Opening Night at the Conference

Opening Night at the MA Conference for Women

A Special Conference Preview Evening

Wednesday, Dec. 11th • 5:00-9:00 pm • Boston Convention Center

Tickets $40


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Attending the Massachusetts Conference for Women but want more time socialize and to explore the Exhibit Hall? Can’t make the Conference but want to take advantage of the fun and enriching offerings? Looking to network with peers in a relaxed but professional setting? Whatever your situation, you won’t be disappointed!

Join us at Opening Night and take advantage of:

•  KEYNOTES including movers & shakers, authors and entrepreneurs who will inspire and entertain you

100+ SMALL BUSINESSES as part of our Women-Owned Business Marketplace – a great chance to support women entrepreneurs and check out the creative, innovative and fun products at a diverse array of amazing booths.

WELLNESS MOTIVATION with medical and fitness demos, chair massages, healthy food & beverage tastings at the Health & Wellness Pavilion.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES to get involved and make a difference in the lives of others and help out local charities in the Community Connection Pavilion.

NETWORKING with colleagues, peers and local leaders at the Social Hub. 

FREE 1:1 CAREER CONSULTING to better position yourself in today’s job market with coaching and resume review in the Career Pavilion.

IMAGE & PRESENCE BOOSTERS to build your personal brand and perfect your career look –including the chance to take a professional headshot!

LIFE BALANCE & INTEGRATION COACHING to help you manage the chaos of your daily life.

YUMMY BITES AND FESTIVE DRINKS (available for purchase) as the perfect backdrop to mingle with friends and peers old and new!



2019 Opening Night Speakers

DR. BRENÉ BROWN is a research professor at the University of Houston, where she holds the Huffington Foundation – Brené Brown Endowed Chair at The Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of five number one New York Times best-sellers, including The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, Braving the Wilderness, and her latest book, Dare to Lead, which is the culmination of a seven-year study on courage and leadership. Brown’s TED talk – The Power of Vulnerability – is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world with over thirty five million views. She is also the first researcher to have a filmed talk on Netflix. The Call to Courage special debuted on the streaming service on April 19, 2019. Brown lives in Houston, Texas with her husband, Steve. They have two children, Ellen and Charlie. @brenebrown


ANGIE THOMAS is the author is the number one The New York Times bestseller, On the Come Up. In the number two spot you’ll find her debut novel, The Hate U Give. It’s safe to say that this chart-topping author is no longer on the come up—she’s arrived. On the Come Up is currently being adapted into a movie by the makers of the blockbuster film version of The Hate U Give. Thomas’ keynotes resonate with the same authenticity, insight, and hope that make her writing so powerful, and give context and background to the culture, politics, and movement that inspired it. The Hate U Give explores the world of sixteen-year-old Starr Carter: a girl who walks a careful line between her upper-crust prep school, and the poverty-stricken neighborhood where she grew up. But when she witnesses a police officer shooting her best friend Khalil—an unarmed youth—Starr is plunged into even more uncertainty. Thomas’ second novel, On the Come Up, is about what it means to be young and black in America, when freedom of speech isn’t always free. Thomas is the recipient of the 2018 William C. Morris Award and the 2018 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, and was nominated for the Michael L. Printz Award and the Coretta Scott King Award. She is the inaugural winner of the Walter Dean Myers Grant, awarded by We Need Diverse Books. Born, raised, and still residing in Jackson, Mississippi, and a former teen rapper, Thomas earned a BFA in creative writing from Belhaven University. @angiecthomas

DANIELLE WEISBERG and CARLY ZAKIN are co-founders and co-CEOs of theSkimm, a membership company dedicated to helping millennial women live smarter. The two former news producers launched theSkimm from their couch in 2012, and have built a brand that continues to be a trusted source to their more than seven million daily subscribers. theSkimm is committed to helping its members tackle big decision-making moments in life by giving them the information they need to make informed and empowered choices whether that be in civic engagement, finance, career, health, and more. theSkimm’s flagship product, the Daily Skimm, is still the fastest growing newsletter on the market, and the company’s product suite has grown to engage with members at home, work, and on-the-go, including theSkimm app and Skimm Studios. theSkimm’s first book, How to Skimm Your Life, was released in June 2019 and debuted at #1 on the New York Times Best Seller list. Zakin and Weisberg have been featured on Forbes 30 Under 30 in Media, Vanity Fair’s The Next Establishment, Fortune’s 40 Under 40,  and Adweek’s Young Influentials. You’ve also seen them in TIME’s Most Influential People, Marie Claire’s New Guard, and they were named one of the most 100 Intriguing Entrepreneurs by the Goldman Sachs Builders and Innovators Summit. They still prefer to work from a couch.

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