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Gearing Up Conference

Gearing Up 2018: Unlock Your Potential to Thrive

Gearing Up 2017An intensive, one day conference for emerging women leaders

Thursday, June 14, 2018 at Bentley's LaCava Center


Gearing Up is in its 13th year as the premiere conference dedicated to women in the first decade of their career. The 2018 theme, Unlock Your Potential to Thrive, reflects the skills and insights attendees will gain to help them succeed in their careers and reach larger life aspirations.

Through empowering keynotes and professional skills-building sessions, this dynamic, one day event supports women as they navigate their professional and personal life. This transformational day also provides a unique opportunity for attendees to build a network of other talented women committed to supporting each other in the workplace.

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Here's what attendees had to say about Gearing Up 2017:

"The most positive, uplifting business development event I've been to."

"A lively day with great speakers that kept me engaged throughout."

Highlights from 2017 Gearing Up

Keynote Speaker: Ritu Bhasin

Ritu Bhasin

Ritu Bhasin’s daily mission is to create a more inclusive and empowered world. As the Founder and President of the leadership and inclusion firm bhasin consulting inc., she coaches C-Suite leaders, executives, and diverse professionals on building cultural competence and leveraging their differences for success. She challenges others to take ownership of their role in addressing racism, discrimination, and prejudice—and is a passionate champion of authentic leadership as a path to inclusion, empowerment, and success. 

Ritu has received numerous awards for her commitment to social change, including the IndoCanadian Chamber of Commerce Female Professional of the Year Award, the City of Toronto William P. Hubbard Award for Race Relations, and Western University’s Young Alumni Award.  

Before founding bhasin consulting inc., Ritu was a practicing lawyer, and the director of legal talent at a preeminent Canadian law firm. She earned an MBA from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management and an LL.B. (With Distinction) from the University of Western Ontario, and she has served as an instructor in the Executive Program at the Rotman School of Management. 

Her recently published book, The Authenticity Principle, explores the relationship between inclusion and authenticity.

Read Ritu's insights and advice for Gearing Up attendees 

Gearing Up Venue

Bentley University
LaCava Conference Center
Executive Dining Room
175 Forest Street
Waltham MA 02452

To make your experience to campus more convenient, you can find additional directions and information on nearby hotel accommodations.  



Attendees can find parking in lots 1,2, or 6. See our Campus Map for parking lot information.



Gearing Up

Individual Conference Registration: $675

Pricing includes all keynotes, workshops, continental breakfast, luncheon, and breaks.

Bentley Alumnae can receive a discounted rate of $475 by entering the alumnae registration code - please contact to request. 


Corporate sponsorship opportunities available.
Please contact Becky McDougal, Event Manager; Phone: 781-891-2789.