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Leading Women Awards

Leading Women Awards

Boston's premier leadership recognition event for women, the Leading Women Awards celebrate the outstanding commitment and contributions of women in our community. Honorees represent diversity of leadership in the community and beyond, and promote inclusion and opportunity for girls and women.

Today more than ever, it is critical for girls to believe that they can become anything they aspire to be. By supporting the Leading Women Awards, you help ensure that all girls have the opportunity to become Girl Scouts, regardless of their background or circumstances.

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Leading Women Honorees

2019 Leading Women

  • Yvonne Garcia, Chief of Staff to CEO, State Street Corporation
  • Diane Hessan, CEO, Salient Ventures & Chairman, C Space
  • Deb Taft, Chief Executive Officer, Lois L. Lindauer Searches
  • Amy Koch Flynn, Head of Trading, Mellon and CEO of xBK, a BNY Mellon Company | Fireside Chat host

A special thank you to our attendees and sponsors of this year’s 2019 Leading Women Awards. To learn more about this year’s Leading Women Honorees and Girl Scouts, please view our event program book. Don’t forget to check out the photos from this year's event!

Leading Women 2008-2018
  • Diane McLoughlin, Head of Eagle Americas and Chief Client Officer, Eagle Investment Systems, a BNY Mellon Company
  • Elizabeth Stevenson, LPD, CAPT, VP of Enrollment Management & External Affairs, Massachusetts Maritime Academy
  • Tanisha M. Sullivan, Esq., Head of Legal Industrial Affairs,
    Sanofi Genzyme and Sanofi North America
  • Phyllis Barajas, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Conexión
  • Linda Connly, SVP, Enterprise Customer Advocacy & Strategy,
    Dell EMC
  • Danielle Curcio, Vice President of Engineering, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems
  • Jessica T. Donohue, PhD, Executive Vice President, Chief Innovation Officer and Head of Advisory and Information Solutions, State Street Global Exchange
  • Stephanie Browne, Senior Director, Information Technology-Healthcare, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
  • Dr. Divina Grossman, Professor and Former Chancellor, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
  • Hannah Grove, Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer, State Street Corporation
  • Linda K. Zecher, President, Chief Executive Officer and Director, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • The Honorable Martha Coakley, Attorney General of Massachusetts
  • Christa Hagearty, President and CEO, Dependable Cleaners
  • Dr. Denise Hammon, President, Marian Court College
  • Elaine Steward, Vice President and Club Counsel, Boston Red Sox
  • Janet Wu, Anchor/Reporter, 7News/CW56
  • Helen G. Drinan, President, Simmons College
  • Denise Kaigler, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs & Communications, Boston Scientific Corporation
  • Sheila Lirio Marcelo, Founder & CEO,
  • Joyce Maroney, Senior Director Customer Experience & Services Marketing, Kronos Incorporated

    Leading Man: The Honorable Thomas M. Menino, Mayor of Boston 
  • Beth I.Z. Boland, Partner, Bingham McCutchen LLP
  • Joanna Lau, Founder and CEO, Lau Technologies
  • Juliette C. Mayers, Executive Director, Multicultural Marketing, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts; Speaker, Author
  • Marie A. Turley, Executive Director, City of Boston Women's Commission
  • Susan Windham Bannister, Ph.D., President and CEO, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center
Leading Man: Bill Fine, President and General Manager, WCVB-TV &
  • Joanne Chang, Restaurateur, Flour Bakery and Myers + Chang
  • Jennifer Tour Chayes, Distinguished Scientist and Managing Director, Microsoft Research New England
  • Callie Crossley, Host, “The Callie Crossley Show,” WGBH-FM, 89.7
  • Stacey Lucchino, Chairman of the Advisory Board Program in Education, Afterschool & Resiliency, McLean Hospital, Harvard
  • Helen Sayles, Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Administration Liberty Mutual Group
  • Maria Tedesco, Group Executive Vice President, Business Banking, Citizens Financial Group
  • Gloria Cordes Larson Esq., President, Bentley University
  • Paula Smith, Partner, U.S. Assurance Alternatives Practice Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
  • Lauren Stiller Rikleen, Executive Director, The Bowditch Institute for Women's Success and Partner, Real Estate and Environmental Law Practice Group, Bowditch & Dewey LLP
  • Sabine I. St. Lot, Vice President of Business Diversity, State Street Corporation
  • Ellen Zane, President and Chief Executive Officer, Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children

Leading Man: Stephen Ross, President, Boston Division, Clear Channel Outdoor

  • Jackie Glenn, Chief Diversity Officer, EMC Corporation
  • Paula Adina Johnson, M.D, M.P.H., Chief, Division of Women’s Health and Executive Director, Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Julie Kahn, Vice President/New England Market Manager, Entercom New England
  • Barbara Lee, Principal, The Barbara Lee Family Foundation
  • Sue Morelli, President & CEO, Au Bon Pain

Leading Man: J. Keith Motley, Ph.D., Chancellor, University of Massachusetts Boston

  • Michelle Courton Brown, Senior Vice President, Philanthropic Practice Advisor, Bank of America
  • Susan M. Esper, Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP
  • Kerry Murphy Healey, Ph.D., Former Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
  • Ambassador Swanee Hunt, Founding Director of the Women & Public Policy Program, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government
  • Laura J. Sen, President and CEO, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc.
  • Liz Walker, Host & Executive Producer, Sunday with Liz Walker

Leading Man: Michael Olivieri, Boston Business Journal

Leading Women 2000-2007
  • Doreen Bilezikian, Bilezikian Family Foundation
  • Karen M. Hall, News Anchor, WB56
  • Pam Hamlin, President, Managing Partner, Arnold Worldwide
  • Debra Miller, Senior Vice President and Director of Corporate Affairs of New England, Citizens Bank
  • Elizabeth O'Neill, First Justice, Probate & Family Court Bristol County
  • Dr. Zorica Pantić, President, Wentworth Institute of Technology
  • Pamela Salkovitz, President, Stride Rite Children’s Group
  • Linda Shyavitz, President and CEO, Sturdy Memorial Hospital
  • Addie Swartz, Founder and CEO, B*tween Productions, Inc.
  • Dr. Asha Wallace, Family Practitioner
  • Elizabeth Williams, President and CEO, Roxbury Technology Systems
  • Monica Cost, Broker, Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.
  • Phyllis Hughes, President, MPG Newspapers
  • Catherine Key, Neutral Ground Visitation Center
  • Loretta LaRoche, Loretta LaRoche Productions
  • Jane Lundquist, Rockland Trust Company
  • Stacy Madison, Co-Founder, Stacy’s Pita Chips
  • Therese Murray, Senate President
  • Dr. Kathy O'Loughlin, CEO & President, Delta Dental of Massachusetts
  • Elizabeth Pattullo, CEO & President, Beacon Hill Strategies LLC
  • Dr. Una Ryan, CEO & President, AVANTI Immunotherapeutics, Inc.
  • Marylou Sandry, Marylou's Coffee
  • Irina Simmons, Senior Vice President & Treasurer, EMC Corporation
  • Zamawa Arenas, Argus Communications
  • Anne Brengle, New Bedford Whaling Museum
  • Dina Chu, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, New Basics Inc.
  • Aileen Gorman, Executive Director, The Commonwealth Institute
  • Marty Jones, President, Corcoran Jennison, Cos.
  • Christine Keville, President & CEO, Keville Enterprises
  • Deborah Kolb, Deloitte Ellen Gabriel Professor for Women & Leadership, Simmons School of Management
  • Jean MacCormack, Chancellor, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
  • Sandra McCroom, Executive Director, Roxbury Youthworks, Inc.
  • Debbie McLaughlin, Slade's Ferry Bank
  • Joan Menard, Senator
  • Ann Merrifield, President of BioSurgery, Genzyme
  • Dr. Alice Coombs, South Shore Hospital
  • Christie Coombs, Family Advisory Committee of the Massachusetts 9/11 Fund
  • Consuelo Gonzales Thornell, Treasurer and Board Member, Boston Redevelopment Authority
  • Dr. Carol Hardy-Fanta, Director, Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy, John W. McCormack, Univeristy of Massachusetts, Boston
  • Dr. Mallika Marshall, Health Watch Reporter, CBS 4
  • Ellyn McColgan, President, Fidelity Brokerage Company
  • Cheryl Mongell, Market Area President, New England Verizon Communications
  • Shannon O'Brien
  • Lou Russo, Comcast
  • Sylvia Stevens-Edouard, Director, Community Relations Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts
  • Adrian Tinsley, Bridgewater State College
  • Dr. Constance Cepko, Head of the Ph.D. program of Biological & Biomedical Sciences, Harvard Medical School
  • Karen Golz, CPA & Partner, Ernst & Young LLP
  • Nancy Leaming, President and CEO, Tufts Health Plan
  • Gail Long, President, Citizens Capital Inc.
  • Frances Moseley, Community Activist
  • María Quiroga, Partner at Sessa, Glick, Quiroga & Hibbard
  • Dr. Gail Tsimprea, Director of Quality Assurance and Risk Management, McLean Hospital
  • Dr. Rev. Gloria White-Hammond, Co-Pastor, Bethel AME Church
  • Marilyn Anderson Chase, Senior Vice President, United Way of Mass Bay
  • Elizabeth Ashur, Producer, The Admirabilis Music Series and Girl Scout
  • Carol Fulp, Vice President of Community Relations, John Hancock Financial Services, Inc.
  • Bernadine Nash, President and General Manager, Radio One, Boston
  • Maureen Scannell Bateman, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, State Street Corporation
  • Martha Sloan Felch, Senior Vice President, Director of Specialty Banking, Sovereign Bank
  • Micho Spring, Chairman, New England Weber Shandwick
  • Joyce Strom, Executive Director, Mass Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Children
  • Janet Wu, State House Reporter, Channel 5
  • Ingrid Broadnax, Project Director, Higher Educational Resource Centers
  • Brandy Cruthird, President, Body by Brandy Fitness Studio
  • Vicki Donlan, Founder and Publisher, Women’s Business
  • Ruth Ellen Fitch, Partner, Palmer & Dodge LLP
  • Stephanie Harriston-Diggs,  Director of Volunteer Services, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Katherine Hesse, Founding Partner, Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane
  • Jane Howard, Co-Founder, Howard/Stein Associates, Inc.
  • Anica Law, Founder, Young Volunteers of a New Age
  • Dr. Eugenia Marcus, Pediatric Health Care, Newton-Wellesley Hospital
  • Sara Shiggs-Quiroga, Student/Athlete, Boston Latin School
  • Teri Williams, Executive Vice President, The Bank of Boston Commerce
  • Geneva Evans, Committee for Boston Housing
  • Jessica L. Geheran, Girl Scout
  • Judy George, Founder & CEO, Domain Home Fashions
  • Deborah Heller, President, Heller Cunningham
  • Nancy Hopkins, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Eileen McNamara, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, The Boston Globe
  • Bik-Fung Ng, Senior Communications Specialist, City of Boston
  • Regina Pisa, Goodwin Proctor & Hoar LLP
  • Aura Sanchez-Garfunkel, Micronesia Country Director, Peace Corps
  • Mary Lou Speaker-Churchill, Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Lindsey Thorne-Bingham, Girl Scout
  • Bennie Wiley, President and CEO, The Partnership Inc.

Leading Women 1992-1999
  • Marjorie Agosin, Professor, Wellesley College
  • Kimberly Ann Barstow, Girl Scout
  • JudyAnn Bigby, Medical Director, Brigham & Women’s Hospital for Women, Family & Community Programs
  • Agnes Bundy Scanlan, Fleet Financial Group
  • Kathleen Casavant, Mass AFL-CIO
  • Jean Lau Chin, CEO Services
  • Loretta DeGrazia, East Coast Petroleum
  • Barbara Gardner, Massachusetts House of Representatives
  • Karen Green, WilmerHale
  • K-K Gregory, Wristies
  • Charlayne Murrell-Smith, Boston Children’s Museum
  • Judith Nitsch, Judith Nitsch Engineering Inc.
  • Patricia O’Brien, Simmons Graduate School of Management
  • Elizabeth Smith, Hyams Foundation
  • Katherine Triantafillou, Cambridge City Council
  • Zoe Aponte, Reebok International Ltd.
  • Dawn Ash, Student, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Louray Barton, Codman Square Health Center
  • Kathleen Coffey, District Court, West Roxbury Division
  • Elizabeth Cook, Founder, Advertising Club of Greater Boston
  • Gail Deegan, Houghton Mifflin Co.
  • Pam Fernandes, Hartford Life Insurance Co.
  • Lily Lawn-Tsao, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center
  • Holly Metcalf, Row as One Institute Inc.
  • Mary Truong, Bank of Boston
  • Antonia Velez, Damien Funderburg Youth Program 
  • Kathleen Delaney-Smith, Harvard University
  • Anne Finucane, Fleet Financial Group
  • Alyssa Fong, Senior Girl Scout
  • Frieda Garcia, United South End Settlements
  • Phyllis Godwin, Granite City Electric Supply Co.
  • Esther Hopkins, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
  • Rosemary Jordano, ChildrenFirst, Inc.
  • Meizhu Lui, Health Care for All
  • Kathryn Nedelman, Senior Girl Scout
  • Colette Phillips, Colette Phillips Communications, Inc.
  • Joyce Plotkin, Massachusetts Software Council
  • Lois Silverman, The Commonwealth Institute
  • Caroline Chang, Office of Civil Rights, Department of Health & Human Services
  • Judith Clapp, The MITRE Corp.
  • Martha Crowninshield, Boston Ventures Management
  • Jovita Fontanez, Latinas y Niños Center
  • Andrea Haney, Boston Latin School, Senior Girl Scout
  • Sylvia Harris-Carr, Fully Dressed
  • Raushanah Muhammad, Boston Latin Academy, Senior Girl Scout
  • Kathleen O’Toole, Executive Office of Public Safety, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Vikki Pryor Harris, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
  • Pamela Reeve, Lightbridge, Inc.
  • Patricia Smith, The Boston Globe
  • Rina Spence, The Spencer Center for Women’s Health
  • Rya Zobel, The Federal Judicial Center
  • Frances Butler, Mother Caroline Academy
  • Elba Crespo, Gonzalez-Brookside Community Health Center
  • Trang Diem Ho, Girl Scout, Student, Brighton High School
  • Emanuela Fenelon, Girl Scout, Student
  • Ellen P. Gabriel, Deloitte & Touche
  • Margaret Harrison, The Boston Company
  • Marian Heard, United Way of Massachusetts Bay
  • Regina Herzlinger, Professor of Business Management, Harvard Business School
  • Carol Johnson, Landscape Architect
  • Elizabeth Lee, Girl Scout
  • Cathy Minehan, Federal Reserve Bank
  • Deolinda Rodrigues, Girl Scout, Student, Brighton High School
  • Gail Snowden, Bank of Boston
  • Kara Wolters, Student, University of Connecticut
  • Sarah Buel, Attorney, Domestic Violence Advocate
  • Louise Condon, Realtor, Community Volunteer
  • Barbara Dawson, Community Volunteer
  • Danielle Farinato, Student, Watertown High School
  • Barbara Gray, Massachusetts State Representative
  • Vivian Huang, United Commercial Bank
  • Valerie Knotts, Clinic Administrator, The Boston University Sargent Clinic
  • Margaret Lazarus, Documentary Filmmaker
  • Alyce Lee, Chief of Staff, Mayor’s Office, City of Boston
  • Evelyn Murphy, Executive Vice President for Corporate Affairs, Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Sandra Rehe, Weymouth United Methodist Church
  • Mercedes Roman, Marlborough Police Department
  • Cidhinnia Torres-Campos
  • Elaine Alpert, Committee of Domestic Violence, Massachusetts Medical Society
  • Johanna Beers, Student, Skidmore University
  • Monique Bynoe, Student, Georgetown University
  • Diane M. Capstaff, Executive Vice President, John Hancock Financial Services
  • Jane Claflin, Trustee, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Susan Comeau, Senior Vice President, State Street Bank and Trust Co.
  • Daryl Hellman, Executive Vice President, Northeastern University
  • Norma Karaian, Attorney
  • Terry Marotta, Syndicated Columnist
  • Lucia Mayerson-David, Professor of Management, UMass Boston
  • Carolyn Ramsey – Executive Director, Massachusetts Coalition of Battered Women
  • Judy Richardson, Film Producer, Civil Rights Advocate
  • Leslie Tuplin, Civil Engineer of Central Artery/Tunnel Project
  • Joan Wallace-Benjamin, President & CEO, Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts
  • Kerry Butts, College freshman, teacher, peer leader & community volunteer
  • Sheila S. Crawford, Vice President, The Boston Company
  • Paulette Harwood, Dancer, choreographer, designer and director, Paulette’s Ballet Studio
  • Nicole Hinds, High school student, peer tutor, community volunteer
  • Donna Latson Gittens, Vice President of Community Programming, WCVB-TV Boston
  • Ann Ligums, Founder, The Center for Children with Special Needs
  • Eileen Moran Brown, President, Cambridge College
  • Ivonne Ortiz, Coordinator, Egleston Square Neighborhood Association
  • Reverend Cheng Imm Tan, Reverend and Advocate Founder, Southeast Asian Battered Women’s Advocacy
  • Dr. Alison Taunton-Rigby, Senior Vice President of Biotherapeutics, Genzyme Corp.
  • Ruby Transue, ABC Quilts Coordinator, Community Volunteer
  • Joyce Williams-Mitchell, Associate Director, The Reebok Foundation