April 8, 2021 | Volume 4
Dear MWF Colleagues:
 
Finally, it’s Spring!! The season for new beginnings, for new possibilities. It’s been a long wait, hasn’t it? But just as we know to till the soil before we plant seeds for new growth, we find ourselves needing to collectively till our souls for more understanding, more responsibility for the future we are creating. 

What better time for us to be in dialogue with one another. There’s no shortage of topics and issues for us to take on, and thanks to our esteemed membership, no shortage of perspectives that can both enlighten and exercise our thinking. 

On April 15th we will hear from MWF Member, Juliette Kayyem, about US National Security in the current political climate. Register here to join us for this important discussion.
 
As I announced last month, we will soon introduce MWF’s Courageous Conversations Series. Imagine small-group, confidential conversations on relevant topics that are somewhere on the continuum between ‘tough’ and ‘taboo’. We are planning a briefing session that will give us guidance about how to best engage with each other in these often difficult conversations. If any group of individuals can model open minds for common ground that can be a path forward, it is you, it is us. Be on the lookout for more information.
 
Additionally, plans are underway for a Boston Mayoral Candidates Forum tentatively set for June 9th, and our annual Women Opening Doors for Women event, scheduled for June 22nd. I hope you will consider being a mentor this year. More details to follow in the weeks ahead on both of these programs. 
 
Scan the calendar below, hold dates, register and join us at an upcoming event. And if you have any “pop up” event ideas, let us know! Can’t wait to get together in 3D and bigger than two-inch squares!!

With warmest regards,
Judy A Habib
Massachusetts Women's Forum
President
Next Up:
4/15: What's Going On? National Security in the U.S.
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UPCOMING EVENTS
What's Going On? National Security in the U.S. with Juliette Kayyem - April 15th
Juliette Kayyem
Join us on April 15th at noon for a virtual conversation with MWF member, Juliette Kayyem, former Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and a leading voice on America’s homeland security efforts.

The topic of national security has never been more important. Whether it is emboldened extremist group activities and the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol or the recent horror of domestic terrorism in Atlanta and Boulder, we have all been watching the news with sorrow, frustration, and anger. Juliette has been a key voice in many of these broadcast discussions, both locally and nationally. Her analysis of the future terrorism threat in The Atlantic in January 2021 proved prescient.

Harvard Professor Kayyem will present her thoughts on domestic terrorism in the U.S., its threat to our nation’s democracy and national safety, and its origins in the country’s political atmosphere. After her remarks, we will open up the discussion for Q&A from MWF members.

Read her complete bio.
NEWS ABOUT OUR MEMBERS
Get Konnected! Announces List of Most Impactful Black Women in Boston
Most Impactful
Congratulations to MWF Members who have been named Boston’s Most Impactful Black Women in 2021 by Get Konnected! led by MWF member Colette Phillips.
 
The complete list is available via the video announcement here.
Honorable Denise Casper
Beth Chandler
Denella Clark
Priscilla Douglas
Pamela Everhart
Carol Fulp
Donna Latson Gittens
Marian L. Heard
Deborah Jackson
Jackie Jenkins-Scott
Paula Johnson
Kathy Kountze-Tatum
Juliette Mayers
Desiree Ralls-Morrison
Valerie Roberson
Agnes Bundy Scanlan
Frederica Williams
Lynn Perry Wooten
Pat Chadwick
MWF Member Pat Chadwick currently serves as Vice Chair of Encore Boston Network whose mission is to help people over 50 to feel good, do good, and add value through programs to assist people in finding their true purpose. Pat invites MWF members to check out the Second Act Stories Series of events. Read more here.
MWF Member Cady Coleman’s new podcast, Mission: Interplanetary — boldly goes where few space podcasts have gone before as they look at the Big Questions –– the challenges, opportunities, and mysteries facing us as we seek to build positive futures on Earth and beyond. Read more here.
Priscilla Douglas
MWF Board Vice President, Priscilla H. Douglas, was unanimously elected Chair of the Board of Trustees, Boston Public Library [BPL] on March 23.Handing the “virtual gavel” the former Chair Bob Gallery remarked that “Priscilla is the right person at the right time” to lead this venerable institution. Read more here.
MWF Member Rachel Kaprielian was recently recognized with one of McDonald’s most prestigious awards: the McDonald's "President's Award," an award for performance given to 1% of the company globally. Congratulations Rachel!
MWF members write articles, white papers, OpEds, books, and more on topics from the 2020 election to renewable energy, to leadership, medicine, the importance of art, and many more. Take a moment to read what your fellow members are writing here.