New York Times best-selling author to speak at Massachusetts Conference for Women event

Glennon Doyle Melton at home in Naples, Florida. Scott McIntyre for The Washington Post

Glennon Doyle Melton, who penned the New York Times best-selling book “Love Warrior,” will deliver the keynote address during Opening Night of the 12th Annual Massachusetts Conference for Women in Boston.

For the second year in a row, organizers will host an Opening Night, which is a kickoff for the main event the next day. This year’s Opening Night will take place at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center on December 7, and tickets are still available. The sold-out conference on December 8 will bring together thousands of women from across the state for a full day of networking and professional growth opportunities. This year’s conference theme is “The Power of Us: Amplify Your Voice.”


Melton is a two-time New York Times best-selling author and founder of, where she blogs about marriage, motherhood, faith, and other topics for hundreds of thousands of readers. Her memoir, “Love Warrior,” was one of Oprah’s Book Club’s picks for 2016. She is also the president of a nonprofit organization called Together Rising, which has raised more than $4 million in the past three years for families in need, according to the organization’s website.

Other women scheduled to speak on Opening Night include Ellen Dolgen, author and health and wellness advocate; Luvvie Ajayi, an award-winning writer; Sally Kohn, a CNN political commentator; Jessica Bennett, an award-winning journalist and author of “Feminist Fight Club;” and Kim Jackson, the senior director of merchandising for Alex and Ani.

Scheduled speakers at the sold-out event on December 8 include Anita Hill, professor, attorney and civil and women’s rights advocate; Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx; Carla Harris, Wall Street executive and author; Annie Clark, whose campaign against campus sexual assault is featured in the documentary film “The Hunting Ground;” Gayle King, co-host of CBS This Morning and editor-at-large for O, The Oprah Magazine; and Kevin O’Leary, entrepreneur, business mogul and a judge on the TV show Shark Tank.


Tickets for Opening Night are still available for $25 and can be purchased here.


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