After driving from her home on Cape Cod to attend the sold-out She’s Local MetroWest Conference for Women last year, Michelle Woodbrey, CEO of 2Sisters Senior Living Advisors, felt both inspired and motivated. Marching up to the event’s organizer, She’s Local President Jen Maseda, Woodbrey shook her hand and said, “We need a conference like this on the South Shore.”
It turns out, Woodbrey wasn’t the only person who saw a need for a supportive, accessible and relevant women’s conference in the region. By December, plans were already in the works to replicate the She’s Local model on the South Shore. Open meetings were held at the Milton Public Library and 1620 Winery in Plymouth. A community board was created to coordinate the inaugural event and women from across the South Shore and Cape Cod jumped on board to lend their support.
The first annual South Shore Conference for Women will take place at the Boston Quincy Marriott on Friday, October 11 (with a VIP reception the night before). The conference will feature 10 speaker panels, more than 40 exhibitors and inspiring keynote presentations by Dr. Patti Fletcher, CEO of PSDNetwork and author of “Disrupters: Success Strategies from Women who Break the Mold,” and Liz O’Donnell, a marketing executive and author of the book “Working Daughter: A Guide to Caring for Your Aging Parents While Earning a Living.” Jayme Washington, president of WashTone Media, will emcee the event.
Conference panelists will share their personal expertise, speaking on a wide range of topics related to entrepreneurship, leadership, professional success, personal prosperity, health and wellbeing, and family. “The women on our stage are representative of each local community. At least 75 percent of our speakers coming directly from the cities and towns in that area,” says Maseda. “Our mission is to create an accessible platform for local women who otherwise might not have the opportunity to connect on a personal level.” The conference will also feature a special Goddess Award presentation to Hingham resident Lauren Pimpare, the founder and president of Tomorrow’s Women TODAY and the Boston Women’s Leadership Council, and an all-around inspiring South Shore woman.
“Our theme for the event, ‘Our Time Is Now!’ builds off the conversations women are having right now in our society,” says Woodbrey. “When women get together and support other women, it’s amazing what can happen.”
Tickets to the South Shore Conference for Women are $52 (admission to Thursday’s VIP event is an additional $35). For more information about the conference speakers or to purchase tickets, visit sheslocal.org/south-shore, or follow the latest updates on LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook.