A Maven's World
9th Annual Women's Conference

Women & Work: Let's Talk About Equity

A Two Day Virtual Event

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A Maven's World 2021 Women's Conference

In it’s 9th year, themed “Women and Work: Let’s Talk About Equity,” our two-day virtual conference features keynote addresses and panel discussions led by experts in their fields.  Attendees, also have the opportunity to  explore and engage our virtual career rooms, networking spaces, resources, exhibitor marketplace and more.  Annually, our conference draws women who are eager to connect, strategize,  build community, learn and inspire. We are excited to host our Virtual Women’s Conference, on March 26th & March 27th, during (in celebration of) Women’s History Month.

View our 2021 Conference Program

Professional Development

Targeting what makes women professionals and entrepreneurs thrive.

Personal Empowerment

Building You up to be the BEST you can be and to take actionable steps in the present.

Community Development

Building a village requires networking and getting to know the community around you.

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Times Shown in EST

Friday March 26, 2021

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
VIP Program
  • Anna Foster - Moderator
    Anna Foster - Moderator
    Founder & Ceo A Maven's World Lifestyle Brand
  • Robi Reed - VIP Keynote Speaker
    Robi Reed - VIP Keynote Speaker
    Emmy Award Winning Casting Director and Vice President, Talent & Casting BET

Join our VIP session and hear from key leaders who are preparing the next generation for a better and equitable tomorrow. 

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Saturday March 27, 2021

9:00 am
Welcome & Keynote
  • Monica Cost - Moderator
    Monica Cost - Moderator
    President & Chief Pathfinder, The Core Value Company
  • Michele Meyer-Shipp, Esq. SHRM-SCP - Keynote Speaker
    Michele Meyer-Shipp, Esq. SHRM-SCP - Keynote Speaker
    Chief People & Culture Officer Major League Baseball
  • Gerri Mason Hall - 2021 Maven Awardee
    Gerri Mason Hall - 2021 Maven Awardee
    Vice President of Global Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging NetApp
  • Kim Janey - Opening Remarks
    Kim Janey - Opening Remarks
    Boston City Council President and Incoming Mayor of Boston

Just login from wherever you are - this year we are virtual.  Join us for an inspirational day and hear from key leaders who are preparing the next generation for a better and equitable tomorrow.

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10:00 am
More Action, Less Rhetoric: Equity Under a Microscope
  • Dani Monroe - Moderator
    Dani Monroe - Moderator
    SVP, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer | Mass General Brigham
  • Sharhea Wade - Panelist
    Sharhea Wade - Panelist
    Head of Inclusion & Diversity (I&D) North America | State Street Corporation
  • Shawna Ferguson - Panelist
    Shawna Ferguson - Panelist
    Managing Director/Director of Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion | Wellington Management
  • Dawn Frazier-Bohnert - Panelist
    Dawn Frazier-Bohnert - Panelist
    EVP & Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer | Liberty Mutual Insurance Group

Panel Discussion

Why does equity matter? When we grasp what equity truly is, we can begin to lead, and build capacity, with a lens for it.

Join us as we explore how equity, present and future, is necessary to support working women and their roles as leaders in business, community and family 

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11:00 am
COVID's True Impact on Women in the Workplace
  • Cheryl Clark, MD, ScD - Panelist
    Cheryl Clark, MD, ScD - Panelist
    Assistant Professor of Medicine Harvard Medical School
  • Joyya Smith - Panelist
    Joyya Smith - Panelist
    Vice President of Diversity, Access, and Inclusion Suffolk University
  • Michelle Robinson - Moderator
    Michelle Robinson - Moderator
    Global Director, Diversity Initiatives & Early Talent, Sodexo
  • Dale Merril - Panelist
    Dale Merril - Panelist
    SVP, Human Resources & Administration, Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation & Foxwoods

Panel Discussion

Join us as we explore the impact of Covid-19 on Women and how equity present and future is necessary to support working women and their chosen roles as breadwinners, contributors and mothers; or some combination of the three.

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12:00 pm
Show Us the Money: Shifting the Paradigm Between WOC Businesses and The Investor Community
  • Areen Shahbari - Panelist
    Areen Shahbari - Panelist
    Founder and CEO Shahbari Training and Consultancy & Cactusint.com
  • Betty Francisco - Panelist
    Betty Francisco - Panelist
    General Counsel, Compass Working Capital Co-Founder- Latina Circle / Amplify Latinx
  • Marsha Guerrier - Moderator
    Marsha Guerrier - Moderator
    CEO of Women on the Rise NY, Inc. dba HerSuiteSpot®
  • Paige Hendrix Buckner - Panelist
    Paige Hendrix Buckner - Panelist
    Chief Operating Officer, Founder Gym

Panel Discussion

There is a glaring inequality in the world of venture capital and investing that too often leaves women of color at the short end in comparison to their white and male counterparts. In the era of COVID, early data suggests that the modest gains made by female founders raising venture capital over the past decade are being wiped out.

Join our discussion surrounding the gender and ethnic gap in the world of startups.

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1:00 pm
Career, Exhibitor, and Networking Marketplace
  • Career Marketplace Open
  • Exhibitor Marketplace Open
  • Networking Rooms Open

    (Open to all attendees)

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1:00 pm
Girl Boss Basics In the College Possible Exhibitor Space
  • Cicily Shaw - Moderator
    Cicily Shaw - Moderator
    College Counselor and Consultant. Founder of College Possible LLC
  • Vicky Wu Davis - Presenter
    Vicky Wu Davis - Presenter
    Executive Director and Founder, Youth CITIES
  • Kaella Stephenson - Panelist
    Kaella Stephenson - Panelist
    Advocate, Scholar-Athlete, Tutor
  • Kellie Taylor - Panelist
    Kellie Taylor - Panelist
    College Student, Advocate for Equality, & Budding Entrepreneur

Join successful entrepreneurs for a lively discussion on all things Girl Boss. What does it take to be a Girl Boss, and what resources do you need to see your vision thrive? The panelist will share their experiences, blessings, and pitfalls as they have climbed the entrepreneurial ladder. Topics discussed will include, but are not limited to, understanding your digital footprint and social media presence, creating your dream team, finding resources to help launch your business, developing a strong business plan, and finding a mentor. Financial literacy resources will also be shared to help you think financially about your business and your future. This is a panel, you don’t want to miss.

Past Maven Awardees

Betty Francisco

General Counsel, Compass Working Capital
Co-Founder, Latina Circle dba Amplify Latinx

Kai Grant

Owner & Chief Curator, Black Market Dudley

Janelle Woods-McNish

Janelle Woods-McNish

Advocate, Spokesperson, Philanthropist, Author

Michelle “Mona” Thompson

Visionary Leader, Senior Pastor, Author,
Founder of R.I.S.E

Areva Martin, Esq.

Author, Principal, Martin & Martin, LLP

Clemmie C. Perry

Founder & Executive Director,
Women of Color Golf (WOCG)

Joli Cooper Nelson

National President,
Jack and Jill of America, Inc.

Karen Amaker

Founding director of the Norwalk Early College Academy (NECA)

Medria Blue

Award Winning Educator

Tiffany Cherie Ellis-Niles

Founding partner of Lyles and Niles, LLP

Irvienne Goldson

Deputy Director, ABCD Health Services