October 20 – 22, 2016

Stamford, Connecticut








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Connect with Confidence!

The NAWMBA 2016 Annual Conference and Career Fair will be held October 20-22, 2016 at the beautiful Hilton Hotel and Conference Center in Stamford, Connecticut. This year's theme is Connect with Confidence! Our keynotes and programming will focus on networking, communication and making meaningful personal and business connections.

The weekend will feature a Leadership Retreat for student and professional chapter leaders, two days of speakers, panels, and workshops that offer the insights of experienced leaders, a Career Fair featuring company representatives from around the country, as well as networking receptions.

Conference & Career Fair Schedule

  • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Opening Reception

    Kick off the weekend at the opening reception! Join your fellow student and professional NAWMBA members for a cocktail and light refreshments overlooking the Long Island Sound from the top of the Stamford Hilton.

  • 8:30 pm

    Dine Arounds (informal)

    Don't forget to add the Dine Around to your shopping cart when you are registering for conference! A perfect night out getting to network and make new friends and contacts for the future. We'll have more information about the exact restaurants, etc., but in the past groups of 8-10 women have spent the evening eating, drinking and getting to know new faces.

  • 8:00 am - 10:30 am


    Melissa Cummings, Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer, will join us for an overview of her climb to the top at Blue Cross Blue Shield.

  • 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

    • Session 1 "What They Don't Teach you in Business School that will Catapult your Career!"

    • Session 2 "Great on The Job: What to Say, How to Say It. The Secrets of Getting Ahead"

    • Session 3 "Life on the Road: Women in Consulting"

    • Session 4 TBD (Check back on August 30 for more programming details.)

    • Session 5 TBD (Check back on August 30 for more programming details.)

    • Session 6 TBD (Check back on August 30 for more programming details.)

  • 12:00 pm - 1:45 pm

    Lunch/Keynote Panel

    Don't miss it! Join us for a panel discussion from three dynamo CEOs from the Northeast who will be sharing their experiences on their rise to the top of their varying companies and what their next moves are.

  • 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

    • Session 1 "Changing Lanes: Using an MBA to Switch Careers"

    • Session 2 "Commanding an Online Presence: Leveraging Technology to Build your Brand"

    • Session 3 "In the Money: What a Career in Finance Really Looks Like"

    • Session 4 TBD (Check back on August 30 for more programming details.)

    • Session 5 TBD (Check back on August 30 for more programming details.)

    • Session 6 TBD (Check back on August 30 for more programming details.)

  • 3:30 pm - 3:45 pm

    Networking Break

    Use this time to network and make new contacts. Talk to someone you don't know...or who you'd like to know. Find that panelist from your prior session and ask the question you didn't get to ask.

  • 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

    • Session 1: "Does Having it All Exist in the Real World?"

    • Session 2: "Kick Ass Confidence"

    • Session 3: "The Places You'll Go: Where that Marketing MBA Can Take You"

    • Session 4 TBD (Check back on August 30 for more programming details.)

    • Session 5 TBD (Check back on August 30 for more programming details.)

    • Session 6 TBD (Check back on August 30 for more programming details.)

  • 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    Little Black Dress Reception

    Throw on your favorite black frock and join us for an evening of mixing and mingling with sponsors, speakers and members. We'll also announce NAWMBA's student and professional chapters of the year! Think your chapter deserves to win? Make sure you submit your details to Good luck!

  • 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm

    Hospitality Suites

    Looking for a job or just to network? Get to know some of the corporate sponsors before the career fair starts! Make sure you have uploaded your resume to the resume book!

  • 8:00 am - 9:45 am


    Alexis Glick will join us from New York to talk to us about her days at Fox News and her new role as the Executive Director/CEO of GENYouth. A full description of her keynote topic will be added as the conference approaches!

  • 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

    Career Fair

    Brush off your resume, break out your business cards. Our corporate sponsors are looking for a few good women MBAs! Take advanatge of this opportunity to learn more about roles available and possibly land an interview...

  • 10:00 am - 11:30 am

    • Session 1 "Positioning Secrets to Increase your Influence and Income"

    • Session 2 "International Entrepreneurship: Using the US's Immigration Laws to Start a Business in America"

    • Session 3 "Women in the Board Room: How to get there and what to do once you are"

  • 11:45 am - 12:00 pm

    Box Lunch

    Box lunches are included for full conference attendees. If you are joining us for Friday or Saturday only and/or the Career Fair, please remember to add a box lunch to your purchase when you register.

  • 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

    • Session 1 "Executive Presence: Behaving and Performing as a Leader"

    • Session 2 "International Business, Leadership and Professional Development"

  • 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Closing Reception

    That's a wrap! Bring your raffle ticket and see who the lucky winners are this year before heading home

The Venue

Hilton Stamford Hotel & Executive Meeting Center

1 First Stamford Place, Stamford, CT 06902

The Hilton Stamford Hotel is easily accessed by many major metropolitan cities in the surrounding areas. La Guardia and JFK airports are less than 40 miles from the hotel and Newark International Airport is 53 miles away. Once you've landed, you can take the Metro North Train or Amtrak into Stamford.

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Recommendation for your stay during conference


Hilton Stamford Hotel

All rooms offer sophisticated decor and custom-designed beds, plus desks, 32-inch flat-screen TVs and WiFi. Executive rooms and suites provide access to the Executive Lounge's free breakfast and evening appetizers.


Please click here to access discounted hotel pricing for the NAWMBA Conference and Career Fair room block.