Women@Work: Influence and Impact is a Springfield-wide collaborative of programs, exhibitions, and gatherings celebrating the power of women. Women@Work highlights women’s achievements in visual and performing arts, science, literature, business, community-building and social outreach.

Programs will be held at various locations throughout the city.

A full calendar listing will be updated here regularly.



October 24 at 4:30 p.m. (program starts at 5:00 p.m.)

Community Music School of Springfield is hosting Dr. Valerie Young for the Impostor Syndrome Seminar. image004

Due to generous sponsors, the tickets are only $10.00! At this interactive presentation, Dr. Young will share what the Impostor Syndrome is, where it comes from, and the tools needed to overcome it. This event is great for anyone who is managing feelings of inadequacy and wants to learn how to regain confidence! mywomensfund.org/event/impostor-syndrome-seminar/

October 24, 12:15 pm1:25 pm

Springfield Museums Lecture: Tinseltown Inventor, The Most Beautiful Woman in the World: Hedy Lamarr

History At Play™, Judith Kalaora, actor

Upon hearing the name Hedy Lamarr, whom do you see? A smoldering, bejeweled temptress, perched on velour cushions, in the 1949 Hollywood classic Samson and Delilah? Or, a demure and professionally clad inventor, embarking on scientific ideas that were generations ahead of her time? Hedy Lamarr was not only a great starlet in Hollywood’s Golden Age; she was also devoted to helping the Allies beat the NAZI forces in WWII. Whether selling war bonds for $50,000 a kiss, or inventing a secret communication system, with the help of American composer George Antheil, Hedy Lamarr knows she is more than just a glamorous girl!

History At Play™ introduces you to a woman clouded in a fantasy world that only Tinseltown could create. Watch, as this young Viennese refugee transforms to become The Most Beautiful Woman in the World, all the while, inventing technology that would become the forerunner to GPS, WIFI, and all wireless telecommunications using Spread Spectrum Technology. Cost: $4 | Cost for Members: $2

Running Time: Approx. 70 minutes.



October 29, 7:00 PM

Springfield Jewish Community Center – Literatour: Author and Psychotherapist Karen Zilberstein discusses Parents Under Pressure: Struggling to Raise Children in an Unequal America

How do families grapple with poverty, illness, and disability? From fractured support systems to well-intentioned but underfunded agencies, the portraits of six families lay bare flawed social structures and expectations. To register, call 413-739-4715 or email arts@springfieldjcc.org. Co-sponsored by Kehillah, the JCC’s Special Needs Department


November 18, 6:00 PM

Springfield Public Forum “She Said: Breaking the Story that Helped Ignite #MeToo” at Symphony Hall

Jodi Kantor is one of the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters who broke the news of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment and abuse for The New York Times.

Jodi_Kantor_HeadshotKantor will share their investigation and its consequences for the #MeToo movement and will take us for the first time into the very heart of this social shift, reliving in real-time what it took to get the story and giving an up-close portrait of the forces that hindered and spurred change.

Her talk will describe the surprising journeys of those who spoke up–for the sake of other women, for future generations, and for themselves–and so changed us all. Both revelatory and insightful, she will not only address “how did we get here?” but “where do we go now?”




December 5, 12:15 pm1:00 pm

Springfield Museums Lecture: Anne Sullivan Teaches Helen Keller — and Us

Ted Zalewski, special educator, historian and author

Helen Keller’s transformation from a wild, deaf-blind and mute child into a world-recognized force of nature astounded the world. Annie Sullivan was Helen’s teacher and, for nearly fifty years, her companion. Annie’s transformation—from a nearly blind, unwanted child abandoned in a Massachusetts poorhouse to a celebrated miracle worker—is less known. Annie Sullivan, as a teacher and as a person, inspires us. This lecture tells her dramatic story.

Cost: $4 | Cost for Members: $2





Women@Work Participating Organizations
Art for the Soul Gallery • bankESB • Bay Path University • Baystate Health • Community Music School • Deliso Financial Services • Drama Studio • Health New England • MassLive/The Republican • MassMutual • MGM Springfield • NEPR • Northwestern Mutual • PAHMUSA • Partners For Community • Professional Women’s Chamber • Public Health Institute of Western MA • Simply Grace • Six Point Creative • Springfield Armory • Springfield City Library • Springfield Central Cultural District • Springfield Museums • Springfield Public Forum • Springfield Symphony • St. Germain Investments • TSM Design • UMass • Valley Venture Mentors • WGBY • Women’s Fund of Western MA • Women in Philanthropy of Western MA • YWCA


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