Saturday - October 15, 2022
8:30 am – 12:00 pm

“Creating balance as a female leader” will be the theme of the Women Elected Municipal Officials’ fourth annual Leadership Conference on Saturday, Oct. 15, in Melrose.

The conference will open with a keynote presentation by Rep. Tram Nguyen, who will discuss how, as an elected official, she has created balance in her life.

Following the keynote, a series of small group breakouts will discuss how female leaders handle crises, and strategies and tools for self-care.

The conference will conclude with an interactive stress management and mindfulness workshop for women elected leaders. The workshop will be led by Trish Hart, founder and stress management and resiliency educator with Hart Mind Body Solutions.

The conference will be held at Melrose Memorial Hall at 590 Main St. Registration and networking will begin at 8:30 a.m., and the program will start at 9 a.m. and conclude at noon. Boxed lunches will be available to eat on-site with colleagues or to go.

The cost to attend is $40.

The non-COVID related cancellation deadline is Monday, Oct. 10. To cancel your registration, please send an email to After Oct. 10, refunds will only be considered for COVID related cancellations.

The MMA is currently requiring attendees to show proof of being fully vaccinated for COVID (card, photo or QR code). 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.


8:30 a.m.
Networking Breakfast and Registration

9 a.m.
Welcoming Remarks
Eunice Zeigler, WEMO Chair, Methuen City Council Vice Chair

9:15 a.m.
Keynote Presentation: Creating Balance as a Female Leader
Special Remarks & Introduction by State Representative Kate Lipper-Garabedian
Keynote Speaker: State Representative Tram Nguyen

10 a.m.

10:10 a.m.
Breakout Discussion 1: Women Handling Crisis
Attendees will discuss the following questions at their tables (20 min.), followed by a full-group discussion (10 min). Each table should assign a representative to report-back to the larger group.
Who should you have on your team for crisis management?
What are your go to resources for dealing with challenges?
How do you prioritize when there is a crisis and you need to balance other personal and work obligations?

10:40 a.m.
Breakout Discussion 2: Strategies & 21st Century Tools for Self-Care
How do you protect your mental health as a female leader?
What are some helpful self-care routines and what tools do you use?

11:20 a.m.
Stress Management for Women Elected Leaders
Trish Hart, Founder and Stress Management & Resiliency Educator, Hart Mind Body Solutions

Wrap-up & Lunch
There will be boxed lunches available to take to go or to eat on-site with colleagues

Melrose Memorial Hall, Melrose

MMA Senior Member Services Coordinator Isabelle Nichols Jenkins,
Women Elected Municipal Officials