Young Women’s Program

In partnership with our sponsors, the Massachusetts Conference for Women is proud to feature the Young Women’s Program, which provides high school junior and senior girls with the opportunity to attend the Conference and participate in a seminar track designed especially for them. The participation of more than 500 high school students in the 2016 Conference was made possible thanks to the generosity of our sponsors.

This unique program enables our next generation of leaders to hear from dynamic speakers, exchange ideas and begin to chart their own paths.

All tickets have been allocated for the 2017 Conference. Please check back here in early summer of 2018 to apply for next year’s Conference.

Young Women’s 2017 Programming:

The Gift of Failure (W)
Session I: 10:00 – 11:00 am  |  Meeting Room 107

Failure and fear are a natural part of life. Yet as a young adult, trying to live up to the intense pressures and expectations of family and teachers, failure doesn’t feel natural in the moment. It can feel like life is spiraling out of control. This session will help you discover how failure is a gift that you can make work for you. Teacher and author Jess Lahey will share years of expertise to explore when and how to take appropriate risks; strategies for being resilient when things don’t go as planned; and ultimately how you can take back some control and autonomy over your life even when your teachers and parents don’t give you any.

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

Emcee: Carolyn Wintner, senior vice president, Bain Capital Credit


What We Build: Finding Your Voice Through the Power of Spoken Word (W)
Session II: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm  |  Meeting Room 107

Sarah Kay is a poet from New York City who has been performing her spoken word poetry since she was fourteen years old. In this session, Sarah speaks about her journey as a writer, teacher and performer, and the ways being a woman has affected her path and her poetry. She will reveal how spoken word poetry can serve as a medium for creative collaboration, empathy, confidence, vulnerability, and respect for our own voices and the voices of others. Using a combination of speech and performance, Sarah will show us why this art form is her chosen joy, and how it opens doors and allows us to build.

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

Emcee: Meredith DeWitt, principal, Meredith J. DeWitt Consulting

The 2017 Young Women’s Program generously underwritten by:


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