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Professional development with a purpose

LeadBoston is unique among mid- and senior-career leadership programs due to its experiential learning approach and cohort-based structure. 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 (subject to COVID-19 safety guidelines)
  • Candid exploration of Boston’s inequities and how local leaders can make a difference
  • Bonding and networking with a class of around 40 professionals representing the gamut of Boston’s professional, racial, ethnic, faith, and gender diversity

Participants spend the year building skills that enable them to analyze root causes of diversity, equity, and inclusion challenges faced by their organizations and communities. The program culminates with a commitment and development of a project that will drive equitable change within the participants’ organizations and communities. 

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Building a network of socially responsible leaders  

LeadBoston has been graduating socially responsible leaders for over 30 years and its robust alumni network is over 1,000 local leaders strong. Alumni are offered timely events including panel discussions, social gatherings, and professional development workshops. Alumni and their employers benefit from lifelong access to this unique network and connection with leaders and influencers from a variety of sectors.


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


Nam Pham, Assistant Secretary of Business Development at the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, MA
Kenneth Green, Chief of MBTA Transit Police 
Stephanie Pollack, MA Secretary of Transportation


Wendy Foster, President and CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay
Chien-Chi Huang, Executive Director, Asian Women for Health
Stephanie Lovell, Executive Vice President, Blue Cross Blue Shield
Wanda McClain, Vice President, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Benjamin Perkins, Vice President, American Heart Association
Charlie Rose, Senior Vice President, City Year
Stephen Chan, Vice President of Strategy and Operations, The Boston Foundation
David Waters, CEO, Community Servings