Programs & Events

Our Convention, INpowered: Navigating Through a Changing World

Monday, November 4, 2019 from 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Our Convention calls upon our community to remain engaged, mobilized, and connected. The 2019 Our Convention with the theme "INpowered: Navigating Through a Changing World," is City Awake’s annual conference, the largest gathering of young professionals in the region. Our Convention includes three tracks throughout the day: Leadership Development, Civic Engagement, and Financial Literacy. In addition to these tracks we will have a variety of activations taking place that focus on professional and personal development.

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Agenda
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Registration
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Welcome & Ten Outstanding Young Leaders Awards
12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Refreshment Break
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Breakout Sessions I
Psychological Safety
Senate Chamber

Leadership Development Track

Decades of research conducted by academic institutions - and more recently by Google’s Project Aristotle - have confirmed that psychological safety is the single most crucial factor teams need to excel. However, psychological safety as a management skill remains notably absent from MBA and other leadership curricula. In this session, you will have the opportunity to hear from subject matter experts and practitioners about what psychological safety is, why it matters, and how you can incorporate it into your team and organizational culture.

Presented by: Google and Boston University 

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Leveraging Your Personal Authority & Power
Studio C-1

Leadership Development Track

Teams and organizations are becoming increasingly matrixed. Organizations are becoming more multicultural, more global, and more flexible. This new normal is giving rise to both challenges and opportunities related to managing personal power and authority in order to maximize career success over time. In this session, participants learn effective ways to build personal power over their careers through influence and strategic relationship building. Participants walk away with increased awareness of their own influencing skills, how to leverage them, and a clear plan to build power and influence over time. 

Presented by: Bentley University

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Navigating Student Debt to Achieve Personal & Professional Success
EMK Studio A-1

Financial Literacy Track

Student debt continues to be one of the most challenging issues facing young professionals when it comes to their financial wellness and their futures. Citizens Bank will provide tools for young professionals to achieve personal and professional success 

Presented by: Citizens Bank

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Housing: The Role of Data in Policymaking
Studio B

Civic Engagement Track

The Massachusetts Housing Partnership (MHP)’s Center for Housing Data collects, interprets, and shares data to improve state policy, foster effective community conversations, and ensure that we meet our housing needs throughout Massachusetts. The MHP team will present some of their recent research and answer questions on housing policy in the region. 

Presented by: MHP’s Center for Housing Data

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1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Refreshment Break
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Breakout Sessions II
The Self-Disruptive Leader: The New Model of Future-Ready Leadership
Studio C-1

Leadership Development Track

In today’s digital world, the road to success has changed dramatically for organizations and their leaders.  As a result, traditional models of good leadership are becoming increasingly outdated. The “Control, Consistency, and Closure”  model doesn’t work in today’s competitive landscape and, in fact, can derail a career. Learn what the future-ready leader needs to know in order to succeed. Join us for an interactive discussion about how to embrace Korn Ferry’s ADAPT model that illustrates how to be a leader who can Anticipate, Drive, Accelerate, Partner in untraditional ways and build Trust with employees and peers.

Presented by: Korn Ferry Management Consulting

Speaker: 

  • Cathi Rittelmann,  Senior Client Partner, Leadership Development; Diversity & Inclusion Practices Korn Ferry Management Consulting


Transportation: The Road to A Smoother System 
Senate Chamber

Civic Engagement Track

Earlier this year, State Senator Joseph Boncore convened a transportation working group to address the Commonwealth’s transportation needs. Senate President Karen Spilka tasked the group with developing policy recommendations through the end of 2019. This session offers Senator Boncore an opportunity to present the coalition as a case study for transportation, talk about the importance of bringing together different voices, and the challenges of developing public policy. 

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What Keeps You Up at Night: Young Professionals and Finances
Studio A-1

Financial Literacy Track

As young professionals enter the workforce, build their careers, buy homes and try to navigate through their changing worlds, finances can be one obstacle that can make the journey a bit more difficult. This panel will discuss the different challenges that young professionals face when it comes to saving and investing money as well as share best practices to save for the future. 

Presented by: MFS Investment Management

Speakers: 

  • Jenine Garrelick, Senior Managing Director,  MFS Investment Management
  • Amy Leathe, Market Research Manager, MFS Investment Management
  • Lindsey Hoyt, Business Development Associate, MFS Investment Management
Balancing Personality & Professionalism: The Modern Day Dress Code
Studio B

Balancing your personality when it comes to your professionalism is a challenge that many people face in today's changing world. Specifically, if you are a person of color or someone who identifies with the LGBTQ+ community. What does it mean to be professional? What is appropriate to wear? How can I wear my hair as a young woman of color? What shoes can I wear as a gay man? The questions are endless and not often discussed. This intimate discussion will dive into some of these challenges and the ways that a local Boston celebrity shoe designer, Thom Solo, has overcome and persevered. This first come, first serve round table discussion will fit approximately 25-30 guests and is meant to be conversational and engaging in order to give a safe space for young professionals to feel heard. 

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3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Refreshment Break
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Breakout Sessions III
How to Practice Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace
Studio C-1

Leadership Development Track

Curious about emotional intelligence and emotional quotient? Looking to practice greater empathy in the workplace? Come to this session to learn what these terms mean, how we can practice these skills, and understand how we each show up at work. This interactive session will guide participants through a greater understanding of what our impact is on others, and their impact on us. 

Presented by: She+ Geeks Out

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The Role of Business in Climate Readiness
Senate Chamber

Civic Engagement Track

The Chamber Policy team and panelists will discuss the business community's approach to becoming climate ready. We'll dive into the responsibilities and roles that the business community can play, including investing in resilient infrastructure, greenhouse gas mitigation efforts, developing business opportunities, and more. You'll hear from a panel of passionate leaders from our community who aim to create the solutions we need to take action on climate change.

Presented by: Nitsch Engineering, Boston Medical Center, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce

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Salary Negotiation 101: Advocating for Yourself in the Workplace
Studio A-1

Financial Literacy Track

Negotiation and self-advocacy is a challenge many of us face – and the challenge can be even more acute for women and people of color. Join as we hear from Joana Ortiz of Boston Women’s Workforce Council as she explains tips on how and when to negotiate. Whether it be based on budget season or your current workload, Joana reminds us that it’s always good to learn to advocate for yourself! Joana first put on this program during City Awake’s 2019 Fierce Urgency of Now festival and is excited to continue the conversation.

Presented by: Boston Women's Workforce Council, AAUW Work Smart, City of Boston Women Advancement

Speakers:

  • Brenna Callahan, Mayor Walsh’s Office of Women’s Advancement (MOWA)
    Alexandra Howley, The American Association of University Women (AAUW)
  • Joana Ortiz, Marketing & Communications Manager, Boston Women's Workforce Council
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Closing Networking & Entertainment
NwaSoul Live Band & Reception
Main Lobby

Join us as we end the full day program with Boston-based music collective NwaSoul(pronounced Noir-sol). NwaSoul started in 2012, bringing together a talented group of Berklee alumni.  You won't want to miss their inventive jazz, rock, and hip-hop blend that will give attendees an opportunity to unwind, have some snacks, and enjoy the music. 

Parking and Arrival Instructions
Parking & Arrival Instructions

We encourage you to Lyft or Uber to Our Convention!

Address: Edward M. Kennedy Institute, 210 Morrissey Blvd, Boston, MA 02125

Parking Directions: There are 85 parking spots that will be on a first come, first serve basis. If you are entering from Mt. Vernon Street you should follow signs toward EMKI. If you are entering from Morrissey Boulevard, follow the road through campus until the 3-way stop and take a left toward Mt. Vernon Street, through the middle of the UMASS campus. At the 4th stop sign, take a right which will lead you directly to the EMKI parking lot.

Bus Schedule: Buses will be running every 10-15 minutes. If you are taking the MBTA, you should use the Route #1 bus service. If the EMK parking lot is full, you will be able to park at the Bayside lot for $9/day and ride the Route 3 bus or park in the nearby Lot D for $15/day and walk to the Institute.

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Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United State Senate 210 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02125
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All cancellations must be received at least three (3) business days prior to the event to avoid being charged or to receive a refund.