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2019 Women in Leadership Breakfast | Boston

Hosted in Auburndale Friday, September 20, 2019 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. EDT

Event Overview

Get informed. Be inspired. Go boldly forward.

Join Boston’s brightest minds in business for a morning of growth and learning.

Program outline:

PART I. Success through diversity — Why the most inclusive companies will win | A conversation with renowned business leader, Carol Fulp, and Vicary Graham, Chair of BNY Mellon New England.

With the demographic landscape in the U.S. ever-evolving, companies that proactively embrace diversity in all areas of operations will be best poised to thrive.

Engage in conversation about diversity-focused staffing trends in the U.S., and:

  • Gain a blueprint for what your business must do to maintain competitiveness and customer base, including hiring in new ways, aligning managers around diversity, providing new kinds of leadership development and engaging employees to embrace differences.
  • Learn how corporate cultures have formed and transformed at well-known organizations like John Hancock, Hallmark Health and PepsiCo.
  • Explore how different races and ethnicities represent an essential asset to contemporary companies and organizations.

PART II. Workplace of the future | A panel discussion with Vistage Chairs Bev Halperin and Lea Macchiaroli.

Take a deeper dive into the benefits of creating a global culture of inclusion.

Roll up your sleeves and explore:

  • Incubating and attracting talent from diverse pools.
  • Leading through engagement.
  • Why change is healthy (and profitable) for any profession.
  • Strategic initiatives for multi-cultural employee engagement.

Share your wisdom with peers, and leave with actionable insights to take back to your team. Learn more about our presenters here.

Event Speakers

Carol Fulp

Founding CEO, Fulp Diversity Consultants, LLC, and President/CEO, The Partnership, Inc.

Carol Fulp is founding CEO of Fulp Diversity Consultants, LLC, and president and CEO of The Partnership, Inc. A respected authority on diversity and inclusion, she is author of “Success Through Diversity: Why The Most Inclusive Companies Will Win.”

Carol’s honors include the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce “Distinguished Bostonian Award,” the Museum of African American History’s “Living Legend Award,” recognition by the Boston Business Journal as one of the “50 Most Influential Bostonians,” and recognition by Boston Magazine as one of the “21 Most Powerful People in Boston Business.”

Carol serves on the board of trustees for Eastern Bank, and the board of directors for the American Student Assistance Corporation, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and the New England College of Business. She is a founding co-chair of the Massachusetts Conference for Women, the largest professional women’s conference in the U.S.

Vicary Graham

Chair, BNY Mellon New England and Regional President, BNY Mellon Wealth Management New England

Vicary M. Graham is chair of BNY Mellon New England and regional president for BNY Mellon Wealth Management in New England. In this role, she manages the investment management, wealth planning and private banking services for individuals, entrepreneurs, family business owners, endowments and foundations for offices in the region.

As chair, Vicary is focused on strengthening client relationships and the firm’s presence, given the size and complexity of businesses throughout the region.

Bev Halperin

Vistage Chair

As a Chair for Vistage International, Inc., Bev Halperin leads four peer groups of C-level executives.

Previously, Bev spent much of her career as a serial entrepreneur in a wide variety of industries. Bev has a B.S. in mechanical engineering and an MBA, both from Cornell University.

Lea Macchiaroli

Vistage Chair and Founder/President, trans-forme, LLC

Lea Macchiaroli is a Vistage Chair and founder and president of trans-forme, LLC, a boutique advisory firm focused on performance improvement, strategy, executive coaching, organizational design and development, and change management.

Lea coaches individuals and works with companies on strategy, change leadership and operational alignment in retail, consumer goods distribution and manufacturing.

Smaiyra M. Million

Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives, Office of the Vice Provost - Global Entrepreneurship, Babson College | Panelist

Smaiyra Million is director of strategic initiatives in the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Entrepreneurship at Babson College. Previously, Smaiyra spent 30 years as a successful operator of luxury hotels, spas and health clubs. As CEO of Millennium Partners Sports Club Management (Sports Club/LA and Reebok Sports Clubs), Smaiyra was named to the “Top 100 Women Led Businesses in Massachusetts” from 2011 to 2013. In 2014, she was inducted into the YW Academy of Women Achievers.

Earlier in her career, Smaiyra spent nearly a decade with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. She currently serves as an advisor to Highcourt, Brio Systems, as well as on the five-member personnel board for her hometown of Hingham, MA.

Michelle Haynes Baratz, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Psychology, University of Massachusetts Lowell | Panelist

Michelle C. Haynes-Baratz, Ph.D., is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and a faculty associate at the Center for Women and Work. For almost two decades, her research has focused on workplace diversity issues — with a particular interest in the obstacles women and people of color (POC) experience in the work domain — and strategies for overcoming them.

Cheryl Barbato

President & Co-Founder, Talent Retriever | Panelist

Cheryl Barbato co-founded Talent Retriever in 2004, on a mission to disrupt recruiting. Since then, hundreds of companies have benefited from Talent Retriever’s non-traditional approach to hiring and building amazing teams. On a day-to-day basis, Cheryl focuses on client service and delivery, ensuring the Talent Retriever team is running like a machine and clients are happy. Cheryl also works on expansion of Talent Retriever across the U.S.


Boston Marriott Newton

8:00 – 8:20 a.m.
Check-in and breakfast

8:20 – 8:55 a.m.
Welcome and networking discussion

8:55 – 9:05 a.m.

9:05 – 10:05 a.m.
A conversation with Carol Fulp and Vicary Graham Success through diversity — Why the most inclusive companies will win

10:05 – 10:15 a.m.

10:15 – 10:20 a.m.
Short presentation

10:20 – 11:20 a.m.
A panel discussion with Bev Halperin and Lea Macchiaroli Workplace of the future

11:20 – 11:30 a.m.
Closing remarks



Members through August 30: $55 | After August 30: $65

Guests through August 30: $75 | After August 30: $85


Boston Marriott Newton
2345 Commonwealth Avenue
Auburndale, MA