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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 10-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
  • 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 25 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 at Bank of America
Peter DeBruin, Vice President at State Street Corporation
Holly Laurent, Senior Vice President at Fidelity Investments
Simone Azevedo, Vice President at Genzyme Corporation
Doug Banks, Editor in Chief at Boston Business Journal
Maura Banta, Director at IBM
David Carrewyn, Global Creative Director at Converse
Mark Michalowski, Partner at Holland & Knight LLP
Lizette Perez-Deisboeck, General Counsel at Battery Ventures
Regina Pisa, Chairman Emeritus at Goodwin Procter LLC
Darryl Settles, Owner of Darryl’s Kitchen 


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


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