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December 2021

Donna Latson Gittens Awarded Women in Business Racial Equity Award

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Donna Latson Gittens is the recipient of the inaugural Women in Business Racial Equity Award. The Women in Business Racial Equity Award was created to enable The Boston Club to annually recognize a woman of color who founds, owns, or leads an organization that is committed to the advancement of women into leadership positions. The Boston Club’s President, Nancy Nager says, “We are pleased that the inaugural Women in Business Racial Equity Award goes to an individual who has been such a powerful force for good in our community. Donna will set the standard for future Award recipients who model best practices in diversity, equity and inclusion and women’s leadership in their organizations.” Read more about the honor here.

On November 15th, Donna also recently interviewed David Ortiz and CT State Treasurer Shawn T. Wooden for a minority business development forum hosted by the Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council and Fenway Sports Management. Read more about the event here.

IWF/MA Members Named 2021 Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in MA

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The Commonwealth Institute and Boston Globe Magazine recently have announced the 2021 edition of the Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts list.
2021 marks TCI’s 21st year recognizing the women power players driving the Massachusetts economy. Past honorees have come from fields ranging from biotechnology to architecture to retail, illustrating the diversity of women-led organizations across the Commonwealth.
Congratulations to the following IWF/MA Members:
  • Laurie H. Glimcher
  • Anne Klibanski
  • Myechia Minter-Jordan
  • Paula A. Johnson
  • Helen Drinan
  • Lynn Perry Wooten
  • Catherine D’Amato
  • Jane Steinmetz
  • Lisa S. Wieland
  • Sam King
  • Antoinette M. Hays
  • Pallavi Verma
  • Roberta Herman
  • Frederica Williams
  • Vikki Spruill
  • Deborah Theobald
  • Beth Monaghan
Left to right: (top row) Andrea Silbert, Colette Phillips, Sandy Edgerley (bottom row) Beth Chandler, Jane Steinmetz, Pam Everheart

IWF/MA Members Named the Boston Business Journal’s 2021 Power 50: The Movement Makers

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The Boston Business Journal named several IWF/MA members to their list of Movement Makers of 2021. These individuals in the Greater Boston business community are taking a stand, creating change, and taking actionable steps to work together to make Boston continue to grow as a place for equity, inclusion and diverse points of view.


Congratulations to the following IWF/MA Members:

  • Beth Chandler
  • Sandy Edgerly
  • Pam Everhart
  • Colette Phillips
  • Andrea Silbert
  • Jane Steinmetz


Read the complete list here.

Jackie Shoback’s Everest Acquisition Corporation Completes IPO

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Everest Consolidator Acquisition Corporation (MNTN) led by COO and board director, member Jackie Shoback, recently completed its Initial Public Offering.  Read more in the press release.  Their Special Purpose Acquisition Company offering was north of five times oversubscribed. Also, Jackie’s digital identity venture capital firm, 1414 Ventures, had its first portfolio company exit.  Singular Key was acquired by Ping Identity (PING) just over 3 months after 1414 Ventures made their investment.  Read more here.