May 11, 2021 | Volume 5
Dear MWF Colleagues:

With each new month comes new possibilities. Possibilities for connection, engaging in dialogue, and exploring new perspectives. MWF is excited to bring you some of these opportunities through our programming, events, and distinguished membership.

On May 17th, join us for a panel discussion: Asian American Pacific Islander Racism in America. Moderated by MFW Board Member Frances West, we will hear the personal stories and experiences of our panelists and breakout into small discussion groups to learn more about how we can become allies. This event is one of many MWF plans to host about topics that are relevant because they matter, societally and/or personally; and they are about understanding perspectives beyond our own.

Our Third Chapter Conversation led by Fay Donohue and Priscilla Douglas is scheduled for May 19th and space is limited to ten members so register soon.

On May 24th, we have some fun planned with a Virtual Dine-Around but space is limited. Enjoy a delicious dinner prepared by Jose Duarte from his new Peruvian-inspired restaurant, Tambo 22, while hearing more about his experiences merging his and his wife Anna’s heritages and cultures through food. We’ll break into smaller dine-around groups where you can get to know your fellow MWF members over the rest of your meal! 

Plans are being finalized for a Boston Mayoral Candidates Forum scheduled for June 9th, and we are thrilled to have MWF Members Carol Fulp and Linda Henry co-moderate this important event.

The following week we will have MWF Member Sherry Turkle, New York Times bestselling author of the recently released The Empathy Diaries, for a virtual conversation on the power of empathy June 14th.

Before summer is underway, we will end this season of programming with our 15th annual Women Opening Doors for Women event on June 23rd. I hope you will consider being a mentor this year.

More details to follow in the weeks ahead on all of these great opportunities for connection. If you have any “pop up” event ideas this summer, topics we should tackle together, or fun experiences as we reconnect, just let us know!

With warmest regards,
Judy A Habib
Massachusetts Women's Forum
Next Up:
5/17: Asian American Pacific Islander Racism in America

5/19: Third Chapter Conversation

5/24: Virtual Dine Around
Recordings of MWF events can be found in the members-only section of our website.
MWF members write articles, white papers, OpEds, books, and more on topics from the 2020 election to renewable energy, to leadership, medicine, and the importance of art.

Read what MWF members are writing here

IWF Fellows Program: Application Due June 1
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Recruitment of the IWF Fellows cohort is underway and applications are due June 1. MWF members are encouraged to help identify potential candidates for the program.
About the Program:
IWF Fellows are women who have been identified as having the potential to reach top leadership levels. The Fellows Program can provide them with the “push” or “accelerator” to help them attain the very top leadership positions. As such, they are peers, even though they are diverse in every other way.
IWF Fellows are considered change agents within their organizations and community, and possess character, motivation, and commitment to goals. When selected to participate, they already have substantive professional experience and accomplishments and work at a high level of responsibility. They are not yet members of IWF, but clearly, possible future members. 
Launched in 1994 with seed-funding from the U.S. Labor Department as a direct result of the Glass Ceiling Commission, the program annually convenes approximately 35 Fellows from around the world for a total of 20 days.

If you have any questions about this incredible program, contact MWF Member Alison Taunton-Rigby.
Congratulations to MWF Members who have been named to this year's Boston Magazine's 100 Most Influential Bostonians.
Linda Pizzuti Henry
Lisa Wieland
Anne Klibanski
Kimberly Sherman Stamler
Vanessa Calderon-Rosado
Deborah Jackson
Colette Phillips
Amy Latimer
Juliette Kayyem
Diane Hessan
Sandi Fenwick
The complete list is available here.
Priscilla Douglas
MWF Board Vice President, Priscilla H. Douglas, released her second book, WOKE Leadership- Profits, Prophets & Purpose. Read more here.
MWF Board Member Frances West recently authored a primer on digital accessibility for business. MWF members will find this particularly interesting in dealing with digital equity and inclusion. Read more here.
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