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The largest women’s leadership conference in Central Massachusetts, bringing together the most forward thinking female leaders.

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Time: 7:30am – 4pm

Location: DCU Convention Center, Worcester MA

*LAST DAY TO REGISTER–TBD!*

Check back in the March for more 2022 conference details!

2022 Sponsorship Opportunities Available Now

At the Chamber, and our WWLC committee, we have been impressed and grateful for the continued support of the conference sponsors. This is the event you want to be a part of! Reach out to Karen Pelletier for options.

The Worcester Women’s Leadership Conference

This conference is an opportunity for women to build their careers and share their experiences with other women.

The Worcester Women’s Leadership Conference is all about giving women the tools to discover the possibilities available to them, lift each other up, and create a hub of smart, talented, and forward-thinking women.

Women in the workforce overcome obstacles each and every day and the Worcester Women’s Leadership Conference is a place to share experiences and bring together dynamic, accomplished, and confident female leaders.

The programming of the day-long conference is designed to motivate attendees to overcome traditional barriers, to becoming influencers, change-agents, and leaders in their own fields.

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2022 Keynote Speakers

Keynote, sponsored by TBD: LUVVIE AJAYI JONES, New York Times Best-Selling Author, Podcast Host & Professional Troublemaker
Luvvie Ajayi Jones is what happens when you blindly follow doing what you love without expectation. Born outside the box, her brilliance is the unifying theme for all her endeavors. The New York Times best-selling author, sought-after speaker, and podcast host thrives at the intersection of comedy, media and justice. Her debut book, I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual, hit the New York Times best-sellers list at #5 in its first week. Her latest book Professional Troublemaker: The Fear-Fighter Manual was released on March 2,2021 and became an instant New York Times bestseller as well.
Selected for Oprah Winfrey’s inaugural Supersoul 100 list for “elevating humanity,” Ajayi Jones is known for her trademark wit, warmth, perpetual truth-telling and trouble making. Putting into words the thoughts few dare to say; the veteran blogger could give a masterclass on disruption. Internationally recognized, she has graced stages around the globe for some of the world’s most innovative companies and conferences, including Google, Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, MAKERS, SXSW and the Obama White House. Her wildly popular TED talk “Get comfortable with being uncomfortable” has over 5 million views and climbing.

Keynote, sponsored by TBD: TBD

2022 Conference Schedule

June 16, 2022

Time Description
7:15 AM Registration (3rd floor), Coffee, Networking
8:00 AM Morning Keynote Speaker
9:45 AM Break, Coffee, Networking
10:15 AM 4 Workshops: A/B, C/D, E, Junior Ballroom
11:30 AM Break, Coffee, Networking
11:45 AM Lunch
12:30 PM Break, Coffee, Networking
12:45 PM 4 Workshops: A/B, C/D, E, Junior Ballroom
2:00 PM Break, Coffee, Networking
2:15 PM Afternoon Keynote Speaker
3:15 PM Reception
4:00 PM Adjourn

Workshop Descriptions--2022 workshop info coming soon

PLEASE NOTE | Workshops have a maximum seating capacity. Please arrive in a timely fashion to ensure your seat. If the room is full, please attend a different session. Thank you.

MORNING WORKSHOPS

Leading Through Organizational Change

Leading Through Organizational Change

with
Tina Bussone – Executive Director at Bowditch & Dewey LLP
Kristin Carvalho – President & CEO at Cobblestone Management
Juliet Feibel – Executive Director, ArtsWorcester
Carolyn Stempler – Interim President & CEO at Greater Worcester Community Foundation

Organizational change is a hard thing for an organization to undergo and achieve. There are several leadership qualities that are necessary to envision, sell, and effect change.  It takes convincing skills, great communication, and a lot of hard work for your vision to come alive. This panel of leaders from different organizations will share their experiences, which have remarkably similar themes across industries. What went well? What would they do differently the second time around? TARGET AUDIENCE: Women in senior leadership positions in a variety of industries.

Leading Through Lemons: How to Support and Inspire When the Going Gets Tough

Leading Through Lemons: How to Support and Inspire When the Going Gets Tough

with
Shlomit Schaal, MD, PhD, MHCM at UMass Memorial Medical Group
Mary Maloney, MD at UMass Memorial Medical Group
M. Diane McKee, MD at UMass Memorial Medical Group
Tiffany A. Moore Simas, MD, MPH, Med at UMass Memorial Medical Group
Kimberly Yonkers, MD at UMass Memorial Medical Group

In a workspace that had few boundaries to begin with, COVID took us by storm and erased whatever personal spaces we had left. For many, our jobs became an around-the-clock operation. The added stressors brought on by fear of a largely unknown virus and added family responsibilities at home consumed every aspect of our world. With employees at the brink of exhaustion and burnout, learn how UMass Memorial Health’s approach to leadership became exponentially important as they focused on informing, supporting, and inspiring through a rapidly changing crisis. Female department chairs from UMass Memorial Medical Group will discuss how the pandemic forced them to quickly pivot their roles and goals to ensure their team members had the tools and support they needed during an unprecedented time. Hear about the important role mental well-being and employer empathy played in their success as they ensured their team members were not only engaged, but also well. TARGET AUDIENCE: All.

Laughter. Leadership. Motherhood. Wine

Laughter. Leadership. Motherhood. Wine

with
Christine Tieri – Brand Strategy Coach, Consultant, Speaker

After a year or two like we’ve just been through, there’s no doubt many of us are feeling tired and uninspired. We have been questioning our skills as a parent, as a leader, as someone with a sense of humor! Join Chris Tieri, recovering ad agency owner, as she walks you through a fun and interactive workshop to help you navigate between parenthood and profession with a whole new perspective on “having it all.” Learn how a little understanding, a big community, and a hearty belly laugh is the perfect prescription for success. TARGET AUDIENCE: Executive professionals, mid-level, beginner.

Building Dream Teams: The Three Things Every Leader Must Know to Lead Effectively Today

Building Dream Teams: The Three Things Every Leader Must Know to Lead Effectively Today

with
Adriana Vaccaro, MBA SHRM-SCP – Culture Strategist, Founder & CEO at Culture Redesigned

This talk centers around a personal leadership journey, allowing other leaders to easily find themselves in the narrative. The big idea is understanding the dynamics at play between you as a leader, the people on your team, and the work you are trying to do. In short, it is very difficult for leaders to lead effectively without data and awareness in today’s complex work environment. The audience will walk away with actionable steps to improve the way their teams operate in today’s work environment. At closing, we will discuss the importance of having a strong Talent Strategy to develop a culture that enables an organization to be successful.

AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS

Laughter. Leadership. Motherhood. Wine

Laughter. Leadership. Motherhood. Wine

with
Christine Tieri – Brand Strategy Coach, Consultant, Speaker

After a year or two like we’ve just been through, there’s no doubt many of us are feeling tired and uninspired. We have been questioning our skills as a parent, as a leader, as someone with a sense of humor! Join Chris Tieri, recovering ad agency owner, as she walks you through a fun and interactive workshop to help you navigate between parenthood and profession with a whole new perspective on “having it all.” Learn how a little understanding, a big community, and a hearty belly laugh is the perfect prescription for success. TARGET AUDIENCE: Executive professionals, mid-level, beginner.

DE&I: Creating and Sustaining Workspaces that Promote Inclusion and Wellness

DE&I: Creating and Sustaining Workspaces that Promote Inclusion and Wellness

with
Maria Fernandes Dominique – Director of Public Affairs at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Nicole Ferraro – Wellness Program Manager at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

What is inclusivity? What does it look like to embody this practice within in-person and remote workspaces? Join Blue Cross Blue Shield leaders Maria Fernandes-Dominique and Nicole Ferraro in a conversation about creating safe and courageous workspaces where colleagues, especially those that identify as BIPOC, can be authentic and participate in meaningful dialogue about race, equity, and difference. Maria will teach critical facilitation tools for holding spaces online and in-person. Nicole will share best practices on wellness techniques that will support individual and collective self-care during and after difficult conversations. This workshop will be a space to learn and teach, so come prepared to ask questions and share your own best practices.

Mindfulness: An Investment in Your Happiness and Well-Being

Mindfulness: An Investment in Your Happiness and Well-Being

with
Wendy O’Leary – Author, Educator, Public Speaker at Mindful Matters

We all experience difficulties in life and this workshop is about how to manage those difficulties more effectively, as well as incline the mind toward happiness.Learn about mindfulness and how it can support the cultivation of happiness and wellbeing in all areas of your life. We will look at how and why mindfulness can be useful to decrease the impact of stress and emotional difficulties as well as to grow positive mind states. Participants will leave with concrete and evidence-based strategies to enhance wellbeing and recommendations to integrate mindfulness more easily into any lifestyle. The session will be interactive and include opportunities to practice multiple techniques. TARGET AUDIENCE: All adults.

Career Trajectory: Advancing or Regaining Your Career in a Post-Pandemic, Digital World

Career Trajectory: Advancing or Regaining Your Career in a Post-Pandemic, Digital World

with
Dawn LaRochelle – Project Manager, COVID Business Recovery Central MA at Center for Women & Enterprise

The pandemic’s impact on women has been well-documented over the past year: at the start of the pandemic, women lost jobs at a much higher pace than men, with 11.3 million jobs held by women disappearing within weeks of nationwide shutdowns. While the tide is slowly turning and women are beginning to regain the jobs they lost, many of their career paths have changed for good. The old advice that told us to get an education, choose a career, work hard, and be loyal, won’t lead to the security and long-term success it once did. If you hope to survive and prosper in the 21stcentury, you’re going to need a significant shift in career management strategy. In this interactive workshop, you will learn: (1) How to make sure your career is still moving in the right direction, and how to reverse the trajectory if it is not, (2) The most important skills to succeed in the post-COVID workplace, (3) Tips for navigating your career path in an increasingly digitized world, (4) Conflict management techniques in the hybrid workplace, (5) How to keep the momentum going without “face time.”

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2022 PRICING  |  Chamber Members GA: $250  |  Non-Members GA: $300

   Member Reserved seating for 10 (Ten attendees): $3,000  

Non-Member Reserved seating for 10: $3,700 

*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.

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DCU Center, 50 Foster Street, Worcester

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