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  1. Program Day Information
  2. Follow Up Discussion Information
  3. Optional Thursday Social Information
  4. Leadership Commitment Office Hours

Program Day

Date: Wednesday, Mar. 10
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: Zoom (see reminder email or YW Boston Connect event page for meeting details)


Our objectives are to

  • To understand the entrenched nature of poverty in Boston 
  • To identify which populations are most impacted by poverty 
  • To explore the impact of race, gender, and class on economic opportunity

Complete the following readings before our program day:

Additional recommended:

Module 2: Inclusive Communication Skills: The 4 ‘I’s of Oppression
  1. Watch Module 2, Inclusive Communication Skills: The 4 ‘I’s of Oppression (15:58).
  2. Once you’ve finished the video, share your response to the Post & Share question below as a comment to the pinned post in the YW Boston Connect LeadBoston 2021 group page.
Expert Speakers

Tiziana Dearing, Host, Radio Boston, WBUR

Tiziana Dearing is the host of Radio Boston on WBUR.

She’s been a commentator and contributor to WBUR for more than a decade, and has contributed to a number of other regional and national news outlets.

Prior to joining the Radio Boston team, Tiziana was a professor at Boston College in the School of Social Work, where she taught social innovation and leadership. A longtime anti-poverty advocate, Tiziana also ran Boston Rising, a startup antipoverty fund to end generational poverty in Boston, and was the first woman president of Catholic Charities for the Archdiocese of Boston. She also ran the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University, a research center on nonprofits and philanthropy.  She received her BA from the University of Michigan and her Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Segun Idowu, Executive Director, BECMA (Black Economic Council of Massachusetts, Inc.)

A lifelong resident of Boston, Segun is a proud product of the Boston Public Schools. Following his graduation from Boston Latin Academy, he earned his Bachelor of Arts in History at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia and honors from the Phi Beta Kappa and Golden Key Societies.

In August 2014, Segun organized the Boston Police Camera Action Team (BPCAT) with his colleague, Shekia Scott. BPACT’s mission was to further accountability and safety in Boston through the mandatory use of police body-worn cameras. As a result of their efforts, Boston began a yearlong mandatory body-worn camera pilot program and policy in September 2016.

In 2018, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced a $2 million investment in a permanent citywide body-worn camera program. In 2018, Segun was elected to serve as the 1st Vice President for the Boston chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the first chapter of the oldest civil rights advocacy organization in the nation. In this role, he managed the much heralded and research intensive report card project that assessed the city’s efforts and results in addressing systemic racial disparities.

In 2019, Segun stepped off the NAACP board to join the board of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Massachusetts and focus on other board obligations at Mass Budget and Policy Center, Southwest Boston CDC, New Leaders Council (NLC), Voter Choice Massachusetts, and the Roxbury YMCA. He also advises initiatives at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council.

Segun currently serves as the President and CEO of the Black Economic Council of Massachusetts, Inc. (BECMA) the chief advocacy organization for Black businesses across the Commonwealth. BECMA represents the over 2,000 Black firms that employ 14,000 Massachusetts residents and contribute over $1B to the state economy. In April 2020, Boston Magazine recognized Segun as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the City of Boston.” In July, the Boston Globe recognized him on the front page of their Sunday edition as a “Man of the Moment” for his work in ramping up BECMA’s efforts to advocate for and direct resources to Black businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and honored him as a “Bostonian of the Year” later that December.

Kamaria Moore-Hollis, Economic Mobility Manager, Department of Transitional Assistance

Kamaria Moore-Hollis is the Economic Mobility Manager for the Department of Transitional Assistance, overseeing several of DTA’s Employment and Training programs. Employment and Training programs support the Department’s mission of assisting and empowering low-income individuals and families to meet their basic needs, improve their quality of life, and achieve long term economic self-sufficiency.  

As the Economic Mobility Manager, Kamaria plays a pivotal role in aligning priorities between a network of state-wide community-based providers, DTA specialty staff, and various state agencies that touch low-income families. Kamaria also leads the Department in Young Parent matters, overseeing our statewide Young Parent Program, collaborating with the Department of Public Health on the MA Pregnant and Parenting Teen Initiative, and serving on the Transitional Age Youth Task Force.

Kamaria holds both a BA and an MA in Public Administration from Clark University in Worcester, MA.

Follow-Up Conversation Information

Date: Wednesday, Mar. 17
Time: 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Location: Zoom (see YW Boston Connect event page for Zoom info)

Optional Thursday Social Information

Date: Thursday, Mar. 25
Time: 5:05 PM to 6:00 PM
Location: Zoom (see YW Boston Connect event page for Zoom info)

Leadership Commitment Office Hours

Date: Wednesday, Mar. 31
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Zoom (see YW Boston Connect event page for Zoom info)