Women’s History Month Spotlight: Reem Papageorgiou

Ilana Coolidge
Women's History Month Reem (420 x 330 px)

Reem Papageorgiou, Co-Founder and Chief Talent Officer of MomUp and YW Boston Advocacy Committee member, spoke with YW Boston about Women’s History Month, her career, and advice for young professionals. 

What does Women’s History Month mean to you?

Women’s History Month is a constant source of inspiration for me. Immersing myself in the stories of the trailblazing women who came before us and their incredible achievements is truly empowering. While I wish it wasn’t limited to a single month, it serves as a powerful reminder of the countless unknown women who made impactful contributions throughout history. For me, it’s a month-long celebration of perseverance, grit, and leadership, and a call to action to continue their legacy.

What personal or professional accomplishment are you most proud of?

Co-founding MomUp! Life is a continuous journey of growth and reinvention, especially for women who navigate both personal and professional spheres. I’m proud of my own personal growth, taking on new challenges, and I am proud of the company we’ve built. Its mission of empowering women in leadership and fostering growth in pioneering organizations allows us to contribute to a more inclusive and successful future.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

On your journey there will be a constant dance of pivoting, embracing change, and discovery. Don’t shy away from curiosity, push yourself beyond your comfort zone, and continue to explore rather than let yourself get bogged down with the “shoulds.”

What were your reasons for joining YW Boston’s Advocacy Committee and what is your biggest takeaway from your time on the committee so far?

Joining the Advocacy Committee at YW Boston has provided a powerful platform to expand our advocacy work to the state level, driving impactful change. I have learned some invaluable lessons: I discovered legislators do want to hear our voices, and we, as constituents, play a critical role in shaping our state’s future. Equally rewarding is collaborating with a phenomenal team of passionate individuals, all dedicated to making a difference.

What are you reading, watching, or listening to right now? Do you have any Women’s History Month book, documentary, or podcast recommendations?

I am currently watching Call the Midwife! I’m late to the game but don’t want to ever end. I also love Fisk. I’m currently reading The Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese. My current podcasts are Spectacular Failures and Coffee Break Spanish.

For Women’s History Month, I actually just watched the film Nyad about marathon swimmer Diana Nyad, which was so inspirational.  I also loved The Swimmers. No, I don’t swim, but I’m just now noticing this pattern. Maybe I should follow my curiosity? Always growing!

About YW Boston’s Advocacy Work: 

YW Boston works to eliminate racism and empower women through DEI services and advocacy. Our advocacy work is included under our 501(c)3, which means we do not endorse candidates, and we are non-partisan in the policies that we take on. Our advocacy work is planned and executed by a dedicated group of volunteers who apply and serve on our YW Boston Advocacy Committee.