Member News

New Member Spotlight: Jaime Mahoney

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Welcome, New Member: Jaime Mahoney, CEO, Tea Forté!


As CEO, Jaime has been able to successfully transform Tea Forté, a luxury tea business headquartered in Greater Boston, to a high growth organization, with 2020 being a banner year and the strongest in the company’s history. She has more than 20 years’ experience in Consumer Products, bringing strong growth results to the teams and organizations she has managed.

Priscilla Douglas Joins American Repertory Theater’s Board of Trustees

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Priscilla Douglas was just announced as a new member of the Board of Trustees at Harvard University’s American Repertory Theater. The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University is a leading force in the American theater, producing groundbreaking work that is driven by risk-taking and passionate inquiry. Priscilla was among six new Trustees and five new Advisors who joined the theater’s respective boards during the 2020/21 Season.


“I’m thrilled to welcome these A.R.T. champions to our Boards of Trustees and Advisors and grateful for the wisdom, diverse expertise, and commitment they bring to the institution in this pivotal moment of transformation and visioning,” said Board of Trustees Chair Andrew Ory.


Rosemarie Day’s Day Health Strategies Celebrates 11 Years

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This year, Day Health Strategies celebrated 11 years in business. Founder and CEO, Rosemarie Day said, “The pandemic has made our firm stronger. We have re-dedicated ourselves to our core values, including health equity and organizational transformation. One of our most significant projects has been working with the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers to develop and roll out a playbook for the Covid-19 vaccine in underserved communities this past spring. This document is a testament to the hard work and collaboration of so many people to help end this pandemic.  It’s also a successful model that we can bring to other projects and clients.”

Song Composed in Honor of Paula Johnson

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South Shore Conservatory recently announced Nkeiru Okoye as the composer-in-residence for its new SSC Transform initiative, which uses music education as a vehicle to promote social awareness and social justice. Okoye wrote the piece “Grayce and Sickle” as a tribute to Dr. Paula Johnson, MWF member and president of Wellesley College. “An academic and cardiologist, Johnson has a special interest in the research of the correlation between genetics and medicine. The title of the work is derived from Grayce, Johnson’s mother who encouraged and nurtured her, and sickle cell disease, a genetic blood disorder that impacts many people of African descent.” To read more about the song and concert click here.

Heidi Wyle’s Venti Technologies Announces $8 Million in Funding

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Venti Technologies, founded by MWF Member Heidi Wyle, Ph.D., Founder and CEO, recently announced $8 Million in funding to continue scaling the companies, autonomous mobility for logistics, supply chain and transportation markets. Read more on the company’s website:

Peggy Jablonski’s Camino Way Walks Highlighted in Cape Cod Times

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Member Peggy Jablonski was highlighted in the Cape Cod Times for her five walking tours that focus on local history and connecting the past to current issues. The walks cover topics everywhere from sea captains and the economy of slavery in Cape Cod to the Wampanoag experience of the Mayflower landing. Click here to read more about her journey to learn this history and in crafting the tours.


New Member Spotlight: Lesli Suggs

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Welcome, New Member: Lesli Suggs, President and CEO, The Home for Little Wanderers!


Lesli has devoted her career to child welfare and has been a tireless advocate for vulnerable children and families. Her work is driven by her belief that all children have the potential to live a productive and fulfilling life if given the resources and opportunities.


The Castle Group Wins Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award

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Castle Group, co-founded by member Sandy Lish, was recently announced as recipients of this year’s Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award. Castle won for “Small Business Champion,” which celebrates a successful small business that is also working to strengthen and advocate for others in the small business community. Read more about the award here.


The award comes on the heels of Castle’s 25th anniversary, the company being named a Forbes 2021 Top 200 PR Firm, and the recent recognition of Sandy and Wendy as Top WBE CEOs of 2021 by Women’s Enterprise magazine.



Rosemarie Day Advocates for Healthcare for Mothers on Mother’s Day

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Member Rosemarie Day recently penned an article for The Health Care Blog, advocating for healthcare for mothers, especially poor mothers and mothers of color who have been disproportionally impacted by the pandemic. Read more here.

Ellen Langer Talks Mindfulness in Harvard Gazette

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Ellen Langer has been prominently featured on Harvard University’s website about embracing mindfulness. “Mindfulness is the simple process of noticing new things about the familiar. When we notice actively, we become sensitive to perspective and change.” Read more here.