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Sandra L. Fenwick and Deborah C. Jackson Honored as Leading Women in Business

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On May 15th the Women’s Network of the Boston Chamber of Commerce will be honoring our distinguished members, Deborah C. Jackson, and Sandra L. Fenwick, in a night celebrating Boston’s leading women in business.

Wendy Foster on Mentoring

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As we prepare for Women Opening Doors for Women on May 7th, MWF member, Wendy Foster shares her insight on mentoring.

Adrienne Penta is being awarded the 2019 BEPC Excellence Award.

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Congratulations to Member, Adrienne Penta on being awarded the  2019 Boston Estate Planning Council Excellence Award.

Save the Date: Women Opening Doors for Women is Tuesday, May 7th

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Women Opening Doors for Women is the Forum’s annual mentoring event that connects Mentees (emerging leaders) with Mentors (MWF members). This year’s event will be held at Nutter McClennen & Fish in the Seaport. We are looking for  35-40 members to join the event and act as members. Registration link coming soon.

Diane Hessan is the HBS Boston Association 2019 Business & Community Leader of the Year

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The Harvard Business School Association of Boston, will present member, Diane Hessan, Chairman of C Space and CEO of Salient Ventures with the 2019 Business & Community Leader of the Year.

Ayanna Pressley made national news this week, unseating 10-term incumbent Rep. Michael Capuano in the Massachusetts Democratic Tuesday

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Massachusetts Women’s Forum and Boston City Council member Ayanna Pressley made national news this week, unseating 10-term incumbent Rep. Michael Capuano in the Massachusetts Democratic primary on Tuesday. Pressley is expected to be elected to Congress in November since there are no Republican candidates in the race.

Election Day photo is courtesy of fellow MWF member Jesse Mermell. Jesse and MWF member Maura Healey were among supporters celebrating this historic win with Ayanna Tuesday night.

MWF President Dana Born to be keynote speaker at IWF WABN 2018 Leadership Roundtable

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Massachusetts Women’s Forum President Dana Born will be a featured keynote speaker and part of the IWF WABN 2018 Deedee Corradini Leadership Roundtable in Miami on October 25.

This signature event is named in memory of Deedee Corradini, Past President of IWF, to honor her legacy of championing women’s leadership and women in sport. It also serves as the cornerstone of the EY Women Athletes Business Network (WABN) Mentoring Program (click for more information).

The 2018 class of WABN mentees come from 8 countries and are elite athletes who now work in a diverse range of industries and sectors. The IWF choose Dana, given her multi-faceted background and leadership expertise, to be an inspiration to this new class of mentees.

Our own Priscilla Douglas is on the Final Slate of Nominees for IWF Board Of Directors

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August 6, 2018

Dear IWF Members:

The IWF Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the final slate of nominees for service on IWF’s Board of Directors (2018-2020). Three Officers and twelve At-Large Directors were selected. In accordance with the IWF By-Laws, the slate will be presented to the IWF Board of Directors for ratification and it will be voted on as a whole.

The Nominating Committee had the privilege to analyze and consider the credentials of an outstanding and large pool of candidates – each ready and willing to advance the mission, goals and objectives of our global organization.

The Nominating Committee’s recommended final slate consists of the following members:

IWF President: Deborah Trudeau (Canada)
IWF Vice President: Anne Duncan (United Kingdom)
IWF Treasurer: Sharon Christopher (Trinidad and Tobago)

At-Large Directors:
Laurel Bellows (USA – Chicago)
Kimberly Cooper Jaqua (USA – Oregon)
Priscilla Douglas (USA – Massachusetts)
Lauri Fitz-Pegado (USA – Washington, DC)
Susan Hodkinson (Canada)
Gabriela Kennedy (Hong Kong, SAR)
Nancy Laughton (Canada – British Columbia)
Camille Mirshokrai (USA – Dallas)
Maria Auxiliadora Patiño de Macias (Ecuador)
Hélène Pichon (France)
Helen Rule (Australia)
Sandy Stash (Canada, Ghana and United Kingdom)

They have been nominated to join current IWF Directors, elected by the Presidents’ Council in 2017, who have one year remaining on their terms through October 2019 as follows:

Directors elected by the Presidents’ Council:
Rebecca Barfknecht (USA – Northern California)
Carolyn Carter (USA – New York)
Paula Cox (Bermuda)
Vuyokazi Mahlati (South Africa)
Ana Muñoz (Spain)

Representing 12 nations and 19 forums, the nominees and remaining directors of the IWF Board reflect diversity of expertise, culture, perspective, and talent.

The IWF Nominating Committee thanks all candidates for their participation in this important process.

Allyson Maynard Gibson, QC
Chair of the IWF Nominating Committee

Boston Magazine names Thirteen MWF Members Most Influential Bostonians

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According to Boston Magazine, they know who really runs this town and thirteen of them are MWF Members. Join us in congratulating our members who were named to Boston Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in Boston.

  1. VANESSA CALDERÓN-ROSADO, CEO, Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción
  2. LINDA PIZZUTI HENRY, Managing Director, The Boston Globe
  3. DIANE HESSAN, Chairman, C Space
  4. DEBORAH JACKSON, President, Cambridge College
  5. PAULA JOHNSON, President, Wellesley College
  6. SHIRLEY LEUNG, Columnist, the Boston Globe
  7. MYECHIA MINTER-JORDAN, President and CEO, The Dimock Center
  8. COLETTE PHILLIPS, President and CEO, Colette Phillips Communications
  9. AYANNA PRESSLEY, At-Large City Councilor
  10. MARCY REED, President, National Grid, Massachusetts
  11. JODY ROSE, President, New England Venture Capital Association
  12. KATE WALSH, President and CEO, Boston Medical Center
  13. C.A. WEBB, President, Kendall Square Association

Gloria Larson to Receive the Ellen M. Zane Award for Visionary Leadership

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Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children announced that MWF Member Gloria Cordes Larson, Esq., President of Bentley University, will be honored with this year’s Ellen M. Zane Award for Visionary Leadership for her transformational impact in the Boston region and beyond. Ms. Larson is Bentley’s first female president, a prominent attorney, public policy expert, businesswoman, and mentor. She will be presented the award at the 2018 Working Wonders benefit evening on Wednesday, April 11 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.


The award is named in honor of Tufts Medical Center CEO Emeritus and fellow MWF member, Ellen M. Zane and is inspired by her impactful presence and tenure while President and CEO from 2004-2011. The award is presented annually at Working Wonders to an individual who exemplifies visionary and transformational leadership. Ms. Larson is the first woman to be honored with the award.

More information can be found here.