W.O.W. Conference 2016 – Speakers

Winning Opportunities for Women.


The theme of this year’s W.O.W. Conference is “WOW 2016 SUCCEED LIKE A GIRL!” Our guest speakers will surely inspire you, as will a full day of networking, learning and growing alongside hundreds of other professional women just like you! The price of admission also includes breakfast, conference, lunch and a personalized shopping experience.

Speakers this year include:


Gloria Cordes Larson, JD, President, Bentley University :

Gloria Cordes Larson, JD, became president of Bentley University after a prestigious career as an attorney, public policy expert, and business leader. Her numerous awards include being named to Boston Magazine’s “50 Most Powerful People” in 2015; and the Boston Business Journal’s “Power 50: Influential Bostonians.


Robin Young Co-Host, Here & Now, WBUR Radio:

Emmy Award winning reporter Robin Young is host of WBUR’s highly regarded Here & Now. She has reported for NBC, CBS, and ABC television and for several years was substitute host and correspondent for “The Today Show.” In addition to numerous awards she was one of the first hosts on the groundbreaking Boston television show “Evening Magazine”.


Kara Richardson Whitely, Author and Speaker:

Author and motivational speaker Kara Richardson Whitely delivers brave, honest, and empowering messages. Kara hiked Mount Kilimanjaro three times while weighing as much as 300 pounds. Her book “Fat Woman on the Mountain” published by Whitely in 2010  and the follow-up “Gorge” was published by Seal Press in Spring 2015. It has been called one of “Five Fabulous, Possibly Life-Changing Books” by Redbook magazine.


Jillian Cardarelli, Country Music Star:

Hometown hero, Jillian Cardarelli began her country music career in Haverhill. Now a budding country music star living in Nashville, the singer/songwriter has shared the stage with such greats as Reba McEntire, Dierks Bentley, Scotty McCreery, Willie Nelson, and Alabama.