Come hear from Governor Maura Healey as she addresses Chamber members as the 73rd Governor of the Commonwealth.
9:45am - 11:00am
The Westin Copley
Hear from a panel of professionals on how apprenticeship programs are creating a more robust and diverse talent pipeline.
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Another Age Productions
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4:30pm - 8:00pm
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center
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City Awake empowers young professionals in a variety of ways that encourages these rising leaders to stay invested in the region’s future success.
We are developing an ecosystem of corporations and partners with the influence and buying power to transform economic inclusion for minority business enterprises (MBEs).
The Fierce Urgency of Now Festival brings Boston’s diverse young professionals together with business leaders, organizations and their peers to build connection, advance careers and ignite positive change.
BIMA (the Boston Interactive Media Association) serves a vibrant community of like-minded professionals from agencies, brands, publishers, and ad-tech companies with business interests in the New England market.
For nearly 30 years, the Chamber’s Women’s Network has connected female professionals of all background and career levels. Today, our Women’s Network is the largest in New England, strengthening the professional networks of women each year.
The Massachusetts Apprentice Network convenes employers, training providers, and talent sources interested in developing and implementing apprenticeship programs in occupations across industries and statewide in fields such as tech, advanced manufacturing, healthcare, financial services, and more.
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Early on in life, I had the notion that I had to conform to a certain type of personality to be successful. For most of my career I have worked primarily in male-dominated fields, and at times I felt that if I didn’t act like “one of the boys,” I wouldn’t be accepted. As I took on more leadership roles and trusted my instincts more frequently, I began to realize being true to myself not only felt good; it didn’t alter my effectiveness — it actually heightened it.
I attribute much of my success to two critical factors I know are far easier said than done: confronting the reality of failure but trying anyway, and playing to my strengths.
We all are aware that pushing yourself out of your comfort zone enables growth, but we also know it can be scary to expose yourself to potential failure. This happens especially among female professionals, where there can be a confidence gap, creating hesitation in moving forward. But by believing in your abilities and pursuing opportunities, you will yield a stronger skill set, more confidence and better experiences. My advice: even if you are scared, do it anyway. Swap hesitation for an absolute “will not fail” attitude. Don’t let fear block your advancement.
One way to help face your fears and discover what a great leader you can be is by highlighting your strengths. When you start to advance, approach your new role with your own style and not that of your predecessors. It’s not mandatory to play by a former leader’s playbook, and it’s not the only way to achieve desired results. Be comfortable in the fact that you can and will do your job differently than anyone else. Discovering this for myself allowed me to become a successful leader and form the roles that fit into my life at a particular time.
I also consider a big strength of mine as being an authentic leader who strongly supports inclusion and diversity. I have witnessed the trust and creativity it fosters and how it enables teams to perform better and produce quality results. Leaders should focus on creating diverse teams and continue to be aware of unconscious bias. Supporting inclusivity is an ongoing journey.
I know breaking through your comfort zone presents a number of challenges, and at times it seems easier to go with the status quo. I firmly believe that if you trust yourself and believe in the abilities you possess, everything will fall into place.