Member News

Full House at Smith & Wollensky

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On September 13 Diane Hessan and Carol Fulp hosted an informal get together at Smith & Wollensky in Boston. Over 20 members attended. We had an opportunity to welcome in new members, Marcela Aldaz-Matos, Patricia Howard and Marisa Kelly.

 

 

Summer 2022 Highlights

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Founding member Roz Gorin graciously hosted a group in June at her home for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres before a stunning Broadway-bound performance of 1776 at A.R.T. – with an all woman cast. About 20 members joined in the fun and caught up in person before a leisurely walk over to the theater. Shout out to Priscilla Douglas for helping to organize the A.R.T. logistics of the event for us.

 

Dana Born, Geri Denterlein, Margie Marshall, Roz Gorin, Fay Donahue, Priscilla Douglas, Rosemarie Day, Dianne Hessan and Siobhan Dullea at Roz Gorin’s home.

Margie Marshall, Judy Habib and Fay Donahue at Roz Gorin’s home

 

On July 11th, another group of members enjoyed an intimate dinner at the Painted Burro in Waltham organized by Lisa Wieland. Loosely called the “Metrowest Supper Club” we encourage members from any area to suggest a place to meet and dine. Sandi Fenwick commented, “What a joy finally to be in person over drinks and dinner with interesting, fun women colleagues and friends. Hearing how people navigated these past few years with joys and sorrows in an intimate and supportive casual group setting was so nice. Looking forward to the next one!”

 

A group of members enjoys dinner out at the Painted Burro

 

New Member Spotlight: Chief Justice Kimberly Budd

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Welcome, New Member: Kimberly Budd, Chief Justice, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court!

 

Kimberly was appointed to the Supreme Judicial Court by Governor Charles Baker as both an Associate Justice (sworn in on August 24, 2016) and as the Chief Justice (sworn in on December 1, 2020).  She earned her Bachelor’s degree in English from Georgetown University and law degree from Harvard Law School.

New Member Spotlight: Amanda Fernandez

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Welcome, New Member: Amanda Fernandez, CEO and Founder, Latinos for Education!

 

Amanda is a social entrepreneur and CEO/Founder of Latinos for Education, the first Latino founded and led national organization solely dedicated to creating leadership pathways for emerging Latino education leaders and diversifying education nonprofit boards. Amanda began working on issues of educational opportunity and representation serving as the Vice President of Latino external engagement at Teach For America and a Director at The Bridgespan Group, supporting clients on organization and talent development. Amanda’s career spans over 25 years working in the fields of recruiting, diversity, organization development, change management, strategic planning and Latino community engagement.

New Member Spotlight: Linda Dorcena Forry

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Welcome, New Member: Linda Dorcena Forry, Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion & Community, Suffolk Construction!

 

Linda is a Senior D&I executive with experience in business, state and municipal government and corporate governance. She spearheaded the establishment of Suffolk Constuctions’s first Diversity and Inclusion department and strategy and develops ongoing company strategy and programming for employees with focus on senior leadership. Linda is a former Democratic member of the Massachusetts Senate, who represented the 1st Suffolk district from June 2013 – January 2018.

 

New Member Spotlight: Elizabeth Lowrey

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Welcome, New Member: Elizabeth Lowrey, Principal, Director of Interior Architecture, Elkus Manfredi!

 

Elizabeth has been responsible for Elkus Manfredi’s interior architecture studio since the firm’s founding in 1988, and a part of the firm’s leadership since being named a principal in 2002. Today she is on the vanguard of workplace design as employers plan for a post-pandemic return to the office, coining the phrase, “The workplace is no longer a mandate, it must be a magnet.” Admired for her sophisticated design eye, business acumen, and skillful management, she attributes her success to her collaborative approach with clients.

New Member Spotlight: Bridget Long

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Welcome, New Member: Bridget Long, Dean and Saris Professor of Education and Economics, Harvard Graduate School of Education!

 

A member of the HGSE faculty since 2000, Long is an economist whose work focuses educational opportunity and success. She has made major contributions to the field’s understanding of the factors that influence student enrollment decisions and success in postsecondary education.  Long has evaluated the effects of policies as well as developed and tested interventions that aim to address challenges with affordability, academic preparation, and incomplete or complex information.

New Member Spotlight: Jenny Holaday

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Welcome, New Member: Jenny Holaday, President, Encore Boston Harbor!

 

Jenny brings her extensive background in the casino industry to her role of President of Encore Boston Harbor, which she assumed in August 2021. Previously the executive vice president of operations, Jenny oversees all aspects of the $2.6B resort’s operations and leads a team of nearly 3,000 employees.

IWF/MA Members Named 2022 Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Pinnacle Honorees

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Congratulations to IWF/MA members for being honored with one of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce’s 2022 Pinnacle Awards! The Pinnacle Awards is the premier event for women in business, and honors incredible leading women for their outstanding contributions to the workplace and commitment to enhancing the quality of life in the region.
Congratulations to the following IWF/MA Members:
Vikki Spruill, President & CEO, New England Aquarium
Achievement in Management – Non-Profit
Carole Charnow. President & CEO, Boston Children’s Museum
Achievement in Arts & Education
Judy Habib, Founder & Chairman, KHJ Brand Activation
Lifetime Achievement
View the list of past Pinnacle Award honorees, which includes many IWF/MA members, here.

New Member Spotlight: Marcela Aldaz-Matos

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Welcome, New Member: Marcela Aldaz-Matos, Managing Director, MCBI Advisors LLC and Chairwoman, ALPFA!

 

Marcela is a business executive with more than 20 years of experience in strategy, talent management, and leadership with a proven track record of delivering substantial growth in highly competitive business organizations. Working collaboratively with C-suite leaders or their direct reports, her main focus is on harnessing the business value of organizational development and talent management to yield high business impact. Marcela has extensive experience in financial services, healthcare and non-profit organizations, and has managed numerous U.S. and international teams in the areas of business development and service delivery for multicultural markets locally and internationally.