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.
Explore the Women's Network Programs:
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.
Chief Experience Officer, Intercontinental Exchange & Executive Vice Chairman, NYSE Group
Founder, Chairwoman & Former CEO, Care.com
CEO, Boston Children's Hospital
Chef & Co-Owner, Big Heart Hospitality
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.
Partner and Chairman, Emeritus, Goodwin Law
Lieutenant Governor, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Former President & CEO, The Partnership, Inc.
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).
Anita F. Hill
Professor, Brandeis University (Lifetime Achievement)
CEO, Massachusetts Port Authority (Achievement in Management, Government)
Founder & CEO, marlo marketing (Achievement in Entrepreneurship)
President, TD Garden (Achievement in Management, Private Sector)
The 2020 Pinnacle Awards will take place on Friday, January 31, 2020
Don't miss out on this great event!
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.
— Maggie Mccuen, Director Corporate Communications, Natixis Investment Managers
Interested in learning more about our Women's Leadership Program?
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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.
— Kenneth Leonetti, Co-Managing Partner, Foley Hoag, 2019 INfluencer
Interested in learning more about All in for Advancement?
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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.
— Susan Esper, Deloitte Partner & Co-Lead of New England Board Ready Women Program
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:
Senior Vice President & Chief of Staff, State Street (2019-2020)
Susan M. Esper
Audit & Assurance Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP (2016-2018)
Founder & Principal, MDK Brand Management, LLC (2014-2015)