The #NotABarbie Career and Empowerment Conference aims to provide guidance and build community among women and trans* professionals who are uninspired by “lean in” thinking. We seek to uplift and validate the characteristics that make women great employees, entrepreneurs, and leaders. 

This day-long conference is hosted by Boston GLOW (www.bostonglow.org) and features over 20 speakers in 3 breakout sessions and 3 keynote speakers.

The event will take place in Wheelock College’s Campus Center Student Residence building. 
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Helena Berbano

Co-Founder and Co-Director
Asian American Millennials Unite
Boston, MA
Helena Berbano is a civic engagement and organizing specialist. She has managed national voter engagement programs, working with state and local nonprofits and grassroots groups. She has worked with diverse constituencies, with a particular focus on disenfranchised populations. For the 2016 election cycle, she co-founded and organized a national coalition of Asian American Pacific Islander millennials in support of a major party candidate. She also has trained leaders from a variety of advocacy and nonprofit networks, including the National Association of Community Health Centers, YWCA, United Way Worldwide, and League of Women Voters.

One of her biggest passions is getting more women of color elected into public office. For the 2017 election cycle she served as campaign manager for Nicole Castillo's bid for Newton city council, and for 2018 she is serving as a strategic adviser for Tram Nguyen for State Representative (18th Essex District). She is a 2018 Emerge cohort member, and is an alumna of Progressive Change Campaign Committee and New American Leaders candidate trainings.

She holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Massachusetts Boston, where she was given the distinctions of McCormack Scholar, Keough Capstone Fellow, and Best Capstone for her research focused on women of color public office initiatives. She sits on the boards of Mass NOW, New Leaders Council - Boston, and the Young Democrats of Massachusetts. On her days off, she listens to musical theatre compilations and avidly sings power ballads at karaoke.