Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce to host ninth annual conference to promote women in leadership.

Worcester, Massachusetts—The Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Yassmin Abdel-Magied will be the keynote presenter at the ninth annual Worcester Women’s Leadership Conference. This popular, day-long event will be held on Thursday, May 3, from 7:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. at the DCU Center – Arena and Convention Center, in Worcester, Mass.

Ms. Abdel-Magied founded Youth Without Borders, a youth-led grass roots organization at the age of 16. She studied race car design in college and graduated Valedictorian from mechanical engineering and then went on to work as one of the few female engineers on oil and gas rigs around Australia. Ms. Abdel-Magied is now an internationally renowned speaker on the topic of unconscious bias, having presented in over 20 countries across five continents and her TED talk has over 1.8 million views. She also published her best-selling debut memoir, Yassmin’s Story at the age of 24 and her writing has appeared in publications worldwide, including The Guardian, The New York Times and The Australian Financial Review.

Ms. Abdel-Magied will be joined by Ms. Colette Carlson, a human behavior expert who was recently inducted into the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame®, a lifetime award that honors professional speakers who have reached the top echelon of platform excellence. Ms. Carlson inspires individuals to connect and communicate in ways that drive productivity, engagement, and collaboration.

“This year’s conference will once again focus on key and timely issues that affect women of all ages and in all stages of their careers,” said Kimberly Salmon, Chair of the 2018 Planning Committee, and Director of Community Relations, Fallon Health. “We encourage leading women who plan to attend to consider inviting young professionals or emerging leaders from within their own organizations or networks to join them for this inspirational and motivational day.”

As in previous years, the day will also include an exhibitor marketplace of primarily women-owned and women-led businesses, as well as expert speakers presenting various workshops on topics ranging from office politics, sexual harassment, confidence and power, mentoring, and transitioning careers.

The conference will also feature the Reach Up and Out Mentoring Program, sponsored by Becker College. This portion of the conference pairs seasoned professionals with conference newcomers, so that they may offer advice, share experiences or introduce them to others at the event. “We encourage women to take advantage of being part of this powerful community of women leaders by participating in the Reach Up and Out mentoring program,” added Salmon.

The conference will include a continental breakfast, luncheon, and a networking reception. Workshops are being planned now and will be available for viewing in April. The cost to attend the full-day conference is $150 for Chamber members; $195 for non-members. Tables of ten are also available. Registration is now open at www.worcesterwomenleadership.com. The WWLC Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/events/513538975645093/?active_tab=discussion

The Worcester Women’s Leadership Conference is generously sponsored by lead sponsors Fallon Health and UMass Memorial Health Care. In addition, Hanover Insurance Group, UniBank, CSX Corporation, Coghlin Electrical Contractors, Becker College, Saint Vincent Hospital, Middlesex Savings Bank, Bowditch & Dewey, Webster 5, Fidelity Bank, MCPHS University, Country Bank, Reliant Medical Group, Bay State Savings Bank. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.


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