2017 Opening Night Agenda




Featuring seating for hundreds and plenty of standing room, don’t miss this diverse line up. You’ll walk away inspired and armed with practical ideas to make positive changes in your life!

5:15pm: Women’s First: Our Heritage, Our Way Forward

Speaker: Diana Bitzas, senior director, global business and marketing planning at Reebok

At Reebok, we believe that sport has the power to change lives. But today, the sport and fitness industry is failing. It is leaving women behind. In fact, women represent only 25% of sales in the athletic industry. Reebok believes it is time to change that. 35 years ago, we led the first women’s fitness movement, and we were the first to create workout products just for her – including being the first fitness brand to create a sneaker specifically for women! More than three decades later, we continue to pioneer and disrupt the industry by creating a movement focused on inspiring women to become their absolute best physically, mentally and socially. Attend this session for a behind the scenes look at our Women’s-First initiative and be a part of the big reveal of product innovations that are revolutionizing the market. Come learn what it means to BE MORE HUMAN – leave inspired to get involved in this transformative movement, drive your own internal transformation and even walk away outfitted from head-to-toe with amazing giveaways.

5:35pm: All Our Wild Wonder

Speaker: Sarah Kay, award-winning poet, founder and co-director, Project V.O.I.C.E and author, B

Most of us think of poetry as words on a page. But sometimes poetry comes to life when it is performed — not simply read aloud, but infused with emotion and nuance. Sarah Kay is leading a movement to bring poetry to a wider audience through her own remarkable work as a spoken word poet, and through the organization she started. Project VOICE uses poetry in classrooms and communities to help people better understand their community, their society, and themselves. In this inspirational keynote, Sarah Kay shares her experiences of how spoken word poetry has shaped her life, and how she uses the art form to motivate and mentor others. Part performance and part speech, Sarah will remind us of the beauty in, and importance of cultivating curiosity, creativity, and confidence in others. Attend this powerful session and see first-hand why Kay has been invited to perform and speak all over the world, and why her TED talk received two standing ovations and has been viewed over 10 millions times online!

6:00pm: Food for Thought…In and Out of the Kitchen (+ LIVE COOKING DEMO)

Speaker: Barbara Lynch, James Beard Foundation award-winning chef and restaurateur

Celebrated chef Barbara Lynch credits the defiant spirit of her upbringing in tough, poor “Southie” with helping her bluff her way into her first professional cooking jobs; develop a distinct culinary style through instinct and sheer moxie; then dare to found an empire of restaurants ranging from a casual but elegant “clam shack” to Boston’s epitome of modern haute cuisine. In this inspiring and entertaining session, chef Barbara will share her remarkable process of self-invention, how the imposter syndrome enabled her to advance her career and explores how the past—both what we strive to escape from and what we remain true to—can strengthen and expand who we are. Lynch will do all of this while creating some magic in the “kitchen” with a live interactive food demonstration that will offer you some motivation to create a few masterpieces of your own during the holiday entertaining season!

6:30pm: The Cocktail for Success

A Conversation With: Bethenny Frankel, Skinnygirl creator, self-made businesswoman and branding guru

This entertaining, inspiring and advice packed Conversation will give you the chance to get up close and personal with Bethenny Frankel – entrepreneur, brand collaborator, developer, marketer, best-selling author, producer, television personality, mother and advocate for women in crisis with her new B Strong campaign in partnership with Dress for Success. Drawing from her first-hand experiences around grit, risk-taking and passion, now is your chance to learn from her successes and setbacks and create the unique cocktail for your success. Whether you are looking for practical tips to start a business, motivation to reinvent yourself, or branding tips – this session has tools for everyone– and it will even offer some laughs at the same time!

7:00pm: The Longest Revolution: Wisdom and Hope for Today and Tomorrow

A Conversation With: Gloria Steinem, women’s rights pioneer and advocate

Gloria Steinem reflects on her involvement in the social movements of the past five decades to discuss the politics of gender, the economic power of the female and minority consumer market, and workplace issues. A pioneer and an icon, Steinem will offer wisdom and hope for today and tomorrow – and offer inspiration for how we can join together for a brighter and more positive future!


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: Sarah Kay
6:30 pm: Barbara Lynch
7:00 pm: Bethenny Frankel
7:40 pm: Gloria Steinem


Anchored by a variety of Pavilions, don’t miss the many interactive opportunities throughout the exhibit hall!

6:30pm-8:00pm: LinkedIn Profile Makeover Workshops (State Street Social Hub)

Featuring Amanda Healy, award-winning B2B marketing demand generation leader and social media expert

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 that even advanced users of LinkedIn are not maximizing the platform to its fullest. With careful curation, it can be one of the most powerful tools in your marketing arsenal, enabling new opportunities, driving new business and partnerships, and allowing you to position yourself as a thought leader in your respective field.

In these sessions, social media expert Amanda Healy will show LinkedIn novices and vets alike the tips and tricks to get LinkedIn to do the work for you. Learn 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. Have your LinkedIn profile open on your device and follow along in real time!

*Workshops will run continuously throughout the evening so stop by anytime!

5:00pm-8:00pm Life Balance & Integration Coaching (Boston Scientific Health & Wellness Pavilion)

Private, 1:1 sessions to help you make a life, not just a living!

Take advantage of a private 1:1 Life Balance & Integration Coaching Session with a 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 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!

5:00pm-8:00pm: 1:1 Career Consulting (Liberty Mutual Career Pavilion)

Take advantage of complimentary career coaching & resumé review

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!

RESUMÉ REVIEW: HR and career service experts will be providing free resumé critiques. Don’t miss this opportunity to have a seasoned pro give your resumé 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 – NO advance sign-up required!

5:00pm-6:00pm: Wine & Spirit Tasting

Featuring Bonterra Organic Wines & Strongbow Cider (first-come, first-served) 


7:00pm-8:00pm (Bookstore brought to you by Bookpeople)

WHY WAIT? Get your books signed now! There is no better way to get up close and personal with nationally-recognized New York Times best-selling authors. (This is also a great chance to beat the lines on conference day if you’re attending on the 7th!)


Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche, award-winning personal finance educator and author, The One Week Budget and Live Richer Challenge

Adam Grant, top-rated professor, Wharton and best-selling author, Option B

Dr. Amy Cooper Hakim, author, Working with Difficult People: Handling the Ten Types of Problem People Without Losing Your Mind

Celeste Headlee, award-winning  journalist and author, We Need to Talk

J. Kelly Hoey, author, Build Your Dream Network: Forging Powerful Relationships in a Hyper-Connected World

Whitney Johnson, disruptive innovation expert & author, Disrupt Yourself

Grace Killelea, author, The Confidence Effect: Every Woman’s Guide to the Attitude That Attracts Success

Jessica Lahey, teacher, New York Times columnist and author, The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed

Christine Porath, associate professor, McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and author, Mastering Civility

Courtney Rhodes, award-winning brand strategist, entrepreneur and author, Make Your Mark

Jennifer Romolini, chief content officer, Shondaland.com and author, Weird in a World That’s Not

Brigid SchulteNew York Times best-selling author, Overwhelmed: Work, Love & Play when No One has the Time and director, The Good Life Initiative & The Better Life Lab

Ann Shoket, author, The Big Life, former editor-in-chief, Seventeen, team member launching CosmoGIRL & millennial enthusiast

Jen Sincero, #1 NY Times best-selling author of the “Badass Series” and success coach

Gretchen Stewart, creator and author, Joy Manifesto

Dr. Jen Welter, first female NFL coach and author, Play Big

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