2012 LeadBoston Commencement

Professional development with a purpose

LeadBoston is unique among mid-career leadership programs due to its experiential learning approach, cohort-based structure, and focus on social responsibility. Over the course of the 11-month program, participants will experience: 

  • Meetings with policymakers, corporate leaders, and academics
  • Visits to Boston’s civic institutions, schools, health centers, corporations, correctional facilities and neighborhoods
  • Candid exploration of Boston’s inequities and how local leaders can make a difference
  • Bonding and networking with the diverse group of leaders in their cohort and in the LeadBoston alumni network

The program culminates with participants making a leadership commitment to address a systems problem that they identify.

Learn more about participating in LeadBoston by attending one of our info sessions on June 21, September 7, or October 6


Building a network of socially responsible leaders  

LeadBoston is designed as a cohort program, accepting a class of around 40 seasoned professionals per year. Each class is carefully selected to ensure diversity within the group with respect to gender, race/ethnicity, and professional background. This structure connects leaders across sectors, who then go on to collaborate in business and social ventures. 

Following their program year, LeadBoston participants graduate into the alumni network. Over 1,000 members strong, it includes leaders and influencers from all sectors. Select examples include:

Corporate

Wendell K. Chestnut, Senior Vice President at Bank of America
Peter DeBruin, Vice President at State Street Corporation
Holly Laurent, Senior Vice President at Fidelity Investments
Simone Azevedo, Vice President at Genzyme Corporation
Doug Banks, Editor in Chief at Boston Business Journal
Maura Banta, Director at IBM
David Carrewyn, Global Creative Director at Converse
Mark Michalowski, Partner at Holland & Knight LLP
Lizette Perez-Deisboeck, General Counsel at Battery Ventures
Regina Pisa, Chairman Emeritus at Goodwin Procter LLC
Darryl Settles, Owner of Darryl’s Kitchen 

Government

Felix Arroyo Sr., Former Boston City Councilor
Kenneth Green, Chief of MBTA Transit Police 
Stephanie Pollack, MA Secretary of Transportation

Nonprofit

Wendy Foster, President and CEO at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay
Chien-Chi Huang, Executive Director at Asian Women for Health
Stephanie Lovell, Executive Vice President at Blue Cross Blue Shield
Wanda McClain, Vice President at Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Benjamin Perkins, Vice President at American Heart Association
Charlie Rose, Senior Vice President at City Year
Azzie Young, President and CEO at Mattapan Community Health Center

 

Gary Morton ('10) Senior Auto Product Analyst

“LeadBoston is the ideal opportunity for development and connection with the Boston community that most professionals aren’t able to receive. It is a networking opportunity where one is able to connect with other professionals who are like-minded and want to give back to the community. It is a great opportunity for grounding professionals in Boston.”

Susan Stenger (’09) Partner, Burns & Levinson

"LeadBoston opens your mind to issues and points of view to which you otherwise would not have been exposed; Lead Boston opens doors to places you otherwise would never go; and Lead Boston opens your heart to people and communities you otherwise would not know."