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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.

Watch Rosabeth Moss Kanter’s TedX Talk “The Only Three Career Steps that Matter.”

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Brilliant TED Talk by Rosabeth Moss Kanter on how professionals, and in particular women and people of color, can advance their careers and influence social change in their careers through the 3 I’s.

Sandra Moose to receive a 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award in Governance

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Dr. Sandra Moose has been selected by the National Association of Corporate Directors in New England (NACD-NE) to receive their 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award in Governance on April 30th in Boston.  I feel humbled and honored to be recognized by my peers with this wonderful award.

Jackie Jenkins-Scott Appointed to Posts by Governor Charlie Baker

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Government Baker has appointed Jackie Jenkins-Scott to the Special Commission to Design a Nelson Mandela Tribute and to the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy.  Jackie holds more than three decades of experience in higher education and public health and was the first African-American President of Wheelock College.

Also, Jackie will be presenting a lecture “Leading Boldly: Keys to Responsive Leadership in Troubling Times” on Tuesday March 20, 2018 at the University of Massachusetts Club sponsored by the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy, University of Massachusetts.

Wendy Foster celebrated BIG while raising $1.8M for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mass Bay

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Wendy Foster, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mass Bay celebrated BIG with her Board chair and fellow MWF Member Paula Price at “Big Night Under the Big Top.” And it looks like she had a fabulous time!

Deborah Jackson Elected Lead Director of Eastern Bank

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Deborah Jackson, President of Cambridge College, is the first woman and second person of color to serve as Eastern Bank’s Lead Director in the bank’s 200-year history. Her commitment to social justice and sustainability causes has enabled the team at Eastern Bank to better meet the needs of customers, colleagues, and communities throughout Greater Boston.

Jackie Shoback Promoted to CEO, Emerging Businesses & Client Experience at Boston Private.

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Jackie joined Boston Private in February 2015 as Executive Vice President and Chief Client Development Officer and has held many senior leadership positions. She was recently promoted to CEO, Emerging Business and Client Experience.

Beth Monaghan is fighting the good fight and people are noticing.

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Beth Monaghan, CEO and Co-Founder of InkHouse Media and Marketing, works tirelessly to address gender inequality in PR. She encourages her employees to think outside the box and strongly believes in the potential for community organizers and startups to innovate how people think and learn about the world. Her efforts are being noticed and she was recently named a Holmes Report Top 25 Innovator. In addition, Beth made the 2018 PR Week Shortlist for Outstanding Agency Professional.

Karina Funk’s “Save-the-Planet Mutual Fund is Beating the Market, and according to Forbes, It’s Got Funk.”

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According to Forbes, Karina Funk and her team are bridging the gap between sustainability and business, and the schism that has historically pitted environmentalists and corporations against each other. She proves that businesses can (and absolutely must) adopt sustainability initiatives in order to not just help the environment, but also to lower costs, raise revenue and improve the value of their brands.