Elevating Lives 2018

Dates: Wednesday, October 17th and Thursday, December 6th

Location: UMass Club, One Beacon Street, 32nd Floor

YW Boston’s Elevating Lives Series will focus on issues impacting Boston hiring and retention practices at the intersection of race and gender and on why “Diversity Matters”.

Contact Meredith Lynch
Annual Fund and Special Events Manager
mlynch@ywboston.org or 617-585-5473

Thursday, December 6, 2018

7:30 AM – Registration and coffee open | 8:00 to 10:00 AM – Breakfast and Program

Beth Chandler

Beth Chandler

President and CEO

YW Boston

Beth Chandler joined YW Boston in November 2012, with more than 20 years of experience in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors. Her breadth of work experience encompasses program development, delivery and evaluation, business development, and operations. Most recently Beth served as vice president at the Achievement Network, a growing national non-profit dedicated to helping urban public and charter schools close the achievement gap. Currently Beth serves on the Governance Board of the Boston Teachers Union School and is certified by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Beth received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Sara Prince

Sara Prince


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.

Fireside Chat

Diversity: The Value Side of the Equation

Join us for a fireside chat with YW Boston’s President and CEO Beth Chandler and Sara Prince, Partner at McKinsey & Company and one of the authors of McKinsey’s ground-breaking reports linking financial performance and levels of gender and ethnic diversity in a company’s leadership team. This will be followed by an interactive session with the audience.

Report Link: 2018 Delivering through Diversity Report

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

7:30 AM – Registration and coffee open | 8:00 to 9:30 AM – Breakfast and Program

Closing Racial and Gender Gaps, Strategies That Work

Diversifying leadership in organizations large and small can seem daunting. We continue to see reports that women, people of color, and particularly women of color are not advancing into management and leadership positions.

What are concrete strategies that are having an impact?

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from recognized experts who bring both external and internal insights and real life practices for hiring and retention.

Maureen Alphonse-Charles, Managing Director at Koya Leadership Partners, will moderate a panel that will include:

  • Kim Dukes, Managing Director and Co-Founder, DSP Executive Search
  • Zena Lum, Senior Consultant, Lois L. Lindauer Searches
  • David Margolius, Vice President of Retail, Shawmut Design and Construction
  • Bob Selle, Chief Human Resource Officer, Ocean State Job Lot
Maureen Alphonse


Maureen Alphonse-Charles

Managing Director, Koya Leadership Partners

Maureen brings over 20 years of executive recruiting experience with significant expertise across sectors and functions. Maureen is a pioneer in diversity, equity and inclusion work and has been honored by the Women of the Harvard Club as one of Boston’s Most Influential Women and by Boston Business Journal as a Local Woman of Influence. She has also been cited by the Boston Junior Chamber of Commerce as one of the ten most outstanding young leaders in Boston and twice-nominated as a top recruitment expert by Boston’s Women’s Business Journal. She is also a LeadBoston alumna, YW Boston’s executive leadership program.

Kim Dukes

Kim Dukes

Managing Director and Co-Founder

DSP Executive Search

Kim is co-founder and managing director of DSP Executive Search, a veteran-owned diversity search firm that helps organizations address their talent pool gaps and assist them in building, recruiting, and hiring balanced workforces. She is passionate about building diverse and inclusive workforces for her client organizations because research shows that an ethnically and gender-diverse workforce results in a more effective, productive and higher-performing organization. Kim has been featured in Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, and the Boston Business Journal. She is a LeadBoston alumna and recipient of the Boston Business Journal Leaders in Diversity award.

Zena Lum

Zena Lum

Senior Consultant

Lois L. Lindauer Searches

Zena boasts 17 years of nonprofit and development experience for organizations such as the New England Aquarium and Boston’s Museum of Science. Zena also served as the inaugural Director of Institutional Advancement for Boston Public Schools. As a Senior Consultant at Lois L. Lindauer Searches, Zena has successfully fulfilled role placements at Emerson College, Harvard Business School, Harvard Law School, Harvard Medical School, and the New Hampshire Public Radio. Additionally, Zena is an alumna of YW Boston’s executive leadership program LeadBoston.

David Margolius

David Margolius

Vice President, Retail

Shawmut Design and Construction

As the leader of a $250 million national division, David works with his teams to build complex and iconic retail projects including high-profile clients such as Apple, Tom Ford, and Uniqlo. David is also a founding member and Chair of Shawmut’s Leadership Diversity Council (DLC) which fosters a diverse and inclusive environment for employees. The DLC leads change operationally by raising awareness and educating staff at all levels of the organization about unconscious bias—particularly when it comes to promotion, pay equity, and hiring practices.

Bob Selle

Bob Selle

Chief Human Resource Officer

Ocean State Job Lot

Bob Selle develops and manages human capital strategy and processes for high-growth companies. He has helped recognized retailers such as Kmart and Kohl’s in progressing from store leadership to executive leadership. He now serves as Chief Human Resource Officer at Ocean State Job Lot leading a transformation that has named them as a Forbes Best Midsize Employer in 2017 and 2018. His transformational leadership at Ocean State Job Lot has also earned the company a Rhode Island Healthiest Employer 3 years running, which has led to marked improvements in health costs, associate turnover, and engagement.

Elevating Lives 2017 

Focused on the intersection of gender, poverty and food scarcity, this discussion will investigate how hunger disproportionately affects women and how to combat this issue.

2017 Sponsors: 
Boston Properties
Hotel 140
Mintz Levin
Tufts Health Plan Foundation
The TJX Companies Inc
The Eos Foundation
Holland & Knight

Elevating Lives Series 2017