Session 1

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Session 2

11:30 am – 12:30 am


How Great Women Lead (panel)

Moderator: Bonnie St. John, Olympic skier, amputee, and bestselling author

Panelist 1: Kate Betts, contributing editor, TIME and former editor in chief, Harpers Bazaar
Panelist 2:
Sheila Jordan, senior vice president, Communication and Collaboration IT, Cisco Systems, Inc.
Panelist 3:
Carole Simpson, first African American woman to anchor evening network news and author, The News Lady
Panelist 4:
Elizabeth R. Thornton, special assistant to the president for external relations and lecturer in entrepreneurship, Babson College and director, Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation

Referred to by NBC Nightly News as, “One of the five most inspiring women in America”, Bonnie St. John shares ground-breaking research from her newest book How Great Women Lead which chronicles the professional and personal lives of powerful women shaping today’s world. By sharing critical data and interviews from both the book and from a live panel discussion, attendees will learn from current leading ladies in the business, political and non-profit worlds. You will learn practical tools that will equip you to embrace your own leadership potential as well as inspire and lead others along their path to greatness.

Host: Diana Scott, SVP, Human Resources, John Hancock Financial
Branded by:
John Hancock Financial


Shattering the Glass Ceiling: Strategies to Redefine Power and Lead with Intention (workshop)

Speaker: Gloria Feldt, leadership expert and best-selling author

Do you place limits on yourself or your ambitions because you try to adhere to existing social structures? In this interactive workshop, you will learn the secret to unlocking your potential and you’ll get bite-sized, practical “Power Tools” as takeaways that can enable you to embrace your power to lead.  Many women feel the pressure to conform to society’s standards which result in a mere 18% of women filling leadership roles — a statistic that has barely changed in the last 20 years.  Using her first-hand experiences as teen mom, to president and CEO of one of the largest non-profit organizations in the country to best-selling author, Gloria Feldt will teach how you can redefine power, lead yourself with intention, and reach parity in your life.

Host: Mary Beth Hawkins, director of sales, AT&T – New England
Branded by:


Career Path in 2012: Defining Success on Your Own Terms (Panel)

Moderator: Alexis Sclamberg, author, blogger, The Huffington Post and former lawyer

Panelist 1: Ella Bell, Dartmouth professor and author, Career GPS: Strategies for Women Navigating the New Corporate Landscape
Panelist 2:
Lauren Berger, Intern Queen, author and BusinessWeek’s Young Entrepreneurs 25 under 25
Panelist 3:
Shalise Manza Young, sportswriter, Boston Globe
Panelist 4: Mark McKinnon,  president and vice chairman, Public Strategies and president, Maverick Media

It’s a new world and Gen Y professionals are approaching careers very differently than their parents. They are no longer staying at on organization for 20+ years and climbing the ranks – rather, they are moving and evolving rapidly. In 2012, feeling successful professionally goes well beyond having a stable position and financial security. Young professionals are building career paths that align with their values, morals and passions. This interactive discussion brings together a mix of corporate, non-profit and entrepreneurial women to share their perspectives and journeys. Attendees will learn how to identify your unique priorities, create a plan that integrates these priorities and take action to meet your goals.

Host: Kelly McKenna, senior vice president, global head, Center for Applied Research, State Street Corporation
Branded by:
State Street Corporation


Communicating Effectively for Inclusion: How to Go from Well-Meaning to Well-Doing

Speaker: Vernà Myers, nationally recognized expert and author, Moving Diversity Forward

We have all had those moments when we feel like we have communicated something carefully, only to be met with blank stares or even worse, ruffled feathers. In this session, Vernà Myers, a nationally recognized expert and author of Moving Diversity Forward, will teach us how to go from well-meaning to well-doing in our efforts to communicate inclusively. From race to gender and generation, Myers brings a wealth of knowledge about effective communication strategies.

Host: Beth Carlson, vice president, global talent development and learning, human resources, Raytheon Company
Branded by:


Smart Women Finish Rich: How to Live Rich and Finish Rich (workshop)

Speaker: David Bach, 9-time New York Times bestselling author and personal finance expert

Did you know that women own over 10 million businesses; 40% of American moms are the primary breadwinners; Women have consistently outperformed male investors over the last 20 years? America’s leading financial expert David Bach will empower you to overcome your fears and take control of your financial health. This interactive workshop will provide you with seven concrete steps to help you achieve financial security so you can live rich and finish rich. Attendees will explore everything from debt to investing and retirement.

Host: Jacqueline Glenn, global chief diversity officer, EMC Corporation
Branded by: EMC Corporation


Your Money and Your Life: Where Do You Go From Here?

Speaker: Jean Chatzky, award-winning journalist, best-selling author and finance expert

It’s a whole new ballgame.  From the way you save and invest for today to how you plan and protect yourself for the future, the rules of the financial world have changed forever.  Particularly for women.  Today Show Financial Editor Jean Chatzky had a seat at the table for the shake-up and she’ll tell you–in plain English–about the moves you need to make now to ensure a life of financial comfort for you and your family.

Host: Kara Cohen, community service director, AARP Massachusetts
Branded by:


5 Seconds to a Healthier and Happier You

Speaker: Mel Robbins, relationship expert, best-selling author and host, A&E’s “Monster In-Laws”

Radio host, TV personality and Common Sense Activist Mel Robbins will introduce you to the “5 Second Rule.” She will offer tools and tips for how you can make easy changes to improve your daily routine – including sleep, diet, exercise, sex and managing your to-do lists and inboxes. Using a great blend of humor and practical advice, you will walk away ready to change your life, take control and be healthier and happier – in 5 SECONDS FLAT.

Host: Elizabeth Comeau, senior health & wellness producer,
Branded by: Boston Globe


Using Your Professional Skills to Make a Difference (Panel)

Moderator: Reverend Irene Monroe, writer, theologian and ranked one of Boston’s 50 most intriguing women

Panelist 1: Renee Connolly, vice president, US Communications, EMD Serono and board member, MA Conference for Women
Panelist 2:
Charley Johnson, President, Pay it Forward Foundation
Panelist 3: Sharon Reilly, founder, Women’s Lunch Place
Panelist 4: Doreen Rigby, executive vice president, Global Operations, State Street Corporation

We all have valuable professional skills and expertise to share. Do you want to help make a difference in the world beyond your day job and traditional volunteerism efforts but aren’t sure how or where to start? Getting into action with the skills you already have in place is easier than you think. In this session, we will offer first hand perspectives of people who have applied their skills to give back beyond the for-profit world. By sharing practical advice and inspiration, they will help you explore your possibilities for changing lives, including your own.

Host: Marcy L. Reed, president, National Grid Massachusetts
Branded by: National Grid


The Disruptive Innovation of You (workshop)

Speaker: Whitney Johnson, co-founder, Rose Park Advisors and author, Dare, Dream, Do

The idea is simple, but powerful: disruptive companies and ideas upend markets by doing something truly different – they see a need, an empty space waiting to be filled, and they dare to create something for which a market may not yet exist. As co-founder of Rose Park Advisors, Whitney Johnson will demonstrate how the frameworks of disruptive innovation can apply to you: if you want to be successful in unexpected ways, follow your own disruptive path. Dare to innovate. Dream big dreams. Do something astonishing. Disrupt yourself. In this session, Whitney Johnson will share her personal disruptive innovation and will teach you the fundamentals of disruptive innovation to show you how powerful it can be in your evolving reinvention both personally and professionally.

Host: Beth Grofus, vice president, human resources, Sanofi
Branded by: Sanofi


Embracing Our Ever-Changing Body

Moderator: Lynya Floyd, health director, Family Circle Magazine

Panelist 1: Vivian Diller,Ph.D., author, Face It
Panelist 2: Chrissy Wellington, M.S., C.N.S., L.D.N., C.P.T., Nutritionist, Canyon Ranch
Panelist 3: Vonda Wright, M.D., author, Fitness After 40: How to stay strong at any age

The physical and emotional aspects of dealing with the ever-changing female body can be exciting and dreadful all at the same time. Whether you are in your twenties or your sixties, your appearance is always evolving and different from what it was years before. With increasing media attention around image and weight, it is critical that we adopt healthy perceptions of ourselves so that we can act as solid role models for young girls struggling with their own image. This panel discussion will help you process all aspects of the aging process from weight, nutrition, skincare and attire selections. Together we will help you explore the options and teach you how to make effective health decisions that are right for you.

Host: Leigh-Ann Durant, associate general counsel, US Communications, EMD Serono
Branded by:
EMD Serono


Finding the UP in the Downturn

Speaker: Fawn Germer, leading expert on professional viability and resilience, best-selling author and four-time Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist

Best-selling author and leadership expert Fawn Germer declares a cease fire on negativity and fear and brings you to a realm of possibility. While senior-senior executives figure ways to cut here and add there, they will turn to those who hyper-perform, over-deliver and come up with new ideas for a changing landscape. Instead of cowering, it is the moment where we must muster courage and ingenuity to rise above. This session will inspire you and explore theories including:

If you expect the worst, you’ll get it;
When everyone else gives up, the window is wide open for those who don’t;
Ways to profit from a failing economy;
When you fall down, get back up;
Companies are crying out for leadership, so stand up and lead; and
If you’re going through hell, keep on going

Host: Carol Fulp, MA Conference for Women board member and president and CEO, The Partnership, Inc.


Life at a Crossroads: Finding the Courage to Choose a Different Path (workshop)

Speaker: Delia Ephron, best-selling author, playwright and screenwriter

Bestselling author, playwright and screenwriter with movies that include: You’ve Got Mail, Hanging Up and Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and books that include her most recent, The Lion is In, Delia Ephron explores the crossroads of life and offers her insight as to how to find the courage and imagination to take a different path. With humor and grace, she will teach you what you can run from and what is just part of life.

Host: Gayle Morris, vice president, Services-Commercial, Distribution and Virtual Sales, Cisco Systems, Inc.
Branded by: Cisco


Smart Girls at the Party: How to Change the World By Being Yourself

Speaker: Meredith Walker, former producer, Saturday Night Live and co-founder, Smart Girls at the Party

In a society heavily focused on image, being the “smart girl” comes with all sorts of assumptions (and unfortunately not all are positive). This inspirational and interactive session will explore how to move beyond hair, make-up, nails and clothes and find the child hiding within you –the one that played make believe or ran carefree through the park with friends. Together we will learn tools that will encourage your braininess to take the lead and teach you how to dream big and make it happen!

Co-hosts: Deb Re, chief executive officer, Big Sister Association of Greater Boston;
Mia Roberts, vice president of recruitment and community partnerships, Big Sister Association of Greater Boston

YOUNG WOMEN’S PROGRAM (designed for high school junior and senior girls)

Your Guide to Getting Respect and Handling Tough Relationships

Speaker: Jessica Baker, co-founder, Respect RX

No matter what you’ve been through, the good news is that true respect starts on the inside. In this interactive session, learn the secrets featured by CNN, USA Today, Glamour, and Teen Vogue to getting the life, relationships, work and health you want. The Respect Basics will show you how to finally make self-respect the foundation of your decisions, self-care, relationships and leadership path.

Host: Cynthia Hass, director of youth engagement programs, GimmeMo Productions