Honoring Boston’s Best and Brightest

The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce hosts a variety of awards programs throughout the year that recognize and celebrate the inspiring individuals and organizations who are making an impact in their workplace and communities.

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Celia Richa
Celia Richa

Senior Vice President, Programs

Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce

Pinnacle Awards 22
Pinnacle Awards 22

Pinnacle Awards

The Pinnacle Awards is the premier event for women in business, and honors incredible leading women for their outstanding contributions to the workplace and commitment to enhancing the quality of life in the region.

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Lisa Hughes

Anchor WBZ-TV News

Achievement in the Advancement of Women Professionals & Master of Ceremonies

Carole Charnow

President & CEO Boston Children’s Museum

Achievement in Arts & Education

Cheri Ruane, FASLA

Vice President | Landscape Architecture Weston & Sampson Design Studio

Achievement in the Professions

Sec. Rosalin Acosta

Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Achievement in Management – Government

Irene Li

President Mei Mei Restaurant Group

Achievement in Entrepreneurship

Falguni Desai
Falguni Desai

NA Brand VP Grooming; CEO & Managing Director Procter & Gamble; The Art of Shaving

Emerging Executive

Roxann Cooke
Roxann Cooke

Consumer Bank Regional Director & Managing Director, New England & Greater Pennsylvania Region JPMorgan Chase

Achievement in Management – Private

Marcela del Carmen, MD, MPH

President; Executive Vice President Massachusetts General Physicians Organization; Mass General Brigham

Achievement in Health Care & Life Sciences

Vikki Spruill
Vikki N. Spruill

President & CEO New England Aquarium

Achievement in Management – Non-profit

Judy Habib

Founder & CEO KHJ Brand Activation

Lifetime Achievement

Annual Meeting 

Our Annual Meeting is the top Greater Boston business convening of the year, and we are committed to bringing our community together again. The Annual Meeting attracts over 2,000 business and civic leaders from across the region to induct new members into the Academy of Distinguished Bostonians, hear from a prominent keynote speaker, and connect with each other across companies and industries.

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2022 Distinguished Bostonians

Governor Charlie Baker
Governor Charlie Baker

Governor, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Governor Charlie Baker was sworn in for a second term as the 72nd Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on January 3, 2019, after a first term focused on…Read more

Dr. Paula A. Johnson

President, Wellesley College

Dr. Paula A. Johnson is the 14th president of Wellesley College. Throughout a groundbreaking career in academic medicine, public health, and higher education,…Read more

Thomas P. Glynn
Thomas P. Glynn, PhD

Adjunct Lecturer of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School | Former CEO, MassPort

Thomas P. Glynn, PhD is an Adjunct Lecturer of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Previously from 2018 to 2021 Glynn was Chief…Read more

Dr. Vanessa Calderón-Rosado

CEO, Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA)

Vanessa Calderón-Rosado, Ph.D., is Chief Executive Officer of Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA), a community development corporation dedicated to empowering…Read more

Small Business of the Year Awards
Small Business of the Year Awards

Small Business of the Year Awards

The Small Business of the Year Awards ceremony honors 10 small, high-growth businesses that demonstrate achievement in management, workplace excellence, product innovation, and social responsibility, with a commitment to growing in Greater Boston.

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Past Honorees

Coils to Locs
Coils to Locs

Diversity & Inclusion

Founded by a cancer survivor, Coils to Locs helps hospital cancer centers & medical hair loss salons’ provide access for their clients regardless of hair type…Read more

Forward Financing

Community Impact

Forward Financing, a financial technology company, helps small businesses quickly access capital needed to grow their business. Forward Financing has provided funding…Read more

tonneson + co

Innovation and Growth

Tonneson + co provides expertise in assurance, corporate tax, mergers and acquisitions, global accounting services, and individual and fiduciary tax to privately-held…Read more

Castle Group
The Castle Group

Small Business Champion

The Castle Group, a women-owned public relations & events agency with national and global expertise, delivers creative ideas, strategies, and tactical execution…Read more

Strategy Matters
Strategy Matters

Cultural Excellence

Strategy Matters, a consulting group, works with businesses, nonprofits, government agencies, and public-private partnerships to address organizational and societal…Read more

Moonshine 152
Moonshine 152

CEO Leadership

Moonshine 152, located in South Boston, continues to shine as a favorite restaurant for many, representing the region’s multicultural history through a distinct…Read more

TOYL 2022
TOYL 2022

Ten Outstanding Young Leaders

The Ten Outstanding Young Leaders (TOYL) Awards are about Boston’s present, and more importantly, Boston’s future. Honorees represent the region’s emerging young leaders from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors who have demonstrated a commitment to improving the civic and business environment and the quality of life in Greater Boston.

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Past Honorees

Jayda Leder Luis TOYL Winner
Jayda Leder-Luis

Vice President, Denterlein

Helen Adeosun
Helen Adeosun

CEO & FOUNDER, CareAcademy

Monica Tibbits-Nutt
Monica Tibbits-Nutt

Executive Director, 128 Business Council

Rev. Willie Bodrick
Rev. Willie Boderick, II

Senior Pastor, Twelfth Baptist Church

Vivian Pham
Vivian Pham

Chief of Staff, MA Rehabilitation Commission

Joy Kallenberg
Joy Kallenberg

Research & Development Director, P&G GIllette

Ayda Zugay

Principal & Co-Founder, Advancing Agency

Sharhea Wade
Sharhea Wade

VP | Head of Inclusion, State Street Corporation

Catherine Morris
Catherine T. Morris

Founder & Interim Executive Director, Boston Art & Music Soul (BAMS) Fest, Director, Arts & Culture, The Boston Foundation

Matteo Urella
Matteo Urella

Senior Program Manager, National Grid

Pacesetters Awards

Our Pacesetters Awards highlight the critical efforts being taken in procurement and supplier diversity to achieve economic inclusion for minority business enterprises and the communities from which they are born and operate. Launched in 2022, categories include Deal of the Year, Champion of the Year, and Pacesetters Company of the Year.

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Past Award Winners


Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts


MEREDITH WHALEN, Gilbane Building Company