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The Boston GLOW Career and Empowerment Conference is a day of community building and skill sharing among women and their allies. We seek to uplift and validate the characteristics that make us great employees, entrepreneurs, and leaders.

Due to the evolving risks associated with COVID-19, the 5th Annual #BostonGLOWcon will be a virtual event.

For an easy access to all links, we’ve created this Session Link Overview. 

Please review this #BostonGLOWcon Participant Guide that contains details about how to access conference Zoom sessions, how to use the technology, and tips for a successful day. We recommend reading the guide before Saturday to make sure you are prepared. At any time, please feel free to send along questions to join@bostonglow.org or text 917-291-6666.

Diversity and Inclusion [clear filter]
Saturday, March 21

10:15am EDT

The 5 Rules of Improv That Will Transform How You Build & Lead

The best professional improv comedians don’t “wing it.” They practice a highly-refined system of observing, connecting and responding.It’s how they swiftly and seamlessly work with their team to engage audiences.With only seconds to prepare, they use these skills to create an environment where everyone is welcome and valued.This system can be your best advantage.Come ready to laugh and learn valuable leadership, communication and relationship building tools in this fun & interactive workshop taught by CSz Boston owner and 18-year professional improviser and teacher, Courtney Pong. Get ready to elevate how you impact a room, from speeches to storytelling, and all of the unexpected in-between.

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Courtney Pong

Owner, GM, CSz Boston
As a professional improviser for over 18 years, Courtney has designed and led team building workshops and provided entertainment for Fortune 500 companies such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, eBay, and Nike. Since 2001, she has been a performer and educator with CSz Worldwide, which is... Read More →

Saturday March 21, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am EDT

11:30am EDT

Hair and Professionalism: How Hair Plays Into Work

Given a recent report that showed that black women are 80 percent more likely to change her natural hair to accommodate social norms rooted in white culture, and are 50 percent more likely to be sent home or know of a black woman sent home from the workplace because of her hair, this is a true game-changer. Currently only two states recognize and protect against hair discrimination, which is directly related to race. My presentation will focus on the recently passed laws, how hair plays into professionalism and affect diversity, retention, and inclusion. It will also highlight how other can help create a more diverse workplace and how to advocate for for others.

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Laticia Walker-Simpson, Esq

Shelter Staff Attorney, Greater Boston Legal Services
Laticia is a graduate of New England Law Boston. She has been practicing for 5 years in various public interest law positions. She had worked for HomeStart and an eviction defense attorney and currently as an EA Shelter Staff Attorney at Greater Boston Legal Services. She is a lover... Read More →

Saturday March 21, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm EDT

1:00pm EDT

Conversation Circle: Diversity and Inclusion
Conversation circles are your opportunity to connect with other conference attendees informally and with a theme expert to guide the conversation.
Our theme expert, Ankita, will lead us through the conversation. This is your chance to process learning, connect with other attendees who are interested in the topic of Diversity and Inclusion, and share ideas and resources during our virtual events.
We hope that you will join us as a chance to strengthen your network, share goals, and connect with a local expert. We also hope that these conversations will help us identify great ideas for future sessions with GLOW!

We encourage folks to share what they are hearing during the day, and folks are welcome to join to chat or listen.

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Ankita Jhaveri

Senior Program Manager, JFF
Ankita Jhaveri is a senior program manager with JFF’s Pathways to Prosperity initiative. In this role, she works with and supports multiple stakeholders and leaders to develop and implement college and career pathways that lead to high-wage, high-demand jobs and leave... Read More →

Saturday March 21, 2020 1:00pm - 1:30pm EDT

1:45pm EDT

Finding your Purpose, Fueling your Passion and Building an Inclusive Workplace to Thrive

I will share my personal journey in the corporate, higher education, technology and non-profit sectors and discuss the lack of diversity in these spaces inspired me to create an inclusive and empowering space for women of color to share knowledge, professional workshops and support  -- Women With Purpose. I will provide resources on how to manage up, create and develop ERGs at the workplace, develop a business case for diversity as well as how to advocate for yourself if you face discrimination or harassment in the workplace. I will break the presentation up into groups and provide prompts for discussing unconscious biases, micro-aggressions and intersectionality in the workplace.

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Cristina Costa

Chief Marketing Officer, Women with Purpose

Saturday March 21, 2020 1:45pm - 3:00pm EDT
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