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2021 Board of Directors elected at Annual Member Meeting

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Congratulations to the 2021 Board of Directors.

Lauren Pimpare Accepted into IWF Fellows Program

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MWF is so proud that Lauren Pimpare, Founder of Tomorrow’s Women Today and a long-time “sister” to the MWF community, has been accepted into the IWF Fellows Program – a global competition of top-performing women leaders. Lauren is one of 28 women from 14 countries. Read the announcement here.

Members Named BBJ’s Power 50 of 2020

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The Boston Business Journal named four members of MWF in their Power 50 of 2020, leaders of Greater Boston’s business community are meeting the challenges of 2020 head on. Members recognized were (from left to right):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Betty Francisco, General Counsel, Compass Working Capital; Co-founder, Amplify Latinx and Latina Circle
  • Dr. Laurie Glimcher, President and CEO, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Paula Johnson, President, Wellesley College
  • Laurie Leshin, President, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Read more about the honor here.

IWF Announces New Leadership

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October 28, 2020

 

Dear IWF Members:

 

On behalf of the Nominating Committee, I am proud to present to you the new slate of officers and directors for the 2020-2022 term. Earlier today, the IWF Board of Directors ratified the slate.

 

We were very saddened when earlier this month our President-Nominee, Vuyo Mahlati, suddenly passed away. Through this difficult time, the Nominating Committee reconvened, reviewed the names of all qualified candidates, and developed the new slate below.

 

The Nominating Committee enthusiastically and unanimously selected Helen Rule as President-Nominee, and Carolyn Carter as Vice President-Nominee.

 

The Nominating Committee had the privilege to analyze and consider the credentials of outstanding candidates – each ready and willing to advance the mission, goals and objectives of our global organization. It was the largest pool of candidates in IWF history.

 

The new IWF Board of Directors, effective today are:

  • President: Helen Rule (Australia)
  • Vice President: Carolyn Carter (USA – New York)
  • Chair of the Audit, Finance Committee: Ana Muñoz (Spain)

At-Large Directors:

  • Adriane Brown (USA – Washington State)
  • Holly Cannon (USA – Washington, DC)
  • Karen Caplan (USA – Southern California)
  • Kathleen Carroll (USA – Chicago)
  • Kimberly Cooper Jaqua (USA – Oregon)
  • Silvia Dávila (Mexico)
  • Anne Doyle (USA – Michigan)
  • Susan Hodkinson (Canada)
  • Nancy Laughton (Canada – British Columbia)
  • Rosel Moxey (Bahamas)
  • Maria Auxiliadora Patiño de Macias (Ecuador)
  • Elisabeth Ourliac (France)
  • Sandy Stash (Canada, Ghana and United Kingdom)
  • Alison Taunton-Rigby (USA – Massachusetts)

They have been elected to join current IWF Directors, elected by the Presidents’ Council in 2019, who have one year remaining on their terms through October 2021 as follows:

Directors elected by the Presidents’ Council:

  • Reem Abu Hassan (Jordan)
  • Rebecca Barfknecht (USA – Northern California)
  • Shannon Block (USA – Colorado)
  • Dana Morris Dixon (Jamaica)
  • Julie Goldstein (United Kingdom)

We congratulate the newly elected Officers and Directors and thank the board for its leadership and service to IWF and to our shared mission to advance women’s leadership and champion equality worldwide.

Sincerely,

Teresa VF Weintraub
Chair
IWF Nominating Committee

Marianne Harrison Named a 2020 New Englander of the Year

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Marianne Harrison has been named a 2020 New Englander of the Year by the New England Council. As John Hancock’s first female CEO, she has made diversity of all types a priority at the company, and has worked to support and advance women in the predominantly-male financial services industry. Click here to read more about the honor.

Members Named Women Who Mean Business!

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Congratulations to MWF Members Yvonne Garcia, Sandi Fenwick, Myechia Minter-Jordan, and Cindy Perettie for being named Women Who Mean Business by the Boston Business Journal! Honorees were selected based on their professional achievements, leadership, entrepreneurial skills and dedication to the community. Read more here.

The Cape Cod Camino Way Project: Reflecting on Racial and Social Justice

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In response to the killings of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, Peggy Jablonski developed a project that would allow her and others to engage with racial and social justice on Cape Cod. Inspired by the El Camino pilgrimage in Spain, Peggy created the Cape Cod Camino Way Project; a series of walking pilgrimages throughout the Cape dedicated to learning about and reflecting upon the history of racial and social justice on Cape Cod.
Each walk featured stops at locations of historical significance to the Cape, relating to the unheard stories of women, BIPOC, and the LGBTQ+ community. These stops included: the Wampanoag Museum in Mashpee, the Zion Heritage Museum in Hyannis, Nickerson State Park in Brewster, the Cape Cod National Seashore on the Outer Cape, the AIDS Memorial in Provincetown, and more.
Each week, Peggy shared her questions and observations from the walk via posts on the Cape Cod Camino Way Facebook group, and offered a coffee hour for discussions on Facebook Live. Click here to read more in a Cape Cod Times article interviewing Peggy about the project.

Members Speak Out About Racism in Boston and What Change Looks Like

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Priscilla Douglas says, “It is time to end the illusion that people can lift themselves up by their bootstraps or move easily up an economic ladder just by working hard” and talks about closing the wage gap for the working poor in the Boston Business Journal: https://www.bizjournals.com/boston/news/2020/06/08/op-ed-close-the-wage-gap.html

 

Also in the Boston Business Journal, and the Boston Globe, Colette Phillips talked about her experiences with racism in Boston and how to create an inclusive economy in Massachusetts, saying, “We cannot continue down this road without change.” Read more here: https://www.bizjournals.com/boston/news/2020/06/08/colette-phillips-on-racism-in-boston.html
https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/06/08/opinion/how-create-an-inclusive-economy-massachusetts/

Carol Fulp: Committed to creating a more diverse and inclusive workforce

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Carol Fulp is the Founder and CEO of FulpDiversity LLC, where she engages with CEOs to advance diversity and inclusion within their organizations. She previously served as President & CEO of The Partnership Inc., the nationally recognized professional services firm that assists corporations in attracting, developing, and retaining executives and professionals of color. She is also the author of Success Through Diversity: Why The Most Inclusive Companies Will Win.

Given Fulp’s leadership in business and public service, President Obama appointed Fulp as a Representative of the United States of America to the 65th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. She also serves on the Eastern Bank Board of Trustees, American Student Assistance Corporation Board of Directors, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Board of Trustees, and the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation Board of Directors.

 

Paying It Forward

 

Carol has been engaged in diversity and inclusion for her entire life. When she was a child she marched on Washington with her parents. As a result of the Civil Rights movement, she saw doors open in education, industries, and neighborhoods that were previously closed to blacks. Yet she is so cognizant of the systematic racial discrimination that still exists today as evidenced by police brutality, the disproportionate rate of COVID-19, unemployment, the staggering wealth gap, and more. As such it is important for her to continue to work towards equity and to partner with others of color and women who seek a just and equitable society.

 

You Cannot Be A Leader In Business Unless You Are A Leader In the Community

 

Carol’s family comes from the Virgin Islands. She truly valued the mentorship of her Aunt Gertrude, who was an incredible businesswoman and community leader. Her aunt taught Carol that you cannot be a leader in business unless you are a leader in the community. Carol took these words to heart in her career and focused on corporate philanthropy, corporate responsibility, marketing, and human resources. And she always ensured business executives in the corporations where she worked, became fully engaged in the community.

 

The World Is Primarily Black, Brown, and Yellow

 

Her appointment by President Obama as the US Representative to the 65th General Assembly was a life-changing experience. This was a post held by Eleanor Roosevelt as well as  Coretta Scott King. She found working with the ambassadors around the globe on peace and equity transformational.

 

When Carol and her husband walked through the doors of the USUN to be sworn into her post, she viewed a significant photo display on the glistening walls. She saw the large photograph of President Obama, Vice President Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice. She stopped, she stared and she cried.

 

For her, these portraits of the United States government’s highest officials reflected the rich diversity of America in ethnicity, gender, and age. She sees that rich diversity reflected in those marching today calling to end racism and calling for America to live up to its full potential.

 

And at the United Nations General Assembly, as Carol stood at the iconic podium delivering a speech, she looked out at the sea of ambassadors from around the globe. The visceral view of the faces of 173 ambassadors was profound. They reflected that the majority of the world was primarily black and brown and yellow.  Reinforcing this fact, was that 25% of the UN Member States represented Africa.

 

Can You Afford to Win the Race, If You Are Only Running On One Leg?

 

And it was during a lunch with the Ambassador from Nigeria that Carol took away a key statement on diversity. As they discussed the subject, the Ambassador stated, “You have to think of it this way: “Can you afford to win the race, if you are only running on one leg?” In his view, if you are only hiring one type of person, you are handicapping yourself. You are missing out on at least half the talent available to you. And you won’t be able to win the race. Others who are hiring the best talent of all kinds are bound to win.

 

Moved by the experiences of the United Nations, when Carol returned to Boston, she wanted to work to help Boston be more reflective of the United Nations, this is what led her to The Partnership, Inc. For nearly 35 years, the organization has developed more than 5000 individuals of color. It has helped multi-cultural advance in their organizations as helped position them to lead Boston’s community. At The Partnership, Carol increased programming, funding and it’s geographic reach.

 

As she concluded seven years with The Partnership, she began writing her book, Success Through Diversity: Why the Most Inclusive Companies Will Win. The book focuses on the advantages that diversity brings organizations and has been praised by Publishers Weekly and Booklist.

 

She now consults with CEOs across the country and provides diversity forums based on the book. In these times of racial unrest, she feels it is important that businesses listen to those who have been marginalized throughout their lives. It is an important time to understand the unconscious biases that exist in everyone. Now more than ever, it is important to operate equitably and objectively to create organizational cultures to attract and retain the best talent of all kinds. This is the only way we can succeed in this new era we are embarking on.

We stand against racism. We stand with those protesting its ravages.

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Black Lives Matter. The Massachusetts Women’s Forum stands against racism and with those protesting its ravages past, present, and future.  Not just active hate but also passive contempt.  As women leaders, mothers, daughters, and agents of change, we are united by a shared passion for individually and collectively shaping the world according to American values – equality and justice for all.  We are in deep mourning for George Floyd, senselessly killed at the hands of police, those pledged to protect him, protect all of us no matter the color of our skin. We are in deep mourning for Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Christian Cooper, for every victim of racism over the last four centuries.

 

We stand for those lost, those who survived, and those who fear every day because of racism.  We call for police reform.  We demand that our police and institutions, our leaders and citizens, our society’s laws and norms, renounce racism and stop the killing of our black and brown family.

 

Today is not about one moment in time.  Our nation must face the history of dehumanization and forced submission and the lived experience of black families.  Each of us must look within, ask why, and find our personal role forward. It is we who change our society, we who sound the alarm, we who build our institutions, we who make our law, and we who keep watch.

 

The Massachusetts Women’s Forum acknowledges that in our everyday actions we must use our power and platform to listen, question, educate, unite, and act.  We commit to advocate for equity, justice, and change.  We pledge to bind together and work to lead our beloved United States of America to live up to its hallowed principles, universal values, and just laws.

 

We stand with those who shout and whisper, scream and cry, for justice: in daily life, in protest, in chambers of government, in business rooms, in classrooms, and in the voting booth.