History

1990

In 1990, what was then 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 Forum became a community of peers.  These women empowered and supported one another and they worked together to inspire future women leaders.

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

TODAY

Now, the International Women’s Forum of Massachusetts (IWF/MA) proudly carries forward the legacy of our founders, which 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.

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S FORUM of MASSACHUSETTS (IWF/MA)

For women leaders who are recognized as top achievers in their fields, the International Women’s Forum of Massachusetts (IWF/MA) provides unparalleled access to a group of influential women who inspire and support each other to optimize each member’s impact in the world. We advocate for women’s leadership and provide an important voice on issues affecting women in the Commonwealth, and the world.

  • Membership is by invitation only.

  • IWF/MA is an affiliate of the International Women’s Forum (IWF) that offers access to women leaders worldwide.

  • We are a non-partisan organization of trailblazers, thought leaders, and change agents who believe that leadership has no gender and diversity is our strength.

Leadership

PAST 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.

PRESIDENT

Judy Habib

Judy Habib co-founded KHJ (formally known as KelleyHabibJohn) in 1986. Over three decades, KHJ has continued its tradition of bringing great brands to life. Today, KHJ is recognized as one of the top 100 Women-led businesses in Massachusetts and one of the top 20 advertising agencies. Judy is a highly-regarded speaker on a wide range of marketing topics including; soulful branding, internal branding and culture development.

VICE PRESIDENT

Priscilla Douglas

No one addresses the changing business landscape with as much energy, insight, and understanding as renowned leader and action catalyst Priscilla H. Douglas. Her decades-long career in government, academia, and business—where she often led the way as the first woman and the first African American—has informed her holistic and forward-thinking view. A sought-after speaker, Priscilla fully engages her audiences, igniting conversations, driving contribution, and inspiring action for maximum influence.

TREASURER & CLERK

Kim Vaughan

Kim Vaughan is the founder and Principal of Summit, a management consulting firm that specializes in unifying brand and culture for peak performance.

Previous to building out Summit, Kim was the Chief Marketing Officer and Brand Head, Chief People Officer and Chief Culture Officer at Suffolk, one of the largest and most innovative building construction companies in the country. Over more than a decade, Kim was at the nexus of brand and marketing, people and culture.

Board of Directors

OFFICERS:

Judy Habib, President

Priscilla Douglas, Vice President

Kim Vaughan, Treasurer & Clerk

Jackie Jenkins-Scott, Past President

DIRECTORS:

Dana Born

Renee Connolly, Vice-chair, Communications

Susan Esper, Vice-chair, Programming

Wendy Foster, Chair, Membership

Rosalind Gorin, Vice-chair, Membership

Pam Hamlin, Chair, Communications

Linda Henry

Mary Jeka, Chair, Governance

Carolyn Jones

Tara Levine, Chair, Programming

Carmen Ortiz

Adrienne Penta

Frances West

Past Presidents

Cathy Minehan (1998-2000)

Anne Finucane (2000-2002)

Regina M. Pisa, Esq. (2002-2004)

Micho F. Spring (2004-2006)

Heather P. Campion (2006-2008)

Karen Kaplan (2009 & 2010)

Gloria Larson (2011 & 2012)

Michele Whitham (2013 & 2014)

Heidi Wyle (2015 & 2016)

Dana Born (2017 & 2018)

Jackie Jenkins-Scott (2019 & 2020)