22nd Annual Conference


October 4-5th, 2018 in Boston, MA

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Keynote Speaker

Abigail Posner Head of Strategy, Google’s Brand Unit

As a thought leader, author, manager and corporate executive, Abigail Posner has spent her life catalyzing change and creating impact. Thanks to her degree in Social Anthropology from Harvard University, Abigail shines a unique, humanistic lens on culture, business and technology that brings fresh perspective to corporate culture, product development, branding and marketing.

Whether by leading brands at DDB and Publicis to new strategic spaces; guiding teams to reinvent themselves with new tools and practices at Google; stimulating organizations to adopt new cultures and modes of behavior; challenging the cultural conversations around beauty; or motivating audiences to reexamine themselves, Abigail is driven to spark novel thinking and lead people to take action on it.

Today, as Head of Strategic Planning at the ZOO, Google’s creative think tank for agencies and brands, Abigail’s role is to help advertisers and marketers make sense of human beings’ deep, emotional relationship to the digital space and convert those insights in strategic and creative efforts.  While at Google, she launched an industry-first thought leadership series on human beings’ emotional relationships with the digital space: Humanizing Digital.  This research decodes technology in an inspiring and useful way.

Prior to joining Google, Abigail was Executive Vice President, Strategy Director at Publicis New York, and Head of Strategic Planning at DDB New York.  She blogs regularly on topics around beauty in our culture at Beautyskew.com, she has published a range of articles on marketing, digital culture and beauty, and is a contributor to Advertising Age & Google’s sites.  Abigail’s been featured in a host of publications including: Business InsiderHuffington PostNY TimesLa PresseCNBCMumbrella, AdNews, B&T & Globes Israel.



Host Committee Members

Coming soon!



Pre-Conference Chapters’ Meeting

Location: UMass Club, 1 Beacon Street, 32nd Floor
Date:  Thursday, October 4, 2018
Time: 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Founders’ Awards Event

Location: The Grand Boston, 58 Seaport Boulevard
Date: Thursday, October 4, 2018
Time: 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Reception and Presentation of Awards

Conference Schedule

Detailed Agenda Coming Soon

Location: Boston Convention and Exhibition Center
Date: Friday, October 5, 2018
Time: 8:30 AM Registration Begins
2:30 PM Conference Concludes
3:30 – 5:30 PM Boston Harbor Cruise
 Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Boulevard

In accordance with WPF Press Policy, all Conference functions are designated *public with restrictions*; attendance at the Conference by members of the press is deemed acceptance of these terms.



Limited overnight accommodations have been reserved at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel. We recommend booking early to ensure room availability – Group rate available until September 11th.

The Westin Boston Waterfront 425 Summer Street | Boston, MA 02210 | Phone: (617) 532-4600 Reservation Booking Link


We would like to thank our sponsors for supporting Women in Public Finance.


Program Sponsors


Lunch Sponsors

Locke Lord

Breakfast Sponsors


Post Conference Reception Sponsors

Piper Jaffray
US Bank
BOK Financial


Platinum Sponsors

Fidelity Capital Markets
assured municipal
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Kroll Bond Rating Agency
Stifel Nicolaus
Western Alliance Bank


Gold Sponsors

S&P Global
Hilltop Securities
Columbia Capital Management, LLC
Fitch Ratings
Public Trust Advisors


Silver Sponsors

Nixon Peabody
Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co., L.L.C.
Stern bro
BMO Capital Markets and BMO Harris Bank
Build America Mutual

Bronze Sponsors

Dorsey & Whitney
Faegre Baker Daniels


Huntington National Bank
Schiff Hardin LLP




2018 Founders’ Award Recipients

Rising Star Award – Lori Schreckengost
She’s Our Hero Award – Emily Brock
Lifetime Achievement Award – Karen Daly


Past Founders’ Awards Recipients

Rising Star Award – Nora O’Brien
She’s Our Hero Award – Robin Prunty
Lifetime Achievement Award – Courtney Shea


Rising Star Award – Natasha A. Holiday
She’s Our Hero Award – Katie Koster
Lifetime Achievement Award – Carole L. Brown
Rising Star Award – Jessica Akey
She’s Our Hero Award – Monika Suarez
Lifetime Achievement Award – The Honorable Denise L. Nappier
Rising Star Award – Dana Sodikoff
She’s Our Hero Award – Harriet Welch
Lifetime Achievement Award – Robin L. Wiessmann