Women Opening Doors for Women

Inspire Tomorrow's Leaders at our 12th Annual Women Opening Doors for Women

Women Opening Doors for Women is an evening designed to inspire connection between MWF members and emerging young leaders in our community. 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.

Join us in thanking our tremendous 2018 Sponsors.

Member Registration through the Event Page.


  • Helen Drinan, Simmons
  • Melanie Foley, Liberty Mutual
  • Linda Henry, The Boston Globe
  • Tara Levine, Ocean Spray
  • Deborah Manus, Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
  • Barbara Heinemann, Eastern Bank
  • Donna Cupelo, Verizon
  • Tracey Flaherty, Natixis Global Asset Management
  • Gloria Larson, Bentley University
  • Cordi O’Hara, National Grid
  • Julie Slattery, Verizon
  • Renee Connolly, MilliporeSigma
  • Judy Habib, KHJ Brand Activation
  • Micho Spring, Weber Shandwick


  • Dana Born, Harvard Kennedy, Center for Public Leadership
  • Susan Esper, Deloitte & Touche LLP
  • Joyce Murphy, UMASS Medical School
  • Kem Danner, State Street
  • Heather Campion, Mount Vernon Strategies
  • Nancy Crimmin, EdD, Becker College
  • Diane Hessan, C Space
  • Gale Murray, The Business Journals
  • Heidi Wyle, Venti Technologies

6:00 PM – Networking cocktail reception

7:00 PM – Buffet Dinner & Program– Mentees are seated at tables with MWF Members who are the mentors for the evening.

  • Fireside Chat with Carol Fulp, President & CEO of The Partnership and Gloria Larson, President Bentley University
  • Member Panel Discussion led by Jesse Mermell, President of Alliance for Business Leadership with Panelists: Rachel Kaprielian (U.S. Government Relations at McDonald’s); Susan Rittscher (CEO of the Center for Women and Enterprise); Lauren Pimpare (CEO of the Tomorrow’s Women Today)
  • Small Group Mentoring Sessions, the most powerful portion of the event, led by our Member Mentors.

9:00 PM – Conclusion

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