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Announcing the 2017 Ten Outstanding Young Leaders

September 28, 2017

The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce its 2017 Ten Outstanding Young Leaders (TOYL) honorees. The TOYL Awards are presented annually by City Awake, a program of the Chamber aimed at connecting, engaging and celebrating next generation leaders. The awards celebrate the contributions of current and emerging young Greater Boston leaders who have demonstrated professional, personal and civic commitment to improving the quality of life within our region. The winners will be honored on November 8 at Laugh Boston, where they will discuss the work they are doing and share their visions for keeping Greater Boston a thriving region for businesses and people far into the future.

 The 2017 Ten Outstanding Young Leaders were nominated by members of the community and selected by a committee of past TOYL honorees.

 This year’s honorees include: 

  • Sarah Bagley, MD, Medical Director, CATALYST Clinic, Boston Medical Center
  • Natalya Bailey, Founder & CEO, Accion Systems
  • Scott Bailey, Executive Director, North America, MassChallenge
  • Skye Canuto, Police Officer, Boston Police Department
  • Stephen Hall, Senior Associate, Holland & Knight LLP
  • Asma Khalid, Reporter, WBUR
  • TJ Parker, Co-Founder & CEO, PillPack
  • Lauren Pimpare, Founder & President, Tomorrow’s Women TODAY & The Boston Women’s Leadership Council
  • Sean Stellato, CEO & Founder, SES Sports
  • David Sweeney, Chief of Staff to Mayor Martin J. Walsh, City of Boston

 Find out more about our honorees here.

By now, it is no secret that Greater Boston’s incredible young talent is our region’s number one competitive advantage when it comes to growing and maintaining our thriving business community. These 10 outstanding leaders are contributing to conversations, work, and movements that are impacting not only Greater Boston, but in many cases our entire nation.

In 2012, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce revived the Ten Outstanding Young Leaders (TOYL) awards to continue the tradition of honoring Greater Boston’s current and future leaders. The TOYL awards were presented by the Boston Jaycees from 1952 to 2006 to identify and celebrate young leaders. Since its inception, more than 500 young leaders have been honored including President John F. Kennedy, conductor Leonard Bernstein, business leader Jack Connors, Jr. and community advocate and United Nations representative, Carol Fulp. For a complete list of all past and present honorees, click here.

 About City Awake

City Awake works to empower the next generation of Greater Boston leaders through programming that builds community and engages young professionals in dialogue about the most pressing issues facing our region. Through this work, we hope to deepen their connections to the broader business and civic communities and recognize their important contributions to our thriving economy.

About the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce is the convener, voice and advocate of our region’s business community, committed to making Greater Boston the best place for businesses and people to thrive. It helps its members and Greater Boston succeed by convening and connecting the business community; researching, developing and advocating for public policies that contribute to our region’s economic success; and providing comprehensive leadership development programs designed to grow strong business and civic leaders. Learn more at