Get to Know 2014 Be the Change Winner Deborah Hughes in the Boston Globe

Photo Credit: DINA RUDICK/GLOBE STAFF

Photo Credit: DINA RUDICK/GLOBE STAFF

 

Deborah Hughes was honored with the 2014 Massachusetts Conference for Women Be the Change Award for her world-changing work with homeless women and their families.

Learn more about Deborah, her work, and the lives she touches in this wonderful Boston Globe profile published January 12, 2015.

Posted in Blog, Latest News Tagged |

MA Conference for Women 10th Anniversary Video

It’s our 10th anniversary! Watch this video we’ve put together to celebrate.

The Massachusetts Conference for Women provides connection, motivation, networking, inspiration and skill building for thousands of women each year. In ten years, the Conference has connected and empowered tens of thousands of women.

Thank you for being a part of it!

Posted in Blog, video, Latest News Tagged |

Congratulations to This Year’s Be the Change Award Winner!

BTC

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

-Mahatma Gandhi

The Be The Change Award recognizes a Massachusetts woman who personifies compassion for her community and commitment to improving the everyday lives of those around her.

This year’s Be The Change Award recipient rises above and beyond in the realm of community service through her commitment to changing the lives of homeless women and their children. Since the founding of Brookview House in 1990, she has been providing this vulnerable population with a safe place to live and programs to build their self-esteem. She has been quietly succeeding in her quest to better the lives of these women and children so today, we would like to recognize our recipient in front of our entire community of women and shine a light on the work she has been doing over the past two decades.

The Massachusetts Conference for Women is pleased to present the 2014 Be the Change Award to Deborah Hughes, president and CEO, Brookview House

Deborah HughesDeborah Hughes has served as the Executive Director at Brookview House since 1993. She began working with Brookview House, Inc. during its formative stages, beginning in January 1991 as a consultant on program development, financial management, and fundraising.

Prior to her position at Brookview, Ms. Hughes was instrumental in development of the Roxbury Community College Foundation, serving five years as the Co-Director. She also served as the Development Director for the MA Coalition of Battered Women’s Service Groups and co-founded the Jane Doe Safety Fund.

Ms. Hughes serves on the Community Services Advisory Board for MassHousing, Roxbury Community College Foundation Board of Directors, and Facilities Advisory Committee for the Children’s Investment Fund. She is a founding member of the Dorchester Women’s Safety Network, Transition to Work Collaborative and Child Resource Specialist Initiative. Ms. Hughes is a member of the Commonwealth Institute Nonprofit Forum, The Partnership, and Tedx Roxbury Women Planning Committee.

In 1990, Brookview had an innovative idea that offering housing coupled with support services for both moms and kids would get families out of the revolving door of homelessness. The innovative idea that started with sixteen moms and children has proven to be successful.

Brookview House provides services to more than 350 moms and children per year with 92% leaving the ranks of homelessness permanently. In 1996, Brookview created the first youth development program targeting homeless school-age children. This model transforms how we nurture, educate and engage homeless school-age youth. Brookview collaborates with local universities and the MA Department of Early Education & Care to serve more than 250 youth per year. These youth stay in school and thrive, and 88% graduate high school.

Thank you, Deborah, for your dedication to homeless women and their children through your work at Brookview House, and for giving them the opportunity to “Be The Change” in their own lives!

For more information, please contact Deborah Hughes at [email protected] or 617-265-2965, and visit the website at BrookviewHouse.org.

Many thanks to our panel of judges who participated in the review and selection of the 2014 Massachusetts Conference for Women Be The Change Award Recipient

Jessica Anderson, Director, Community Involvement, EMC Corporation; Brenda Andrade, Human Resources Officer, State Street Corporation;

Lisa Buffington, Vice President, US Communications, EMD Serono; and Jill Larsen, Vice President of Human Resources – Strategic Talent Acquisition, Cisco Systems.

Posted in Uncategorized, Blog, Latest News Tagged , |

Meet the 2014 Share Your Story Winner

Sampson, ImanieWe’re pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Share Your Story contest: Boston high school students Imanie Sampson (pictured) and Andrea Novelle-Ruddy, who submitted a video on behalf of Boston Community Leadership Academy, where they are students.

With her inspiring tribute to the ripple effect of women helping women, Imanie has won $1,000, 10 speaker-authored books, and an entire table at this year’s Conference for her school.

Her video was featured on the main stage on December 4th, just before she and Andrea had the privilege of introducing keynote speaker Lupita Nyong’o. Now you can watch it here:

https://www.youtube.com/816RLNV33l0

Posted in Uncategorized, Blog, Latest News Tagged , |

Join Us Online This Thursday at 2:00pm for a Special Livestream

The 10th annual Massachusetts Conference for Women announced today that a keynote address by former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will be streamed live on the Conference website, maconferenceforwomen.org, on December 4, 2014 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST.

We’re pleased that with the support of Boston Scientific we are able to bring this event to all who wished to attend the Conference this year.

The 2014 Conference, which will be held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, is sold out and more than 10,000 people are registered to attend.

Mark your calendar now, and visit maconferenceforwomen.org/hillary-clinton-keynote-2014 at 2:00pm this Thursday, December 4th, to watch live!

Posted in Latest News, Podcasts

Important Parking Information

Driving to the Conference this year? With so many attendees converging on downtown Boston, parking is our #1 challenge. We’ve put together the following pages to help you quickly and easily stow your vehicle on Conference Day:

Travel & Discounts

Parking Lots & Public Transportation

Remember, carpooling is best if you drive, and Boston has a great public transit system if you don’t. See you Thursday!

Posted in Latest News

Katharine Powell: “This Can’t Work…”

Powell, Katharineby Katharine Powell, program manager, community & employee engagement, Suffolk Construction

The following is a featured entry in our Share Your Story contest, which celebrates our 10-year anniversary with stories from past attendees.

I work in an industry dominated primarily by men. I work in construction. No, I don’t wear a hard hat or Timberland boots, but I know amazing women who do. Read More

Posted in Uncategorized, Blog, Latest News, Share Your Story Tagged , |

Heather Bruce: Daring Greatly in Real Life

Heather Bruce portraitby Heather Bruce, AVP, Audit Manager, State Street Corporation

The following is a featured entry in our Share Your Story contest, which celebrates our 10-year anniversary with stories from past attendees.

The Massachusetts Conference for Women inspired me to create the Audit Women’s Network at my company. In her 2012 speech, Dr. Brené Brown challenged me to get in the arena and “dare greatly.” If I failed, I would fail while trying.

Read More

Posted in Blog, Latest News, Share Your Story Tagged , |

Maria Crawford: Nurturing Office Culture

Crawford-Mariaby Maria Crawford

The following is a featured entry in our Share Your Story contest, which celebrates our 10-year anniversary with stories from past attendees.

The Mass Conference for Women inspired women in our office and had us asking, “How we can make our office a better place?”

Read More

Posted in Blog, Latest News, Share Your Story Tagged , |

Past Attendees: Share Your Story to Win $1,000, 2014 Tickets, and More!

shareyourstorycontestbanner

What a Difference a Decade Makes! Join Us In a Unique Storytelling Celebration of the MA Conference for Women

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Massachusetts Conference for Women, we want to hear your story. After all, we couldn’t have done all this without you (and maybe you feel the same way)!

Tell us how the Conference stirred your soul; inspired you to take a chance; led you to a new career; helped you find courage within—or opened your eyes to new truths and greater possibilities. Submit Your Story to enter the Contest using guidelines below, and earn a chance to win some amazing prizes. Deadline for submissions is Wednesday, October 1, 2014. There will be 10 finalists!

Read More

Posted in Blog, Latest News
Join Our Email List!