North Shore Chamber to Host Professional Conference for Women

Lt. Governor, former news anchor to speak at May 18 event

The North Shore Chamber of Commerce will host its inaugural 2023 Thrive Summit, a half-day professional conference for women in all stages of their careers on Thursday, May 18. The Summit will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Boston Marriott in Peabody.

The conference is presented by the Chamber and members of its Thrive group. The mission of Thrive is to empower North Shore business women to succeed both professionally and personally. Thrive works to create empowering opportunities for women through networking, mentoring and education.

The Thrive Summit will include breakfast and luncheon speakers, breakout presentations and networking. In between sessions, attendees can visit with representatives from 10 women-owned North Shore businesses who will be exhibiting products and services.

Lt. Gov. Kimberley Driscoll will give the keynote breakfast address. The former mayor of Salem, Driscoll was sworn in on January 5, 2023, joining Governor Maura Healey as the historic first all-women executive team to lead Massachusetts.  

Former Boston news anchor Liz Brunner will present the luncheon address. Brunner is a Certified Professional Coach, CEO and founder of Brunner Communications, and best-selling author of Dare to Own You: Taking Your Authenticity and Dreams Into Your Next Chapterrecommended on Forbes. Prior to launching Brunner Communications in 2013, Brunner served as a main news anchor and reporter at ABC-TV, WCVB NewsCenter 5. 

Throughout the day, inspiring panelists will share their own stories and offer insight on topics, such as turning your passion into a profitable business, how to create a diverse and inclusive work environment, and strategies for how women can recession-proof their finances.

These innovative and powerful speakers include:

  • Ashley Pare, CEO, Own Your Worth
  • Renee Connolly, Chief DE&I Officer, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt Germany
  • Meg Mitchell Moore, best-selling author
  • Donna Martin, owner of Mill River Winery
  • Kiki Kinney, artisan and owner of Quitsakiki Designs

The presenting sponsor for Thrive Summit 2023 is the Institution for Savings. Gold sponsors include: Enbridge, Windover Construction, Groom Construction and Millipore Sigma.

For more information about Thrive Summit, or to register, visit the North Shore Chamber’s website at

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