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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. 
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Friday, April 7


Conference Speaker and Facilitator Welcome Cocktail Hour
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers and conference facilitators are invited to join us for a networking cocktail hour to kick off our conference.
This is a closed session for speakers and facilitators online.

Friday April 7, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Brandy Petes 267 Franklin St, Boston, MA 02110
Saturday, April 8


Registration and Welcome
Please arrive at 9:00 to register for the day. Coffee and breakfast will be available. 

Saturday April 8, 2017 9:00am - 9:30am
Wheelock College 200 Riverway, Boston, MA 02215


Opening Keynote Speaker: Dina Vargo Wild Women of Boston: A History of Mettle & Moxie in the Hub
The sons of liberty are celebrated in the rebellious history of Boston--but what of their sisters? An audacious and determined procession of reformers, socialites, criminals and madams made the city what it is today. One hundred years before Rosa Parks, African American abolitionist Sarah Parker Remond refused to give up her seat while attending a play in Boston. Fiery activists Harriet Hemenway and Minna Hall led a boycott against bird plumage in ladies' dress and brought the fashion industry to its knees. Later, women like Boston Marathon runner Kathrine Switzer also blazed their own trails. How can YOU be a Wild Woman of Boston?

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Dina Vargo

Dina Vargo has been a lover of history and tricorn hats since dressing up as Betsy Ross for our nation’s bicentennial. After receiving her BA in fine arts from the University of Pittsburgh, she worked for the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation and as an archivist for the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area. Dina also holds an MPA in public administration from the University of Pittsburgh and currently works in the affordable housing... Read More →

Saturday April 8, 2017 9:15am - 10:00am
Main Conference Room


The Power of the Newbie Perspective
Limited Capacity seats available

New perspective to old problems can be very effective unfortunately many people with the new perspectives think they don't have the expertise to offer contrary ideas. Using my experience in developing the idea of a new approach to address the gender pay gap by eliminating the use of salary history in hiring to the passage of the first law with such a provision, I will highlights lessons learned in gaining acceptance and success.

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Katie Donovan

Founder and Consultant, Equal Pay Negotiations LLC
Katie Donovan is an equal pay consultant, and keynote speaker. Ms. Donovan’s involvement on the women’s economic equality issues includes consulting with women on negotiating their pay and benefits, as a founding member of the MA Equal Pay Coalition, and a co-president American Association of University Women of Mass (AAUW). She first introduced the topics of salary history and inclusion of pay in job advertisements to the... Read More →

Saturday April 8, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
Classroom 1


Women Organizing To Win
Limited Capacity seats available

It is vitally important that we have women more involved in all levels of politics. From volunteering on campaigns, to donating, to organizing, to running, we need more diverse and talented voices at the table. This workshop will give you the facts on women's political participation, and the tools to help us change the face of politics.


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Haley McFarland

Program Manager, Emerge Massachusetts
Haley is a student of Political Science and International Affairs at Northeastern University, where she is entering her final year. She began her work in politics at 16 as an intern for US Sen. Patty Murray's reelection efforts in her home state of Washington. While at Northeastern she has worked continuously as an intern with MassINC, a nonprofit and nonpartisan think tank focusing on state-level legislation, as well as for several local... Read More →

Saturday April 8, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
Classroom 2


Starting a Social Justice Initiative on the Fly: Not Quite Winging It
Limited Capacity seats available

Passionate about a social issue? Ever had a "crazy" idea on how to fix it? Well, I've had plenty. Join me in walking through the growing pains of starting a social justice initiative + participating in visioning exercises to think thoughtfully through some of your own "crazy" ideas.

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Helena Berbano

Asian American Millennials Unite, Co-Founder and Co-Director
Helena Berbano is a nonprofit professional with various experiences in both the public and nonprofit sectors. As the Special Projects and Field Manager for Nonprofit VOTE, she works collaboratively with nonprofit partners across the U.S. on their voter registration and education activities. Apart from her work at Nonprofit VOTE, she is dedicated to volunteering on political campaigns, supporting initiatives dedicated to social justice, and... Read More →

Saturday April 8, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
Main Conference Room


Started From The Bottom // How I'm Here
Limited Capacity seats available

Before me, no one in my low-income Dominican-German immigrant family had ever pursued college or business. How did I become an entrepreneur with a desktop computer and Craigslist gigs, and while in graduate school for public health research and with my life partner as co-founder? And how have I leveraged my analytical training to grow EmVision Productions, a media production company solving creative challenges for emerging and established brands? This workshop will highlight my unpredicted entrepreneurship journey. Driven by science, storytelling, and social justice, my work embodies what I call “intentional creativity for social change.”

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Tariana Little

Co-founder & Co-CEO, EmVision Productions
Tariana V. Little is a researcher, social entrepreneur, and engaged citizen. As co-founder of EmVision Productions, she leverages digital media to help organizations and business reach their goals, and as part of Mayor Walsh’s SPARK Boston, she works with other Boston millennials to connect peers to local government. In spring 2016, Tariana was named by El Planeta (New England’s largest Spanish-language newspaper) as one of the most... Read More →

Saturday April 8, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Main Conference Room


The CEO Parent - A Panel Discussion on “Having it All”-
Limited Capacity seats available

Join a facilitated discussion of three super-women, women who are parents, career driven, and founders.  They have achieved in their careers and found balance in nurturing their passions and personal brand.  To many, the thought of balancing families, finances, and founding a company sounds overwhelming so join us for a panel to share successes, challenges, and resources on being a CEO Parent. 

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Sarah Glatt

Founder & Principal Consultant, Paper Crane Associates
Sarah Glatt founded Paper Crane Associates in January 2016, building on her decade of consulting experience. As its principal consultant, Sarah helps start-ups, non-profits, small businesses, and socially conscious companies and their leaders make better plans for today and tomorrow.Sarah lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two children. When she’s not helping grow businesses, she’s tending to a favorite personal project – Paper... Read More →
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Joanna Messing

Executive Director, Growald Family Fund
Joanna has more than 15 years of experience in nonprofit sustainability, social enterprise development and venture philanthropy.In 2007 she joined Growald Family Fund to develop and implement its philanthropic strategy and to provide capacity-building to help portfolio partners scale their programs for maximum impact. In her role as Executive Director, Joanna leads on convening and bridging funders and NGOs, particularly in the areas of finance... Read More →
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Kim Reddington

Founder, Cereus Websites
Kim Reddington is an entrepreneur, consultant and trainer. She's been developing and programming web and mobile applications for 20+ years for small businesses and tech startups as a freelance consultant. She's the founder of Cereus Women and Cereus Websites where she supports other women entrepreneurs to pursue their dreams of owning a successful business. When Kim isn't coaching, training or programming, she's experiencing an active outdoor... Read More →

Saturday April 8, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Classroom 1


Gender Expression and Non-Binary Identities
This workshop will explore gender identity, gender expression, trans and non-binary identities, and rising topics in LGBTQ+ communities. We will think about our own identities, as well as hear the stories of others in the trans and non-binary communities. We will also explore ways to be an ally to trans people in our workplaces and communities, including a discussion of language, forms, and representation in data and databases.

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Mason Dunn

Executive Director, Mass Trans Political Coalition
Mason Dunn is the executive director of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition and co-chair of the Freedom Massachusetts campaign. An educator and activist, Mason has been working around the country for 12 years on trans rights and advocacy. Mason is also an adjunct faculty member at UNH Manchester, teaching on LGBTQ media and perspectives, and serves on the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth. Prior to joining MTPC, Mason worked... Read More →

Saturday April 8, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm


Saturday April 8, 2017 12:30pm - 12:50pm
Main Conference Room


Lunch Keynote Speaker: Alicia Adamson - The Making of A BOSS

Alicia Adamson will walk attendees through a powerful and inspiring address entitled "The Making of a BOSS." She will share candid stories from her experiences in the for-profit and nonprofit industry and why being a BOSS and not a Barbie is the goal!

Her life's purpose is to help inspire people from all walks of life to be passionate, purposeful and powerful in their personal and professional lives.  Too often we are living our lives based on others expectations. We walk through life doing what we have to do instead of what we want to do. Life is about living in truth and not just existing. There is a greater plan, a bigger vision for each of us. Together we can search deep, pull out the passion in you, breakthrough the barriers holding you back and give you tools to walk boldly in your truth and purpose as a BOSS!

Saturday April 8, 2017 12:50pm - 1:30pm
Main Conference Room


Art and Activism: The Cost of Speaking Up
Limited Capacity seats available

Art is an important means of communication, it is a voice for resourceful, creative personalities. The people that make magic out of nothing. It is a means of expression. It can also be deceiving, with lots of smoke and mirrors.  This workshop will explore the media we consume, the media we are a part of, and the powerof diverse women in creative careers sharing their voices and stories. 

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Lunara Devers

Lunara Isabel Devers was born in Rio Piedras Puerto Rico on December 19th 1984. She graduated high school at the Boston Arts Academy and received a scholarship to study at Long Island University. Lunara is known for her role as Araceli in the short film “De Nada,” Lorismay Alvarez in “The Pineapple Diaries” and Nifiteria in the short film “Unicorn.” This year Lunara performed for the Puerto Rican night in Lawrence MA, the League of... Read More →

Saturday April 8, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Classroom 2


Lady Bosses: A Panel of Female Founders and CEOs
Limited Capacity seats available

From developing the first business plan to building a nationally recognized brand, join a panel of female founders to discuss the importance of women as entrepreneurs, innovators, founders and makers.  Join our panelists to discuss taking calculated risks, being your own boss, and building an effective strategy.  We'll discuss challenges to starting, growth, and building a community of founders dedicated to promoting gender diversity and empowerment in leadership positions. 

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Lynne Reznick

owner/photographer, Lynne Reznick Photography
Lynne is currently a professional wedding photographer and women's leadership coach. Prior to launching her business full time, Lynne spent a decade as a public school teacher and then 3 years as a leader within a Boston non-profit. Lynne combines lessons from working with countless couples to capture their true emotions, with the experience of leading a team and supporting an organization through a leadership transition, to support women in... Read More →

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Bobbie Carlton

Bobbie Carlton, founder of Innovation Women, Innovation Nights and Carlton PR & Marketing, is an award-winning marketing, PR and social media professional. She speaks regularly on social media, innovation communities and product launches. Innovation Women is an online speakers' bureau for entrepreneurial, technical & innovative women designed to help event managers gender-balance their speaker slates. Mass Innovation Nights is a social... Read More →
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Ruby Maddox

Director, Leaders of the Free World
Ruby Maddox has spent over 10yrs working in the field of higher education and experiential learning; coordinated internship and fellowship programs focused on academic development and professional achievement. Ruby received her B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, majoring in Public Policy and Urban Communities and she received her M.S. from Bay Path University, in Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy. Ruby is the co-founder of... Read More →
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Hailey Magee

Founder and Director, Talisman Music Group
Hailey Magee founded Talisman Music Group - a local consulting group that elevates homegrown musicians to their maximum potential - in April 2016. Within six months, she was able to transform her side business into her full-time career. A long-time music community member and the founder of Emerging Boston Area Singer-Songwriters - a robust community of over 700 musicians - Hailey has overseen the promotion and execution of countless shows... Read More →

Saturday April 8, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Main Conference Room


How to ignore the haters: Finding your authentic speaking voice
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop focuses on helping participants understand the public speaking/presentation style that is most natural and effective for them, and strategies for how to navigate a culture that is hostile to women’s voices. The group will discuss the role cultural traditions and values can play in communication styles, and look critically at the messages that discourage women's voices from public spaces. The workshop uses a combination of small group exercises, discussions, and stories to identify strategies to speak more confidently and resist imposter syndrome.

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Rayshauna Gray

Coordinator; Historical Researcher, Harvard Business School; Tufts University
Rayshauna Gray is a storyteller, coordinator with Harvard Business School's gender initiative, and historical researcher at Tufts University. After years of serving as her family's historian, she began drawing on cultural traditions to inform her writing and performance. She understands how difficult finding a home in one's voice can be...and how rewarding and meaningful it is once it happens.
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Dave Rini

Dave Rini is the prison rape elimination act project coordinator at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, where he works with incarcerated survivors of sexual violence. Dave has been teaching public speaking and presentation with non-profit and progressive clients since 2008.

Saturday April 8, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Classroom 1


Saturday April 8, 2017 2:45pm - 3:00pm
Main Conference Room


Closing Keynote Speaker: Cassandre Joseph - An Act of Political Warfare: Self-Care

Audre Lorde once said “caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” That quote is the foundation for my workshop. The workshop will be interactive, engaging and discussion based, I won't do all of the talking. I’ve included a mix of of activities. Here is a rundown of the schedule:

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Cassandre Joseph

Cassandre is a Writer, Creator, and Motivational Speaker. Before pursuing writing and motivational speaking as a career, she spent a number of years as an educator and mentor, working with students in grades K-12. She is also a Posse Alumna and graduated from Centre College, with her B.A. in Sociology. Her goal is to empower and encourage women and girls to pursue and achieve the lives they desire and deserve, one story, speech, and workshop at a... Read More →

Saturday April 8, 2017 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Main Conference Room


Cocktail Hour & Networking
Full of information? Join your fellow conference attendees and speakers to connect, reflect, and unwind. 

Saturday April 8, 2017 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Yard House Fenway 126 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215