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Bringing together the most forward thinking female leaders.




Thursday, May 3, 2018

7:30 am – 4:15 pm



The Worcester Women’s Leadership Conference

This conference is an opportunity for women to build their careers and share their experiences with other women. This year’s conference expands on the mentorship program, “Reach Up & Out” to provide opportunities for conference participants to connect and engage.

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Keynote Speakers

Colette Carlson

Colette Carlson is a human behavior expert and keynote speaker who inspires individuals to connect and communicate in real and relevant ways. How to create effective connections, and leverage them for greater success, is the thread that is woven into every one of Colette’s presentations. With a Master’s Degree in Human Behavior, a fascination with…

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Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Yassmin Abdel-Magied is an engineer, author, broadcaster and award winning social advocate. Yassmin founded Youth Without Borders , a youth led grass roots organisation at the age of 16. Racing car designer in university, she graduated Valedictorian from mechanical engineering and then went on to work as one of the few female engineers on oil…

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2018 Conference Schedule

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  • 7:30 am Registration

  • 8:00 am Opening Remarks

  • 8:15 am – 10 am Breakfast and Morning Keynote

    Morning keynote speaker Colette Carlson is a human behavior expert and keynote speaker who inspires individuals to connect and communicate in real and relevant ways.

    Breakfast Sponsor: Coghlin Electrical Contractors

    Keynote Sponsor: 

  • 10 am – 10:15 am Marketplace

    Attendees will have a chance to network and shop throughout the marketplace that features services, products, and volunteer opportunities.

    Sponsors: Bay State Savings Bank, Reliant Medical Group, MCPHS University


  • 10:15 am - 11:30 am Breakout Sessions

    Attendees will have a choice of workshops located in rooms A-E

  • 11:30 am – 11:45 am Marketplace & Networking

    Attendees will have a chance to network and shop for services, products, and volunteer opportunities at the marketplace.
    Sponsors: Bay State Savings Bank and Reliant Medical Group

  • 11:45 am – 1:15 pm Lunch and Keynote Speaker

    Attendees will enjoy a delicious lunch, followed by remarks from conference sponsors. Yassmin Abdel-Magied, a noted engineer, author, broadcaster and award winning social advocate who founded Youth Without Borders, will deliver the keynote address.

    Lunch Sponsor: Saint Vincent Hospital
    Keynote Sponsor: 


  • 2 pm - 3:15 pm Breakout Sessions

    Attendees will have a choice of workshops held in rooms A – E.

  • 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm Networking Reception

    This networking reception will offer a unique opportunity to engage with professional women from all industries and at various stages of their career. Don’t miss it! Stay tuned for additional details on this important conference event.

The workshop committee is seeking proposals for the 2018 conference. Below are the requirements.

The Workshop Committee is seeking expert speakers and panelists who can provide educational or inspirational discussion on leadership, inspiration, and mentoring topics.

Presentations are typically one hour. Sessions will be held from 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. and from 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. (Time slots are tentative at this time.) Presentations should be interactive and may be individual or as a panel.

To be considered as a presenter for the Worcester Women’s Leadership Conference, proposals must be submitted by November 1, 2017 to [email protected]

The following information must be included for consideration:

Your name and title, company, address, e-mail and phone
Title of Presentation
Detailed outline or description of the presentation
Summary of the presentation (a brief paragraph that can be used for publicity)
Target audience for this presentation
Speaker biography
Head shot (digital preferred, color and suitable quality for printing)
References (References should include at least two video links/testimonials about you and your presentation.)
Please note that proposals that are not selected will be kept on file for other programming opportunities with the Chamber. Questions? Please contact Virginia Parent, Assistant to the President, Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce at 508.753.2924, ext. 240 or [email protected]

Morning Workshops

10:15 am – 11:30 am

Afternoon Workshops

2 pm – 3:15 pm

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Memories from #WWLC2017

Reach Up & Out Mentoring Program Expands

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Are you a seasoned businesswoman or other professional who would like to encourage up-and-coming professionals in their careers?

Are you new to a profession or an industry, or seeking guidance and advice from an experienced insider?

Then ask for more details about the Reach Up and Out Mentoring Program
at the eigth annual Worcester Women’s Leadership Conference.

Sponsored by Becker College, this program was created to introduce seasoned professionals with newcomers at the conference. Mentees will meet mentors who will share their own experiences and knowledge, answer questions or introduce them to others at the conference.

Signing up is as easy as registering for the conference—once you have registered for the conference, select ‘Interested in Becoming a Mentor/ Mentee.’ Already registered? Click here to take a survey to indicate that you want to be a mentor or mentee.

Once you sign-up, we’ll follow up with you to provide us with some additional information about yourself. In the weeks before the conference, we will facilitate an introduction between you and your mentor or mentee. This will allow you to start getting to know each other, and make plans to meet up at the conference (or before!) for one-on-one advice and guidance.

We recommend that you and your mentor/mentee attend the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours on March 16 at Deadhorse Hill or the Women’s Initiative event in June (details to be shared). And finally, to fully benefit the program, we strongly recommend that you and your mentor/mentee attend a workshop together or attend the networking portion of the conference and engage in conversation on areas of special interest or need – in other words, “table-talk”!

As a mentor, we’d like you to:

  • Contact your assigned mentee before the conference to introduce yourself beforehand and break the ice!
  • Attend Business After Hours on March 16, and connect with others in the mentor program.
  • Meet with your mentee at least once again during the conference for some one-on-one time.
  • Join at least a workshop or networking portion of the conference with your mentee.





DCU Center, 50 Foster Street, Worcester

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Presenting Sponsors

Supporting Sponsors



Lunch Sponsor

Reach Up and Out Mentor Sponsor

Breakfast Sponsor

Workshop Sponsors

Speaker Sponsors

Scholarship Sponsors

Marketplace Sponsors


PRICE PER PERSON  |  Chamber Members: $150  |  Non-Members: $195


*You will be redirected to the Chamber of Commerce website where you will be able to register and pay for your ticket. If you are not a Chamber member, click “Not a Member” on the following screen to continue registration.