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Awkwafina, Doris Kearns Goodwin to headline a virtual Massachusetts Conference for Women

Awkwafina (left) and Doris Kearns Goodwin
Awkwafina (left) and Doris Kearns GoodwinMatt Winkelmeyer and Paul Morigi/Getty Images

This year’s Massachusetts Conference for Women is going virtual, with an online-only event featuring keynote speeches by Golden Globe winning-actor Awkwafina and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and author Doris Kearns Goodwin.

The conference’s focus for 2020 is diversity and inclusion, with a lineup of feminist voices who also speak to economic and racial justice. Also featured are Rachel Cargle, an antiracist thinker, activist, and writer (with a highly influential Instagram account); Stephanie Land, author of the bestselling “Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive”; and Harvard Business School professor Laura Huang, an expert on implicit bias.


“Now is a defining moment in our history and we need visionary wisdom from leading voices,” said Gloria Larson, the conference’s board president, in a statement. “Our hope is that this diverse and dynamic lineup of speakers ... will inspire and motivate women to become the leaders we need to help our nation improve and heal at this difficult time.”

Tickets for the Dec. 10 event go on sale Wednesday via maconferenceforwomen.org. With an early bird price of $125 (tickets bump to $150 after July 24), attendees can watch both keynote speeches (with opportunities to engage digitally), 12 breakout sessions, plus access an online career fair and virtual marketplace featuring women-owned businesses.

Since 2005, the annual Massachusetts Conference for Women typically attracts thousands of guests. In 2019, the conference sold out the Boston Convention Center with 20,000 attendees taking in speeches by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai and US soccer star Megan Rapinoe.

Grace Griffin can be reached at grace.griffin@globe.com or on Twitter at @GraceMGriffin