May 2018    Your Connection to LMW
Spring Alumni Breakfast - "What's Your Story?"

This is what leadership sounded like at the Spring Alumni Breakfast when 125 leaders came together at American Girl Bistro to practice the power of storytelling after hearing from three compelling guest leaders/storytellers:
Yvonne Spicer, Mayor of Framingham,
Rev. J.Anthony Lloyd, Pastor of Greater Framingham Community Church and
Allison Iantosca, President of
F.H. Perry Builder.

The speakers inspired attendees with powerful
and poignant stories that highlighted their values
and authenticity and
modeled how as leaders
we can engage and influence others and bring our leadership vision to life through personal stories. Attendees were appreciative and enthusiastic about the exceptional networking, the guest speakers and the engaging storytelling activity.
Leadership Academy Goes to the State House

After an engaging morning at the Alumni Breakfast, the Academy class boarded a coach to the State House where they met with Rep. Carmine Gentile (Sudbury/Framingham) and
Rep. Carolyn Dykema (Holliston/Hopkinton/Southboro).

Each explained what led them to seek elected office and what policy issues they are most passionate about and working on currently.

Sen.Karen Spilka's District
Liaison, Dennis Giombetti, spoke about the Senator's role as the Chair of the Ways & Means Committee and her anticipated election as Senate President in July. Dennis also talked about his other role as an elected member of the Framingham City Council, now serving as Council Chair.

After lunch the Executive Director of the Senate Office of Education & Civic Engagement met with the class to talk about how to effectively communicate with your legislators.

The afternoon concluded with a tour of the State House. The exuberant guide shared fascinating facts about the building and the monuments and artwork in it, and told great stories about the history of the Commonwealth. 
First-Ever "Academy Encore"
Alumni from across three decades agreed that the inaugural "Academy Encore" lived up to its name.

Diane Ring, one of 17 participants said, "It brought back the best of my 2007 Academy experience - connecting with leaders and learning new things. Our State House visit was enriching, fun and so in sync with LMW’s mission of building and inspiring engaged and collaborative leaders.”

At the State House the Encore group enjoyed lunch, a guided tour of the historic building, and learned about effective advocacy from the Director of the Citizens Legislative Seminar.

Rep. Jack Lewis (Ashland/Framingham) met with the group to share some of his experiences in his first term in the House and the legislative issues he is working on.

Friendships were rekindled and new connections were made during the trip. Academy Encore will be back in the fall with a new adventure to be announced. Encore will be offered to alumni twice a year, with a different focus each time - similar to the monthly Leadership Academy experience.
Alumni in the News
Marc Terry (2004) , partner at Mirick O'Connell, has been re-elected to a second term on the Ashland School Committee.

Amanda Fargiano (2015) , controller at Envisa, Inc.has been elected to the Hopkinton School Committee. This is Amanda's first time in elected office.

Joseph Corazzini (2014) is now assistant superintendent for equity, diversity, and community engagement for Framingham Public Schools. Joe was promoted from director of community resource development for the district. Recently, he graduated from the AASA/Howard University Urban Superintendents Program.

Pam Huling Aronson (2001) left Bose Corporation in 2013 to pursue a career in energy medicine which turned out to have more winding paths than the Appalachian Trail. Her latest passion relates to protecting our health in this electronics-filled age, and includes a brand new skillset - making gemstone collars for pets to help them cope energetically with this environment.

Dana Neshe (1997), EVP at Middlesex Savings Bank, was the honoree at the Bethany Hill Place Annual Gala. Trish Appert (2013) is the BHP Executive Director,Courtney McSparron (2016) is Program Director and the Board of Trustees includes Chair, Tiff O’Connell (2013), Dan Barnard (2013) & Lorretta Holloway (2017).

Giulietta Nardone (2018) wrote "Saving Town Hall," an essay appearing in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Empowered Woman. Julie is giving a reading and short talk on Saturday, June 16, 4:00-5:00 pm at Reiki Wellness and Creativity Center in Ashland.

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Join us poolside!

Monday JUNE 11th
Sheraton Framingham Hotel
and Conference Center
Alumni Cocktail Reception
5:30 - 6:30 pm

followed indoors by
a brief Annual Meeting 6:45-7:00 pm
to elect new board members
the Academy Graduation 7:00-7:45 pm

(complimentary hors d'oeuvres & cash bar)

The Class of 2018 would be honored to have you at
their graduation as they join your network of proud alumni!
They will present their two class projects:
and the
New Alumni Directory
It's not too late to be included in the online Directory!
If you haven't done so already,
you can still complete the 5-minute survey
Alumni Spotlight - Natalie Saroufim, Class of 2014
Natalie Saroufim’s title at MathWorks - “Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Program Manager” - suggests that she’s more involved than most of us in our MetroWest businesses and communities.

She’s familiar with the region’s philanthropic geography and continuously connects with a host of non-profits and businesses as she works to fulfill the company’s social mission, which includes advancing STEM education, fostering staff volunteerism, and supporting the local community.

In doing all of this, Natalie models what LMW grads do: continue to learn about their civic environments and - through networking, collaboration, and leadership - make them better.

Natalie operates in the corporate philanthropy space, with a focus on STEM education. MathWorks and its staff members impact the educational community through partnerships with science museums around the world, including the Boston Museum of Science, the Discovery Museum in Acton, Science Museum London, and museums in France, Germany, and Australia.

She manages staff who work with local schools in STEM disciplines, and coordinates staff volunteer activities - over 40 staff volunteering events are taking place in May/June. MathWorks is also involved in local events like the Tour de Natick, the Natick 4 th of July parade, and Natick Days. Other programs include granting scholarships to students aiming to study STEM disciplines, and supporting community outreach initiatives for underserved populations.

Before MathWorks, Natalie - approaching a decade at the company - was once a waitress in her father’s restaurant, and held Marketing and Accounting co-ops at Staples and Ernst & Young. In her spare time, she volunteers on trips to Guatemala and Ecuador with Medical Missions for Children (MMFC).

She was recruited into the Leadership Academy by the late Betsy Pielocik, a 2010 alumna from Bose, whom she met at the MetroWest Corporate Givers Group. “Betsy mentored me early in my CSR career.”

Now, Natalie recruits and manages MathWorks volunteers across global offices, and oversees efforts in local communities worldwide, including MetroWest. She is always running into fellow LMW grads who represent other MetroWest organizations, and this LMW alumni network allows her to advance collaboration with the them.

Natalie sums up her LMW experience: “I’ve been involved in other leadership training courses, but there’s nothing like the Leadership Academy. I left the program feeling
I made real connections with my classmates, and strengthened my own leadership capacity. The experience also helped me to identify the needs in MetroWest communities, and understand how people from non-profit, business, and municipal sectors can come together to address issues.”

Thank you to Bob Schecter (2004), writer and principal at Bartleby Sciveners f or this Alumni Spotlight.
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The Leadership Academy is the signature program of Leadership MetroWest, a not-for-profit leadership development organization now in its 31st year. There are 800 Academy alumni throughout the MetroWest region -- "uncommon leaders serving the common good."