Join us for the second installment of our new series, Wellness Reimagined, sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.
12:00pm - 2:00pm
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Join us for the BIMA's thought leadership panel around AI in the advertising industry and gain insights from Noor Naseer.
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Corean Reynold was recently appointed the Director of Nightlife Economy for the City of Boston, where she brings a wealth of experience and a passion for fostering an equitable and thriving nightlife ecosystem.
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Roundhead Brewing Company
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.
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.
President Abraham Lincoln once said ‘I’m a success today, because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn’t have the heart to let him down.’
Through the Boston Future Leaders program, I engaged, connected and learned with this talented cohort…many of whom I call friend. We are diverse and work in various sectors…finance, education, health care, politics, social enterprise and the arts. Together, we attended several leadership programs and events and spent three days at Harvard learning how to be authentic leaders with purpose.
One of my most memorable program events was the visit to the State House. Dr. Mary Burke a Senior Economist at the Federal Reserve, was the keynote speaker. From her presentation, I learned that Massachusetts ranked near the bottom for state fiscal health despite being one of the best states to live in. (That the S&P deemed our state budget was vulnerable to recession.) That the key risks to our region are: high rents, aging infrastructure (MBTA) and a tight immigration policy.
I learned that Boston residents are leaving the state in droves. That our black and Latino residents have a 6.2% unemployment rate, a rate that is much higher than whites. And like the Italian marble lining the statehouse, much of the city’s growth is attributed to immigration.
Her presentation stuck with me. Four years ago, I moved to Boston from Chicago. I am the proud daughter of an immigrant. My father set aside his college dreams to work in a factory to help my grandmother take care of the family. As the oldest, he worked to help my grandmother provide for his sisters and brothers. He always told me to go to school, get a good job and don’t quit. It was obvious that a good job was not working in a factory. Growing up, I dreamed of having an office job with a major corporation.
That was my idea of a leader. And despite working several years at major corporations, I mostly viewed leadership through a narrow lens based on title.
What I learned in the program is that leadership is not solely determined by our title. I learned from a happy cruise ship worker and a supportive basketball coach that leadership is about who we are and what we give. It is our commitment to improve ourselves and to provide value to our organization and community through our actions and behaviors. I have expanded my ability and capacity for leading across teams and managing change. I know more about power and influence and the importance of adding value and building a strong network to achieve both. I am sure my friends can relate.
I know that leadership involves having a vision that extends beyond ourselves.
My vision for Boston is that the city continues to value diversity and embrace immigrants and transplants alike. Where organizations and government continue to work together to improve the city and solve the city’s challenges. Where all residents have opportunities and access to top rank education, employment, affordable housing and quality health care. May Boston be a city that fosters friendship and continues to prepare its leaders for success. Thank you!
Our Boston’s Future Leaders (BFL) program is built to provide rising leaders the opportunity to build leadership skills and professional connections. Through a year-long professional development platform, BFL participants gain exposure to public, private and nonprofit leadership practices as well as the behind-the-scenes work that keeps Boston thriving. Learn more