Thursday, November 15, 2012

Massachusetts Conference for Women, December 6th, 2012

I was driving home from my friend's house late last Saturday night, and I happened to hear a radio ad for the Massachusetts Conference for Women, taking place on December 6th in Boston. I normally wouldn't pay any attention to a conference that would take me out of work a day (hello, goodbye vacation day) but I happen to have the week of December 4th off, in order to get some shiz done for this impending wedding of mine. So I made sure to grab the pertinent information that I could and google it as soon as I got home. When I talked to the man about it the next morning, to hit him with the possibility of spending more money on something we technically don't need, he was immediately, super supportive. Something he has been pushing for awhile now, is making sure that I am capitalizing on my schooling and taking advantage of opportunities as they come, this conference being no exception.

The Massachusetts Conference for Women, the largest women’s conference in the state, offers community and connection, information and inspiration, motivation and momentum.... which is sort of exactly what I need right now. What drew me to the event in the first place was the keynote speakers: Arianna Huffington, Kristin Chenoweth and Deepak Chopra, among others, but when I peeled back the layers of the conference onion, I discovered that this event really is built to be an empowering day of "conversations" designed to build women up.

After emailing the very helpful registration people, I discovered that I could register as a student (hello savings) because, yep, I am a student ;-) which is something I don't often remember being that I have been working for over 7 years out of my first go round in college. The man has been trying to get me to take advantage of what school has to offer, so there you go, student discount. In any event, this piece just made my attendance more serendipitous

In addition to the keynote breakfast and lunches, there are breakout sessions based on what kind of development you are looking for. There is personal, career, health etc all with special panel speakers. The breakout sessions I am most looking forward to are as follows:

For Career Development: Referred to by NBC Nightly News as, “One of the five most inspiring women in America”, Bonnie St. John shares ground-breaking research from her newest book How Great Women Lead which chronicles the professional and personal lives of powerful women shaping today’s world. By sharing critical data and interviews from both the book and from a live panel discussion, attendees will learn from current leading ladies in the business, political and non-profit worlds. You will learn practical tools that will equip you to embrace your own leadership potential as well as inspire and lead others along their path to greatness.  

For Personal Development: Bestselling author, playwright and screenwriter with movies that include: You've Got Mail, Hanging Up and Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and books that include her most recent, The Lion is In, Delia Ephron explores the crossroads of life and offers her insight as to how to find the courage and imagination to take a different path. With humor and grace, she will teach you what you can run from and what is just part of life.  

I am suprer excited to meet some awesome people and learn some stuff ;-) If you are interested in attending, you can register here for all the awesome speakers, round tables and breakout sessions that they are offering this year... and if you are already going, leave me a comment and maybe we can say Hi!

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