FRAMINGHAM – Looking to inspire and to offer practical advice to women, a non-profit organization has been formed to bring a conference for women to MetroWest.
Annually, thousands attend a conference in Boston, and there are conferences in Worcester, Springfield, and on Cape Cod, but there is no annual event in MetroWest.
The MetroWest Conference For Women will “bring together attendees to make meaningful connections, share perspectives, and learn from inspiring speakers and engaging workshops during an annual conference located in MetroWest.”
“Our goal in launching this non-profit, led by a female and male all-volunteer board, is to activate the power of women in MetroWest, eliminating the barriers of sold out or expensive tickets, high parking fees and long travel times.” said Jen Maseda, President & Founder, MetroWest Conference For Women.
The first meeting of the board, along with dozens of other women and men interested in supporting the venture, was held Wednesday night at the Christa McAuliffe Library branch in Framingham.
Editor’s Note: If full transparency, I am a member of the non-profit board.
“All women want to be inspired! We will achieve that with a local, accessible, and relevant Conference in our region,” said Maseda, who lives in Natick.
The focus of Wednesday night’s meeting was to set a vision for the conference and to work on a plan to make it a reality in 2017.
“If you want to be a part of something big, something that will change the way local women support and encourage each other, join us,” said Bonnie Biocchi, vice president of MetroWest Conference For Women.
“We have one mission and that is to serve local women in a way that will help them to reach their goals,” said Biocchi, who is the former CEO of the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce, and is will Habitat for Humanity Worcester/MetroWest now.
“We are passionate about supporting women through networking and collaboration, to empower this generation and the next,” said Stephanie Kenney, who will serve as treasurer of the MetroWest Conference For Women. She lives in Upton and works in Framingham.
“We will feature topics that inspire and ensure that we give enough sessions that teach us how to take inspiration into action,” said Beth Reynolds, who will serve as clerk for MetroWest Conference For Women. Reynolds lives and works in Ashland.
Other directors for MetroWest Conference For Women include Dawn Ross of Framingham, Debra Lee Sayre of Natick, Wendy Esche of Whittensville, and Susan Petroni of Framingham. Board members will serve two consecutive 3-year terms.
The Board is working to secure a date and location for the 2017 conference, and will announce when it is set.
Individuals interested in the conference can follow updates on Twitter at #MWMassWomen, on Instagram at MetroWestWomen, and on LinkedIn at MetroWest Conference for Women.
There is also a Facebook page to follow for updates.
A website is in progress and will launch shortly.