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Bay Path University returns to in-person for 25th annual Women's Leadership Conference

 An audience member giving her remarks at Bay Path University's 25th Annual Women's Conference.
Bay Path University
An audience member giving her remarks at Bay Path University's 25th Annual Women's Conference.

Bay Path University lead it's first in-person Women's Leadership Conference since the pandemic in 2020 with more than 1,300 participants from across the region, including Boston and Hartford.

Karen Woods, an assistant vice president at the Longmeadow-based university, organized the event held at the MassMutual Center in Springfield.

She said the day, which included a keynote address from Tyra Banks, focused on reinventing the idea of work and career post COVID-19.

"The world of work has changed. I think the pandemic has allowed flexibility, people to look at positions a little bit different," Woods said. "Do I need to be in the office? Perhaps we can have conversations ... over Zoom. Can we be in the office and be home? I think people are trying to figure that out."

The event included various breakout sessions for participants to choose from throughout the day with topics including thriving at work and finding meaning in life and career.

Woods said she was most excited to hear Banks closing remarks and taste her newly released ice cream brand, Smize Cream.

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Nirvani Williams
Nirvani Williams covers socioeconomic disparities for New England Public Media, joining the news team in June 2021 through Report for America. Prior to this, Williams was the associate editor of Seema, an online publication dedicated to spreading more stories about women in the Indian diaspora, and has written a variety of articles, including a story about a Bangladeshi American cybersecurity expert and her tips for protecting phone data while protesting. Williams interned at WABC-TV’s “Eyewitness News,” WSHU public radio, and La Voce di New York, a news site in Italian and English. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Stony Brook University, where she was the executive editor of the student-run culture magazine, The Stony Brook Press.

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