Kimberly Steimle Vaughan is the chief marketing officer and chief people officer at Suffolk Construction, where she is responsible for the overall management of Suffolk’s branding platform and corporate marketing and also oversees the human resources and training departments and “People and Culture” initiatives. Vaughan also serves on Suffolk’s executive management team. Vaughan serves on the board of directors for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, which is committed to supporting the organization’s mission to help young people build strong character and realize their full potential as responsible citizens. She serves on the executive committee of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and also serves of the board of trustees of Milton Academy and on the board of directors for the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts. Vaughan has led Suffolk’s community efforts for numerous causes and philanthropic organizations, including the Inner-City Scholarship Fund, American Red Cross, and Presidents at Pops for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ), and Anti-Defamation League “Torch of Liberty” event, among others. Vaughan has been named a Banker & Tradesman “Women of FIRE” and “New Leader.” She was also honored with the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce 2012 Ten Outstanding Young Leaders (TOYL) award. In 2008, she received the prestigious Pinnacle award presented annually by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. In 2006, she was ranked on the Boston Business Journal’s “40 Under 40″ list. Vaughan earned a B.A. from Holy Cross
Lynn D. Tinney is the vice president of Americas Channels at Riverbed Technology. Prior to joining Riverbed in 2014, Lynn served as the director of strategy and planning at Cisco Systems. While at Cisco her team authored the multi-functional business plan and tracked performance against strategic priorities to deliver $7B total revenues in FY2013. She began her career at IBM Corporation before moving to Compaq, Enterasys Networks and Siemens AG. As vice president of channel sales for both Siemens and Enterasys, Lynn has established herself as a strong partner sales leader. Her sales, marketing and channel background are foundational to structuring and executing a single Americas plan. Lynn’s leadership style is one that fits in well with Riverbed – as she strives to keep her teams ahead of market changes by developing people, identifying business requirements, leveraging resources and measuring against aggressive targets. Lynn earned her M.B.A. at Bentley University’s McCallum School of Business and was recently selected as a CRN 2014 Women of the Channel and Power 100 – Most Powerful Women in the Channel executives. Lynn and her husband, Jim live just west of Boston with their two amazing sons.
Heather Campion was appointed CEO of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation in March 2014, after serving for over 10 years on the Foundation’s Board of Directors. She has a diverse background with extensive experience in both the public and private sectors, and in higher education. For nearly two decades, from 1981-1998, Campion held key administrative positions at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, helping to build the School’s Center for Business and Government, serving as the School’s Director of Public Liaison, and later as Director of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum and Associate Director of the Institute of Politics. Campion also has substantial experience in financial services, having served from 1998-2007 on the Executive Management Committee as EVP for Corporate Affairs at Citizens Financial Group, then one of the top ten commercial bank holding companies in the United States. More recently, she served as Chief Administrative Officer of Northeast Bancorp, and led the development of its successful direct online savings division, ableBanking. Campion began her career in government and national politics, serving on the White House staff in the Speechwriting Office, and the Office of Public Liaison during the Carter Administration. She also held senior positions on the 1984 Mondale and 1988 Dukakis presidential campaigns. She and her husband Chuck Campion, co-founder and Chairman of Dewey Square Group, have two children and reside Brookline, Massachusetts.
Renee Connolly joined EMD Millipore Corporation in September 2013 as Head of Communications where she oversees the Merck Millipore brand strategy, internal and external communications and the division’s Corporate Responsibility and employee engagement initiatives. She also oversees tradeshows, events and graphic design for Merck Millipore. Prior to joining EMD Millipore, Ms. Connolly was Vice President of US Communications for EMD Serono where she was responsible for all external and internal communications, including public relations and community affairs. Under Ms. Connolly’s leadership, EMD Serono received prestigious community and employee awards, including the Boston Business Journal’s Best Places to Work, The scientist Magazine’s Best Places to work, Science Top Employer, the Boston Business Journal’s Corporate Philanthropy Award and the Mass High Tech Citizenship Award. Previously, Ms. Connolly, was General Manager for the Euro-RSCG public relations firm where she led the life sciences practice. Ms. Connolly was named as a recipient of a Working Mother of the Year award in 2011 by Working Mother magazine. Ms. Connolly sits on the board of the Massachusetts Conference for Women and the Chairperson of the Mass BioEd Foundation Board. She is a member of the Healthcare Businesswoman’s Association, and is active in PhRMA, BIO, and the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council. She received her undergraduate degree from Ithaca College in New York. In addition to her professional responsibilities, Ms. Connolly lives in Salem MA with her husband, three sons, and the newest attendee of the MA Conference for Women, a new baby daughter.
Anne M. Finucane is global chief strategy and marketing officer at Bank of America, and a member of the company’s executive management team. She chairs the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, overseeing a 10-year, $2 billion charitable giving goal, and also serves as president of the Northeast region. In addition, Finucane leads Bank of America’s corporate social responsibility program, which leverages the unmatched capabilities of the company and power of its global platform to help partners, people, communities and a broad client and customer base more effectively address a wide range of social issues. Under Finucane’s leadership, Bank of America continues to drive women’s economic empowerment through strategic investments. Examples include the Global Ambassadors Program, a partnership with Vital Voices that provides development opportunities for emerging women leaders, and a partnership with the Tory Burch Foundation that makes low-cost capital available to women entrepreneurs through Community Development Financial Institutions. A similar initiative with the Calvert Foundation reaches women in Latin America, Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe.
Carol Fulp is President and CEO of The Partnership, Inc., New England’s premier organization dedicated to enhancing the competitiveness of the region by attracting, training, retaining and convening professionals of color. During its 27 year history, The Partnership has collaborated with more than 250 corporate CEOs who have sponsored nearly 3,000 executives and professionals of color in the organization’s innovative leadership development programming. Fulp has significantly increased The Partnership’s clientele base resulting in a 25% increase in revenue. She expanded offerings by creating the C-Suite Program for executives of color at the highest levels of corporations, which launched this summer at the home of Governor Deval Patrick and First Lady Diane Patrick.
Prior to The Partnership, Fulp was Senior Vice President of Corporate Responsibility and Brand Management at John Hancock Financial. Here she led the company’s marketing and sponsorships departments, while directing the company’s $12 million philanthropic giving program. Under her leadership, the company created the largest corporate summer jobs program of its kind in the country and received the Points of Light Foundation’s Corporate Excellence Award. Previously, Fulp was the Director of Community Programming and Human Resources for WCVB, the ABC- TV Boston affiliate. She also served as the Corporate Employee Relations Manager for the Gillette Company.
Given her leadership in business and public service, President Obama appointed Fulp as a Representative of the United States of America to the Sixty-fifth Session of the United Nations General Assembly. Governor Patrick appointed her as a trustee to the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, Governor de Jongh appointed her as a trustee of the University of the Virgin Islands and Mayor Walsh appointed her as a trustee of the Boston Public Library.
Fulp also serves on the board of trustees for Eastern Bank and as well as the board of directors for American Student Assistance Corporation, where she currently chairs the search committee for president. Her civic involvement includes the Harvard Kennedy School Women’s Leadership Board and trustee of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library Foundation, where she co-chaired the Profile in Courage Awards Dinner. In addition, she is on the board of trustees of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Citizen’s United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE). She is also a founding co-chair of the Massachusetts Conference for Women, the largest professional women’s conference in the country, attracting 10,000 attendees annually.
Fulp was a member of the Obama for America National Finance Committee. She also served as a finance chair for Governor Patrick’s re-election campaign. She was also appointed by Mayor Menino as co-chair of the Host Committee for the Democratic National Convention held in Boston.
She is the recipient of many honors including the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Pinnacle Award, Museum of Afro-American History’s Living Legend Award, Anti-Defamation League’s Women of Valor Award, Massachusetts Democratic Party’s Eleanor Roosevelt Award, Boston Bar Foundation’s Public Service Award, Manulife Corporation’s Global Citizen Award, United Nations of Greater Boston Global Leaders Award and South African Partners Corporate Citizen Award. Boston Business Journal has listed Fulp as one of the “50 Most Influential Bostonians” and Boston Magazine listed her as one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Boston.”
Fulp is a graduate of the University of the State of New York. She is a recipient of an honorary doctorate of law from New England Law Boston and a honorary doctorate from Salem State University. She is married to C. Bernard Fulp, Chairman of Go-Biz Solutions and Founder of Middlesex Bank & Trust Company. They reside in Boston.
Marian L. Heard is the president and chief executive officer of Oxen Hill Partners, a Boston-based company specializing in leadership development programs and brand enhancement strategies. She lists Fortune 500 companies and privately-held entitles among her clients. She retired as the president and CEO of the Boston United Way (the #1 Major Gifts United Way in the country) and as the chief executive officer of the United Ways of New England. She is the founding president and chief executive officer of the Points of Light Foundation, which was formed to perpetuate President George Bush’s (#41) call for voluntary service to address the serious social problems in America. She remains a board member and has served two terms as the national board chair. She has had the rare privilege of working with the last six United States Presidents on volunteer and/or youth development projects and also led a strategic planning meeting at Camp David. In addition, she is a founding board member of MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership, which was organized to support advocacy efforts and expand mentoring across America. She remains a board member and vice chair and has served as the national spokesperson. She is a former member of the Boards of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Liberty Mutual Group and CVS Caremark. She is currently a Director of Santander USA Holdings and a trustee of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. She is the recipient of 21 Honorary Doctorate Degrees and received many local, national and international awards for her business and leadership contributions as well as her creative initiatives for children, including the Buckley Orator Award, the Warren Bennis Award for Outstanding Leadership, the National Public Citizen of the Year and the Others Award, the highest civilian award presented by the Salvation Army.
Mrs. Heard has had the privilege of meeting with the last six United States Presidents on a variety topics including youth development, volunteerism and mentoring.
Karen Kaplan has consistently epitomized what makes Hill Holliday great — energy, optimism, passion, smarts, and loyalty. Not to mention a healthy dose of scrappiness. That’s how she went from being the receptionist in 1982 to being named Chairman and CEO. A driving force behind Hill Holliday’s growth to more than $1 billion in annual billings, she’s been recognized by Business Insider and Advertising Age as one of the most influential women in advertising. Karen’s leadership has helped build an impressive list of premier clients including Bank of America, Cadillac, Capella University, Celgene, Chili’s, Dunkin’ Donuts, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Johnson & Johnson, John Hancock, LG Home Appliances USA, Liberty Mutual, Major League Baseball, Merrell, Merrill Lynch, Novartis, Olympic Paints and Stains, (RED), Smucker’s, Supercuts, TJX, and Verizon Wireless. She serves on the Boards of Directors for numerous civic and professional organizations, and is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, an action-oriented community of the most effective CEOs, heads of state, Nobel Prize winners, and non‐governmental leaders in the world. Karen is also a Trustee of Fidelity Investments Strategic Advisers Funds and a Director of Vera Bradley
Gloria Cordes Larson, JD, prominent lawyer, public policy expert, and business leader, was named Bentley University president in July 2007. Formerly the co-chair of the Government Strategies Group at Foley Hoag LLP, Ms. Larson managed a practice that covered a broad array of federal, state and local regulatory and business development issues. Influential in economic policy, she led a business advisory cabinet for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, and served as co-chair of his transition team in 2006. In addition, she serves on the board of directors for The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and is a member of Rosie’s Place Advisory Board. Ms. Larson is a member of the Massachusetts and Virginia Bar Associations. She received her Bachelor of Arts with honors from Vassar College and earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law.
Cathy E. Minehan is the Dean of the School of Management at Simmons College. The Simmons MBA program is rated #1 in opportunities for women by the Princeton Review and #5 “Green” MBA. The Simmons program was also ranked in the top 20 MBA programs internationally for integrating social responsibility and sustainability by the Aspen Institute, Business and Society Program.
Ms. Minehan retired from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston in July 2007 after 39 years with the Federal Reserve System, having served as the President and Chief Executive of the Boston Bank and a member of the Federal Open Market Committee from July 1994 on. She is considered an expert in the U.S. payment systems and was a key figure in the operation of and policy setting for the key payment and securities systems operated and regulated by the Federal Reserve System. Ms. Minehan is a graduate of the University of Rochester and is a member of the University’s Board of Trustees. She holds an MBA from New York University and was named a distinguished Alumna from New York University in 1995. She also serves as Managing Director of Arlington Advisory Partners LLC, an entity she uses to house her various profit and non-profit positions. Ms. Minehan is a director of VISA Inc., and the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company. She is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Massachusetts General Hospital, a Board Member of Partners Healthcare System, she is chair of the Boston Women’s Workforce Council. She serves on a number of other non-profit boards in the areas of health care, education and public broadcasting. She is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a recipient of many other honors and distinctions.
Alison A. Quirk is an executive vice president at State Street Corporation and is chief human resources and citizenship officer. She is responsible for all aspects of Global Human Resources and Corporate Citizenship company wide. She is the driving force in the development of State Street’s culture, ensuring that employees feel engaged, valued and committed to the markets and clients we serve. She is also a member of State Street’s Management Committee, the company’s most senior strategy and policy-making team.
Ms. Quirk joined State Street in September 2002, initially responsible for the human resources work stream for the acquisition and integration of Deutsche Bank’s Global Securities Services business.
She began her career in 1983 at Boston Financial Data Services, Inc., where she moved through multiple roles in human resources to a senior-level capacity responsible for human resources, corporate marketing and communications, reporting directly to the president and chief executive officer. She later worked at Liberty Financial Companies as the senior vice president of human resources and corporate administration, and at FleetBoston Financial as director of business planning in the Wealth Management division.
Ms. Quirk is a director of Boston Financial Data Services, a joint venture of State Street Corporation and DST Systems, Inc. She is the vice chair and a member of the Executive Committee of the Boston Ballet, chairs its Trusteeship Committee and Nutcracker Magic Committee. She is a board member of the Massachusetts Conference for Women, a member of the Compensation Committee of the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and a member of the Massachusetts Women’s Forum. She serves as a Corporate Advisory Board member for ALPFA, the largest Latino professional organization in the country. Ms. Quirk is also a member of the Business Advisory Council for the Center for Women and Business at Bentley University. She volunteers as a reader through The Big Cheese Reads program run by Boston Partners in Education.
Ms. Quirk often presents on topics related to career management, inclusion and diversity, and talent management, and is a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post. She is a recipient of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Pinnacle Award, the Massachusetts Political Caucus Abigail Adams Award, and was named to the YW Boston Academy of Women Achievers. She is also an executive sponsor to the State Street Black Professionals Group. Ms. Quirk graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Hampshire.
Micho F. Spring is Chair of the Global Corporate Practice, as well as President of the New England region for Weber Shandwick. Her practice focuses on enabling corporate clients to use communications to support their business strategies, enhance and protect their reputations, and respond to public policy challenges. During her tenure at Weber Shandwick, Micho has counseled clients across industries on a wide range of reputational issues, including CEO succession, mergers and acquisitions, litigation and regulatory matters, and corporate responsibility. Her current clients include Bank of America, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard University, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Liberty Mutual, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and McCormick. Micho brings extensive experience as a senior manager in both the public and private sectors to her work as a communications strategist. Her experience includes six years as CEO of Boston Telecommunications Company and four years as Deputy Mayor of Boston. She also served as Chief of Staff to Boston Mayor Kevin H. White after four years of service in New York City government. She has managed numerous political and advocacy campaigns and is a frequent independent media commentator. On multiple occasions Micho has been named one of the “20 Most Powerful Women in Boston” by Boston Magazine and in 2014 was named to the Boston Business Journal Power 50 list. Micho currently sits on the Executive Committee of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, is a founding member of the WBUR Group Executive Council, and is Chair of Friends of Caritas Cubana. She holds numerous board memberships, including NBH Holdings Corp, The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, and the Massachusetts Women’s Forum, of which she is a past President.
Pamela A. Wickham is vice president of corporate affairs and communications for Raytheon Company. As a member of the Raytheon leadership team, she is responsible for the company’s media relations, public relations and brand management, internal communications, executive communications, corporate contributions, special events and digital social media platforms. Wickham is a member of Raytheon’s executive diversity leadership team and serves as executive champion of RAYBEN, Raytheon’s Black Employee Network. Wickham is the former chair of the Board of Directors of MATHCOUNTS®, a national math enrichment, coaching and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement through grassroots involvement in every U.S. state and territory. She also serves as a member of the Corporate Leadership Board of the Massachusetts Conference for Women. Wickham serves as the corporate champion for Raytheon’s Political Action Committee and is the former chairperson of the Communications Council of the Aerospace Industries Association. She was recognized by BusinessNext Social on Forbes.com as among the Top 20 Most Social CMOs in the Fortune 100 for 2012. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Wickham is a member of the Arthur W. Page Society and Marketing 50. She is an active supporter of the Boys & Girls Club of Boston, DonorsChoose and the Wounded Warrior Project.