2017 CWE Women Business Leaders Conference (WBLC)

The premier event for women in business, this event draws women interested in learning how to start or grow a business, as well as corporate supplier diversity and purchasing professionals interested in advancing and promoting their diversity programs.

DATE:             Friday, October 20, 2017
TIME:         8:00AM TO 4:00PM
LOCATION:     Sheraton Hotel, Framingham, MA

Morning Keynote Speaker:  Gillian Meek, President, Keds 
Afternoon Keynote Speaker:  Stefania Mallett, Co-Founder & CEO, ezCater
Mistress of Ceremonies: Sandy Lish, Principal & Co-Founder, The Castle Group
Session Leader Bios

 Chef Barbara lynch (on right) 2016 
wblc keynote with conference participan

About The Conference

The event will feature:
    • Educational sessions for WBENC-certified businesses, other women business owners and women in business, & corporate supplier diversity & purchasing professionals
    • Special session connecting WBENC-certified businesses & WBENC corporate members 
    • Ample opportunities to network & make new connections
    • CWE Awards Luncheon, honoring friends & colleagues of CWE for their commitment to supporting women in business

Conference Schedule

Registration Open

8:30 AM - 9:40 AM

Continental Breakfast
Conference Welcome & Keynote Speaker:
Gillian Meek, President, Keds

9:55 AM - 10:50 AM

Session I:  Concurrent Workshops & Sessions

Amplifying Your Message Through Media   
Hilary Allard, Executive Vice President, The Castle Group

If It Is To Be, It Is Up To You!  Clearing Your Pathway to a Successful Business
Marie St. Fleur, JD, Principal, St. Fleur Communications

Building Businesses with Branding
Ann Raider, Owner & CEO, Ann Raider Consulting

WBENC MatchMaking (By Appointment Only)

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Session II: Concurrent Workshops & Sessions

Fortune Befriends the Bold: Grow Your Business With Strategic Partnerships
Louise Leduc Kennedy, Founding Attorney, West Hill Technology

Online and Cyber Security: A Comprehensive Guide for Small and Growing Businesses
Raza Shaikh, Tech Entrepreneur & Angel Investor

Gathering and Responding to Client Feedback: The Voice of the Client as a Strategic Asset
Mark Young, Counsel, Vox Actio

WBENC Panel: The Changing Landscape of Corporate America & Supplier Diversity in New England

12:00 PM - 12:20 PM

Networking Break

12:20 PM - 1:45 PM

Lunch & Leadership Awards

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Afternoon Keynote:
Stefania Mallet, CEO & Co-Founder ezCater, Inc.

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Session III:  Concurrent Workshops & Speakers Sessions

Leadership and Change:  Survival and Growth  
Annabel Beerel, PhD,  President & CEO, New England Women’s Leadership Institute

Aspiring Entrepreneur:  Establishing and Maintaining Credibility
Denise Kaigler, Founder, MDK Brand Management

The Money Question: Ways to Fund and Finance Your Business (Panel)
Robert A. Catanzaro, President & Co-Founder, Independence Bank
Adrienne Ellman, Associate, Foley Hoag
Bob Nelson, District Director, SBA, Massachusetts District Office
Laila Partridge, CEO, WegoWise®
Stephanie Pare Sullivan, Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel, Charlesbank

WBENC MatchMaking (By Appointment Only)


Register by September 8 to get the Early Bird rate.  Online registration ends 11:59 PM on Friday, October 13, 2017. All registration/ticket sales are final after this date, no refunds will be issued. General Registration tickets can be purchased day-of at event.


For information about tickets, sponsorship and the conference please contact Melinda Leon, mleon@cweonline.org or 617-532-0244 or Kate O'Neill, koneill@cweonline.org or 617-532-0257.