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FRAMINGHAM – She’s Local, the non-profit that believes local women are inspiring and promotes networking in your own neighborhood, will host its 5th annual MetroWest Conference for Women on Thursday, September 30, 2021.

This all-day event is designed to bring women together to build partnerships, pathways, and pipelines in which women elevate women by sharing their knowledge, experience, and more.

This year’s speaker line-up includes:

Bevin Mugford – Self-described as a “Cheerleader of Entrepreneurship” this engaging sales leader is a dynamic executive has built high-performance teams and developed innovative sales and learning solutions. Known for creativity, curiosity, and unwavering optimism, this high-energy business leader offers tips to motivate and inspire your staff and drive business growth.

Jill Dixon – Is a non-profit co-founder who is known to be is a “Firestarter and change agent” who uses innovation to tackle the toughest challenges even when that means disrupt disrupting the system to move an agenda forward. Her vision, which stems from a love of learning, is bold: All children will have access to preschool education.

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Each of these powerful and dynamic women will provide a keynote address to the anticipated 300-plus attendees. The conference will highlight topics chosen by local MetroWest women based on current trends and interests post Pandemic. Kim Miles, creative collaborator and event strategist, will emcee the daylong event.

As part of the launch, She’s Local is announcing this year’s recipient of the She’s Local MetroWest Goddess Award, given in recognition of a local woman who embodies the three tenets of the award that are reflective of women’s contribution to a strong local community.

 Deborah Sweet, Foster Parent Ambassador of Massachusetts Department of Children and Families is this year’s recipient. As a foster parent of 14 years, Sweet is a firm believer that children need to be seen, heard, and cared for. She is a tireless advocate for medically, emotionally, and physically challenged foster kids, embodying the three tenets of the She’s Local Goddess Award.

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She’s Local is committed to highlighting local women, so again this year, the conference draws upon the robust pool of local experts to offer 7 panels, with 21 panelists and over 24 exhibitors throughout the day.  Attendees will have a chance to choose four break-out sessions that range in topics from finance to self-worth, entrepreneurship to health.  Throughout the day, guests will have opportunities between sessions, at lunch, and during an afternoon reception to shop local exhibitors showcasing products and services geared towards women. 

The MetroWest Conference for Women remains affordable for as many women as possible with a ticket price of $52, which includes breakfast, lunch, swag bag and afternoon celebration with a female DJ and complementary wine and hors d’oeuvres following the full-day conference.

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With an extensive background in entrepreneurship and competitive athletics, Bevin Mugford has done it all. Present day, she recruits, trains, and leads a national sales team. Aside from her professional success, she is also a dynamic and engaging public speaker. Described as a “zesty badass with a flair for the dramatic,” Bevin will walk your through her own powerful personal journey to success and is sure to provide nuggets of insight we will all benefit/learn from.

Jill Dixon is a co-founder of Taly, a non-profit created to tackle the toughest challenges plaguing the early education field and infuse the system with innovation. Her own two children were the inspiration behind the cause, pushing her to look for solutions for accessible and affordable education for all kids. Prior to Taly, Jill spent 25 years as a successful multi-million-dollar tech sales professional. She gets her energy from others, and will be sure to serve up some laughs, humility, and inspiration that will stick with you throughout the day.

Kim Miles is a highly sought-after emcee, panel moderator, creative collaborator and event strategist who brings outside-the-box thinking and a lot of laughs to all that she does. As a previous emcee of this conference, she is looking forward to keeping the group energized and laughing after such a trying year.

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For more information on our keynote speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, and panelist, go to: 

Both in-person and virtual tickets are on sale now.

The conference is following all safety protocols for in-person attendees and yoga pants are welcome for virtual attendees.

She’s Local creates conferences for women with a shared objective to support, connect and inspire one another, close to home. We set the stage for local women to connect. They are the women that we meet every day who have unique stories to share and relevant words of wisdom for others facing similar challenges. Our mission is to provide accessible platforms for all women in local communities. Offering world-class conferences, highlighting local women and resources, at an affordable price.

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Editor’s Note: In full transparency, the publisher/editor of SOURCE serves on the Board of Directors

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.