Who We Are

About the Massachusetts Women’s Forum

The Massachusetts Women’s Forum is a community of top women leaders from all sectors of society, from business, government, and not for profit organizations, to hospitals, the arts, community organizations, and higher education.  We come together to advance women’s leadership.  Through deep friendships and co-mentoring our members work to foster the ambitions and voices of emerging female leaders in the Commonwealth and beyond.

MEET OUR MEMBERS

Founders, CEOs, presidents, directors, and thought leaders, our members are influencers in every field. As trailblazers at the forefront of progress, we are dedicated to shaping our communities – and the future.

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New Member Spotlight: Wendy Sherman

February 21, 2020

Wendy is a professor of the practice of public leadership and director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, where she prepares students to exercise leadership in a world that faces an array of social, political, and economic challenges. As former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, she led the U.S. negotiating team […]

New Membership Spotlight: Audrey Shelto

February 20, 2020

As a proven leader with 30 years of achievement in improving the delivery of health care and human services, particularly for low-income and vulnerable populations, Audrey assumed leadership of the Blue Cross Blue Shields Foundation in 2013. She leads the Foundation’s strategic agenda to broaden health coverage and reduce barriers to care through grants, research, […]

New Member Spotlight: Honorable Patti Saris

February 18, 2020

Patti broke barriers by becoming the first woman to be named chief judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts in 2013. In her years as chief, she has deftly tackled cases at the far reaches of technological innovation, intellectual property, and emerging science and, more recently, immigration and deportation cases.

New Member Spotlight: Yves Salomon-Fernandez

February 17, 2020

As President of Greenfield Community College, Yves is a staunch advocate for reinventing higher education in the age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. She has been recognized as a thought leader, writing and speaking on issues related to rural innovation, workforce development, and women’s leadership.

New Member Spotlight: Andrea Rosen

February 14, 2020

Andrea manages brand and marketing at Puma, as the Head of Business Affairs and Marketing and Deputy General Counsel. This includes all of Puma’s influencer relationships with celebrities like Jay Z, where Andrea has brought insight for her twelve years with the company.

New Member Spotlight: Valerie Roberson

February 13, 2020

During her five years as president at Roxbury Community College, Valerie has fostered an environment of opportunity for access to a college education consistent with students’ interests and aptitudes and helped reduce economic, social, psychological and academic barriers to educational opportunity. She has championed environmentally friendly renovations and developed new programs in emerging fields.

New Member Spotlight: Cindy Perettie

February 12, 2020

Cindy joined Foundation Medicine, a company bringing cutting-edge science and technology to everyday cancer care, in 2019 as its Chief Executive Officer. She is passionate about improving the care of cancer patients and brings more than two decades of scientific and commercial experience with global biopharmaceutical organizations. 

New Member Spotlight: Shanna O’Reilly

February 11, 2020

Shanna is a Partner and Chief Operating Officer at Wellington Management, a private, independent investment management firm, where she leads long-term investors focused on the future. The company pursues capital appreciation through direct investments in private companies seeking capital to accelerate growth.

New Member Spotlight: Beth Myers

February 10, 2020

Beth Myers has a long history of involvement in public issues and campaigns, which she brought to the co-founding of The Shawmut Group. The Shawmut Group specializes in public affairs consulting for companies and associations, as well as general campaign consulting for candidates. Most recently, she was Campaign Manager for Mitt Romney’s presidential race and before […]

Events

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“Pop Up” Wine & Cheese on the Cape

February 25, 2020

Join us at the home of Alecia DeCoudreaux for wine, cheese, and great conversation. This event is free for members. Alecia’s home is in East Falmouth and the address will be shared closer to the event. Register today!

In Transition Breakfast Series – February 27, 2020

February 27, 2020

Save the date! In Transition Breakfast Series *** Are you in or considering a transition? So much in life can deposit us at these moments: a new executive role, the sale of a company, a new Board seat, an unexpected illness, a divorce, a remarriage and so much more. Join MWF colleagues for an interactive breakfast series […]

Third Chapter Lunch: How do we navigate the inevitable changes in our relationships over time?

March 17, 2020

Fay Donohue and Priscilla Douglas invite you to the Third Chapter Lunch Conversation   *** Members Only Third Chapter Conversations are intimate discussions about our choices as we move through our own high-powered career. These lunches are an opportunity to explore dreams, possibilities, and challenges for the Third Chapter of our lives. In this small […]

Executive Briefing: Healthcare

March 18, 2020

Members Erin McSweeney and Rebecca Schecter of Optum invite you to join them for an Executive Briefing on Healthcare. *** Understanding the complexity of today’s healthcare landscape – what is working, what is not, and how the various stakeholders are tackling its most vexing challenges. *** Erin McSweeney, CHRO Optum, will moderate a discussion with […]

New Member Reception

March 25, 2020

Free for MWF Members – Register Today Celebrate our New Members *** New Friends, Old Friends, Fabulous Food, & Inspired Conversation *** Be Our Guest at the New Member Reception Home of MWF Member Rosabeth Moss Kanter Register Now Rosabeth’s address will be provided closer to the event. This event is free for members.    

Spring Dine-A-Rounds

April 02, 2020

Dine-A-Rounds are small dinners held in members’ homes. These personal dinners are a wonderful way to reconnect with friends, make new friends, and enjoy fabulous conversation. All locations will be in the greater Boston area. Attendees will receive the name and address of their hostess several days before the event. These dinners are a great […]

News

SEE ALL >

New Member Spotlight: Wendy Sherman

February 21, 2020

Wendy is a professor of the practice of public leadership and director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, where she prepares students to exercise leadership in a world that faces an array of social, political, and economic challenges. As former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, she led the U.S. negotiating team […]

New Membership Spotlight: Audrey Shelto

February 20, 2020

As a proven leader with 30 years of achievement in improving the delivery of health care and human services, particularly for low-income and vulnerable populations, Audrey assumed leadership of the Blue Cross Blue Shields Foundation in 2013. She leads the Foundation’s strategic agenda to broaden health coverage and reduce barriers to care through grants, research, […]

New Member Spotlight: Honorable Patti Saris

February 18, 2020

Patti broke barriers by becoming the first woman to be named chief judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts in 2013. In her years as chief, she has deftly tackled cases at the far reaches of technological innovation, intellectual property, and emerging science and, more recently, immigration and deportation cases.

New Member Spotlight: Yves Salomon-Fernandez

February 17, 2020

As President of Greenfield Community College, Yves is a staunch advocate for reinventing higher education in the age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. She has been recognized as a thought leader, writing and speaking on issues related to rural innovation, workforce development, and women’s leadership.

New Member Spotlight: Andrea Rosen

February 14, 2020

Andrea manages brand and marketing at Puma, as the Head of Business Affairs and Marketing and Deputy General Counsel. This includes all of Puma’s influencer relationships with celebrities like Jay Z, where Andrea has brought insight for her twelve years with the company.

New Member Spotlight: Valerie Roberson

February 13, 2020

During her five years as president at Roxbury Community College, Valerie has fostered an environment of opportunity for access to a college education consistent with students’ interests and aptitudes and helped reduce economic, social, psychological and academic barriers to educational opportunity. She has championed environmentally friendly renovations and developed new programs in emerging fields.

Events

SEE ALL >

“Pop Up” Wine & Cheese on the Cape

February 25, 2020

Join us at the home of Alecia DeCoudreaux for wine, cheese, and great conversation. This event is free for members. Alecia’s home is in East Falmouth and the address will be shared closer to the event. Register today!

In Transition Breakfast Series – February 27, 2020

February 27, 2020

Save the date! In Transition Breakfast Series *** Are you in or considering a transition? So much in life can deposit us at these moments: a new executive role, the sale of a company, a new Board seat, an unexpected illness, a divorce, a remarriage and so much more. Join MWF colleagues for an interactive breakfast series […]

Third Chapter Lunch: How do we navigate the inevitable changes in our relationships over time?

March 17, 2020

Fay Donohue and Priscilla Douglas invite you to the Third Chapter Lunch Conversation   *** Members Only Third Chapter Conversations are intimate discussions about our choices as we move through our own high-powered career. These lunches are an opportunity to explore dreams, possibilities, and challenges for the Third Chapter of our lives. In this small […]

Executive Briefing: Healthcare

March 18, 2020

Members Erin McSweeney and Rebecca Schecter of Optum invite you to join them for an Executive Briefing on Healthcare. *** Understanding the complexity of today’s healthcare landscape – what is working, what is not, and how the various stakeholders are tackling its most vexing challenges. *** Erin McSweeney, CHRO Optum, will moderate a discussion with […]

New Member Reception

March 25, 2020

Free for MWF Members – Register Today Celebrate our New Members *** New Friends, Old Friends, Fabulous Food, & Inspired Conversation *** Be Our Guest at the New Member Reception Home of MWF Member Rosabeth Moss Kanter Register Now Rosabeth’s address will be provided closer to the event. This event is free for members.    

Spring Dine-A-Rounds

April 02, 2020

Dine-A-Rounds are small dinners held in members’ homes. These personal dinners are a wonderful way to reconnect with friends, make new friends, and enjoy fabulous conversation. All locations will be in the greater Boston area. Attendees will receive the name and address of their hostess several days before the event. These dinners are a great […]

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