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ABC News’ Shipman to Speak at Worcester Women’s Leadership Conf.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014


Television journalist and bestselling author Claire Shipman

Television journalist and bestselling author Claire Shipman, along with Girls on the Run Founder Molly Barker, will make keynote presentations during the 5th Annual Worcester Women’s Leadership Conference on Friday, June 6.

Shipman is a senior contributor for ABC News’ Good Morning America, World News and Nightline, and co-author of The New York Times best seller, Womenomics: The Workplace Revolution That Will Change Your Life.

This annual, one-day leadership conference offers opportunities for business networking, professional development, and personal growth for all who attend.

500 Attendees expected

Approximately 500 attendees will come together for an agenda full of topics that impact women such as business empowerment and entrepreneurship, work/life balance, and career advancement. The event includes expert speakers, including the two keynotes, a luncheon panel, and a variety of breakout sessions.

Girls on the Run Founder Molly Barker

Girls on the Run

Barker will open this year’s conference with her keynote speech. A recovering alcoholic and four-time Hawaii Ironman tri-athlete, Barker used her background in social work, counseling and teaching, along with research on adolescent issues, to develop the program in 1996. Today, Girls on the Run has councils in more than 210 cities across North America serving over 200,000 girls and women each year.

Barker coined the phrase “Girl Box,” which she describes as the imaginary place many girls go around adolescence, where cultural and societal stereotypes limit choices as well as opportunities. Molly founded Girls on the Run to create a connected and safe “space” that invites girls and women to see, unravel from and eliminate their, often unconscious, buy-in to the Girl Box and its limiting messages.

Recently selected by the highly regarded Bipartisan Policy Center, Molly is serving on the 25-person commission that is tasked with exploring ways to encourage a more civil discourse at the highest levels of government. For more information about Molly Barker, http://www.girlsontherun.org" target="_blank">visit http://www.girlsontherun.org.

The Confidence Code

Shipman will present the afternoon keynote entitled, The Confidence Code: What Women Need to Know. She regularly conducts in-depth interviews with top news-making figures, such as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, President George W. Bush, President Bill Clinton, and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie of York.

Shipman co-authored--with Katty Kay--The New York Times best-seller, Womenomics: The Workplace Revolution That Will Change Your Life. The book addresses how the management style of today’s woman is ideally suited for the 21st century business world as it produces more profitable companies with happier employees.

They also discuss how women can use this power to get what they really want—more time and freedom in their jobs without falling off the professional ladder. Her new book, The Confidence Code: The Art and Science of Self-Assurance—and What Women Need to Know, is an informative and practical guide to understanding the importance of confidence—and learning how to achieve it—for women of all ages and at all stages of their career.

Luncheon discussion

A luncheon discussion will feature four extraordinary women, three of whom have broken barriers in the male-dominated world of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). WCVB’s Kelley Tuthill will moderate the panel, which will include Anne Margulies, Vice President and University Chief Information Officer, Harvard University; Vicary Graham, President at BNY Mellon Wealth Management; and Christina Chase, co-creator of Hack Boston and Entrepreneur in Residence at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Breakout workshops are being planned now and will be available for viewing in April.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.worcesterchamber.org. The agenda and location details are also available online.  

The cost to attend the full-day conference is $150. Tables of ten are still available.


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Waterman, who has 20 years of experience in the mortgage banking industry in the marketing sector, received her bachelors of science in marketing from Bryant in 1985.  Waterman's awards include the Stevie Awards Honoree for Women in Business in 2010 and the excellence in Board Leadership in 2012. 

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Deborah Penta


Penta is the Founder and CEO of Penta Communications, the regional integrated marketing, advertising, web, interactive media, and public relations firm.  

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Laura Sen


Sen has been the President and CEO of BJ’s Wholesale Club for over 4 years, having previously over 20 years of experience with BJ’s, including having roles as Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President of Merchandising and logistics,Vice President of Logistics, and Senior Vice President of General Merchandise.

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Sen received her Bachelor’s degree from Boston College.

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Liora Stone


Stone founded Precision Engineering with her husband Peter in 1988. Located in Uxbridge, Precision Engineering focuses on custom metal sheet fabrication.

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Susan Engelkemeyer


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Engelkemeyer received her Bachelors degree from Stephens college, her Ph.D in Industrial Management from Clemson University, and her M.B.A from East Carolina University.  She serves as a peer review team leader for the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and served on the board of directors for GOAL/QPC for 20 years. 

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In addition, campus improvements such as new building construction and renovation and Dean’s wireless technology environment have dramatically transformed the campus" -- and under Dr. Rooney’s helm, "Dean College’s financial status has been solidified as endowment has quadrupled from $7.9 million to $32 million."

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Gail Carberry


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She currently serves on numerous local, State and national Boards including the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, Latino Education Institute, Bay Path Regional/Vocational High School Foundation, National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship, Worcester Educational Collaborative, Boys & Girls Club of Worcester, Central Mass Workforce Investment Board, Greater Worcester Community Foundation, Worcester Business Development Corporation and the Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives. She co-chairs the Mayor’s Commission for Hispanic Education Excellence and chairs the Early Education Matters Task Force.
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Kristin Carvalho


Milford National Bank President and CEO Carvalho is both a prominent corporate and community figure, who with the bank has supported causes such as the Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund, the WMRC radiothon, and while at the bank. and received an “Outstanding” rating from the Massachusetts State Division of Banks for its Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) compliance. 
“Very few banks achieve the ‘Outstanding’ rating so we are particularly pleased to have achieved this,” said Carvalho at the time.  “As a community bank, our primary focus is to help people in this area buy homes and finance small businesses. Earning the ‘Outstanding’ rating is an indication that our efforts are successful.” 
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Tina Sbrega

President and CEO of GFA credit union,  Sbrega has been Director of the Massachusetts Share Insurance Corporation, Trustee for Mount Wachusett Community College, and Trustee of Heywood Hospital Credit Union and Freedom Credit Union, and acquired a credit union technology service in Rochester, New York. 


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