History

1991

The Massachusetts Women’s Forum brought together prominent women leaders in the Commonwealth to ensure that women advanced to top positions, in a wide range of institutions and organizations, where they could influence the careers of aspiring women.  Through this powerful alliance, women were elevated to many roles historically held by men.  These positions included the first women in the history of the Commonwealth to be appointed Massachusetts Supreme Court Chief Justice, and to serve as the President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.  The Massachusetts Women’s Forum became a community of peers.  These women empowered and supported one another, they worked together to support one another and inspire future women leaders.  They moved mountains, and paved the way!

Top Row: Cathy Douglas Stone, Margaret Marshall, Sheryl Marshall, Carol Goldberg, Marilyn Swartz-Lloyd, Carol Hillman, Dolores Mitchell, Elizabeth Cook, Ranne Warner; Bottom Row: Ros Gorin, Dawn Marie Driscoll, Joan Bok, Evelyn Murphy, Dell Mitchell; Not Pictured: Rosabeth Moss Kanter

2017

The legacy of our founders can be measured in the increasing number of women leaders who count themselves as members today. Through our events and initiatives we encourage the sharing of ideas, foster relationships and recognize and celebrate each other’s contributions and accomplishments.

MISSION STATEMENT

Women of power and influence advancing a better world

We support and co-mentor women leaders, champion future trailblazers, and advance a better world.

Intimate ConnectionCommunity of dauntless womenConversations of substanceContribution for a better world

Leadership

PAST PRESIDENT

Heidi Wyle, Ph.D.

Heidi is a serial entrepreneur and the CEO and Founder of Venti Technologies, an all-MIT startup commercializing self-driving vehicles to revision city and community centers and improve peoples’ lives. She is a conservationist of wildlife and wild places and an internationally-respected author and speaker.

PRESIDENT

Dana Born, Ph.D.

The Co-director of the Center for Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a retired brigadier general in the United States Air Force, Dana was also the Dean of Faculty at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She is the first woman to hold that position.

VICE PRESIDENT

Beth Monaghan

Named one of the “Top Women in PR” by PR News, Beth Monaghan is CEO and co-founder of InkHouse, a 100-person PR and content marketing firm with offices in Boston, San Francisco, Providence and New York.

Board

President: Dana Born
Vice President: Beth Monaghan
Past President:
Heidi Wyle
Governance:
Maria Krokidas, Micho Spring, Heidi Wyle
Membership:
Gloria Larson, Judy Habib
Programming:
Gale Murray, Jesse Mermell
Communications:
Geri Denterlein
Treasurer & Clerk: Dusty Rhodes
Board Members at Large: Suzanne Bump, Diane Hessan, Jackie Jenkins-Scott
Honorary Member: Gloria C. Larson

Past Presidents

Heather Campion (2008)
Karen Kaplan (2009 & 2010)
Gloria Larson (2011 & 2012)
Michele Whitham (2013 & 2014)
Heidi Wyle (2015 & 2016)