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 2017 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.

The application period for 2018 is now closed. Applicants will be notified of ticket availability by October 29th. To request tickets for the 2019 conference, please return to this page in June 2019 to find a new form.


2018 Young Women’s Programming

Session I: 10:00- 10:45 am:

Every”BODY” is Beautiful: A Healthy Self Image for All Shapes & Sizes (W)

A sense of self is ever-changing, but one thing remains constant: our overall wellness depends on a healthy self-image. Author and yoga instructor Jessamyn Stanley is well-known for her body positive image, but her inspiring self-confidence was hard won. She discusses her life, yoga, and the moment by moment work of addressing emotional and physical barriers. This unique workshop will include a seated movement and breathing exercise.

Speaker: Jessamyn Stanley, body positive advocate and author, Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear, Get on the Mat, Love Your Body

Emcee: Meredith J. DeWitt, founder and principal, MJD Associates, LLC

Session II: 11:00 am – 11:45 pm:

Anxiety Helper: Lifesaving Lessons from a Teenage Pioneer (FC)

Fifteen-year-old Amanda Southworth, has struggled with mental illness and suicidal thoughts. Grappling with her situation, she started coding and used this as an outlet to develop apps designed to help others stop suffering in silence and find the courage to reach out and change their life. To her surprise, her apps not only helped others, but gave her a purpose…and a reason to stick around. Today, Amanda Southworth is a programmer, designer and creator of the apps, AnxietyHelper and Verena. Her apps are designed to provide safety, information, and emergency help to those who are struggling with mental illness (AnxietyHelper) or are a member of the LGBTQ+ community and need emergency support (Verena). In addition to coding, she works with Teen Vogue to write articles about her experiences. A born problem-solver, Amanda will share her personal experiences and passion for using her privilege and experience to help those who don’t have that same privilege.  Following her speech, we will dive deep into conversation with Amanda about her struggles, coding and life today.

Speaker: Amanda Southworth, creator, Anxiety Helper and  Mental Health and LGBTQ activist

Moderator: Sakina Ibrahim, social entrepreneur, professor of dance, NAACP Image Award nominee and author, Big Words To Little Me: Advice To The Younger Self

Emcee: Saron Tesfalul, VP, consumer retail and dining, Bain Capital Private Equity @baincapital

Session III: 11:50 am – 12:30 pm:

We Are All Rebel Girls: Tools & Inspiration to Lead a Revolution (W)

Train your rebel spirit with the creators of “Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls”. This workshop is designed to challenge perspective, induce thought, and prompt action. Write love notes to your favorite body parts, draw yourself climbing a mountain, write a letter to an elected representative. This session will help you create space for big ideas and develop the tools you need to lead the revolution of your time.

Speakers: Elena Favilli Francesca Cavallo, co-authors, Rebel Girls

Emcee: Alison Smith, marketing manager, Reebok

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