Join us for our installment of the Pacesetters Doing Business series featuring Boston Planning and Development Agency on December 7, 2023.
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Jenny Holaday will share her journey into leadership as President of Encore Boston Harbor and first woman to run a casino in Massachusetts.
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Encore Boston Harbor
Step into Winter Wonderland at our BIMA Holiday Gala. Gather your digital media and marketing peers for a night of networking and entertainment.
6:30pm - 9:30pm
Designed for mid-level managers and supervisors, this new certificate program addresses workplace well-being through unique, innovative, and actionable methods.
Join our Transformational DEI Certificate! Our comprehensive learning & development offerings are designed to connect and grow strong leaders who lead both inside and out of the office.
Our Women’s Leadership Program enables you to take your leadership to the next level by arming you with the most in-demand leadership toolkit.
Our Boston’s Future Leaders (BFL) program provides emerging leaders with a socially conscious and civically engaged leadership toolkit, as well as the opportunity to apply their knowledge through experiential assignments.
City Awake empowers young professionals in a variety of ways that encourages these rising leaders to stay invested in the region’s future success.
We are developing an ecosystem of corporations and partners with the influence and buying power to transform economic inclusion for minority business enterprises (MBEs).
The Fierce Urgency of Now Festival brings Boston’s diverse young professionals together with business leaders, organizations and their peers to build connection, advance careers and ignite positive change.
BIMA (the Boston Interactive Media Association) serves a vibrant community of like-minded professionals from agencies, brands, publishers, and ad-tech companies with business interests in the New England market.
For nearly 30 years, the Chamber’s Women’s Network has connected female professionals of all background and career levels. Today, our Women’s Network is the largest in New England, strengthening the professional networks of women each year.
The Massachusetts Apprentice Network convenes employers, training providers, and talent sources interested in developing and implementing apprenticeship programs in occupations across industries and statewide in fields such as tech, advanced manufacturing, healthcare, financial services, and more.
We support small business through public policy initiatives, events designed to connect small businesses in Greater Boston to their peers and established business leaders, professional development offerings, and free small business advising.
Explore our mission and values to better understand how we are leading the business community forward.
Our member directory is your resource to discover, connect, and engage with Boston’s businesses from every industry and sector.
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Senior Program Manager,
Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce
Share your story, offer your unique POV on relevant topics, and engage with a wide range of people and perspectives.
Build connections with businesses and organizations to help grow your career.
Hear from a diverse lineup of thought leaders, experts and voices from our business, civic and local communities.
Connect with others while celebrating community and culture.
Location: TD Garden – 1928 Club
Hosted by: Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce & TD Bank
Join us as we celebrate our 6th Annual Fierce Urgency of Now Festival Opening Ceremony. The discussion will focus on establishing connections across differences and creating lasting change through civic engagement and business leadership. Attendees will have the opportunity to cultivate social capital, support the community by visiting vendor tables hosted by local small businesses and local groups, and learn more about the festival.
Location: 75 Central Street, Boston, MA, 02109
Hosted by: ThinkArgus
We will focus on the importance of underheard voices in marketing- from research to campaigns. Our discussion will involve marketing experts who will chat about how to be intentional on collecting information/data and how to bring that information to life.
Location: Banners Kitchen and Tap, 82 Causeway St, Boston, MA 02114
Hosted by: Boston Bruins
This event, hosted by the Boston Bruins at TD Garden, would welcome young people from across different backgrounds and industries to hear from some of the groundbreaking professionals that make up the Bruins organization, in a 30-minute panel discussion followed by networking and brief one-on-one sessions with some of the event speakers and hosts. Our speakers will share their story on how they have forged their own career paths in sports and what it takes to build a diverse workforce in sports.
Location: 287 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA, 02116
Hosted by: City Year Greater Boston
City Year is a trailblazing, youth-powered organization with a dual mission: expanding educational equity for students furthest from opportunity and developing diverse leaders through national service. Research shows the more time a student spends with a City Year AmeriCorps member serving as student success coach, the better the student outcomes—academically, socially, and emotionally.
Join us for an engaging conversation with leaders from the local and state level about the challenges facing the education landscape today and how we can work together to create equitable systems for our communities.
Location: Community Servings, 179 Amory St, Jamaica Plain
Hosted by: Community Servings
The Community Servings Young Leaders (CSYL) is a volunteer group in their 20s and 30s who work closely with Community Servings to expand our reach in this demographic. Join us for a volunteer shift in the Community Servings kitchen, followed by a cocktail mixer on-site.
The volunteer shift would last from 4-6 pm and would allow attendees to meet each other and network while preparing and packing meals to be sent to Community Servings clients. Following the volunteer shift, attendees would move to our community room or patio for the cocktail mixer.
Hosted by: URL Media
Layoffs. Downsizing. Right-sizing. Reset. Burnout. Whatever the term, whatever your circumstance, understanding how to pivot successfully and find joy, satisfaction, and purpose at work is critical to long-term success and a well-defined career arc.
Our panel will help you understand how to position yourself for your next career move, whether you’re looking for your first job or your 10th. Candidates of color gain valuable skills on the job; it is our job to tell the story of how our skills add value and benefit any organization. How do you pitch those skills during your next job interview and land the role? How do you care for yourself mentally in what can be a challenging journey?
Location: Reggie Lewis State Track Athletic Ctr, 1350 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02120
Hosted by: Cannabis Control Commission
Learn about the Cannabis Control Commission’s (Commission’s) Social Equity Program (SEP) and connect with representatives who can share helpful resources for entering the legal, adult-use cannabis marketplace, highlighting the nation’s first statewide equity program.
Location: Arup, 60 State Street Boston, MA 02109
Hosted by: Arup
A networking event for young professionals and community members with an interest in the built environment. To be followed by a panel discussion on what types of spaces and infrastructure POC communities need, how they can be built and supported, and what challenges exist in creating more of them.
Location: Roxbury Innovation Center, 2300 Washington Street, #2nd floor, Boston, MA, 02119
Hosted by: Innovation Studio
Engage with 4 entrepreneurs who are making moves in Boston. Join us for a conversation about their journey to entrepreneurship and how their experiences have not only been shaped by living in diverse areas of Boston but are transforming the city.
Jonathan Chang, Founder + CEO of Markit
Berlendah, Head of Customers and Sales of Renavest
Eric Moyal, Founder of Project Insulin
Therlande, Co-Founder of Side Presents
Location: New England Aquarium, 1 Central Wharf, Boston, MA, 02110
Hosted by: New England Aquarium
Boston is in a historically unique moment: with the leadership of Mayor Wu, City Hall is now focused on inclusivity and equity for all of Boston’s residents, from Allston to Mattapan and beyond. City officials are committed to working on a waterfront planning process that prioritizes equity, climate resiliency and inclusivity. The New England Aquarium is proud to be at the forefront of engaging city officials, opinion leaders and residents who want to be involved in shaping Boston’s downtown waterfront through our Downtown Waterfront for All campaign. We are working to engage Boston’s young professionals with a strong emphasis on working with young professionals of color from diverse neighborhoods such as Chinatown, Mattapan, East Boston, and Dorchester–traditionally excluded neighborhoods in accessing the downtown waterfront.
Join us for an evening of connection, conversations, and coastlines, where we’ll collectively work to rewrite the narrative of Boston’s downtown waterfront and transform a space lacking in public realm activation into a vibrant hub for our city.
Location: High Street Place, 100 High Street, Boston MA
Hosted by: EdVestors
Join EdVestors for a panel conversation with STEM leaders of color as they share their career journey, successes, and challenges!
Attendees will have the opportunity to network through small group discussions on topics of interest. This work models lessons learned from New Skills Boston, a cross-sector effort to build seamless, labor market-aligned career pathways for Boston Public School students. This includes the power of work-based learning experiences, transformative mentoring, and building social capital.
Location: Columbia Threadneedle Investments, 290 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210
Hosted by: MDK Brand Management
Are you projecting a personal brand that will help you reach your professional goals? Do you know the impact your personal brand is having on those around you? This interactive session will help you define & market a brand that can help you step up, stand out and break-through.
Location: Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover Street, Boston, MA, 02108
Hosted by: Boston Public Market
Join us at the Boston Public Market to build your own acai bar with one of our small business vendors – Mother Juice! Customize your acai bowl with your favorite superfood toppings and spend an hour networking with other young professionals over your healthy snacks.
Location: MassChallenge, 10 Fan Pier Boulevard 3rd floor, Boston, MA 02210
Hosted by: The Castle Group
Are you passionate about our region and city, and about your ability to help create change, positive impact and a lasting legacy? If you’re a young professional looking for guidance and inspiration on how to merge your personal mission with your “9 to 5,” this event is for you. First launched in partnership with the Fierce Urgency of Now Festival in 2021, Mission to Motion makes space for young professionals from diverse communities and industries to engage in intimate discussions about how they can apply their mission and create positive motion in their communities.
In a panel discussion moderated by GBH “Morning Edition” co-host Paris Alston, leaders shaping civic engagement today will share how they merge their “day jobs” with their personal commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion to both quietly and loudly create forward motion for the Boston area and beyond. Panelists will include Michael J. Bobbitt, Executive Director, Mass Cultural Council; Willie Bodrick, II, President & Chief Executive Officer, The American City Coalition; Tiffany Chu, Chief of Staff, Office of Mayor Wu; Andrea Silbert, President, Eos Foundation; and Chrismaldi Vasquez-Casado, Director, Community Engagement, Point32health.
Created by The Castle Group in collaboration with media partner GBH and hosted at MassChallenge, a limited audience will have the opportunity to connect with panelists, leaders, activists, and strategists, over a catered lunch sponsored by the Eos Foundation.
Location: 224 Western Avenue Boston, MA 02134
Hosted by: Harvard University; Ed Portal
Wondering how to grow your career for long-term success? Do you want to learn from experts in a range of areas from administrative to technical roles?
Then join us for a live Q&A with Harvard University Talent Acquisition professionals!
You can submit questions in advance or ask them in real-time during the event. We’ll answer your questions about everything from perfecting your resume to changing jobs to advancing in your career.
This is your chance to get real answers from the experts! Mention “F.U.N. Q&A” in the subject line of your email to e[email protected] if you want to submit a question in advance.
Stick around after the panel to enjoy a live DJ, and food and drinks from local, minority owned businesses, while you network with other young professionals and Harvard Talent Acquisition representative to continue the conversation!
Location: 255 Main Street, Cambridge, MA, 02142
Hosted by: Hendricks Foundation inc
Sustainability and the Digital divide is a hybrid discussion and computer donation drive. This is your chance to be a part of a sustainable movement in Boston. Bring your old devices and listen to our panel discuss the following topics:
Location: JA Innovation Center, 80 City Square, Boston, MA, 02129
Hosted by: Junior Achievement of Greater Boston
Hear from a diverse panel of Junior Achievement of Greater Boston partners, volunteers, and alumni as they share their experiences volunteering with the organization, and discover the benefits for professional advancement, mentoring relationships, and impact on our communities. The panel will be followed by a light reception.
Location: 54 Newmarket Square Boston, MA 02118
Hosted by: The Phoenix-Boston
During the Fierce Urgency of Now Festival, attendees can choose from the following classes to attend. Please note that attendees must sign our liability waiver to complete their registration process.
Location: Boston Common, 139 Tremont Street, Boston, MA, 02111
Hosted by: Friends of the Public Garden
The FREE Backyard Bash on Boston Common is a popup party near Parkman Bandstand, featuring music from the DJ A Trike Called Funk; backyard games like cornhole, KanJam, Ladder ball, Giant Connect 4 & Jenga, badminton, volleyball; and more for everyone to enjoy! Connect with your friends or meet new people in an entertaining and casual atmosphere. Take a break from the fun and enjoy free ice cream treats from Boston Ice Cream Truck. The Backyard Bash is hosted by Friends of the Public Garden and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department.
Location: 1 Federal Street, 9th floor, Boston, MA 02110
Hosted by: Downtown Boston Business Improvement District
Downtown Boston offers unparalleled opportunities to live, work, play, and shop in the center of a world-class city. Come network with your fellow young professionals in a spectacular space overlooking the central business district. Enjoy complimentary craft beer, wine, and appetizers, while sharing your ideas of what will make Downtown thrive now and for years to come.
Location: The Record Co, 960 Mass Ave, 02118
Hosted by: Boston Medical Center
A series of informational tables and keynote talks under these themes:
Location: Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center, 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02116
Hosted by: Small Business Strong
Are you tired of feeling like your passion is just a hobby and not something that can sustain you financially? Do you have an idea but don’t know where to start? Then this workshop is for you!
Join us for “From Idea to Reality: How to Monetize Your Passion,” a one-of-a-kind event where you’ll learn from our expert consultants who have successfully turned their passions into profitable businesses.
In this workshop, you’ll gain invaluable insights on:
Location: Deloitte 200 Berkeley Street, #10th floor, Boston, MA, 02116
Hosted by: New York Life
The Your Financial Future: Create Financial Independence Seminar is designed to provide your clients and prospects with an overview of all aspects of managing their finances. This seminar focuses on the basics including Life Insurance, LTC, retirement planning and other financial needs. At the end of this seminar, your audience will understand their current financial needs and be empowered to make informed financial decisions but will still need your guidance to uncover their individual insurance needs.
Location: Commonwealth Corporation, 33 Harrison Avenue Boston, MA 02111
Hosted by: Commonwealth Corporation
Advancing Your Career is a workshop hosted by Commonwealth Corporation that focuses on the importance of workforce development and self-advocacy in career advancement. The workshop will provide attendees with practical strategies and resources to build their skills, explore new career opportunities, and advocate for upward mobility. The session will include a presentation by Commonwealth Corporation staff on the grants and programs available to support upskilling and training for underemployed, unemployed, and incumbent workers. Attendees will learn about eligibility requirements, application processes, and program outcomes.
Hosted by: City Awake | Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce
Please join us for another installment of the Pacesetters Doing Business series featuring Encore.
The Pacesetters Doing Business virtual series gives businesses of color (MBEs) the opportunity to hear directly from procurement officers at participating Pacesetter companies to learn about specific contract opportunities that may be unique to each company.
Encore is working to actively support and engage an inclusive supplier base. Their Supplier Diversity Program was created to help them connect with minority-, women-, and veteran-owned businesses around the globe.
The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce encourages persons with disabilities to participate, and engage fully, in its programs and events. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation, including but not limited to, listening devices, closed captioning, large print, wheelchair access, allergies and environmental sensitivities, or if you have any questions about the venue, event format, or virtual platform, please contact us at [email protected].
Location: The Foundry, 101 Rogers St, Cambridge, MA 02142
Hosted by: M.I.N.D – my ideas never die Inc.
An open discussion around creative entrepreneurship and reimaging how society can function to benefit people and the planet.
At this event there will be opportunities to network with a like-M.I.N.Ded community interested in co-creating a collaborative society and channeling their passions into entrepreneurial pursuits. M.I.N.D will be hosting an open discussion touching upon how to be a creative entrepreneur, what resources exist in the community, and overcoming the challenges facing us as a society. Our goal is to have attendees leaving feeling like they have a supportive community, the tools to be a change agent, and the knowledge to pursue their passions.
Location: Accenture 888 Boylston Street, #12, Boston, MA, 02199
Hosted by: Soca Fusion
Soca Fusion and Accenture present FIT FETE & Caribbean Bites. A class meant to leave you glowing in sweat! We start with a warm-up testing your endurance while engaging and strengthening your muscles. Then jump into a joyful dance workout, while enjoying the sounds and vibes of Soca music. You will be supported to push past your limits, while encouraged to keep up with the pace and energy of the class.
Through Fit Fete, you will get exercise for both your physical and mental health, all the while enjoying yourself, the music, and being in space with other BIPOC. Fit Fete will connect young BIPOC with each other, their inner free, and what it is to take a pause for intentional joy for their overall well-being.
Join us as we create and hold joyous space for BIPOC of the Boston and Greater Boston Area – rooted in Soca, Caribbean, and Carnival Culture. So come show up and show out to FIT FETE!
We will also have a networking portion as part of the event with Accenture professionals. It will be a great opportunity to grow your connections in a fun environment enjoying Caribbean treats after the exercise!
Location: The Museum of NCAAA, National Center of Afro-American Artists, Inc., 300 Walnut Ave, Boston, MA 02119
Hosted by: City of Boston Mayor’s Office of Economic Opportunity & Inclusion
An immersive and interactive event aimed at providing education, networking opportunities, and technical assistance regarding the Boston cannabis licensing process and equity program.
Location: Carson Place, 180 Mount Vernon Street, Boston, MA 02125
Hosted by: CandleLux
Join us at CandleLux for an extraordinary and historic event—the Biggest Candle Making Party Ever! Prepare to embark on an enchanting journey into the world of candles as we gather together to ignite creativity, celebrate craftsmanship, and create memories that will glow forever. CandleLux invites you to be a part of a truly monumental occasion. This is your chance to join us in making history as we host the largest candle making party in Boston ever witnessed. Get ready to immerse yourself in a sea of shimmering wax and indulge your senses in a symphony of captivating fragrances.
This event is not just a gathering; it’s an experience that will ignite your passion for candle making. Whether you’re an avid candle connoisseur, a craft enthusiast, or simply someone looking to explore a new creative avenue, the Biggest Candle Making Party Ever welcomes all to join us.
Our expert candle artisans will guide you through the mesmerizing process of handcrafting your own unique candle masterpieces. From customizing fragrances and experimenting with colors, you’ll have the opportunity to let your imagination run wild and create candles that are as extraordinary as you are.
Indulge in an atmosphere of camaraderie and inspiration as you connect with fellow candle enthusiasts and discover the secrets behind the art of candle making. The energy and excitement will be palpable as we come together to celebrate the beauty and significance of this timeless craft.
Whether you’re attending with friends, family, or flying solo, the Biggest Candle Making Party Ever promises a delightful and memorable experience for all. So mark your calendars, secure your spot, and be a part of this monumental event that will leave a lasting glow in your heart and the annals of candle making history.
Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be a part of the largest candle making party ever! Join us at CandleLux and create history together.
Reserve your spot now and let’s light up the world with the Biggest Candle Making Party Ever!
Hosted by: Afrimerican Culture Initiative Inc.
“The end is reconciliation; the end is redemption; the end is the creation of the Beloved Community.” – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Christmas sermon in 1967)
MLK’s vision of a beloved community intersects urban planning with cultural development as a major design parameter. Designing our communities to support community building, repairing past harms & promoting inclusivity, is the top most priority in developing a Beloved community in Boston. We will be discussing how to increase the culturally generated revenue in our multicultural hubs in Boston.
Roadmap to a Beloved Community: A Discussion on Cultural Hub Development in Hyde Park, MA
Discover the transformative power of culture and how it can thrive in our communities through innovative cultural hub development in Hyde Park. #culture2thrive. Let’s collaboratively pave the way to a Beloved Community in Hyde Park, MA, and beyond.
Be part of our City Awake – Fierce Urgency of Now festival event on Saturday, Sept. 16th, 2023, from 10 – 11:30 am.
Engage in our interactive virtual session featuring esteemed host & panelists:
Ruthzee Louijeune – Boston City Councilor at Large
Julia Mejia – Boston City Councilor at Large
Tasha Hull – Owner of Park 54 Restaurant & Lounge – Moderator
Thien Simpson – Executive Director Hyde park Main Streets
Marlon Solomon – Founder/ Snr. Project Engineer
This event is proudly co-sponsored by the Community Input Board of Hyde Park and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.
Note: For a dynamic participation experience, we recommend having a YouTube account to interact with our livestream. Get ready to engage by using two devices, such as a computer and your phone. 🗣️🌆
Location: Roxbury Community College, 1234 Columbus Avenue Parking Lot 1 Boston, MA 02120
Hosted by: Authentic Caribbean Foundation Inc.
Enjoy some of the world’s most renowned Caribbean Rum, cocktails, and food at the annual “Caribbean RUM & FOOD Festival” being held in Boston. Patrons will be given a journey through the Caribbean as they experience the culinary diversity, live entertainment, and the spirits of each Caribbean country. Enjoy the variety samplings of Caribbean rum and cocktails.
Location: Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, Atlantic Avenue Boston, MA 02110
Hosted by: KICKBACK BOSTON
One Day Only Fest is a one day music activated experience that serves as a platform to amplify local and emerging artists. This is an outdoor all-aged event where we bring in live DJ sets and boldly claim space to amplify our voices and intensify our visibility in a city that may not always feel welcoming.
Location: Dearborn STEM Academy, 36 Winthrop Street, Roxbury, MA 02119
Hosted by: Big Sister Association of Greater Boston
Connecting girls and women through the culture of dance.
Join us for an energetic session of line and step dancing led by our resident “party starter” Nicole Harrison. This session will include an opportunity to mingle and hear from a panel of wellness and dance enthusiasts. Bring your dancing shoes!
Location: Long Wharf (North), 66 Long Wharf Boston, MA 02110
Hosted by: AfroDesiaCity Productions LLC
On September 16th, 2023, Boston Harbor Now and AfroDesiaCity, on the second part of a Soulful Bliss Fest, is a solstice cruise for communities of color for a soulful experience, enjoy the culture and appreciate their Harbor and Spectacle Island through programming that touches on the threats of climate change, the arts, inclusive fitness, games, food & drink, and live music.
265 Franklin Street
All ticket cancellations and refund requests must be received at least seven (7) business days prior to the event to avoid being charged or to receive a refund. There are no cancellations permitted for any sponsorships. There are no exceptions.
The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce encourages persons with disabilities to participate, and engage fully, in its programs and events. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation, including but not limited to, listening devices, closed captioning, large print, wheelchair access, allergies and environmental sensitivities, please let us know so that we can accommodate. If you have any questions about the venues, event formats, or virtual platform, please contact us at [email protected].