In this panel discussion, digital media experts will dive into how brands can position themselves for success with a diversified strategy.
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us as we hear from Corey Thomas, Chairman & CEO of Rapid7, and Andrew Farrington, an advisory board member City Awake.
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Join us to celebrate the history, culture, food, and local businesses of Nubian Square, the heart of Black culture in Boston.
3:45pm - 6:00pm
Tropical Foods - Roxbury
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.
Expand your DEI professional development with a virtual workshop focused specifically on LGBTQIA+ identities and inclusion.
Our Economic Inclusion Committee provides strategic support around research, policies, and programs that are focused on building equal opportunity.
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.
City Awake empowers young professionals in a variety of ways that encourages these rising leaders to stay invested in the region’s future success.
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 more than 25 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.
Learning & Development
Our Boston’s Future Leaders (BFL) program provides emerging and promising leaders with a socially conscious and civically engaged leadership toolkit blending academic content, practical application, and networking. Participants graduate with the skills, experiences, and connections needed to lead Boston and the region into an equitable, innovative future. Characteristics of Successful Candidates:
Chamber learning & development staff welcome the incoming class, facilitate introductions among the group, and outline program content and expectations for the year. Participants also begin their leadership journey at Harvard Business School in the first module focused on corporate social responsibility and leadership in crisis through business case studies.
Chamber learning & development staff introduce the parameters for the Individual Action Project, an opportunity for participants to apply what they learn in the program to a specific problem or issue in their companies or communities. Afterwards, participants get to know each other in the cohort’s first networking reception.
With Diversity @ Workplace, the Chamber’s delivery partner, participants gain an understanding of key DEI concepts, how to advocate for the integration of DEI into their own offices, and identifying and interrupting conscious and unconscious biases in the workplace.
TSNE Missionworks, the Chamber’s delivery partner, assists participants in finding their preferred supervisory styles that also consider their individual team members’ needs. Participants practice adapting their supervisory approach in several hands-on activities, then engage in a reflection discussion with the Chamber learning & development staff.
This session introduces an innovative and impactful way to change how participants communicate within their own workplaces, run meetings, and establish equitable learning opportunities for their teams. Afterwards, participants continue to connect as a cohort in their second networking reception.
Participants gain special access “behind-the-scenes” of one of Boston’s most interesting and influential places of business. Leaders of the organization discuss a challenge they face in the coming year, then prepare participants for their Leadership Challenge in their assigned groups. Afterwards, participants discuss the role of civic engagement and civic responsibility.
Participants attend one of the Chamber’s Government Affairs Forums, a series investigating the political and business landscapes in Boston and the state of Massachusetts. Speakers and topics vary year to year.
Participants return to Harvard Business School for a follow-up session to module 1 in the spring. Participants continue to dissect, analyze, and discuss case studies as a cohort and in small groups while engaging with returning and new Harvard faculty. This full day session includes breakfast and lunch with focused opportunities to work with Leadership Challenge groups.
In their assigned groups, participants develop and deliver a pitch that addresses the challenge set forth by the civic partner introduced in July. The partnering organization’s leaders attend the presentations, provide feedback, then select the top two teams based on the strength of their recommendations.
This brand-new session includes a deep dive into understanding the Chamber’s Pacesetters program, examining the importance of procurement and spending with minority business enterprises. Participants connect the previous sessions in DEI, civic engagement, and Leadership Challenge to current efforts in best practices and fostering meaningful change within the business community.
In the final session, participants present their Individual Action Projects, debrief the experience, then celebrate each other and the cohort’s success in a small graduation ceremony. Immediately following, participants mingle with Chamber staff, board members, and select special guests in the closing networking reception.