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Announcing the 2018 Pinnacle Award Honorees

December 06, 2017

The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 Pinnacle Awards, honoring nine remarkable, senior-level women in Greater Boston for outstanding achievement in business and management in the following categories: Entrepreneurship; Management – Private; Management – Government; Management – Nonprofit; Professions; Health Care, Arts, and Education; Emerging Executive; and Lifetime Achievement. This year, we are pleased to announce a special ninth award for Achievement in the Advancement of Women Professionals. The honorees will be recognized on Friday, January 26, 2018 at the annual Pinnacle Award luncheon held at the Boston Marriott Copley Place Hotel. 

We are thrilled to celebrate our 2018 Pinnacle awardees and honor their contributions to their organizations, their industries, and their communities – including our Greater Boston business community. The Pinnacle Awards Luncheon continues to be one of most inspirational and uplifting Chamber programs of the year, all thanks to the truly incredible women leading our region and the Commonwealth in remarkable ways. - Jim Rooney, Boston Chamber President & CEO

The 2018 Pinnacle Award honorees are listed below:

Advancement of Women Professionals

Katy O’Neil, Executive Vice President

Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce


Alison Nolan, Principal

Boston Harbor Cruises

Management - Private

Karen Keenan, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer

State Street Corporation

Management - Government

Karyn Polito, Lieutenant Governor

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Management - Nonprofit

Lynn Margherio, Founder and CEO

Cradles to Crayons


Merit E. Cudkowicz, MD, Chief of Neurology

Massachusetts General Hospital

Health Care, Arts, & Education

Liz Cheng, General Manager of Television

WGBH and WORLD Channel

Emerging Executive

Courtney B. Scrubbs, Corporate Counsel, Legal Industrial Affairs


Lifetime Achievement

Reverend Liz Walker, Pastor

Roxbury Presbyterian Church

Learn more about each of our 2018 honorees here.

The Pinnacle Awards luncheon was started 24 years ago by the Chamber’s Women’s Network and has become one of the premier business gatherings in the region, attracting more than 1,000 attendees. Past honorees include the Honorable Evelyn Murphy, Diane Hessan, Anne Finucane, Gloria Larson, Joan Wallace-Benjamin, Diane Patrick, Kate Walsh, and Carol Fulp. View all past honorees by achievement here.

The awards are designed to honor leading women for outstanding achievement in the workplace, demonstrated leadership that has made a difference, and a commitment to enhance the quality of life in the region.

Members of the press wishing to cover the 2018 Pinnacle Awards should RSVP to Katie Hauser at khauser@bostonchamber.com.

About the Greater Boston Chamber

The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce is the convener, voice and advocate of our region’s business community, committed to making Greater Boston the best place for businesses and people to thrive. It helps its members and Greater Boston succeed by convening and connecting the business community; researching, developing and advocating for public policies that contribute to our region’s economic success; and providing comprehensive leadership development programs designed to grow strong business and civic leaders. Learn more at BostonChamber.com.

The Greater Boston Chamber’s Women’s Network was founded in 1994 to promote and expand economic opportunities throughout the Greater Boston region for all women in business through shared leadership and expertise. The Women’s Network offers programs that provide career enrichment and development opportunities for women at all professional levels, spotlight the accomplishments of women, and promote the positive influence that women have upon the Greater Boston region. Learn more at BostonChamber.com/programs-events/womens-network