Since 1995, as part of our mission to promote and celebrate the achievements of women, YW Boston has held the Academy of Women Achievers luncheon. This is a program through which we recognize and honor some of Boston’s brightest, boldest, bravest and most influential women. All proceeds from the Academy of Women Achievers celebration support YW Boston’s programs to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. 

2017 AWA Luncheon – June 27, 2017

The 2017 Academy of Women Achievers Luncheon, themed “Unstoppable Women Changing Boston,” was a wonderful success. We were thrilled to honor five women achievers, listed below, and hear about the ways in which they are unstoppable. Thank you to everyone who attended. We hope to see you there next year!

2018 event information to come.

2017 Honorees

YW Boston is thrilled to induct five distinguished honorees into the Academy at the 2017 luncheon. 

Liz Brunner
CEO & Founder of Brunner Communications

Liz Brunner is the CEO and founder of Brunner Communications. Leveraging more than 30 years of media and communications experience, expertise, and leadership, Brunner is sought by high-profile individuals and organizations to build meaningful reputations within their
markets. Prior to launching Brunner Communications, Brunner served as a main news anchor and reporter at ABC-TV, WCVB NewsCenter 5 in Boston. During her tenure, Brunner
co-anchored the #1 rated 6pm newscast and covered countless breaking news stories. She conducted exclusive one-on-one interviews with prominent figures ranging from professional athletes to global political leaders including President Barack Obama. Among Brunner’s industry recognitions are multiple New England Emmy Awards, two national Gracies from the Alliance for Women in Media, an Edward R. Murrow Award, an Associated Press Award, and a Communications Achievement Award from the American Women in Radio and Television. Brunner serves on the Board of Directors for Make a Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island. She is Executive Vice President of Boston Women in Media & Entertainment and is a member of the Boston Chamber of Commerce’s Women’s Network Advisory Board. Brunner was also appointed by Mayor Marty Walsh to the elite Boston Women’s Commission, a group charged with attaining equal rights and opportunities for women citywide. In addition to speaking engagements, Brunner continues to make TV and radio appearances as well. A classically trained vocal performer and former high school music educator, Brunner holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music. Brunner has performed with the Boston Pops and at professional sporting events, among others.

Dr. Beverly Edgehill
Vice President, Organizational Development, TJX Companies, Inc

Beverly “Bev” Edgehill has committed her career to being a catalyst for organizational and individual development and change. As an accomplished organization development (OD) adviser, Bev guides leaders and their teams in achieving alignment between business strategy, organizational priorities and individual work performance. She is currently employed at TJX Companies as vice president and global head of the OD Center of Expertise. Dr. Edgehill has received numerous awards for her work and is featured in two books on leaders who make a difference – Boston Inspirational Women, and Portraits of Purpose: A Tribute to Leadership. Bev teaches graduate level courses in Leadership, and OD and Change Management. In addition to serving as an organization development adviser, Dr. Edgehill is equally committed to mentoring career professionals in the practice of work-life success. As the former President and CEO of The Partnership, Dr. Edgehill updated the program content for the two flagship leadership programs, and designed and implemented an executive development program to complement the suite of offerings. She has also served under both the Bush and Obama administrations as a regional selection panelist for the White House Fellows program. Bev completed her doctoral studies at Columbia University, Teachers College, with a degree in Adult and Organizational Learning. 

Sandra L. Fenwick
President and Chief Executive Officer, Boston Children’s Hospital

As President and Chief Executive Officer of Boston Children’s Hospital, Sandra L. Fenwick leads the nation’s foremost independent pediatric hospital and the world’s leading center of pediatric medical and health research.  Ms. Fenwick has been a driving force to improve the effectiveness and efficacy of the care provided at Boston Children’s while at the same time reducing the costs of care. Through a combination of hospital affiliations, outpatient specialty care centers, community health centers and regional partnerships, she has helped create a children’s health network providing high quality pediatric care in local settings. She has also expanded its commitment to and investment in both basic, translational and clinical research, care innovation and as well as prevention efforts focused on asthma, obesity, mental health and violence. Ms. Fenwick joined Boston Children’s in June of 1999 as senior vice president for Business Development, Strategy and Ambulatory Care Operations.  In November of 1999, she was appointed Chief Operating Officer, was named President in October 2008 and was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in October 2013.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors of CRICO, Ltd.(Cayman), Wyss Institute, Children’s Hospital Association, Children’s Hospitals Solutions for Patient Safety, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, MASCO, Inc, Jobs for Massachusetts, Inc., Massachusetts Digital Health Council and Boston Children’s Hospital.  She is also a member of the Massachusetts Women’s Forum and Women Corporate Directors/Boston. Prior to her arrival at Boston Children’s, Ms. Fenwick served as senior vice president of System Development for CareGroup, Inc., and she served in a number of roles at the Beth Israel Hospital including vice president. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Simmons College with distinction and a Masters in Public Health degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Texas School of Public Health.  She has received numerous awards and honorary degrees for her contribution to healthcare.

Rebecca A. Lee
Member, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

Rebecca A. Lee is a Member at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo, P.C., where she represents a wide range of entities, both for–profit and non-profit, in primarily development projects in the Greater Boston area such as the Aloft Seaport hotel and the Element Seaport hotel, the W Boston Hotel and Residences, and the Ritz Carlton Towers.  A particular focus of her work has been affordable housing projects such as The Mosaic on the Riverway, One Greenway in Chinatown, and a shelter for victims of domestic abuse. Prior to joining Mintz Levin, Ms. Lee was a partner at two international Boston law firms and Chief of Staff/Special Counsel to the Director at the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA).  Prior to attending law school, she was Director of Economic Development for the Pittsburgh Redevelopment Authority and a program officer at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC).  Rebecca has been long-active in community and civic affairs.  She has served for over a decade as a member of the Steering Committee for Ricesticks and Tea, Boston’s only emergency food pantry serving culturally-appropriate food to indigent Asian Americans.  She currently serves on the Finance Committee of WGBH, on the Board of Directors for Asian Community Development Corporation (ACDC), and on the Advisory Board of Boston Harbor Now.  She is a former president of the Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts (AALAM) and recipient of many awards, including the Founders Award from AALAM, the Community Service Award from ACDC, and an Alumni Award from LeadBoston.  She is regularly recognized as a leading land use and zoning award by Chambers USA and American Lawyer Media and Martindale Hubbell. Rebecca received her B.A. from Brandeis University cum laude, an M.P.A. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a J.D. from Yale Law School.

Valerie Mosley
Chairwoman and CEO, Valmo Ventures

Valerie Mosley is CEO of Valmo Ventures, which advises, partners with or invests in companies that generate value for shareholders and society. Valerie sees parallels between managing money and managing life and enjoys helping to make personal and financial wealth more universally accessible as “The Billion Dollar Mom.” Valerie spent 20 years at Wellington Management Company, a global investment management firm, where she managed billions for institutional clients and was Partner, Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager. Valerie is an independent director of The Eaton Vance Fund Family, Dynex Capital (NYSE: DX), and Progress Investment Management Company, a privately-held fund of funds. She is an advisor to the New York State Common Retirement Fund, the third largest pension fund in the US and the Risk Audit Committee of the United Auto Workers Retiree Medical Benefits Trust. Valerie also serves on the board of New Profit, a social venture philanthropy firm. She served as treasurer of Mass Ventures, a public-private investment fund through which she funded early-stage technology companies in Massachusetts. Valerie began her career at Chase Manhattan Bank as a Commercial Lending Officer. After graduate school, Valerie was an institutional salesperson at Kidder Peabody and the Chief Investment Officer at P. G. Corbin Asset Management. Valerie graduated from Duke University, where she served as President and Vice President of the student body. She received her MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Black Enterprise has honored Valerie as one of the Top 75 African Americans on Wall Street and 50 Most Powerful Women in Business.