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Frances West Named to 3Play Media Board of Directors

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MWF Board Member, Frances West, former Chief Accessibility Officer has been named to the board of directors at 3Play Media, the leading video accessibility provider to bring critically relevant experience that will help guide 3Play Media through its next stage of growth. Read the press release here.

Upcoming May and June Events!

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Join MWF for Join the Massachusetts Women’s Forum for some fantastic events in May and June! Connect with old friends and new, learn about and discuss current topics with “members only” speakers, and have some fun. All events will be held virtually via Zoom and are exclusively for MWF members. Details here: https://conta.cc/3eiZNFE

Christine Timmins Barry Honored by Junior Achievement of New England

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Congratulations to MWF Member, Christine Timmins Barry who was recently honored by Junior Achievement of New England with its Spirit of JA award for Individual of the Year. Ms. Barry started her journey with Junior Achievement in Cincinnati, as a classroom volunteer, and then became a board member and Board Chair in 2006. In 2014, her family moved back to her hometown of Boston, MA and she joined JAofNNE’s board. From 2018-2020, Christine served as Board Chair. Christine is the true definition of a JA champion, supporting JAofNNE’s strategy and events, serving on board committees and engaging Endurance International Group (now Newfold Digital) employees to serve as volunteers and mentors in the classroom.

Chief Justice Margaret Marshall Awarded Bolch Prize for the Rule of Law

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Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall (ret.) has been named the 2021 recipient of the Bolch Prize for the Rule of Law from the Bolch Judicial Institute of Duke Law School. The prize is awarded annually to “an individual or organization who has demonstrated extraordinary dedication to the rule of law and advancing rule of law principles around the world.” She is the third recipient of the Prize. The first was Justice Anthony Kennedy.

IWF Fellows Program

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Each year, International Women’s Forum (IWF) invests in making women stronger, smarter and more influential through its Fellows Program, a year-long, intensive leadership development experience. The recruitment of the next cohort of IWF Fellows is underway and applications are due June 1. MWF members are encouraged to help identify potential candidates for the program. Complete program details can be found here: https://www.iwforum.org/fellows_program For more information contact MWF Member Alison Taunton-Rigby, atauntonrigby@yahoo.com

Member Priscilla Douglas Elected Chair of Boston Public Library’s Board of Trustees

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MWF Member and current Board Vice President, Priscilla H. Douglas, was unanimously elected Chair of the Board of Trustees, Boston Public Library [BPL] on March 23, 2021. Handing the “virtual gavel” the former Chair Bob Gallery remarked that “Priscilla is the right person at the right time” to lead this venerable institution. Together the 15 Trustees are diverse and emblematic of Boston, which is a majority minority city. And for the first time, with Vice Chair Evelyn Arana Ortiz and Clerk Pamela Carver the three officers of the Trustees are women.  Founded in 1848, the BPL is the oldest library in the United States, and its mission is to advance knowledge “free to all”. The library has always been a place to discover, develop and dream.  Priscilla is honored to step into this role during this dynamic time.

Member Cady Coleman Launches New Podcast

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Just Launched! MWF Member Cady Coleman’s new podcast, Mission: Interplanetaryboldly goes where few space podcasts have gone before as they look at the Big Questions –– the challenges, opportunities, and mysteries facing us as we seek to build positive futures on Earth and beyond.

Cady Coleman is co-host, along with physicist and author Andrew Maynard. The conversations that we have together with our guests –  everyone from science fiction writers and artists to engineers and rocket scientists — have been just….stellar!

New Member Spotlight: Emily Oberlee

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Welcome, New Member: Emily Oberlee, Head of Global Supply Chain, Sanofi Genzyme!


At Sanofi, Emily partners with executive business leaders across the network to influence outcomes and long term supply of critical life-saving specialty care biologic medicines for patients, leading global teams to develop supply/capacity scenarios and risk/contingency strategies.



New Member Spotlight: Maura Markus

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Welcome, New Member: Maura Markus, Independent Board Member!


Maura has more than 25 years of experience leading operations, sales, and marketing initiatives in the U.S. and Europe, helping build both Bank of the West and Citibank in senior executive and board roles. Ms. Markus has been named one of American Banker’s Most Powerful Women in Banking multiple times.

New Member Spotlight: Margaret Low

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Welcome, New Member: Margaret Low, CEO and GM, WBUR!


At WBUR, she leads one of public radio’s premier stations, with the biggest newsroom in the system. In addition to its rich local reporting, WBUR produces a slate of national programs, on air and online, that reach millions of people.