Programs & Events

Programs and Events to keep you connected, informed and inspired.

We offer a robust schedule of unique and thoughtful programming and events that reflects the most relevant issues facing the Greater Boston businesses community. With more than 100 programs and networking events in Boston each year, our gatherings allow you and your colleagues to:

  • Collaborate and share points of view
  • Stay informed and hear from prominent regional business leaders
  • Make important connections for your organization and professional development

Women's Network



Our Women's Network isn't a club you join, but a place you belong.

In our Women's Network, you'll find a diverse group of more than 1,500 (and growing) women and male allies at all levels of their careers, from all backgrounds, sectors, industries, and professions, with energy for ensuring that Greater Boston becomes the best place for professional women to thrive. 

Our mission is to connect, advance, and celebrate professionals who identify as women through:

  • Speaker series that inform and inspire.
  • Awards that recognize outstanding female leadership.
  • Professional development programs that cultivate a pipeline of female leaders and the workplace cultures they need to succeed.
  • Advocacy for policies that promote equity and inclusion.

The Women's Network is equal parts networking, camaraderie, inspiration, and satisfaction that you're doing your part to advance the success of women in Boston's business community. Pretty heady stuff to accomplish before the business day even starts.

— Nancy R. Wilsker, Partner, Hinckley Allen

Interested in learning more about our Women's Network?

Explore our programs below, or attend one of our speaker series events for yourself and see how empowering they are.

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Explore the Women's Network Programs:

Speaker Series


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At our monthly Women's Network events, the energy in the room is palpable. You will enjoy these networking events with your peers, meet the members of our Women's Network Advisory Board, and hear from leading women in Boston who will share their professional journeys and reflect on the most important issues facing working women and the business community.

RECENT SPEAKERS:

Betty Liu
Chief Experience Officer, Intercontinental Exchange & Executive Vice Chairman, NYSE Group

Sheila Marcelo
Founder, Chairwoman & Former CEO, Care.com

Sandi Fenwick
CEO, Boston Children's Hospital

Tiffani Faison
Chef & Co-Owner, Big Heart Hospitality

Leading Women Briefings


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Our briefings convene senior-level female executives for a conversation-style round table featuring a prominent female leader. At these meetings, attendees are encouraged to ask questions and share their ideas and experiences with one another, while gaining invaluable pearls of wisdom from the featured guest speaker.

RECENT SPEAKERS:

Regina Pisa
Partner and Chairman, Emeritus, Goodwin Law

Karyn Polito
Lieutenant Governor, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Carol Fulp
Former President & CEO, The Partnership, Inc.


Interested in learning more about these invite-only Briefings?

Contact Ali Brainard (Nigro), our Senior Program Manager, at 617-557-7329 or email her at abrainard@bostonchamber.com


Pinnacle Awards


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The Pinnacle Awards are the most prestigious recognition for female professionals in the region.

The Pinnacle Awards are given annually to eight female professionals who have demonstrated excellence in business, management, and lifetime achievement. This sell-out event brings 1,300 women and men together across sectors and industries for an inspiring afternoon celebrating the contributions of women and hearing words of wisdom from our honorees. The Pinnacle Awards are also a wonderful platform for making new connections (and friends).

RECENT HONOREES:

Anita F. Hill

Professor, Brandeis University (Lifetime Achievement)

Lisa Wieland

CEO, Massachusetts Port Authority (Achievement in Management, Government)

Marlo Fogelman

Founder & CEO, marlo marketing (Achievement in Entrepreneurship)

Amy Latimer

President, TD Garden (Achievement in Management, Private Sector)

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The 2020 Pinnacle Awards will take place on Friday, January 31, 2020

Don't miss out on this great event!

REGISTER FOR 2020 PINNACLE AWARDS


Women's Leadership Program


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Though women make up more than 50% of the Greater Boston workforce, they are underrepresented in leadership positions.

The Women's Leadership Program was founded in 2010 to fill a gap in professional women's-specific leadership development. To date, we've graduated over 820 women from across industries, sectors, and roles.

This is designed to help you invest in your organization's emerging female leaders through a year-long tailored professional development program that empowers women leaders with the skills and a network they need to excel in their own careers and to create conditions for other women to thrive.

Your participants will have access to top faculty from our academic partner, Simmons University, and will hear from inspiring Greater Boston female leaders from all sectors. They'll leave with experiences, skills, and connections that will serve them throughout their careers.

I was able to recognize my self-worth and more importantly how to define my thoughts in a professional and thoughtful way, leading to a promotion and raise.


— Maggie Mccuen, Director Corporate Communications, Natixis Investment Managers

Interested in learning more about our Women's Leadership Program?

Click the button below to learn more about the program and our eligibility and selection process.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM


All In For Advancement


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Improve your organization’s culture to retain and advance women.

Lead in creating a groundswell of support for women in the workforce by sending up to four individuals through our All in for Advancement program. This yearlong, co-ed, group leadership program is designed to support organizations as they shape and shift their culture towards gender equity and inclusivity.

All In's mission is to develop leaders who will have a positive impact on their office cultures by helping them gain a deeper understanding of gender acumen and inclusion and providing them with the learning tools needed to achieve inclusivity in the Greater Boston business community. We do this with our academic partner, Babson College, using their Entrepreneurial Thought & Action® model and through tailored group coaching to provide the support your participants will need to launch a scalable pilot effort to promote inclusion at your organization.

Through their focus on entrepreneurial thinking, the incredible Babson faculty gave our team a unique template for analyzing the issues of gender disparity in the workplace, and actionable tools for enhancing gender acumen. We were also able to connect with other Leading Boston companies and Learn from the collective experiences in trying to tackle these challenges.


— Kenneth Leonetti, Co-Managing Partner, Foley Hoag, 2019 INfluencer

Interested in learning more about All in for Advancement?

Click the button below to learn more about the program and application process.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM


New England Board Ready Women


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Co-sponsored by Deloitte and the Women's Network, Board Ready is an educational and networking program for senior female executives who have the interest and experience to be considered for nomination to a public company board or directorship.

This program is intended to address the critical business issue of board diversity by preparing high-performing senior executive women to serve on a corporate board. Members of the program participate in a series of interactive, workshop-style sessions that focus on topics ranging from personal brand to shareholder activism to legal considerations of board membership, and more.

Because of Deloitte's passion for the topic of women's advancement, and the enthusiasm we share with the Chamber, we chose to focus our board-readiness efforts on women. Our hope is that participation in this program will expand networks and build a stronger pipeline of qualified women board candidates.


— Susan Esper, Deloitte Partner & Co-Lead of New England Board Ready Women Program

Interested in learning more about New England Board Ready Women?

Contact Celia Richa, our Senior VP, Programs at 617-557-7346 or email her at cricha@bostonchamber.com


Advisory Board


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We'd love your organization to have a seat on our Women's Network Advisory Board and be a part of the leadership that guides our initiatives, programs, and advocacy for women in the workplace. There are 75 women from Chamber member organizations on the Advisory Board, and they represent all sectors, business sizes, and backgrounds. A seat on the Advisory Board is available at the Catalyst membership level or above.

RECENT ADVISORY BOARD CHAIRS:

Yvonne Garcia
Senior Vice President & Chief of Staff, State Street (2019-2020)

Susan M. Esper
Audit & Assurance Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP (2016-2018)

Denise Kaigler
Founder & Principal, MDK Brand Management, LLC (2014-2015)

Interested in learning more about our Advisory Board?

Contact Celia Richa, our Senior VP, Programs, at 617-557-7346 or email her at cricha@bostonchamber.com