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To the MA Conference for Women Community:

As most of you know, MA Conference for Women 2018 registration opened and sold out Wednesday, June 6th in record time. The MA Conference for Women has grown into a massive event—and we’re proud of that and of the community that has coalesced around it and contributed to its success. 

As demand for tickets has increased, we have added programming to address the increased demand—four years ago we launched Opening Night to bring more people into the experience. (Tickets are still available for this year’s December 5th evening event.)

We’ve also had to address the technical challenges that come with thousands of people trying to register at the same time.

To accommodate increasing ticket demand and avoid crashing the registration system, this year we deployed a “virtual waiting room.” As with anything new, we learned some lessons.  Read More

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BIG NEWS: The Power of Us, Quantified in HBR

We’re proud to have made it into the Harvard Business Review today, in an article by happiness researcher and Conference for Women veteran Shawn Achor.

You can read the full article here, but here are our main takeaways:

  • People can be cynical about the utility of women’s professional conferences. Achor’s [male] seatmate on a recent flight said “I’m all for equality, but I’m not sure what good it will do.”
  • What good CAN it do? Achor spoke with fellow happiness researcher Michelle Gielan, and the two decided to survey attendees in advance of the 2017 Conferences for Women in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Texas.
  • They wanted to know what, if any, financial or intellectual impacts could be measured among attendees.
  • They surveyed 2,600 women, using prior attendees to study outcomes and first-time attendees as a control group.
  • Among attendees who had never attended the Conference, 18% had received a promotion over the past year. During the same economic period, 42% of women who had attended the Conference received a promotion.  
  • The likelihood of receiving a promotion doubled after attending the Conference for Women.

  • 5% of women in the control group received a pay increase of more than 10% compared to 15% of women who had attended the Conference.  
  • Attendees of the Conference for Women had triple the likelihood of a 10%+ pay increase.
  • 71% of prior attendees reported that they “feel more connected to others.” Achor’s book Big Happiness argues that social connection is the greatest predictor of success and happiness, and tangentially leads to longer, healthier lives.
  • 29% of prior attendees reported that they “agree a lot” with the statement “I feel happier.” 78% of prior attendees reported feeling “more optimistic about the future” than before the Conference. 25% of prior attendees reported that they “agree a lot” with the statement “I feel more capable of handling stress in a positive way.”

“Laurie Dalton White, founder of the Conferences for Women, adds ‘Something special happens when you see that you are not alone. Making connections and building relationships with other attendees and speakers helps women form an understanding of their worth, and then they learn strategies to ask for promotions, seek fair pay, and even become a mentor to others. 

Shawn Achor and Michelle Gielan

Shawn Achor and Michelle Gielan

‘We invite women like Michelle Obama and Sheryl Sandberg to speak at our conferences not just because of their own personal success stories, but because they are role models who inspire women in both big and small ways.'”

Achor and Gielan’s findings suggest that business leaders ought to encourage employees to find social connections in a professional context.

The result may be a happier and healthier workforce.

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Do you or your attendees require a special meal at lunch?

The lunch menu has been chosen for the 2017 conference and we are pleased to offer the following:

Standard Meal:

❦  Chicken & Vegetable Farro Salad: Butternut squash, dried cranberries, endive lettuce, charred kale, basil and maple citrus dressing with sliced marinated grilled chicken
❦  Granny’s Purse: Granny Smith apples wrapped in old-fashioned pie dough with caramel crème anglaise

Alternate Meal:

(The alternate meal is gluten-freevegetarian, and vegan.)

❦  Quinoa Salad: Butternut Squash, dried cranberries, endive lettuce, charred kale, basil and maple citrus dressing
❦  Raw Coconut Lime Tart: Coconut flax seed crust with fresh coconut, avocado and lime filling

If you or any of your attendees require the alternate meal, please have the main registrant log in to the registration and make that choice no later than Monday, November 20th. (Only the main registrant, the person who bought the tickets, can log in to the registration). The login information was provided in the confirmation email sent to the main registrant.

If you and your attendees are having the standard meal there is no need to make a selection.

If neither of these choices works because of preferences or allergies, attendees are welcome to bring their own meal. These are the only two choices and they cannot be customized. We will be unable to accommodate on-site requests.

If you have questions, please contact [email protected]

Thanks, and we’ll see you for lunch in a few weeks!

—MA Conference for Women

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New Security Procedures for 2017

While attending the MA Conference for Women at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, please note that magnetometers will be in use and weapons of all kinds will be forbidden from the event.  Please refrain from bringing large bags containing unnecessary items to expedite your entry through security. Backpacks will be allowed, but are discouraged due to the amount of time it takes to search all of the compartments. Please consider bringing as few bags and packing as few items as possible.

Items like pepper spray, tasers or stun-guns, knives, guns, or any other projectiles, bottles or aerosol cans larger than travel size, or extended sharp items like long handled metal combs or screwdrivers, will be confiscated and not returned. Security will not store items for later pick up under any circumstances.

For the comfort and safety of all attendees, laser pointers, air-horns, whistles, and other noise makers are prohibited. 

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Bring [Extra] Hats & Gloves to The 2017 Conference

Big hearts warm tiny hands and little ears: Help Cradles to Crayons collect 2,500 hats and gloves for local children in need.

Bring your donation of new hats & gloves with you to the conference – booth #233!

Winter is upon us, and the Massachusetts Conference for Women and Cradles to Crayons are once again teaming up to collect 2,500 pairs of hats and gloves to distribute to children in poverty and homelessness before the really cold weather begins! Help prepare Massachusetts’ most vulnerable kids by bringing new hats and gloves on conference day.

Cradles to Crayons’ vision is that one day every child will have the essentials they need—to feel safe, warm, ready to learn, and valued. This winter, they aim to support 32,500 local children by providing warm clothing, shoes, boots, and other necessities to keep them safe from harsh winter conditions!

Our partnership is helping to collect the 11,000 hats and gloves that Cradles to Crayons still needs to meet this winter’s demands. We invite you to support their mission of providing children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive—at home, at school, and at play.

You may drop off your donation of new, kid-sized hats and gloves at Booth #233 in Exhibit Hall A.

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