new business and partnerships, and enabling you to position yourself as a thought leader in your respective field. In these Profile Makeover sessions, LinkedIn novices and vets alike will learn a treasure trove of tips and tricks to get your LinkedIn to do the work for you. Hear how to increase your profile strength, strategically grow your network, boost your SEO value, and much more. Discover how investing less than an hour per week can pay big dividends in achieving your personal and professional aspirations. Bring your devices and get a real-time LinkedIn profile makeover! Download the handout.
*Workshops will be running continuously throughout the evening so stop by anytime!

LIFE BALANCE & INTEGRATION COACHING in the Boston Scientific Health & Wellness Pavilion

Private 1:1 Sessions to Help You Make a Life, Not Just a Living!
6:00 – 7:30 pm

Take advantage of a private 1:1 Life Integration Coaching Session with an ICF certified life coach and learn how to do less “doing” and more “being”! This not about theory – participants will address your specific and unique life situation, to create a customized action plan for making choices that matter to you, right now! Using valuable tools and exercises, you will leave armed with actionable takeaways to implement a life integration plan that address how to: • Prioritize and integrate what matters most to you (and sort through the clutter in your brain); • Make choices that matter today and accept trade-offs; • Create relaxation and restoration practices; • Build in sustainability strategies; and much more!

*Sessions are 30 minutes and are first come first serve – advance sign up is NOT required!

FREE 1:1 CAREER CONSULTING in the Amazon Career Pavilion

Coaches Corner
5:00 – 8:00 pm
Led by: Coaches from the International Coach Federation (ICF) Boston Chapter

The Coaches Corner program is designed to give Conference attendees an opportunity for one-on-one “speed coaching” sessions. You will be paired with a coaching professional to talk about your career and what is needed to elevate yourself to the next level. Using valuable hands-on tools and exercises, participants learn how to advance your career by exploring topics relevant to your situation including: • Interviewing tips; • Maneuvering career transitions; • Negotiating a raise; • Asking for that promotion; • Engaging in a job search; • Seeking and attaining board positions; and much more!

Resume Review Sessions
5:00 – 8:00 pm

HR and career service experts will be providing free resume critiques. Don’t miss this opportunity to have a seasoned pro give your resume a checkup and help you market yourself better in the ever-changing job market!

*Coaching and Resume Reviews will be offered continuously throughout the evening – advance sign-up NOT required!

WELLNESS CLASSES in the Boston Scientific Health & Wellness Pavilion

Understanding Your Risks for Heart Disease
6:00–6:30 pm
Instructed by: Paul Underwood, medical director, interventional cardiology/structural heart, Close the Gap, Boston Scientific

Heart disease causes more deaths in Americans of both genders and all racial and ethnic groups than any other disease. The good news is that by understanding your risks, you can take charge of your heart health. What tests you should have and when should you have them? What are your risk factors for developing heart disease and stroke and what you can do about them? Attend this session to get answers to these questions and much more!

Become Fitter Together with a Shared Purpose and a Workout Buddy
6:45 – 7:15 pm
Instructed by: Martina Jahrbacher, VP, concept-to-consumer, Reebok International & Kathleen Tullie, director of social responsibility, Reebok International, and founder and executive director, BOKS (Build our Kids’ Success)

“Movements are sparked by actions, but mobilized by a network.” Research shows that partnering up with a friend, colleague, co-worker or other people in your known or unknown environment can make a lot of difference to find to a regular workout routine by offering motivation and accountability. This interactive session will get you up and moving, and also offer practical tools and techniques to start a fitness partner routine. Learn how to carve out the time and create a system that works for your unique situation. Kathleen and Martina will use their real-life experiences as Reebok leaders and fitness buddies to illustrate how their shared purpose for health and wellness has propelled them to new heights through a workout buddy system- allowing them to become more fit and build community at the same time. Walk away inspired and ready to start your new routine.


Expo Hall Highlights

Over 250 exhibitors are featured this year and the hall is filled with a great mix of learning and networking opportunities. Here are a few highlights for 2016:

AMAZON CAREER PAVILION offering tools along with local and national experts to address your most pressing career questions and challenges. In addition to the Career Coaching and Resume Reviews, be sure to take advantage of image consulting and then head right over to Thermo Fisher’s booth to take a new headshot…which is great for your LinkedIn Profile!

BOSTON SCIENTIFIC HEALTH & WELLNESS PAVILION is a space dedicated to your health and well-being. The Pavilion features a mix of cutting-edge exhibitors sharing the latest information around health and wellness options available to you; a comfortable and peaceful relaxation lounge; medical and fitness demos; delicious healthy food and beverage sampling including a Mixology Demonstration in the Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany Booth – as well as the invaluable classroom featuring wellness experts and the exciting life balance & integration 1:1 coaching sessions.

COMMUNITY CONNECTION PAVILION offers a chance to get involved and make a difference in the lives of others. Stop by to learn more about volunteer and career opportunities with nonprofit organizations working to make our communities stronger. Be sure to visit the donation drive hosted by Cradles to Crayons! And located inside the Women-Owned Business Marketplace you can still give back…check out the Alex & Ani Bangle Bar where a portion of all proceeds will be donated to a charitable cause.

EDUCATION PAVILION is home to the Conference Bookstore brought to you by BookPeople and features the exciting “Power Hour” of author signings. The bookstore includes hundreds of titles featuring Conference speakers and offers a private area for book signings. Whether you are looking to enhance your personal library or searching for that perfect gift of inspiration, you definitely want to make this a must stop along your tour of the Expo Hall!

STATE STREET SOCIAL HUB is the perfect spot to connect and chat with friends, colleagues and new contacts, or to simply recharge. In addition to being home to the LinkedIn Profile Makeover Workshops, the lounge offers the chance for you to charge your mobile devices at one of the many charging stations available, experience the Interactive Social Wall and take a professional headshot!

WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESS MARKETPLACE features a unique shopping experience by hosting 100+ women-owned businesses, entrepreneurs and vendors. The Massachusetts Conference for Women is dedicated to women supporting women and we hope you will visit the Marketplace and join our effort!




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