Women Opening Doors for Women

Inspiring Tomorrow’s Leaders

WODFW is the MWF’s annual mentoring program, designed to inspire connections between MWF members and emerging young leaders in Massachusetts. This casual and candid dinner event offers more than 100 mentees access to small, interactive group sessions led by MWF members – all women of substantial influence in the Greater Boston area. It is through this mentoring relationship that we hope to inspire, counsel and teach each other, providing our most promising young leaders with access to the best role models.

Women Opening Doors for Women (WODFW) is the signature event of the Massachusetts Women’s Forum. We will be holding our 12th annual WODFW in the spring of 2018.

WODFW is an evening designed to inspire connection between MWF members and emerging young leaders in our community. The event begins with an opportunity to network with peers and mentors followed by dinner and typically three, interactive small group sessions— led by MWF mentors who will answer questions and share their personal stories and wisdom.

Through personal interactions between women of substantial influence in the Greater Boston area, our members, and the area’s most promising emerging women leaders, WODFW delivers a dynamic evening of mentoring, access, empowerment and role models. It is through this mentoring relationship we hope to inspire, counsel, and teach each other. MWF members identify over 120 mentees to take advantage of this opportunity.

Women Opening Doors for Women is the preeminent mentoring event in the city that supports emerging leaders as they build their careers.

Please let us know if you are interested in sponsoring the event or being involved in the planning!

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
BRONZE (cont’d)
  • 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

The Tenth Annual Massachusetts Women’s Forum Women Opening Doors For Women Mentoring Event (WODFW) was held on Thursday, March 31, 2016 at the State House. The theme of the event was “Fostering Women’s Leadership”.

The goal of WODFW is to bring emerging women leaders together with women of substantial influence in the Greater Boston area, for mentoring, showcasing living-and- breathing role models, and engendering an “I can do it too!” worldview. We hope to inspire emerging leaders through interactions with our membership in a world-class event. In 2016 we had over 110 mentees and over 40 mentor/members from MWF.

The evening began with a cocktail reception on the Grand Staircase from 6:00-6:30pm. Attendees then moved into The Great Hall for a seated dinner with MWF member hosts at each table. They then heard from our Elected State Constitutional Officials, enjoyed a Keynote Speech by Cathy Minehan, Dean, Simmons College School of Management, and participated in three interactive topic-based small-group sessions led by MWF members who answered attendee questions and shared their personal stories and wisdom.

A tremendous thank you to our

2016 Sponsors:

  • BNY Mellon
  • Bentley
  • AT&T
  • Verizon
  • State Street
  • Personal
  • B&W
GOLD (cont’d)
  • Simmons
  • Eos Foundation
  • Slolum Consulting
  • National Grid
  • Regina Pisa
  • Weber Shandwick
  • Diane Hessan
  • Heidi Wyle
  • Dana Born
  • Gale Murray
  • Betsy Nabel
  • Lynn Nicholas