Elevating Lives 2020: Delivering on Promises of Racial Justice
Location: Two-part virtual event
An unprecedented number of organizations, large and small, have released public statements condemning racism and promising action in support of Black Lives Matter and social justice. We applaud those who have taken a public stance, and as the nation grapples with systemic inequities and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we emphasize the importance of holding ourselves accountable to promises of action and change. This fall, YW Boston invites business leaders, employees, and the broader community to join us for Elevating Lives 2020: Delivering on promises of racial justice. Our 2020 Elevating Lives series will feature two virtual events focused on creating change, both internally and beyond the workplace.
Wednesday, December 2, 2020
The Future of DEI: How to sustain organizational change
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM | Interactive, virtual event
Join YW Boston and leading experts for the second part of our 2020 Elevating Lives series, “The future of DEI: How to sustain organizational change.” Hear success stories, challenges, and strategies from organizations that are committed to delivering on their promises of racial justice and corporate social responsibility. During this virtual event, we’ll explore the evolution of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion initiatives and how leaders can be responsive in adapting DEI efforts for long-term sustainability. We will be joined by John Hancock President & CEO, Marianne Harrison, and McKinsey & Company partner, Sara Prince. Our panelists will share how they are holding themselves accountable and how they managed to successfully turn aspirational social justice statements into concrete plans for more equitable organizational change.
Partner, McKinsey & Company
Sara joined McKinsey in 2005 as an Associate. She has partnered with clients in various industries with a primary focus on addressing multi-faceted organizational, sales, pricing, and marketing challenges in consumer and other companies. Sara is a leads in McKinsey’s North America Sales and Marketing capability building efforts. In the continued pursuit of helping clients broadly in the areas of talent and capability, Sara recently co-authored McKinsey’s ground breaking work, “Diversity Matters”, linking financial performance and levels of gender and ethnic diversity in a company’s leadership team. Sara holds an M.B.A. from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia where she was recognized as a Shermet Scholar.
President & CEO, John Hancock
Marianne Harrison is President and Chief Executive Officer of John Hancock, the U.S. division of Toronto-based Manulife Financial Corporation. She also is a member of Manulife’s Executive Leadership Team. Ms. Harrison, who is based in Boston, has responsibility across all aspects of John Hancock’s operations. Before taking on her current role in 2017, Ms. Harrison served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Manulife Canada, Manulife’s Canadian Division. Ms. Harrison serves as President and Chairman of the boards for John Hancock’s insurance companies, including John Hancock Life Insurance Company (U.S.A.) and John Hancock Life Insurance Company of New York.
Thursday, November 12, 2020
Making Caregiving Work: COVID-19 and women’s advancement in the workplace
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM | Interactive, virtual event
We’re facing a critical moment that will determine the future of women, and particularly women of color, in the workforce. Fueled by disappearing service-sector jobs and a lack of childcare options, the COVID-19 public health and economic crisis has triggered a nationwide “shecession.” 865,000 women left the workforce last month—four times the number of men who’ve left the paid workforce—out of those, around 37% were Latinx women.
With the closure and disruption of schools and care centers, more often than not, women are shouldering the burden of caregiving responsibilities. Women of color, in particular, are facing compounded disparities during this pandemic. Latinx and Black mothers are more likely to be their family’s sole breadwinner or to have partners working outside the home during COVID-19.
Companies risk losing women in leadership. In order to retain employees and strengthen leadership pipelines, employers must provide adequate support for women and caregivers in the workplace. In doing so, companies will address barriers to more inclusive work cultures and promote greater employee engagement, retention, and productivity.
Join us for this virtual event as we explore how to address COVID-19’s impact on women and caregivers in the workplace. Beth Chandler, YW Boston President and CEO, will be joined by expert speakers Pamela D. Everhart, Dr. Christian Weller, and Lauren Birchfield Kennedy to discuss ways to implement more inclusive practices for caregivers and, ultimately, create more opportunities for women to remain and succeed in the workforce. Dr. Anouska Bhattacharyya, YW Boston’s Director of InclusionBoston, will provide opening remarks.
Pamela D. Everhart
SVP, Head of Regional Public Affairs and Community Relations, Fidelity Investments
As a 26-year Fidelity Investments veteran, Pamela Everhart is the head of Regional Public Affairs and Community Relations in Fidelity’s Communications, Public Affairs and Policy Group. In this role, Pamela oversees the firm’s state and local government relationships, public affairs, and community relations activities at its Boston Headquarters and across Fidelity’s regions in the U.S. Previously, Pamela led the firm’s advocacy strategy and engagement with government officials in Washington, DC on federal regulatory policy matters that could impact Fidelity’s ability to serve its clients and customers, its products and services, and the firm. Pamela is also a member of all of Fidelity’s Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and serves as a Senior Advisor for the Women’s Leadership Group (WLG) and a Co-Executive Sponsor for Aspire, Fidelity’s Latino and Black ERG. Pamela received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin and a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School. As a leader in the community, Pamela is active in several community service organizations and sits on several not-for-profit boards. She is one of the 19 MA Black and Brown executives who launched the New Commonwealth Racial Equity and Social Justice Fund to help drive transformative social changes to address systemic racism and racial inequity.
Dr. Christian Weller
Professor, McCormack Graduate School, University of Massachusetts Boston
Dr. Christian Weller, Professor, Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs, McCormack Graduate School. His areas of expertise include Retirement Income Security, Wealth Inequality and Asset Development, Financial Institutions, and International Economic Development. Prior to joining the University of Massachusetts faculty, Professor Christian Weller was a senior economist at the Center for American Progress, where he remains a senior fellow. He has also worked at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., Center for European Integration Studies at the University of Bonn in Germany, under the Department of Public Policy of the AFL-CIO in Washington, D.C., and in banking in Germany, Belgium, and Poland. Dr. Weller is the author of a May, 2020 article in Forbes Magazine called, “Women Hurt More Than Men In The Recession, But It’s More Complicated Than That.”
Lauren Birchfield Kennedy
Co-Founder, Neighborhood Villages
Lauren Birchfield Kennedy is the co-founder of Neighborhood Villages. Prior to co-founding Neighborhood Villages, Kennedy was the Director of Health Policy at the National Partnership for Women & Families in Washington, D.C., where she directed the organization’s health policy portfolio and oversaw advocacy strategy for key policy initiatives, including implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and comprehensive health care payment and delivery system reform. Kennedy has worked extensively on health policy at both the federal and state levels and is an expert on ACA, Medicare, and Medicaid policy.
She has held senior policy positions at Boston Medical Center, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation. From 2014-2017, Kennedy served on the board of Family Medicine for America’s Health.
Kennedy graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles. She holds a law degree with honors from Harvard Law School. Kennedy resides in Massachusetts with her husband and two children.
Our 2020 Sponsors
Arbella Insurance Foundation
Cambridge Savings Bank
Fletcher Consulting, LLC
Compass Planning Associates
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