January 27, 2021

Dear MWF Colleagues,
It is with heartfelt appreciation that I make the bittersweet announcement that Deborah Rosenthal is moving on to a new role as Executive Director for NACD New England. Deb’s passion and commitment to MWF have made such a huge difference. In the face of last year’s challenges, with Deb’s support, we welcomed an impressive roster of new members, achieved record participation in an exciting lineup of virtual programming, updated member communications, and advanced our governance practices. 

I know I speak on behalf of the MWF Board and the membership-at-large when I say, “Thank you, we love you, we wish you well…and we’re always here for you!”
We are most fortunate to be welcoming Lauren Grymek as our incoming Executive Director. Deb will be working alongside Lauren for the month of February before moving on to NACD on March 1st. Here’s a little about Lauren:

Lauren joins us after four years as the Executive Director of the Melrose Chamber of Commerce. Reporting to a 17-member board of directors serving a 300-member chamber, Lauren was responsible for the organization’s administration, finances, communications, marketing, government relations, board relations, and volunteer management. She also led and executed the Chamber’s four signature community events and monthly networking events. Prior to joining the Chamber, Lauren served as the Executive Director of the Seaport Transportation Management Association (Seaport TMA) in the South Boston Waterfront, a role she held for 11 years. At the Seaport TMA, she was responsible for the organization’s administration, finances, operations, government relations and oversaw membership services and membership recruitment. Lauren received an MBA from Simmons College and a BA in Communication from Stonehill College. 

Be on the lookout for our new and improved newsletter with an easy-to-use calendar for our exciting programming line-up. I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event at which time you can extend your best wishes to Deb and a warm welcome to Lauren.
Judy Habib
Massachusetts Women's Forum