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Chamber Announces New Women's Network Workplace Culture Initiative

February 01, 2019

The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce a new Women’s Network program called All in for Advancement. Produced in partnership with Babson College, All in for Advancement will develop leaders who have a positive impact on their office cultures by helping participants gain a deeper understanding of gender acumen and inclusion and providing them with the learning tools needed to achieve inclusivity in their offices through a year-long group leadership program. While the initiative is presented as a program of the Chamber’s Women’s Network, the hope is that a broader focus on overall office culture will ultimately create more positive working environments for all individuals across the greater Boston business community.

All in for Advancement is the result of a year-long planning exercise with Chamber staff, the Women’s Network Advisory Board, and Babson College. The group set out to mark the 25th anniversary of the Women’s Network with a bold initiative intended to focus on improving workplace cultures for women in business, while also creating more opportunities and more equitable representation for women on boards and in the C-suite.

Our inaugural cohort will set the groundwork for what we hope will be a larger groundswell of support for greater Boston women in the workforce. This cohort includes the following 10 “INfluencers:”  

  • Comcast
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
  • Foley Hoag
  • Google
  • JLL
  • Putnam Investments
  • PwC
  • Rapid7
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Wells Fargo

In addition to participating in the program, Comcast is a sponsor of All in for Advancement. 

INfluencers will send three to four staff members – outside of human resource teams – who represent a mix of genders, disciplines, seniority, racial and ethnic backgrounds to be a part of the program. The curriculum is designed to give participants a better understanding of how they can shift their cultures towards increased gender equity and inclusivity. In addition to peer support and networking between INfluencers, exposure to exemplar leaders of culture change, and tailored group coaching sessions, each organization will have the opportunity to launch a scalable pilot effort to support inclusion which will be presented to company leadership at the culmination of the program.

 “For the past 25 years, the Women’s Network has connected, advanced, and celebrated women in business, helping to establish the Greater Boston Chamber as the leading business association for professional women in our region, and beyond,” said James E. Rooney, president and CEO of the Chamber. “All in for Advancement is our way of taking the work of the Women’s Network to the next level by calling on the business community to lead the way in removing barriers that are preventing equitable workplaces.”

“In recognizing our silver anniversary, we didn’t just want to look back at past success. We wanted to think about the next 25 years, and the work we need to do to ensure that all women have safe and inclusive office cultures where they can thrive,” said Yvonne Garcia, chair of the Women’s Network Advisory Board and senior vice president at State Street. “I am thankful to the Chamber and our Advisory Board members for thinking big about Women’s Network 2.0 and look forward to seeing that work not only come to fruition, but also have a lasting impact.”

“Fostering a welcoming, inclusive, and healthy work environment for our employees is a critical part of our talent attraction and retention strategy,” said Tracy Pitcher, regional senior vice president, Comcast Greater Boston. “We are grateful to the Chamber for this opportunity to focus on our company culture by involving our employees in the process and learning from our peers in different sectors and industries.”

Learn more about All in for Advancement.

The Chamber announced the kickoff of All in for Advancement at the 25th Anniversary Pinnacle Awards, held this afternoon at the Boston Marriott Copley Place. The awards honored eight greater Boston women professionals for extraordinary achievement and leadership, including Professor Anita Hill of Brandeis University who received a Lifetime Achievement award. More about the event can be found here.

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