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The Power and Potential of Women

The University of Massachusetts Lowell is pleased to be hosting this exciting gathering of women leaders to discuss the challenges and paths forward to empower women in today's workplace. With an inspiring lineup of speakers and 4 tracks to choose from, we invite you to build your own learning experience.

Tracks for the 2017 conference include:
  • Track A - Lead, Empower, Inspire!
  • Track B - Succeed in Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Track C - Promote Holistic Health & Financial Well Being
  • Track D - Cultivate Career Development Skills

Sponsor the 2018 Conference

If you'd like to sponsor the event contact Michael Tith at 978-934-6659 or email
The UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center
50 Warren Street
Lowell, MA 01852
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Bonnie Comley

Bonnie Comley '81 is the founder and CEO of, an online streaming service on a mission to promote and preserve live theater by extending the reach of Broadway and Broadway-caliber shows to anyone, anywhere. On June 30, 2016, Bonnie and BroadwayHD made history with the first livestream of a Broadway show. "She Loves Me" was livestreamed to over 60 countries, trending on both Facebook and Twitter. BroadwayHD currently has over 150 titles of stage-to-screen content, accompanied by educational features, subtitles, captions and audio descriptions ...

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Keynote Speakers

Therese Gearhart

Therese Gearhart is president of the Coca-Cola Latin Center Business Unit, responsible for 31 countries across the Caribbean, Central America, Ecuador and Colombia.

Therese brings 28 years of international experience in general management, marketing and sales. She joined The Coca-Cola Co. at its Atlanta headquarters in 1998, and over the past 17 years she has held the following positions: central region vice president, North America Food Service Division; vice president of marketing, North America Food Service Division; general manager, Central America; ...

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Track A - Lead, Empower, Inspire!

Attendees in Lead, Empower, Inspire! will gain useful tools to navigate some of the many challenges facing women today. Leaders have to be highly-skilled influencers, great communicators and wonderful collaborators. These workshops will provide skills discernment and enhancement and encourage energizing dialogue on topics ranging from strengths-based leadership to mindfulness. We will explore a few of the 9 Leadership Power Tools for Women to help achieve gender parity in leadership. You will leave the conference empowered as a leader and as part of a team.

Track B - Succeed in Business and Entrepreneurship

Sponsored by: NetScout

This track explores ways for women to succeed in business and entrepreneurial organizations of various sizes and forms. Through keynote speeches and facilitated panel discussions, participants will have the opportunity to learn from our contributors and from one other. Speakers will discuss their own paths to success, the opportunities and challenges of succeeding in contexts traditionally dominated by men and ways of turning one's passions into success across corporate and nonprofit domains. Throughout the sessions, consistent with the conference's overall theme, we will focus on strategies for unleashing our potential for success in a variety of settings.

Track C - Promote Holistic Health & Financial Wellbeing

Sponsored by: Circle Health

This track focuses on maximizing three distinct areas: life satisfaction, creativity and productivity. The first session is on financial empowerment and financial milestones in relationship to the career experience over time. Financial empowerment is a critical element of overall health and wellness, and this session will leave participants with practical steps to take charge of their financial futures. The second session will focus on exploring the benefits of engaging in healthy workplace strategies. Lastly, we will discuss how to reach your creative goals by understanding your motivations.

Track D - Cultivate Career Development Skills

The Cultivate Career Development Skills track will give women the tools to move their careers forward. These sessions have value for women at all career levels. Solid networking and communications skills are essential in today's workforce. For women who need a career boost, a panel of coaches, mentors and human resources professionals will answer your questions.

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