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Bay Path University announces speakers for 26th Annual Women’s Leadership Conference, “Ignite”

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Longmeadow, MA Bay Path University is excited to announce its speaker lineup for the 26th Women’s Leadership Conference (WLC), “Ignite,” taking place on April 6, 2023 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.

The event will be headlined by author, entrepreneur, Emmy award-winner, and “Good Morning America” co-host Robin Roberts. Joining Roberts on the WLC main stage are author, speaker, and workplace culture expert, Betsy Allen-Manning, who will open the day as the morning speaker, and Peloton instructor, Nike athlete, and New York Times best-selling author Tunde Oyeneyin, who will present at lunchtime.

This year’s WLC theme, “Ignite'' builds upon conversations from 2022’s  “REimagine,” inspiring conference guests to embrace boldness and take action as they step into the next phase of their personal and professional lives. 

We have an amazing lineup of speakers this year, women who had big dreams and were able to take the actionable steps toward making them realities,” shared Bay Path University president Sandra Doran. “The WLC has always been a day to inspire and motivate attendees, whether they’re students getting a sense of the professional world, or experienced managers exploring new opportunities, weighing retention strategies, or contemplating work-life balance. We pack a lot into this event!” 

Betsy Allen-Manning is the founder of Corporate Culture Training Solutions, a company specializing in improving workplace culture and developing ‘ready-now leaders,’ those who can attract, engage, motivate, and retain talent in a hyper-competitive marketplace. She’s been featured on FOX, CBS, ABC, NBC, and TEDx. 

Tunde Oyeneyin is one of Peloton’s elite cycling and bike boot camp instructors and the New York Times best-selling author of Speak: Find Your Voice, Trust Your Gut, and Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be. Her empowering, motivational Peloton classes give riders more than just a good workout, inspiring them to dig deep and open their minds. Oyeneyin’s work has been featured on The TODAY SHOW, Access Live, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Vogue, SHAPE, O Magazine, and more, and thousands of people throughout the world ride with her daily.

This year’s conference also will feature breakout sessions led by bestselling authors and researchers, including remote work expert Alexandra Samuel (Harvard Business Review Press contributor and author of Remote Inc.), innovator and former Apple executive Nilofer Merchant (author, The Power of Onlyness: Make Your Wild Ideas Mighty Enough to Dent the World), certified life coach and best-selling author Pirie Jones Grossman (author: Conversations with Pirie: 30 Stories of People Who Reinvented Themselves), and author Juliet Hall (Own Your Opportunities: A Story of Self-Discovery and Self-Determination).

The continued success of the Women’s Leadership Conference is owed to a community of sponsors who demonstrate their commitment to women’s professional success through their generous sponsorship of this event.  Platinum sponsors of this year’s WLC are PeoplesBank and Aramark. Additional sponsors include: CVS Health, bankESB, Health New England, Baystate Health, ISO New England, Game Change Solar, The Bushnell Family, The Beveridge Family Foundation, WEIB 106.3 Smooth FM, The Republican, Zasco Productions, Leah Martin Photography, Lamar Advertising, Mercedes-Benz of Springfield, and Feel Good Shop Local. Sponsorship opportunities are still available

Now in its 26th year, Bay Path University’s Women’s Leadership Conference has brought more than 25,000 attendees together, along with prominent speakers, such as Arianna Huffington, Barbara Walters, Queen Latifah, Dr. Maya Angelou, Nicholas Kristof, Tyra Banks, and Gloria Estefan. Please visit the Women's Leadership Conference website for further information on the conference, sponsorship, and ticket sales. 

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About Bay Path University

Bay Path University was founded in 1897. Bay Path’s enrolled population of over 3,000 includes traditional undergraduates; adult women at The American Women's College, the first all-women, all-online accredited degree program in the country; and women and men master’s and doctoral students. Bay Path’s goal is to give students confidence in the fundamentals of their chosen field, the curiosity to question the ordinary, the leadership to show initiative, and the desire to make a difference.