September 2021 | Volume 7
Dear MWF Colleagues:
The theory that ‘time is relative’ is proven in two ways: it goes faster as we get older, and summer goes by faster than any other season!
We sorely missed having our traditional in-person, all member reception this summer. And who would have thought the phrase “out of an abundance of caution” would once again factor into our scheduling? So our promise is to once again exercise creativity (thank you Tara Levine and our programming committee!) to offer connections and conversations that are both meaningful, and fun.
Take a look at what’s coming up and click on each event for more information, and to register.

Rebrand! I’m excited about our MWF rebrand to the International Women’s Forum of Massachusetts which is in process (thank you Renee Connolly, Pam Hamlin and team!) and will be complete before the end of the year. As members of the International Women’s Forum, our global parent organization, we are connected to more than 7,000 diverse and accomplished women from 33 nations on six continents, with access to unique events and programs that unite us in a mission of women being fully in the equation of leadership to a better world. With an array of virtual programming offered it's easy to access and make connections with other IWF members.
Pay it Forward! We are proud to be working with Lauren Pimpare and Tomorrow’s Women Today to pilot the Pay it Forward Pipeline mentoring program. Many thanks Susan Esper for her leadership, and to the 30 MWF Members who have volunteered to be mentors in this six-month program. We couldn’t do it without you! And additional gratitude to those of you who are conducting workshops for the emerging women leaders in our community. We will keep you posted on our progress.
Finally, a personal note of thanks to my wonderful board colleagues and to our truly fantastic Executive Director Lauren Grymek for their commitment and collaboration. They are the personification of “Fierce, Fabulous and Fun!" There is so much more to come in the months ahead. Let’s stay (or get) connected, and choose optimism for better days ahead.

Judy A Habib
Massachusetts Women's Forum
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Tuesday, September 14th: Remote Work with Tsedal Neeley
As we all navigate remote work versus in-person workplace plans, MWF is thrilled to have Tsedal Neeley, a national remote work expert and distinguished Harvard Business School professor, to share insights on this topic and answer our questions.

Tsedal will discuss the benefits of remote work and how to navigate the challenges that go along with it. Based on nearly two decades of experience working with virtual and global teams, she will provide evidence-based answers to the most pressing questions about how teams can feel more connected and be well-prepared to deliver optimal results. Watch a recent interview here.

MWF Member, Diane Hessan, CEO of Salient Ventures, will moderate this insightful discussion.
Tuesday, September 21st: Third Chapter Conversation
Join MWF Members Priscilla Douglas and Fay Donohue at noon for an intimate discussion.

Since we can't share a table in person, bring your favorite lunch. Space is limited to 10 MWF members.

This month's conversation topic is: Given the confluence of change and challenges confronting our lives today, what gives you hope or how do you remain hopeful?  
Third Chapter 2021
Fall Pop Ups with MWF Members
MWF is planning a series of informal, outdoor pop-ups based on interest and location.

If you would like to host not more than 8 people or would like to coordinate an informal gathering at an outdoor restaurant please email Lauren Grymek. indicate your preferred area: Boston, Cape Cod, Metro West (or another ideal location.)
This year, Rosemarie Day's company Day Health Strategies celebrated 11 years in business. She said, "We have re-dedicated ourselves to our core values, including health equity and organizational transformation. One of our most significant projects has been working with the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers to develop and roll out a playbook for the Covid-19 vaccine in underserved communities this past spring."
Priscilla Douglas
Priscilla Douglas was announced as a new Trustee at Harvard University's American Repertory Theater. The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University is a leading force in the American theater, producing groundbreaking work that is driven by risk-taking and passionate inquiry. Read more here.
Sandy Fenwick was recently named one of the 2021 New Englanders of the Year for her work as CEO of Boston Children's Hospital. Under Sandy's leadership, Boston Children's Hospital was named the #1 pediatric hospital in the country by US News for eight consecutive years. Sandy will be honored in a virtual celebration alongside two other women on Oct. 18th. Learn more about Sandy's work, the celebration, and the other honorees here.
Peggy Jablonski was highlighted in the Cape Cod Times for her walking tours that focus on local history and connecting the past to current issues. The walks cover topics from sea captains and the economy of slavery in Cape Cod to the Wampanoag experience of the Mayflower landing. Click here to read more about her journey learning this history and crafting the tours.
South Shore Conservatory's new composer-in-residence, Nkeiru Okoye wrote the piece “Grayce and Sickle” as a tribute to Dr. Paula Johnson and her mother Grayce. The song was written for the new SSC Transform initiative that uses music education to promote social justice . To read more click here.
Venti Technologies, founded by Heidi Wyle, Ph.D., Founder and CEO, recently announced $8 Million in funding to continue scaling the companies, autonomous mobility for logistics, supply chain and transportation markets. Read more on the company's website.
The annual IWF conference will open with a virtual silent auction and as IWF members, we have a chance to bid on incredible items from around the world.

In addition, our Forum has to the opportunity to donate an auction item, making us eligible for up to (3) complimentary virtual leadership conference registrations for a Young Leader (a woman age 35 or under who is not an IWF member).

If our Forum's item generates the highest bid, all of our members will receive early registration access and a 5% discount for the IWF World Leadership Conference and Gala in Las Vegas, Nevada, November 1 – 3, 2022. 

Funds raised will help IWF continue its work of advancing women’s leadership and championing equality worldwide, including efforts to support the next generation of women leaders.

Last year's items included a stay at a vacation home, virtual private museum tours and beautiful pieces of jewelry. The item should have a minimum estimated value of $500.00 and is tax-deductible under U.S. tax law.

We are excited to have MWF participate and the deadline to submit items is September 20. If you have an item to donate, or if you have any questions please contact Lauren Grymek.