Announcing the 2022 TOYL Honorees!

Each year, we honor ten of 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. These emerging leaders must have held a leadership position within their organization or community, must live or work in Greater Boston for 1+ years, and must be an inclusive leader who supports and encourages an equitable and diverse culture.

This award recognizes the accomplishments of young professionals who have made the Greater Boston region the best place for businesses and people to thrive. This year, we are explicitly awarding individuals who address barriers and support equity. They are leaders whose principles embody what it means to create a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment, culture, organization, or community.


City Awake is the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce’s premier young professional platform that awakens and empowers the city’s next generation of thought leaders and change makers who are navigating Boston’s business, civic, and cultural communities.

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Jessica Sanon
Jessica Sanon

Senior Program Manager

Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce

Congratulations to our 2022 TOYL 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

The TOYL Honorees have demonstrated at least one of the following qualities:

Nominee Criteria

  • The nominee has held a leadership position within their organization or community.

  • The nominee is under 40 years old by Friday, October 8, 2022.

  • The nominee must be an inclusive leader who supports and encourages an equitable and diverse culture.

  • The nominee must live or work in Greater Boston for 1+ years .

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