About

Who We Are

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The Boston Club is a community of executives and professionals invested in elevating women to leadership positions across all walks of business.
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We believe that women’s leadership has a positive effect on business results, organizational success and our communities.

Members enjoy access to like-minded successful women, the recognition of members’ accomplishments, and most importantly, the impact the Club has made in women’s careers.

Whether you’re a corporate executive, a rising star, a mentor, a board member, an independent business owner, a nonprofit leader or an educator, there is a place for you in The Boston Club. Here, you can build connections, skills, experiences and friendships. Members span many ages, races, ethnicities, and industries. Together, we represent a powerful range of skill, culture and perspective.

Founded in 1976, the Boston Club has nearly 700 members. We present over 40 events a year through a volunteer-run organization. The organization is governed by a Board of Directors and managed by Executive Director Constance Armstrong, with members participating on committees and task forces.

The Boston Club offers both corporate and nonprofit board placement services in which we identify and recommend qualified women candidates from our significant pool of nationwide talent.

We produce two reports on the progress of gender diversity on boards: an annual Census of board and executive suite diversity in Massachusetts’ largest public companies, and a biennial report focused on leadership in the 150 largest nonprofits in the state. See our reports.

We also have significant collaborations with corporate sponsors and partners that support our mission and value the benefits we can offer to women. See our sponsors.

Diversity & Inclusion

The women who founded The Boston Club had a singular bold idea: connecting and elevating women to leadership positions. In the 40+ years since, we have made great strides in achieving improved gender equity in executive suites and boardrooms. We still have a long way to go!

The Club’s diversity and inclusion efforts continue to evolve and adapt to the community’s needs. We believe diversity and cultural competence are essential leadership skills, as is the ability to manage in an ever changing, diverse world.

We have developed a series of programs, tools, and resources designed to inform and support increasing awareness and competence, from foundational to advanced learning.

By example, in the area of unconscious bias, we recommend viewing a Video on the science of unconscious bias with an emphasis on women leaders (8 minutes).

In addition, try the Implicit Association Test (10 minutes). Learn more about your hidden biases on a host of topics.

Our diversity statement:

Within The Boston Club, diversity is the recognition of and valuing of differences amongst members, including and not limited to race, religion, class, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, mental and physical abilities, and work/life balance issues. Inclusion is the action of diversity, how we live, our respect for others and how we effectively utilize our leadership to promote the advancement of all women.

A diverse membership ensures the richness and vibrancy of ideas, topics and approaches. Ultimately, diversity and inclusion enhances the quality of experiences, promotes member engagement, and develops leadership depth.

Leadership

Nancy E. Nager

President
President and CEO Specialized Healthcare Services

Lisa Prior

Vice President, President-Elect
Principal Prior Consulting

Karen A. Whitley

Secretary
Shareholder Sheehan, Phinney, Bass + Green, PA

Jeannine G. Robbins-Murphy

Treasurer
Senior Manager Finance Raytheon Company

Hilary A. Potts

Chair, Corporate Board Committee
CEO The HAP Group

Beverly A. Brown, PhD

Co-Chair, Corporate Relations Committee
Director of Development, Industry Boston University School of Public Health

Terri Mock

Co-Chair, Corporate Relations Committee
Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer Rave Mobile Safety

Donna Bonaparte

Chair, Diversity & Inclusion Committee
VP of Human Resources/Chief Human Resources Officer Babson College

Emily Shanahan

Chair, Governance Committee
Partner Tarlow, Breed, Hart & Rodgers, P.C.

Lisa Cohen

Chair, Marketing Committee
CEO and Principal Capital Motion

Joan Cunnick

Chair, Membership Committee
Senior Vice President AHT Insurance

Åsa Fanelli

Chair, Nonprofit Board Committee
Founder & and Chief Strategist IdeaLift Group LLC

Carolyn Ferguson

Chair, Program Committee
Financial Services Assurance Senior Manager EY

Fredia Woolf

Chair, Strategic Planning Committee
President and Founder Woolf Consulting

Joan Kennedy

Chair, Technology Committee

Julie Trainor

Chair, Rising Generation Committee
VP, Head of Quality and Global Technical Services HERE Technologies

Constance F. Armstrong

Executive Director

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