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2018 Attendees: Important Information for Conference Day

It’s an interesting time to be a woman in America, and this year’s Massachusetts Conference for Women promises to be a powerful one.

We’ve got leaders, thinkers, and innovators galore coming together for one day this Thursday—prepare to be inspired!

Read on for important logistical information, and stay tuned for more from us to help you plan your day at the Conference. Read More

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Bring Kid-Sized Hats & Gloves to the 2018 Conference

Bring your donation of new hats & gloves to the Conference – booth #223!

The Massachusetts Conference for Women and Cradles to Crayons are teaming up again to collect 2,500 sets of winter essentials to distribute to children in the region who most need them. Please bring new hats, gloves and/ or coats to the Cradles to Crayons’ booth (#223) and let’s help prepare these children for the cold weather.

Old Navy will also be onsite selling hats and gloves for those who wish to purchase items to donate.

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! 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 #223 in Exhibit Hall A.

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New MassWomen App Now Available!

Download the NEW official Massachusetts Conference for Women app. You requested better features, and we listened! You’re going to love it—just search “MassWomen” in your app store!

WHY DOWNLOAD? 

  • Full AGENDA, SPEAKER & EXHIBITOR listings
  • MAPS to help you get around
  • ALERTS to keep you in the loop on last minute changes
  • Access to past and current session podcasts, teleclasses
  • Social wall to keep you posted on all of the amazing things happening – and share your own!

BENEFITS OF CREATING A LOGIN

  • Ability to build a custom schedule
  • Save session, speaker, sponsor, and exhibitor favorites for quick access
  • Take & save notes on individual sessions – and export post conference
  • Search attendees and send private and group messages

If you have last year’s app, please delete and download the new one:

Download now on the App Store

Get it now on Google Play


Special thanks to Cisco for underwriting this year’s conference app!
Cisco

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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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