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Be Brave. Be Bold. Be Daring: Bank of America Supports the 2023 Massachusetts Conference for Women

On December 14, Bank of America proudly joined business leaders and entrepreneurs in Boston for the 19th annual Massachusetts Conference for Women, a day of inspirational keynote presentations, skill-building breakout sessions and networking with women business leaders across the greater Boston area. Bank of America served as the “Champions for Women” sponsor of the event.

The Massachusetts conference is part of the Conference for Women network, the largest association of women's professional conferences in the country. For nearly two decades, this event has provided networking, insights and skill-building opportunities for professional and personal growth to thousands of women. The conference brings together women leaders across areas including executive leadership, entrepreneurship, personal finance and workplace management. More than 15,000 attendees gathered to experience dozens of keynotes, workshops and seminars on issues impacting women business owners.

To kick off the day, Bank of America hosted a breakfast where Miceal Chamberlain, President Bank of America Massachusetts, welcomed guests and introduced Rachel Cossar, Co-Founder and CEO of Virtual Sapiens. Rachel took the stage to talk about her experience in pivoting from a career in ballet to fundraising and eventually opening her own business. Next, Carol Lee Mitchell, Head of Small Business Strategy and Specialty Lending, conducted a fireside chat with Anna Zhou, Economist with Bank of America on the current state of the U.S. economy.

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Following breakfast, the event began with the opening of the Interactive Hall, featuring mini masterclasses, one-on-one career coaching and networking opportunities for attendees. The conference included two keynote panels. The morning featured Dr. Joy Buolamwini, Artificial Intelligence Expert and Founder of the Algorithmic Justice League; The Rt. Hon. Dame Jacinda Ardern, former Prime Minister of New Zealand; and Lulu Garcia-Navarro, Opinion Section Host & Writer at The New York Times. The four women discussed why women’s representation matters and how to be an empathetic leader.

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After lunch, Margaret Atwood, two-time Booker Prize-winning author; Radhika Jones, Editor-in-Chief at Vanity Fair; America Ferrera, an Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG award-winning actress, director and producer; and Ellen McGirt, Editor-in-Chief at Design Observer, discussed insights and wisdom for women navigating today’s complex world.

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Following the keynotes, Jill Calabrese Bain, Managing Director of Small Business, hosted a leadership workshop called Stress Proof: Leading with a Limitless Mindset with Dr. Modupe Akinola, Faculty Director for Leadership and Ethics at Columbia University. Together they discussed tools for understanding how work culture creates stress and how women entrepreneurs should apply the right perspectives and mindset to overcome it.

Later that afternoon, on the Learning Stage, Nancy Rosedale, Small Business Banker Manager for New England, led a session titled Resources to Start or Grow a Small Business that discussed overcoming business challenges, such as accessing capital, and leveraging education and resources to make informed decisions that lead to entrepreneurial success.

Attendees were also encouraged to visit the Women Owned Business Village throughout the day – a marketplace where select women entrepreneurs could display their products and services to attendees. Bank of America sponsored four booths for its small business and business banking clients: Flavia Leal Institute, Miniluxe, Tolgi and Tiny Tags.

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At Bank of America, we believe women entrepreneurs play a vital role in the economy and when women thrive, so do our communities. That’s why we are proud to support the Massachusetts Conference for Women, along with other important professional and personal development events that uplift and advocate for working women across the country.

Whether you’ve been in business for decades or are just starting out, Bank of America is committed to helping provide you with the resources necessary to build, sustain and grow your business.

To learn more about how we support women business owners, please visit https://promotions.bankofamerica.com/smallbusiness/sbwomen.

1/19/2024