2014 - 2015 Events

June Event Summary

Develop Your Professional Style

We ended the season in Style! Eve S. Rounds, a personal fashion stylist discussed how to enhance, refine and simplify your style. She gave tips and techniques on how as professionals we can save time and look our best.

Eve has been in fashion business for over 30 years helping women feel confident about the way they look and feel.


May Event Summary

Identifying Fraud – Malfunction or Malfeasance

The Boston Women in Finance held a Cocktail Reception and an in-depth look at Fraud. Our panel discussed how we minimize fraud opportunities and how we handle and identify issues when they arise.

Thank you to our panel: Meredith Leary, Partner, Mintz Levin; Sheila Magoon, Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and Kelly Webber, Supervisor of FBI Boston’s Forensic Accountant Squad.

April Event Summary

Differentiating Yourself For Success

Our April Event panel discussed best practices for promoting yourself, why executive presence is important, and how you can take your career to the next level.

Thanks to our speakers:

Elizabeth Hailer, Marketing, Branding and Business Development Consulting

Paula Higgins, Program Manager, MassMutual Financial Group

Sharon Schuler, SVP Finance, Americas Region, Clarks

March Event Summary

How To Tell A Story With The Numbers  

In our data-driven world, we have more numbers and metrics than ever to influence our decisions and understanding of our business. As finance professionals, we inherently understand the meaning of the numbers; however, our biggest challenge is finding unique and impactful ways to communicate the meaning of these numbers to non-financial professionals.

Our panel discussed how to use your numbers to communicate your message, and when to pare down the data that might minimize that message.

Thank you to our speakers: Patricia Deware, CFO, Selventa; Beth Healy, Financial and Investigative Reporter, The Boston Globe; and Constance Hubbell, President, The Hubbell Group.

February Event Summary

Ask the CTO: All About IT

Speaker Jo Hoppe, a leading Chief Technology Officer, IT guru and all-around technology insider, explained everything to know about IT (why don’t my systems talk to one another?) and everything your Chief Technologist wishes you knew (down with rogue spreadsheets!). We learned how to wrangle big data, best practices for email management and more.

January Event Summary

Stay Put or Start Over

Should I stay with my current company to advance, or should I move on where the grass may be greener? The answer may depend on the opportunities presented, your professional goals and/or personal considerations. We heard from our HR professionals and other executive panelists.

Thank you to our panelists (left to right): Karen Cambray, CFO, Cartera Commerce; Rebecca Chasen, Partner, Forensics, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP; Barbara Nobles Crawford, Ph.D., Secretariat, Chief Human Resource Officer, Commonwealth of Massachusetts; and Michelle Tilghman, Account Manager, KForce.

November Event Summary

Working With Boards: Who, When and How to Serve

Sooner or later you will be asked to serve on a board. It may be a public company, non-profit or membership organization. Just as there are many different boards, so too are there a multitude of roles – audit, nominating, membership, communications and more. What are the responsibilities and what are the rewards? Our expert directors shared how to make the most of board service.

Thank you to our panelists (left to right): Emily Walt, Director, Investor Relations, Carbonite, Inc.; Stephanie Sonnabend, Chair & Co-Founder 2020 Women on Boards; Sue Gorman, President, New England School of Acupuncture; and Kathleen Burke, General Counsel, MKS Instruments, Inc.

October Event Summary

The Art of Leadership

The art of leadership is developed through ongoing accountability and responsibility. Discover the decisions, rules, choices and strategies that define excellence in leadership. Our panel shared practical advice and real-world examples of utilizing leadership techniques to drive their businesses and careers forward.

Our panelists included (left to right): Kathleen Boyce, CFO, Massachusetts Dental Society; Andrea Hayward, Senior Director of Finance, Year Up; Debra Kennedy, Director, Center for Executive Education and Adjunct Professor, Bentley University; and Linn Parrish Elmes, Global Director, Philanthropy and Corporate Giving, Shire Pharmaceuticals.

September Event Summary

The Business of Food

Food is big business. Whether it's homestyle or healthful, classic comfort or fine dining, food is a commercial enterprise. Restaurants, grocery stores and specialty purveyors all face a myriad of challenges and opportunities. The business of food includes filling seats, moving product, managing people and making sound financial decisions. Our panel of foodie all-stars offered the recipe for business success.

Thank you to our Speakers: Alexis Gelburd-Kimler, Owner, West Bridge Restaurant; Shirley Leung, Columnist, The Boston Globe; and Aimee Morgida, Director of Operations, Roche Bros. Supermarkets


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