State Auditor Suzanne Bump (left) and Methuen Councillor and WEMO Chair Eunice Zeigler (right).

Women Elected Municipal Officials will hold a spring symposium on Saturday, April 2, in Marlborough.

The half-day conference — “Reimagining Equitable Leadership” — will open with a fireside chat with State Auditor Suzanne Bump moderated by Methuen Councillor and WEMO Chair Eunice Zeigler.

The conference will also feature educational panels focused on equitable leadership and communications strategies, as well as plenty of opportunities to network with peers.

The first panel — “Equity First: Approaching Leadership Through an Equity Lens” — will feature Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer, Somerville City Councillor Judy Pineda Neufeld, and Westborough Select Board Member Shelby Marshall. Malden City Councillor and WEMO Committee Member Amenda Linehan will moderate.

The second panel — “Navigating Transparency and Expectations in Communications” — will feature Archipelago Strategies Group CEO and Founder Josiane Martinez, KP Law Managing Attorney Lauren Goldberg, and Needham Public Information Officer Cyndi Roy Gonzalez. Greenfield Mayor and WEMO Committee Member Roxann Wedegartner will moderate the session.

Registration and a networking breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m. The program will start at 9 a.m. and conclude at 12:30 p.m. Boxed lunches will be provided.

The conference will be held at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel at 75 Felton St. in Marlborough. The cost is $40.

Due to COVID, attendees of this in-person meeting will be required to show proof of being fully vaccinated (card, photo or QR code) on the day of the event. (Religious or medical exemptions are allowed with a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours.) Masks are optional. These safety protocols are subject to change based on the latest public health data and guidance.

Additional information, including the agenda and speakers, will be available in the coming weeks. Registration is available at

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