Elevating Lives 2019

Dates: Wednesday, October 30th and Thursday, November 21st

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

YW Boston’s 2019 Elevating Lives Series will focus on institutional racism, barriers to racial equity in Boston, and successful interventions towards building more equitable spaces.

 
To become a sponsor, contact Dominique Calixte
Associate Director of Annual Giving and Special Events
dcalixte@ywboston.org or 617-585-5473

 

PURCHASE TICKETS

 

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Conversation: Understanding what you can do to promote racial equity

8:30 AM – Registration and coffee open | 9:00 to 10:30 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.

Dr Robert W Livingston

Dr. Robert W. Livingston

Lecturer of Public Policy

Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government

Dr. Robert W. Livingston is a Lecturer of Public Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Dr. Livingston has delivered diversity training and has served as a management consultant for numerous Fortune 500 companies, as well as public-sector agencies/municipalities and non-profit organizations. He also teaches in executive education programs and has received multiple awards and recognition for excellence in teaching. In his spare time, he enjoys jazz, wine and whiskey tasting, philosophy, art and interior design, real estate investing, outdoor activities, and wildlife documentaries. He has resided in five countries and is fluent in four languages.

Fireside Chat

featuring Dr. Robert W. Livingston

Join us for a fireside chat with YW Boston President & CEO Beth Chandler and Dr. Robert W. Livingston, Lecturer of Public Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, as we explore ways to further racial equity in Boston.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

The making of an inclusive leader: How to drive change in Boston

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

Inclusive leadership is essential for achieving success in our increasingly diverse world, but how does one become an inclusive leader? Learn from our panel of experts about what it takes to become a more inclusive leader, how to leverage diverse view points, and how to drive lasting change in the City of Boston.

Beth Chandler, President and CEO, YW Boston, will moderate a panel that will include:

  • Julie Goodridge, Founder & CEO, NorthStar Asset Management, Inc.
  • Josh Herron, Assurance Partner, PwC
  • Donna Levin, Executive Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, WPI and Co-founder, Care.com
Panelists
Julie Goodridge

Julie Goodridge

Founder & CEO

NorthStar Asset Management, Inc.

Julie is a pioneer in the field of socially responsible investing. She has been in the investment industry since 1983, including her role as an early member of the Social Investment Forum (now US SIF) in 1984. Julie launched NorthStar Asset Management in 1990 and today stands at the forefront of a proactive approach to progressive wealth management that seeks to integrate clients’ values and priorities into their portfolios while carefully considering each client’s specific financial situation. Through direct interaction with clients and with the Investment Team, Julie provides financial planning expertise, drives major investment decisions, and provides guidance and direction for NorthStarís shareholder activism work. Julie was the lead plaintiff in the groundbreaking case Goodridge v. Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health (2003), which won equal marriage rights for same sex couples in Massachusetts, the first state in the U.S. to do so. In 2014, Julie was named one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance by American Banker Magazine. She serves as a Trustee for the Hyams Foundation in Boston and is Chair of the Board of the New World Foundation, having served as Treasurer and Vice-Chair during her tenure. Julie holds an Ed.M. from Harvard University and a BA from Boston University.

Josh Herron

Josh Herron

Health Industries Practice Assurance Partner

PwC

Josh, a Partner in PwC’s Health Industries Practice, brings over 20 years of audit experience working in the pharmaceutical and life sciences industry. Josh focuses on serving life science companies as they manage through business and accounting challenges. He has extensive experience working with large, multinational companies, a strong client service orientation, and the demonstrated ability to build and lead high-performing teams in serving some of PwC’s most important clients. Over his career, Josh has built a deep industry knowledge and a broad multinational network, working with various life science clients on the business and accounting issues arising from acquisitions, divestitures, product commercialization, licensing and collaboration arrangements. Josh has also worked with various emerging life sciences companies as they raised capital through both public and private offerings, launched products and expanded their business globally.Josh leads various diversity and inclusion initiatives in our Northeast market, most notably as a co-lead of our HeForShe initiative. Josh belongs to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, as well as the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants. In 1996, Josh received his Bachelors of Science degree in Accounting from Bryant University.

Donna Levin

Donna Levin

Executive Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

WPI

Co-founder

Care.com

Donna Levin is WPI’s first executive director of innovation and entrepreneurship. She is responsible for the university’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship ecosystem—her work aligns entrepreneurial activities across campus and disciplines and further stimulates innovation among the university community as a whole. Prior to joining WPI, she was an entrepreneur-in-residence at the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship and a senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management, where she was founding manager of the Entrepreneurship Internship program and oversaw the Entrepreneurship and Innovation track at MIT Sloan. She was also the co-founder of Care.com, vice president of operations for UPromise, and an entrepreneur for nearly 20 years. As a passionate advocate for innovation and entrepreneurship, she advises several early stage start-ups; has mentored teams at MassChallenge, TechStars, SmarterInTheCity, and Project Entrepreneur. She serves on the boards of directors of WBUR Boston, Zero to Three, and Partners Community Physicians Organization. Levin received a BA from Emerson College and an Executive MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Our Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Arbella Insurance 

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Vertex

Bronze Sponsors

Suzanne Abair and Kat MacDonald

CLA

FHLBank Boston

Fletcher Consulting LLC

Goodwin

Harvard Pilgrim

HUB International New England

Judge Baker Children’s Center

North Star Asset Management

Trinity Stuart Development

We Communications

Friend Sponsors

Anne Norton

ArtsEmerson

BBSquared

Cambridge Savings Bank

Compass Planning Associates Inc.

Empower Success Corps

FSG

Massachusetts Port Authority

 

To become a 2019 Elevating Lives sponsor, please contact Dominique Calixte at dcalixte@ywboston.org.

Previous Events:

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

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.

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

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

Moderator

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.

Panelists
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
PricewaterhouseCoopers
Mintz Levin
Tufts Health Plan Foundation
The TJX Companies Inc
The Eos Foundation
Holland & Knight

Elevating Lives Series 2017