Since 1995, as part of our mission to promote and celebrate the achievements of women, YW Boston has held the Academy of Women Achievers celebration. This is an event 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.

2022 Academy of Women Achievers

June 15, 2022
11:30AM – 1:30PM
The Westin Copley Place

2022 Honorees

YW Boston is thrilled to induct five distinguished honorees into the Academy at our 27th Academy of Women Achievers celebration on June 15, 2022.

Evelyn Barahona

Director, Latino Equity Fund

Evelyn Barahona is the director of the Latino Equity Fund, the only philanthropic fund centered on the Latino community in the Commonwealth created in 2013 in partnership with the Boston Foundation and Hispanics in Philanthropy. In this role, she is tasked with increasing its philanthropic capacity to include civic leadership, advocacy, and centering its support to address key issues in equity and access in economic prosperity and health for the Latino Community through its platform of grant making, strategic partnerships, research, convening, and advocacy.

Previously, Evelyn worked in the Philanthropy Group at The Boston Foundation as an Officer in providing strategic guidance to Donor Advised Fund holders interested in using their philanthropic dollars to address key community issues. She was instrumental in bringing racial equity discussions to donors and providing space to use philanthropy as a vehicle to strengthen equity in the nonprofit sector. Evelyn also served as a consultant for the Massachusetts United Puerto Rico Fund, and worked with an Advisory Committee in disbursing over $4 million dollars on the island to key recovery projects and providing philanthropic support in Massachusetts for the nonprofit sector handling an influx of relocated Puerto Ricans into the Commonwealth after Hurricane Maria and the following months and year.

Evelyn is an active community member and serves on the boards of Conexion as its Chair, Eastern Bank, and Amplify Latinx. Evelyn is a trained negotiator and has facilitated pay equity workshops since its inception for Boston’s Mayor Office of Women’s Advancement / AAUW.

Evelyn is a graduate of Northeastern University. Prior to philanthropy, Evelyn held leadership roles at Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Quality Interactions and Baring Asset Management.

Saskia Epstein

Vice President, Client and Community Relations, PNC Bank

Saskia Epstein leads external affairs for PNC Bank in the New England region. She is an experienced strategist and program architect with more than twenty years of experience in nonprofit leadership, philanthropy, and corporate social responsibility. She founded the innovation lab, Power Launch Philanthropy in 2015, facilitating nearly $2M of investment in compelling ideas, exceptional leaders, and high-impact nonprofits.

Saskia previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of Room to Grow, an early childhood nonprofit serving low-income families in Boston and New York. Saskia and her husband Paul also cofounded the Brookline Teen Center, a state-of-the-art facility and program that opened in fall 2013. Another family venture, the Foundation To Be Named Later, was launched in 2005 under the umbrella of the Red Sox Foundation. To date, the foundation has distributed $12+ million to youth-serving organizations in Boston and Chicago and sent 150+ promising young leaders to college.

As a PNC-certified women’s business advocate, Saskia is committed to the advancement of women. In 2012, she cofounded a networking group for nonprofit executive women that helped to inspire the Women in Nonprofits (WIN) network, an initiative of the Women’s Foundation of Boston. She has taught salary negotiation workshops for a City of Boston/ AAUW initiative to close the gender pay-gap and she is a founding member of the women’s philanthropic group (S.O.A.R) and a member of The Philanthropy Connection. Additionally, Saskia serves on the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce’s Women’s Network advisory board and is a member of the GK! Fund board of directors.

Saskia is also a passionate advocate of young children, as a member of the Boston Public Schools UPK advisory board and founding organizer of the Massachusetts Business Coalition for Early Childhood. At The Home for Little Wanderers, Saskia directed child welfare programs and developed innovative services for children with special needs. For many years, Saskia also served as President of the board of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County, an organization that helps child victims of abuse and exploitation to feel safe, cope with trauma, and seek justice.

Early in her career she was critical to the growth of two youth service organizations, Citizen Schools and City Year, which grew from early-stage startups into thriving national organizations. These formative professional experiences ignited Saskia’s interest in social innovation.

Allison Feaster

Vice President of Player Development & Organizational Growth, The Boston Celtics

Allison Feaster is Vice President of Player Development & Organizational Growth for the Boston Celtics. She is a former professional basketball player, a global citizen, and a trailblazer in the sports industry who is highly regarded for her leadership and teambuilding skills.

During her decorated college basketball career, Feaster was the first player in any sport to be honored as Ivy League Player of the Year three times, leading the first-ever NCAA Division-I Tournament upset of No. 16 seed Harvard against No. 1 seed Stanford. She was a first-round WNBA draft pick and went on to an 17-year professional playing career in the US, Spain, France, Italy, and Portugal.

Following her retirement from playing in 2016, Feaster joined the NBA’s Basketball Operations Management Development Program. After serving as the lead of Player Personnel & Coach Relations for the NBA G-League, she joined the Boston Celtics organization where she currently leads Player Development & Organizational Growth.

Beyond the court, Feaster serves as a co-lead for Boston Celtics United, the Celtics’ social justice initiative to impact social and racial inequities in Black and Brown communities in Greater Boston. She maintains her role as an active public speaker, a champion of the advancement of women and girls, and serves as a global advocate for sport, including serving as a Sports Envoy for the US Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Feaster is a graduate of Harvard College (BA, Economics), the Universidad Europea (MBA), and Harvard Business School (Exec Ed, Business of Entertainment, Media, & Sports).

Jeneé Osterheldt

Culture Columnist, The Boston Globe

Jeneé Osterheldt is a culture columnist who covers identity and social justice through the lens of culture and the arts. Her work centers Black lives and the lives of people of color. She is also the creator of A Beautiful Resistance, a multimedia series for The Boston Globe that centers Black voices and celebrates Black Joy.  

Jeneé’s job is to provide context. Sometimes this means writing about Beyoncé and Black womanhood or unpacking the importance of public art and representation. Sometimes this means taking systemic racism, sexism, and oppression to task. It always means Black lives matter.

She joined the Globe in 2018. A native of Alexandria, Va. and a graduate of Norfolk State University, Osterheldt was a 2017 Nieman Fellow at Harvard, where her studies focused on the intersection of art and justice. She previously worked as a Kansas City Star culture columnist.

Michelle Tat

Senior Data Analyst, Reify Health

Sylvia Ferrell-Jones Awardee

Michelle Tat is a transfeminine individual of Chinese descent, and has lived in Boston for the past three and a half years. Michelle is a huge nerd, is currently a fellow at Insight Health Data Science, plays too many video games in her free time, and is probably slowly turning into a cat lady. Michelle is involved with grassroots activism associated with transgender rights and LGBTQ prison abolition.

View a list of previous AWA honorees.

Our 2022 Sponsors


PNC Bank


Arbella Insurance Foundation
Eastern Bank
Eaton Vance
Lahey Health
The TJX Companies, Inc.
Trillium Asset Management


Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Boston Red Sox Foundation
Brookline Bank
Ernst & Young
Fletcher Consulting
Foley Hoag
Iron Mountain
Northeastern University D’Amore-McKim School of Business
NorthStar Asset Management, Inc.
Point32Health Foundation


AllWays Health Partners
BlueHub Capital
BU School of Public Health
HUB International
John Hancock
Liberty Mutual Insurance
Liberty Utilities
Paradigm Capital Advisors
Prior Consulting
Public Consulting Group
St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children
The Boston Celtics
The Boston Foundation
WS Development


Aspire Health Alliance
Boston Children’s Hospital
Boston Impact Initiative
Burns & Levinson
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
FHL Bank of Boston
Hinckley Allen
Hirsch Roberts Weinstein
Holland & Knight
Scarborough & Tweed Corporate Gifts
Simmons University
Verna Myers

We are currently soliciting 2022 Sponsors! Please contact Dominique Calixte, Associate Director of Annual Giving and Special Events, with any sponsorship questions:

Our 2022 Host Committee

Annis Gill-MillerChair, Cash Management Relationship Manager VP, Northern Bank
Beyazmin JimenezChair, Senior Account Director, Lazu Group

Marla Baskerville, Assistant Professor, Northeastern University
Patricia Hennessy, Principal at Hennesy Consulting Group
Christine Letts
Timna Nwokeji
, Compensation & Compliance Analyst, Imprivata
Lisa Prior, Founder, Prior Consulting LLC
Jessica Ripton, Manager, External Relations, Policy & Quality, Boston Children’s Hospital