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

2019

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

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.

PRESIDENT

Jackie Jenkins-Scott

A nationally recognized leader with more than three decades of experience in senior and executive leadership positions in public health and higher education, Jackie served for twelve years as the President of Wheelock College and twenty-one years as the President of Dimock Community Health Center. In 2016, Jenkins-Scott founded JJS Advising, focusing on leadership development and organizational strategy.

VICE PRESIDENT

Kim Steimle-Vaughan

A recipient of a myriad of awards for leadership, Kim is the former chief marketing officer and chief culture officer at Suffolk Construction company. Throughout her career, Kim has served on Suffolk’s executive management team, the executive committee of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, the Massachusetts Conference for Women, as well as the board of trustees of Milton Academy.

Board

President: Jackie Jenkins-Scott
Vice President: Kim Vaughan
Past President: 
Dana born
Governance: 
Heidi Wyle
Membership: 
Judy Habib
Programming:
 Adrienne Penta
Communications:
Pam Hamlin
Treasurer & Clerk: Dusty Rhodes
Board Members at Large: Diane Hessan, Deborah Jackson, Wendy Foster, Linda Henry, Maria Krokidas, Jesse Mermell, Gale Murray, Carmen Ortiz, Micho Spring, Frances West

Past Presidents

Heather Campion (2008)

Karen Kaplan (2009 & 2010)

Gloria Larson (2011 & 2012)

Michele Whitham (2013 & 2014)

Heidi Wyle (2015 & 2016)

Dana Born (2017 & 2018)