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 has recently joined Riverbed Technology as Americas VP of Channels. Riverbed leads the industry in location independent computing allowing for access and speed of applications and data regardless of work location. Lynn brings her channels, marketing, sales and strategic planning experience to compliment Riverbed’s strong team as they deliver competitive advantage to their customers and partners. Previously, Lynn was Director of Strategy and Planning for Americas Services Sales team at Cisco. Her team coordinated and tracked performance against strategic priorities. Lynn began her career at IBM Corporation before moving to Compaq, Enterasys Networks, and Siemens AG. Lynn earned her MBA at Bentley University’s McCallum School of Business. With her husband and two sons, Team Tinney lives just west of Boston enjoying the juggle of a busy family.
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 the CEO of The Partnership, Inc., New England’s premier organization dedicated to leadership development for professionals of color. The Partnership has consulted with more than 250 corporations and nearly 3,000 professionals of color have participated in its innovative programming. Previously Fulp was the senior vice president of corporate responsibility and brand initiatives at John Hancock Financial. There she led the company’s $12 million philanthropic giving program and created the largest corporate summer jobs program of its kind in the country. Under her leadership, the company received the Points of Light Foundation Award. Fulp also served as director of community programming and human resources for WCVB-TV as well as 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 65th 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 Island and Mayor Menino appointed her as a trustee for the Boston Public Library. Fulp also serves on the board of directors of Eastern Bank and American Student Assistance Corporation. Her civic boards include the Women’s Leadership Board of the Harvard Kennedy School and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library Foundation, where she co-chaired the Profile in Courage Awards Dinner. She also serves on the Board of Beth Israel Hospital and Citizens United for Research on Epilepsy (CURE). She is the recipient of many awards including the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Pinnacle Award, Museum of Afro-American History’s Living Legend Award, the Anti-Defamation League’s Women of Valor Award, the Massachusetts Democratic Party’s Eleanor Roosevelt Award, Boston Bar Association Public Service Award, Manulife Corporation’s Global Citizen Award, the United Nations of Greater Boston Global Leaders Award and South African Partners Corporate Citizen Award. The Boston Business Journal listed her as one of the “50 Most Influential Bostonians” and Boston Magazine listed her as one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Boston”. She has also received honorary doctorate degrees from New England Law Boston and Salem State University. Fulp is a graduate of the University of the State of New York and 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.
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. Ms. Larson serves as a director of Unum Group and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts, as well as being an active board member for several influential professional and community organizations. 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 continues to be the #1 MBA Program for Women, is rated #5 as the Green MBA Program with honors by Princeton Review, is in the top 20 programs worldwide and designated is rated the #4 small school MBA program for integrating corporate 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 a graduate of the University of Rochester and is chairman of the Executive Committee of the University of Rochester 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, and chairman of the Massachusetts Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors. 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 leads the firm’s Global Corporate Practice, as well as 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 reputation, 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 Liberty Mutual, McCormick, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). 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, she has been named one of the “20 Most Powerful Women in Boston” by Boston Magazine.
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 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 a current member and 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. Wickham is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma.