Endicott College’s Women in LEADership hosted its 5th Annual Changemakers Conference on May 4, 2020. In an era of social distancing and a world that’s gone online, the conference turned virtual.
Changemakers was launched in 2015 to shed light on the stories of female professionals, including Endicott Alumnae, and the journeys that shaped their leadership vision, propelling them to where they are today. But this year, due to COVID-19, the revised format consisted of a 4-day virtual conference beginning May 4th which featured pre-recorded Ted-talk style presentations by five insightful speakers.
The Facebook group conference gained nearly 200 members prior to their live Q&A, which over a hundred people tuned in for.
Katie Peter, President and a member of the graduating class of 2020 said, “[Women in LEADership] struggled to figure out the best format to deliver the content in. . .but overall I’m proud of our e-board for maintaining the integrity and purpose of our event.”
Earlier in the year, the group partnered with Executive Career Success leadership coach Kim Meniger for an imposter syndrome workshop, assisted the Northshore Women’s Inventure, and joined Beverly vintage consignment shop, Worthy Girl, for a professional-dress workshop.
“[Women in LEADership] is so pleased that we were able to bring this event to life in a new format during these unusual times.” Peter stated, “This year we are especially proud of our team and our esteemed speakers for coming together in the spirit of women leaders sharing their wisdom and their expertise.”
The event culminated on Thursday May 7, with a live Q&A where the speakers engaged with over 100 participants. A few highlighted were: Noelle Lambert, founder of the Born to Run Foundation, Kate Anderson, Co-founder and Operations Director of IFundWomen, Judy Neufeld, Chief Change Officer at Spark Sisterhood, Amma Marfo, Author and Freelance Writer, and Astrid Hendren, Executive Director of Cause Fund, Inc.
While the Changemakers Conference went virtual, the nearly 500 post engagements, conversations in comment threads, and dedication to showcasing successful women show Endicott’s persistence in holding on to bits of normalcy in unprecedented times.