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Next week: A trifecta of events targeted at women

Posted by Scott Kirsner  March 15, 2011 02:50 PM

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Talk about the need for calendar coordination...

Three events in Boston next week all focus on women in business and technology.

Monday, there's the Women in Leadership Forum, organized by the Ad Club. Your host is WBUR's Tom Ashbrook (not a woman), and I'm moderating a panel (also not a woman), but I think we're the only two gents on the agenda. Female speakers include Emily Green, CEO of the Yankee Group; Pam Hamlin, president of Arnold Worldwide; and Maya Luz, a contestant from "Project Runway."

Wednesday, there's Mass High Tech's Women to Watch breakfast event, which hands out awards to people like Oneforty CEO Laura Fitton; Seeding Labs founder Nina Dudnik; and Sharon Donald, a division leader at Draper Laboratory.

Thursday morning there is the Advancing Women breakfast, organized by the Boston Business Journal (oddly, they are Mass High Tech's parent). Susan Windham-Bannister, CEO of the Mass Life Sciences Center, keynotes.

Friday, I am hoping someone will organize a symposium on whether attending too many events is productive or deleterious to womens' career trajectories.

Update: A couple more events are happening this week, including DigiGirlzDay (for high school students) on Thursday... Coffee hour with MITX president Debi Kleiman on Friday...and Geek Girl Boot Camp on Cape Cod, for women of all ages, on Saturday.

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