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Upcoming MBA Women International 2013 Conference to be held in Boston

Posted by Chad O'Connor  September 10, 2013 11:00 AM

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The MBA Women International 2013 Annual Conference and Career Fair “Women, Purpose & Passion: Turning Vision Into Action” is taking place in Boston October 3 – 5 at the Park Plaza. With an impressive list of speakers and presenters, access to development panels and workshops, networking receptions, keynote speeches, and different tracks for attendees, the Conference and Career fair promises to be the “MBA women event of the year.”

MBA Women International is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to empowering female business professionals, to assisting women into leadership positions in business, and to enhancing the diversity of the workforce worldwide. For more than 30 years, the organization has served four related client groups: female MBA students, female business professionals and MBA-level entrepreneurs, universities, and corporate partners.

The Conference keynotes include Evelyn Murphy, Founder and President of The WAGE Project, Inc.; Dr. Paula Caligiuri, Distinguished Professor at Northeastern University's D'Amore-McKim School of Business; Emilie Cortes, President, Call of the Wild Adventures, Inc.; and Maria Gamb, Consultant, Best-Selling Author, and International Speaker.

The various Conference offerings include the MBA Student and Early Professional Track, Experienced Professional Track, and the Entrepreneur Track catering to MBA students, MBA graduates, managers, executives, and MBA-level entrepreneurs.

A wide range of subjects will be covered at the conference, such as “Getting a Seat at the Table: A Discussion on Women in the Boardroom,” which will be covered by Malli Gero, Executive Director of 2020 Women on Boards. “2020’s view is that women MBAs are most likely to advance to board seats given their financial acumen, business experience, and drive to advance their careers,” said Gero.

2020 has an affiliation with MBA Women International both at the national and local Boston Professional Chapter level. “Women MBAs are a sweet spot for the 2020 Campaign, and I am thrilled to participate in the conference and reach women emerging or that hadn’t thought about sitting on a board yet but will now start thinking about it,” said Gero.

According to Gero, young women should start thinking about their roadmap and what that path looks like. Whether it includes getting more education or taking time off for family, a roadmap can be used as a guide to stay on the path to career success. And, if you have plans to sit on a board, it is important to educate yourself about the process and start building a board resume.

“Conferences like this one are important to bring younger women together with senior-level women achievers to learn from each other, and it is important for younger women to hear from women who have made it and learn from example,” said Gero.

Phyllis Barajas, Executive Director of Conexion, will be speaking on the subject of “Big ideas: Leadership in the 21st Century,” which focuses on the dramatic changes that are occurring in the US, with more and more cities becoming majority minority. Barajas will provide insight on how companies need to reassess how they define talent, as well as recruiting and retention strategies and how messages within the workplace can help or hinder the success of women and underrepresented groups.

Northeastern University's D'Amore-McKim School of Business is the Lead Academic Sponsor at this year’s Conference. According to Kate Carleton, Special Advisor to the Senior Vice President, University Advancement, at Northeastern University, The President and Board of Trustees of Northeastern University have made a special pledge to support the advancement of women in technology, science, and sustainability. Carleton leads this university-wide initiative with a focus on identifying accomplished women leaders for the Board of Trustees and Corporation and believes MBA Women International is an important organization to align with, as it empowers women, promotes leadership, and career development.

The Career Fair held concurrently with the Annual Conference offers a platform for employers and universities to connect with high-performing, career-driven MBA women. Sponsors will interact with attendees at career fair booths, interview booths, networking receptions, and Conference programming. Sponsors are from a variety of industries and include Walmart, American Airlines, AT&T, Beam, The U.S. Department of State, FDIC, GE, Home Depot, Liberty Mutual, Prudential, State Street, Zimmer, HP, Humana, Intel, Boeing, MetLife, Ernst & Young, BTS, Cricket, Ford, Petsmart and Deloitte among others.

“The 2013 Annual Conference is designed to assist students and professionals in their journey to develop and enhance leadership skills. This is a must attend event. Dynamic networking receptions, powerful keynote speakers, and the brightest session presenters and panelists are transformative,” said Philana Kiely, MBA Women International’s Interim Executive Director.

“Attendees will leave the Annual Conference & Career Fair feeling energized and ready to tackle the business world. This event will be a powerful platform to network with like-minded women. Boston’s reputation as a hub of innovation and entrepreneurial zeal makes the city the optimal location for our conference,” said Kiely.

Ellen Keiley is President of the MBA Women International Boston Chapter Board of Directors, serves as a Vice Chair of the United Way and City Year’s Women’s Leadership Initiatives, serves on the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Women’s Advisory Council, is a member of The Boston Club, appears weekly on RadioBDC’s Global Business Hub segment. She can be contacted at
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