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The International Women Build Confidence Conference
Hyatt Regency, Boston 
October 11th, and 12th 2019


Q: Where is the International Women Build Confidence taking Place?

A:  IWBCC will take place in Boston, Massachusetts at the Boston Hyatt Regency in Downtown Boston. 

 #IWBCC is located within the historic landmarks of Boston where you’ll be able to take in the breathtaking views of the Charles River and step into the history with the Boston Freedom Trail and local museums and eateries. While you’re here, stop by the Prudential, Copley, Boston Central Library, Faneuil Hall and more.

Q: What is the International Women Build Confidence Conference?

A: At the #IWBCC online conference TEDx speaker and world-renowned persistence GURU, Dr. Allana Da Graca, will provide laser coaching, persistence strategy and mindset mastery concepts that will give you the winning game plan you need to UPGRADE every area of your life. Say I will “UPGRADE MY LIFE!” Say this to yourself by attending this virtual event, and you’ll leave with action steps of transformation, interact with like-minded women who are ready to SOAR in their personal and professional lives and elevate your personal principles for personal and professional success.

Q: What Hotels do You Recommend?

A: There are many local area hotels to accommodate you while you attend the conference. We advise that you use an online search tool like Trip Advisor to compare prices.

Q: Where can I learn more information about this event? 

A: Please join #IWBCC on facebook


Featured Speakers

Dr. Allana Da Graca

Dr. Allana Da Graca is the #PersistenceGuru who reminds entrepreneurs, leaders and innovators to UPGRADE their lives. This TEDX speaker believes that individuals can persist through personal hurdles in order to become strong leaders and entrepreneurs.

Dr. Da Graca is the author of Tomorrow Can't Wait, The Women Build Confidence Coaching Series, Social Media Digital Series, and the Business Communication Mastery programs. 

She has consulted  with high level executives from Fortune 500 companies like Keller Williams, PWC, BCD Travel
Michelin, National Police Board-Finland,
Honda, Unifacs Brazil and many more.

She continues to serve institutions to empower women and diverse communities. She was awarded the Martin Luther King Appreciation Award by Bunker Hill Community College and appointed as the board member of the International Advisory Committee at Walden U. She is a past member of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Board of Directors.

As a subject matter expert in Social Media, and communication practice, she consistently participates in round table discussions, forums, workshops and more! She is the founder of the #IWBCC conference.

Find her books here.

This year she launched the Business Communication Mastery program for individuals  looking to kickstart a new program or service. 


Stories of Courage

Kickstart your Business

Susie Carder: Profit Coach

We want to see women attain their personal and professional goals. We are excited to have #ProfitCoach Susie Carder join us for this conference.
Susie Carder understands the challenge of starting a business from the ground up. She believes that prosperity can be attained at any stage in life!
She has coached notable individuals like John Assaraf, Lisa Nichols, Steve Harvey, Zenovia Andrews, Keri Murphy, Doug Carter, Redken, Paul Mitchell, and Thompson Learning. Don't miss this exciting opportunity to learn how Susie has helped companies go from 10k to 10 million at the #IWBCC event.


BCM Platform Speakers

Turning On the Lights Global Institute, LLC., trains and equips leaders to elevate their brands through storytelling, laser coaching and seminars. We are honored to present the 2019 Business Communication Mastery participants.


Take relentless action with TARA! We are super excited to have the fitness guru speaking at our conference! Tara Mazanec, BCM participant and fitness guru, will help women to own their power with life balance!

Tara Mazanec



Susie Carder, SC Consulting

Dr. Allana Da Graca, IWBCC Founder

Joan Ni, Pres. Suzhou Chem

Kristie Dean, Soul Project


Kendra Jenkins, Fellowship Christian Church

Webster Bank



The International Women Build Confidence Conferenc

Hyatt Regency, Downtown Boston

1 de Lafayette, Boston Ma 02111

Welcome to the International Women Build Confidence Conference page. We are excited that you will join us for this growing event. Get ready to step into massive action as a leader and entrepreneur. Gain excitement from our speakers, authors and experts as you say "I will upgrade my life," this year! #UPML began in 2016 when seven women dared to dream. Women from Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, California, Louisiana, Virginia, North Carolina, England, Germany, Jamaica, Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago and many other places have formed friendships and connections through this awesome tribe. Our conference motto is that as we can succeed when we aren't isolated. Our #IWBCC tribe has over 9000 followers and we are ecstatic about this. #IWBCC is an extension of Turning On the Lights Global Institute.

Turning On the Lights Global Institute began in 2014 with the goal of helping individuals reach personal and professional goals. 

We provide womenpreneurs, start-ups and international executives communication and ideation strategy to leverage business success.  The #IWBCC conference occurs in Boston and online in the spring. We hope you will invest in yourself as you UPGRADE in your personal and professional goals. Please email us directly for scholarships to attend the conference.

Friday October 11, 2019



Entrepreneur Village Mixer​

Pre-Registration Required



Mixer: Come out to network and meet with Boston's leaders and powerhouse individuals. Exchange business cards and find your sister's keeper:)

7:30-8:00 PM

Registration Required

IWBCC Moderator Welcome

Special Presentation

Live Music Performance

Stories of Courage

The Stories of Courage series will kickstart the #IWBCC program as leaders and entrepreneurs discuss how they moved past the fear of starting a new business. Our Stories of Courage speakers are:

Dr. Alisha Hill-ALIVE Program

Tara Mazanec-T.A.R.A System

Genielle Hall Blondell-Teen Booster

Susie Carder-Profit Coach

Dr. Allana Da Graca-IWBCC Founder

Our Stories of Courage platform speakers are part of the Turning On the Lights Global Business Communication program and have launched new services to help individuals throughout the United States and abroad. These individuals are helping individuals to take back their lives with services that empower individuals to lead balanced lives, overcome professional setbacks and reach personal goals.  Our speakers are from Boston, California, and Trinidad and Tobago!


IWBCC Moderators

History of IWBCC

Global Leadership and - Internationalization-Manuel Da Graca

Manuel Da Graca will discuss the role of internationalization as it relates to entrepreneurship. In an article he wrote Manuel says, "It is crucial for leaders to be open to different perspectives, be avid to learn new strategies and attentive to what their teams may suggest; these things will allow confident and strong managers to adapt or change their decision-making process when necessary."

He is the Chief Operating Officer of Turning on The Lights Global and responsible for creating and implementing long-term development strategies, generating critical insights and driving key partnerships and new initiatives forward. Accountable for proactively developing, managing, retaining, and growing the organization’s customer base.

Intercultural Perspectives of Confidence in Business

Natassia Parakhena, Santander Bank

Enna Jiminez

Tribe Moments of Leadership #UPML


Presentation-Dr. Allana Da Graca

Torch Awards


8:30- 8:45PM

Susie Carder

 Susie Carder the #profitcoach has a story that will inspire all attendees. She will kickstart the night with her journey to being one of America's leading business coaches. Susie says, "I am not your average business coach. I have helped thousands of businesses achieve exponential growth, create radical business strategies, and blast from ordinary to explosive!

I have worked with top leaders in the world of business, including: John Assaraf, Lisa Nichols, Steve Harvey, Zenovia Andrews, Keri Murphy, Doug Carter, Redken, Paul Mitchell, Thompson Learning, Dell, and many more."

8:45 Music Interlude


Dr. Allana Da Graca

Dr. Allana Da Graca the founder of the International Women Build Confidence Conference recognized that women who set out to start new businesses felt isolated and stagnant. in 2018 she launched the conference with 27 women in attendance. This year we anticipate the conference to have women from all over the country be apart of this growing initiative. 

As an educator and artist who has worked with institutions like Lesley University, Walden University, Bentley University and Northeastern University, Dr. Da Graca is passionate about helping her clients transform their lives. She has assisted executives from Fortune 500 companies with ideation, communication strategy and interpersonal communication techniques.  She launched the Women Build Confidence and Business Communication Mastery programs in 2016. 

She will challenge all attendees to 

  1. Take action with personal goals

  2. Leave the Imposter Syndrome

  3. Establish a new Outlook

Saturday October 12

Fireside Chat

Morning VIP Session

(Pre-Registration Required)

8:00am-8:30am-Dr. Allana Da Graca

Digital Storytelling for Womenpreneurs

8:30-9:00Am- Susie Carder

How to Kickstart your Side Hustle 

Q&A Session 

IWBCC Moderators


Presentation-Dr. Alisha Hill

Boston Women in Leadership Panel

Kendra Jenkins-FCC

Kristie Dean-Soul Project

Fatiha Ainane- Accion

IWBCC Leader Moderation:

T'Mya Lenise

Caryn Schneider


Genielle Hall Blondell-Introduction

Dr. Allana Da Graca

Upgrading Your Life 

Busy schedules, challenges, and personal responsibilities are aspects of living in our society. In this life we may face difficult setbacks and may choose to either allow ourselves to ignore signs that we need to pause and reflect on our lives, or wait for tomorrow to make lasting life choices.

 Dr. Allana Da Graca teaches participants how to challenge negative thoughts that hinder individuals from reaching personal and professional goals. She reveals authentic moments of introspection gathered from her years of teaching students and adult learners.

Dr. Allana Da Graca teaches how we can:

Challenge negative messages

 Set realistic goals

Make a personal commitment to self-discovery

Move from fear to faith

Make room for life transformation

You will watch your life expand in a more meaningful manner as you understand how to make consistent choices that will lead you to a place of transformation!


Tara Mazanec

Genielle Hall Blondell

Dr. Alisha Hill

Caryn Schneider

Pam Stewart


Dr. Allana Da Graca Introduction

Susie Carder

Building A Multi Million Dollar Business 

Every entrepreneurs dream is to build a 7- 8 figure business but only 1% of entrepreneurs achieve that dream.  Learn the predictably system to support you in creating hyper growth.  Whether you’re just starting or you’re on your way to 7 figures the you will have the tools to get you there! Are you a speaker? Pastor? School looking to leverage and soar you need to be here!! 

Learn to create a detailed plan of action that motivate and inspires you 

This workshop gives you the “IT” not ideas, leave the training and make immediate changes to your business. 

Blueprint for Success


VIP Connect TBD

Participant Breakout groups

Participants are encouraged to eat at locations within or next to the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Boston. Access your group number to find your group before lunch time

1:30-1:45-2x2 mentorship and mixer

IWBCC Moderators


Moderation: Manuel Da Graca

Business Panel

Webster Bank

Benjamin Samuel

SC Consulting

Susie Carder

Natassia Parakhena

Santander Bank

Office of the Mayor

Dr. Allana Da Graca

Turning On the Lights Global Institute


Kickstart Your Personal and Professional Development.

#IWBCC Bonus

2x2 breakouts


3:40-3:50-IWBCC Sisters Keeper Pledge

Business Pre-Launch Celebration 

3:50-4:15 Breakout Group part 2

Participant breakout groups

4:15-5:00-Showcase and Event Closing Statements

From personal to professional growth, drallanadagraca.com wants to help you overcome your struggles in order to create the successful future you’ve always dreamt of.

With this service, you will find purpose, passion, and talents that will help you to create the life you dream about.


Ticket Cost: $599.00
9 spots available

Making the first step towards change is often the hardest thing to do. Enter the #IWBCC experience with an experienced coaching professional. By providing participants with the right tools and knowledge, Dr. Allana has helped clients unleash their potential, paving the way towards both personal and professional success.  Invest in yourself today.

You have two ticket options (VIP and General Admission)

  1. General Admission – this allows you to all General Access to IWBCC General Events. Check the Online Schedule - Cost $599.00

  2. VIP – with your VIP ticket you will have the opportunity to join us for a private chat with Dr. Da Graca (Executives and Individuals serious about personal and professional growth are encouraged to apply)-Cost $997

Application Essay:

Please submit answers to the questions below in 1-2 paragraphs for our review.



Business Name

Personal Goal

Professional Goal

Why would you like to attend this stellar event? What personal obstacles do you need to remove in order to arrive at your new goal? Submit your answers by clicking the Apply button below and submitting your online entry.


Past Client Experiences


#IWBCC was life changing! Since I began the program I have graduated from college! Thanks Dr. D

Josie F.. Student Graduate

The #IWBCC program gave the start I needed to write my book and become a Mental Health Advocate!

Nicola Ramsaran, Author

#IWBCC has helped me by giving me a supportive tribe. I am now a Coach!

Tara Hall, Success Principles Coach

#IWBCC  allowed me to come to a tribe that reminds us to BREATHE and reach our destiny!

Obioma, Omart Institute

Find Your Tribe!

Believe It, Pursue It




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