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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.

The event will take place in Wheelock College’s Campus Center Student Residence building. 
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Thursday, March 2
 

6:30pm

Pre Conference Session: Pursuing Your Passion and Building Your Brand

Whether your goal is to start your own business, become a high-powered executive or grow as a professional, building a personal brand is a powerful tool to compliment your career path and lay the groundwork for future opportunities. This interactive workshop will get straight to the heart of WHY you should build a personal brand and walk through the steps it takes to get there.

 

We’ll begin by establishing your “six word reason” and then delve into a five-part workshop complete with thought provoking exercises that address impactful messaging, establishing an online presence, embodying your brand and how to stay motivated and achieve success.


Speakers
avatar for Lilly Stairs

Lilly Stairs

Board Member, Autoimmune Related Diseases Association


Thursday March 2, 2017 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Hostelling International Community Room 19 Stuart Street, Boston, MA 02116
 
Friday, April 7
 

5:30pm

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 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Brandy Petes 267 Franklin St, Boston, MA 02110
 
Saturday, April 8
 

9:15am

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?

Speakers
avatar for Dina Vargo

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... Read More →


Saturday April 8, 2017 9:15am - 10:00am
Wolf Room Wheelock CCSR Building

10:15am

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.


Speakers
avatar for Katie Donovan

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... Read More →


Saturday April 8, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
Classroom Building Wheelock College

10:15am

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.

 


Speakers
avatar for Haley McFarland

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... Read More →


Saturday April 8, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
Classroom Building Wheelock College

10:15am

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.



Speakers
avatar for Helena Berbano

Helena Berbano

Asian American Millennials Unite, Co-Founder and Co-Director
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... Read More →


Saturday April 8, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
Classroom Building Wheelock College

11:30am

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.”


Speakers
avatar for Tariana Little

Tariana Little

Co-founder & Co-CEO, EmVision Productions
Tariana V. Little is co-founder of EmVision Productions, a boutique video production company that helps organizations communicate their impact, and a public health doctoral candidate at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. In 2016-17 Tariana was appointed to SPARK Boston... Read More →


Saturday April 8, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Classroom Building Wheelock College

11:30am

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. 

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Sarah Glatt

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... Read More →
avatar for Zeyneb Magavi

Zeyneb Magavi

Zeyneb Magavi currently coordinates the Cambridge Mothers Out Front team and is pursuing a masters in Sustainability at Harvard. Mothers Out Front - Mobilizing for a Livable Planet is building a powerful grassroots movement to ensure a swift, complete, and just transition away from... Read More →
avatar for Joanna Messing

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... Read More →
avatar for Kim Reddington

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... Read More →


Saturday April 8, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Classroom Building Wheelock College

11:30am

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.

Speakers
avatar for Mason Dunn

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... Read More →


Saturday April 8, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Classroom Building Wheelock College

12:30pm

Lunch
Saturday April 8, 2017 12:30pm - 12:50pm
Wolf Room Wheelock CCSR Building

12:50pm

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
Wolf Room Wheelock CCSR Building

1:45pm

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. 


Speakers
avatar for Lunara Devers

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... Read More →


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

1:45pm

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. 

Moderators
avatar for Lynne Reznick

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... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Bobbie Carlton

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... Read More →
avatar for Ruby Maddox

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... Read More →
avatar for Hailey Magee

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... Read More →


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

1:45pm

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.


Speakers
avatar for Rayshauna Gray

Rayshauna Gray

Coordinator / Historical Researcher, Harvard Business School / Tufts University
Rayshauna Gray coordinates with Harvard Business School's Gender Initiative, and researches in Tufts University's history department and Center for the Study of Race and Democracy. After years of serving as her family's historian, she began drawing on cultural traditions to inform... Read More →
avatar for Dave Rini

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 Building Wheelock College

2:45pm

Snack
Saturday April 8, 2017 2:45pm - 3:00pm
Wolf Room Wheelock CCSR Building

2:45pm

Snack
Saturday April 8, 2017 2:45pm - 3:00pm
Wolf Room Wheelock CCSR Building

3:00pm

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:


Speakers
avatar for Cassandre Joseph

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... Read More →


Saturday April 8, 2017 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Wolf Room Wheelock CCSR Building

4:30pm

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