Chisolm and Haslet Keynote Speakers at 2nd Annual MetroWest Conference For Women

FRAMINGHAM – For the second year in a row, the MetroWest Conference for Women brings world-class speakers, a rich offering of timely panel discussions, and an opportunity to connect with hundreds of women, right here in the MetroWest. This year’s event will be held at the Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center in Framingham on Thursday, September 19 and 20.

The conference will feature two sought-after keynote speakers in the morning and afternoon.

Darieth Chisolm, author, visibility  media strategist, is an Emmy Award-winning television host and seasoned speaker promoting the empowerment of women.

Dancer and amputee rights advocate Adrianne Haslet, is an inspirational presenter as well as a Boston Marathon terrorist attack survivor.

The conference also has legendary broadcaster, Candy O’Terry as master of ceremonies.

“There are three words I would use to describe Jen Maseda, her Board of Directors, and the MetroWest Conference For Women: inspiration, motivation and empowerment. What an honor it is for me to serve as Mistress of Ceremonies at this year’s conference. I’ve spent my career interviewing women and I know this will be a game changer for MetroWest women and local women everywhere.” said O’Terry, host of the podcast series The Story Behind Her Success O’Terry.

This year, the conference draws upon the robust pool of local experts to offer 10 panels, with 30 panelists and 55 exhibitors throughout the day.

Attendees will have a chance to attend four break-out sessions that range in topics from finance to self-worth, entrepreneurship to health and additional topics given to conference creators during public meetings with local women sharing topic ideas.

On Wednesday evening, September 19, the VIP reception will kick-off the conference with some laughs. VIP’s will connect with speakers and other guests while enjoying laughs with award-winning Boston-based comedian and VIP hostess, Emily Ruskowski.

The full day conference begins Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m. on September 20.

Consistent with the mission of the group to establish accessible platforms for women, the affordable conference price remains at $52 and includes breakfast and lunch, along with
snacks and open coffee bar throughout the day, culminating in a open bar wine reception with DJ and dancing. Also true to its mission of accessibility for all, the Conference has donated a significant amount of scholarship to ensure all women have an opportunity to attend. For tickets and schedule, go to

“This year’s theme is Our Time Is Now!, building off the conversations women are having right now in our society. With these carefully chosen words, we re-establish our commitment to supporting local women in MetroWest. We are accepting the challenge from national campaigns, like #Metoo, #timesup and #Ibelieveyou, and expanding the focus to include all barriers to women’s empowerment.” said Jen Maseda, President & CEO, MetroWest Conference For Women and President, She’s Local. “We are also expanding our support of local women in local communities across the United States. We have created a multi-platform company called She’s Local, that combines live and media-based experiences for the contemporary women’s lifestyle with content specifically tailored to a local woman’s work and life challenges.”

The She’s Local mission is to create meaningful connections between a network of supportive local women in their own community, with a tag line of “Engage Locally, Inspired at Home, She’s Local.”

The expanded platform will launch at this year’s conference with the announcement of the first recipient of the She’s Local Award, given in recognition of a local woman who embodies the three tenets of the She’s Local Goddess Award.

This year’s recipient is Christine Suau, Founder of the Devin Suau Foundation &#whynotDevin, who personifies the three distinct traits that are reflective of a women’s contribution to creating a stronger local community; she embraces life challenges with optimism and bravery, she tests traditional thinking to initiate change, and she ventures beyond herself to empower and collaborate with others.

“I am blown away that local women chose me for this award. What an unexpected and incredible honor.” said Christine Suau, Founder of Devin Suau Foundation & #whynotDevin.

The conference is made possible in part by donations from its sponsors, including this year’s lead sponsor, MetroWest Medical Center, along with other national and local sponsors including Bose, BJ’s, Bank of America, Barnes and Noble, Middlesex Savings, Mutual One, and Eastern Bank.

A full list of the many sponsors supporting the mission this year can be found at

For more information about the MetroWest Conference for Women, visit their website at, or follow their latest updates on LinkedIn, Twitter @MWMassWomen, Instagram @metrowestwomen, or Facebook at

Editor’s Note: In full transparency I am on the Board of Directors for the MetroWest Conference For Women

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: Phone: 508-315-7176

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