She+ Geeks Out Summit

September 27, 2019
District Hall, Boston, MA


We’ve designed the day’s agenda to focus on two important needs that we believe are necessary to create a more equitable workforce. You can learn more about each speaker over here!

  • Hold space for women+ to learn from inspiring and kind humans who truly want to make a difference in people’s lives and help women+ feel empowered to advocate for themselves in all situations.
  • Provide educational opportunities for those who want to learn more about how to support traditionally underrepresented and marginalized employees in the workplace by sparking conversations on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
08:00 AM – 09:00 AM Registration and Breakfast
09:00 AM – 09:45 AM Welcome and Keynote by Jody Rose, Executive Director of New England Venture Capital Association
09:45 AM – 10:30 AM

Panel – Knowing Your Worth
Too often, we tell ourselves that we aren’t qualified for a particular job, that we can’t take risks, that we have to be and live a particular way. We’ll sift through what knowing your worth truly means and how to silence your inner (and sometimes outer!) critics. 
Moderator: Diane Hessan
Panelists: Miracle Olatunji, Veronica Armstrong, Daphne Psacharopoulos


10:30 AM – 11:00 AM Coffee/Tea Break – Networking
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM


I: Community Breakout: Designing Your Career
Many of us wander through our professional career without thinking more strategically about where we want to be 5, 10, 20+ years from now. Our panel of experts will share their own career stories and provide insight into  what it means to think more intentionally about your career.
Moderator: Shereen Shermak
Panelists: Ella Alkalay, Lauren Jones, Bernadette Sheridan

II: DEI Breakout: Scientific Method and Cognitive Bias
Do you interact  with other people at work? Is making decisions part of your job description? Are you expected to take in information or communicate information to others? If you answered yes to any of these, you and your work are vulnerable to bias. Biases are natural and universal, but we don’t have to let them dominate our thinking. In this fun and creative workshop, you’ll learn how to confront and correct your biases so that you can make the best decisions possible.
Speaker: Moiya McTier


12:00 PM – 01:00 PM Lunch
01:00 PM – 01:45 PM

Lightning Talks: Women+ Making Impact
Get your post-lunch boost with five inspiring women+ who will share their career paths, their goals, and what they’re doing to make the world a better place.
Speakers: Sam Hammar, Stephanie Dort, Leslie Coles, Margaret Butler, Connie Chow

01:45 PM – 02:30 PM

Panel: Making DEI Matter at Work
Increasingly, people are having conversations about the importance of  diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace, but what does it actually look like to make it happen? We’ll get expert advice and talk with change-makers who are successfully implementing DEI at work in this engaging, interactive panel.
Moderator: Felicia Jadczak
Panelists: Jason Cipriano, Chris Haigh, Cristina Hancock


02:30 PM – 03:00 PM Coffee/Tea Break – Networking
03:00 PM – 04:00 PM


I: Community Breakout: What Resilience Really Means
The words “resilience” and “grit” get thrown around a lot these days. We’re going to address what that truly means,  both professionally and personally. We’ll talk with three fantastic women+ about their approaches to the unique challenges they have faced and what they have learned about how to be resilient while still being kind to themselves.
Moderator: Anouska Bhattacharyya
Panelists: Mary Tobin, Paige Fetzer, Emily Rawitsch

II: DEI Breakout: How Inclusion Drives Diversity
This informative workshop will introduce a unique, human-centric framework to define and measure inclusion, to explain why inclusion should be the most critical element of any DEI strategy, and to demonstrate how to link specific inclusion initiatives to traditional business KPIs.
Speakers: Lisa Magill & Arshiya Malik, Aleria

04:00 PM – 05:00 PM Closing Keynote by Roxane Gay, Author and Cultural Critic
05:00 PM – 06:00 PM Happy Hour


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