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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Dr. Aisha Francis

President & CEO, Benjamin Franklin Cummings Institute of Technology

Achievement in Arts & Education Aisha Francis, PhD, is the president of Benjamin Franklin Cummings Institute of Technology and the first woman to lead…Read more

Jess Ackerman

Audit & Assurance Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP

Achievement in the Professions Jess Ackerman is an Audit & Assurance partner at Deloitte & Touche LLP (“Deloitte”), where she focuses on…Read more

Devanshi Purohit

Associate Principal | Urban Design, CBT

Emerging Executive Devanshi is an Associate Principal at Boston-based design firm CBT, with expertise in urban design, planning, and environmental resiliency….Read more

Democratic Whip Katherine Clark

5th District of Massachusetts, U.S. House of Representatives

Achievement in Management – Government Congresswoman Katherine Clark proudly serves the Fifth District of Massachusetts. She was first elected in a special…Read more

Lauren Baker

Founder, Wonderfund

Achievement in Management – Nonprofit Lauren Baker currently serves as the First Lady of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts alongside her husband, Governor…Read more

Dr. Maya R. Said

Founder & CEO, Outcomes4Me Inc.

Achievement in Entrepreneurship Dr. Said is the founder and CEO of Outcomes4Me, a health technology company focused on providing patients diagnosed with…Read more

Sandra Cotterell

CEO, Codman Square Health Center

Achievement in Health Care & Life Sciences Sandra Cotterell, joined Codman Square Health Center in 1994 as COO and was appointed CEO in 2011. During…Read more

Mary Anne Heino

President & CEO, Lantheus

Achievement in Management – Private Mary Anne Heino brings to Lantheus 30 years of diverse pharmaceutical industry experience. Joining Lantheus in April…Read more

Juliette Kayyem

Faculty Chair of the Homeland Security and Security & Global Health Projects, Harvard Kennedy School

Lifetime Achievement In academia, private sector, government and media, Professor Juliette Kayyem is an international leader in crisis management and…Read more

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 convenes more than 1,300 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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2023 Distinguished Bostonians

Brian Moynihan

Chair of the Board & Chief Executive Officer, Bank of America

Brian Moynihan leads a team of more than 210,000 employees dedicated to making financial lives better for people, companies of every size, and institutional investors…Read more

Callie Crossley HS
Callie Crossley

Host, Commentator, GBH

Callie Crossley is the Host of the radio show and podcast Under the Radar with Callie Crossley, which airs on GBH, 89.7 FM Sundays from 6:00 to 7 p.m. Her award-winning…Read more

John E. Drew

Founder & Chairman, The Drew Company

John E. Drew is founder and Chairman of the Drew Company, a Boston-based real estate management and development company. He is the developer of the Seaport Complex,…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

Alcove Boston


A small business owner or incubator working to strengthen and advocate for the small business community

Benchmark Strategies


An executive who demonstrates exemplary leadership that has made a tangible, positive difference within their organization.

Nitsch Engineering
Nitsch Engineering, Inc.


A business that values and prioritizes diversity and inclusion across the organization.

Green Energy Mechanical Inc
Green Energy Mechanical, Inc.


A business that has developed or utilized technology and practices to innovate and accelerate its growth.



A business that demonstrates a commitment to enhancing the future of the Greater Boston community through a focus on community and social impact.

City Point Partners, LLC


A business that exemplifies the Chamber’s mission of making Greater Boston the best place for people and businesses to thrive through a strong and supportive workplace…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

Adrian Madaro

State Representative-1st Suffolk District, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Adrian C. Madaro is the Massachusetts State Representative for the 1st Suffolk District, which comprises the neighborhood of East Boston. As a lifelong East Boston…Read more

Ava Callender Concepcion

Commissioner, Cannabis Control Commission

Ava Callender Concepcion is a member of the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission. Commissioner Concepcion has an extensive background in public…Read more

Brandon Cardet-Hernandez

Executive Director, Ivy Street School & Skills for Life

Brandon Cardet-Hernandez has devoted his career to creating the conditions that allow young people to achieve their greatness. A life-long educator, Cardet-Hernandez…Read more

Constanza Cabello

Vice President-Equity Programs, State Street Corporation

Dr. Constanza Cabello (Connie/ she/ her) joined State Street in August 2021 as the inaugural Vice President for Equity Programs on the Global Inclusion, Diversity,…Read more

Kristen Riley

District Director Of Operations, Stop & Shop

Kristen believes that every single experience in our lives connects us to where we should be in each season of our life. Kristen’s passion and hard work has lead…Read more

Madeleine Rodriguez

Partner, Foley Hoag

Madeleine Rodriguez is a litigator whose practice is built on a strong foundation of state, federal, and international trial and arbitration experience. As Co-Chair…Read more

Nieisha Deed

Founder & CEO, PureSpark

Nieisha was born and raised in Roxbury, a child of a two-parent family where she grew up as the youngest of three sisters. She did her entire K-12 education through…Read more

Sabrina Antoine Correia

Vice President-Public Engagement, JPMorgan Chase

Sabrina Antoine Correiais a Financial Coach & Community Organizer in Boston. She is a local ambassador for Chase Bank whose job is to build and nurture relationships…Read more

Tiffany Vassell

R.N. Board Member, Bay State Birth Coalition

Tiffany Vassell is a registered nurse who has worked as a labor and delivery nurse for several years at a community hospital in Cambridge….Read more

Vilas Dhar

President, Patrick McGovern Foundation

Vilas Dhar is President and Trustee of the PatrickJ. McGovern Foundation, a $1.5B 21st century philanthropy advancing artificial intelligence and data solutions…Read more

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



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