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Leading Women Honorees

2019 Leading Women

Yvonne Garcia

Chief of Staff to CEO, State Street Corporation

  • 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

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