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State Auditor Suzanne Bump honored by Emerge Massachusetts as a “Woman of the Decade.”

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State Auditor Suzanne Bump will be honored by Emerge Massachusetts as a “Women of the Decade” at its upcoming 10th anniversary celebration. Emerge Massachusetts is the premier training program for Democratic women. Cambridge philanthropist and political activist Barbara Lee founded Emerge Massachusetts. She has also been a major national backer of female Democratic candidates for US Senate, Congress, Governor and Attorney General. According to its website, “We inspire women to run, we hone their skills to win. Our goal is clear: to increase the number of Democratic women in public office.”

MWF member Beth Boalnd, of Foley & Lardner LLP, is hosting the event. 

2017 IWF World Leadership Conference in Houston, Texas

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Seven MWF members attended the 2017 IWF World Leadership Conference in Houston, Texas including MWF President, Dana Born, Cady Coleman, Fay Donohue, Priscilla Douglas (who chaired the “Ideas Remaking the World” selection committee), Joyce Murphy, Helen Peters, and Alison Taunton-Rigby.

Frances West Presents at the World Congress of Information Technology

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Frances West moderated the Digital Inclusion and Equality panel at the World Congress of Information Technology in Taipei, Taiwan on September 13, 2017.

Boston’s Great Connector: Who needs LinkedIn when you’ve got Colette Phillips?

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Great article about Colette in Boston Magazine. If you haven’t seen it yet, take a look here.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announces Priscilla Douglas joins the Boston Public Library Board of Trustees

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Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced that executive coach, author and speaker Priscilla Douglas has been appointed to the Boston Public Library Board of Trustees. Douglas was sworn in on Tuesday, June 27, at City Hall, and fills the vacancy of Carol Fulp, who departed the Board in February 2017. Priscilla’s professional career includes key executive positions in government, academics, and business, for many of which she was the first woman and the first African American appointment.

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C.A. Webb was recently elected to the Boston Foundation Board of Directors

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Boston – The Boston Foundation today announced it is welcoming entrepreneur C.A. Webb to the foundation’s Board of Directors for a five-year term that began July 1, 2017. Webb is the co-founder of Boston-based venture capital fund _Underscore.VC, and has also served as Executive Director of the New England Venture Capital Association. She left _Underscore.VC in February 2017 to pursue new ventures.

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Boston Business Journal’s 2017 40 Under 40 honorees

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MWF Board member, Jesse Mermell the president of the Alliance for

Business Leadership was selected as one of Boston Business

Journal’s 2017 40 Under 40 honorees.

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The 11th annual Women Opening Doors for Women

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We recently held our eleventh annual Women Opening Doors for Women mentoring event, which paired established executives with aspiring leaders. This year’s event was held at the law firm of Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP. The event sold out and more than 135 women were in attendance.

Over 30 mentors attended, including event chairs Gale Murray, Jesse Mermell, Gloria Larson and Donna Cupelo. The emerging leaders represented over 50 different companies in the Commonwealth. To kick off the mentoring, Beth Monaghan, CEO and Founder of InkHouse, inspired the group with a brief keynote address based off of her TED talk, “Leave the Ladder Down.”

A tremendous thank you to our 2017 SPONSORS:

⦁ Helen Drinan, Simmons College
⦁ Donna Cupelo, Verizon
⦁ Linda Henry
⦁ Patricia Jacobs, AT&T Inc.
⦁ Gloria Larson, Bentley University
⦁ Deborah Manus, Nutter McClennen & Fish
⦁ Marcy Reed, National Grid
⦁ Jacqueline Shoback, Boston Private Bank
⦁ Micho Spring, Weber Shandwick
⦁ Dana H. Born, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
⦁ Geri Denterlein, Denterlein
⦁ Susan Esper, Deloitte & Touche LLP
⦁ Judy Habib, KHJ Brand Activation
⦁ Deborah Jackson, Cambridge College
⦁ Beth Monaghan, Inkhouse
⦁ Joyce A. Murphy, University of MA Medical School
⦁ Adrienne Penta, Brown Brothers Harriman
⦁ Beth Boland, Foley Lardner
⦁ Deborah Devaux & Stephanie Lovell, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA
⦁ Heidi Wyle, Venti Technologies

Activism, healthcare with Nawal Nour

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MWF was honored to sponsor Dr. Nawal Nour during last year’s IWF Leadership Foundation Fellowship Program. As the Founder and Director of the African Women’s Health Center and Global Obstetrics and Gynecology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Nawal established a career in promoting women’s health in underserved populations both nationally and internationally. We are proud that IWF featured her in the “In the Lead” blog in honor of Women’s History Month.


MWF members attend World Cornerstone Conference

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Dana Born, Cady Coleman, Priscilla Douglas, Judy Habib, Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Sheryl Marshall, Helen Peters, and Alison Taunton-Rigby joined more than 700 global leaders in Sweden last month. They brought back knowledge, met new friends, renewed friendships and returned inspired. Watch for an invite to an upcoming breakfast where they will share all of the details.