2018 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.

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DATE: Friday, October 19, 2018
TIME: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
LOCATION: Sheraton Hotel, Framingham, MA

Morning Keynote Speaker:

Nataly Kogan
Co-founder & CEO

Afternoon Keynote Speaker:

Manisha Thakor, MBA, CFA, CFP®
Founder, Money Zen
VP, Financial Education at Brighton Jones

Mistress of Ceremonies:

Sandy Lish
The Castle Group

Chef Barbara Lynch

2017 Keynote Speakers, Stefania Mallett, Co-founder and CEO, ezCater (right) and Gillian Meek President of Keds with her daughter at the WBLC.

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

Schedule for the Day (condensed)

8:00AM- 1:00PM

Registration Open

8:00AM- 8:30AM

Continental Breakfast
Conference Welcome

8:30AM - 9:15 AM

AM Keynote Speaker:Natayl Kogan

9:15AM - 10:00AM

Networking Break

10:00AM- 11:00AM

Session I:
Concurrent Workshops & Sessions

11:15AM- 12:15PM

Session II:
Concurrent Workshops & Sessions

12:30PM- 1:35PM

Lunch & CWE Leadership Awards

1:35PM- 2:30PM

PM Keynote:Manisha Thakor

2:45PM- 3:45PM

Session III:
Concurrent Workshops & Sessions


Register by September 7 to get the Early Bird rate.  Online registration ends on Friday, October 12, 2018.


For information about tickets, sponsorship and the conference please contact Melinda Leon, mleon@cweonline.org or 617-532-0244.

WBLC Planning Committee


Sandy Lish, WBLC Co-Chair
Principal and Co-Founder
The Castle Group
Tina Benik, WBLC Co-Chair
VP & General Counsel
A.W. Chesterton Company 

Ann Barry

Director, Risk Management
Juniper Networks, Inc.
Wendy Pease
Rapport International

Daylana Ervin-Parker

Director, Financial Analysis and Supplier Diversity
Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA
Saken Pillay
Supplier Diversity Manager
Boston Scientific

Gale Golden

G2 Communications
Lilian Radke
Unic Pro

Maureen Joyce

Creative Director, Managing Partner
Twirling Tiger Press
Karil Reibold
Reibold Consulting

Deb Aurelio
Development Coordinator
Center for Women & Enterprise
Mickey Riendeau
VP Operations, Technology & Marketing
Center for Women & Enterprise

Brian LaFauci

Director - VBOC of NE
Center for Women & Enterprise
Veronica Rosa
VP Development & Engagement
Center for Women & Enterprise

Melinda Leon

Manager - WBENC NE & Special Projects
Center for Women & Enterprise
Jessica Yamas
Director - WBENC NE
Center for Women & Enterprise

Michelle Miller

Director - Central MA
Center for Women & Enterprise