On October 23rd the UMass Boston Emerging Leaders Program celebrated its 7th anniversery at the Westin Copley Hotel with keynote speaker Liz Walker, Award-winning journalist and documentary producer and co-founder of Liz Walker Journey Productions. The celebration honored the 2008 cohort of Emering Leaders (pictured below) and welcomed the new members of the 2009 cohort.

2008 Cohort


Leadership of a business or a community need not be left to chance.


Thatís the premise underlying the UMass Boston Emerging Leaders Program.


Learn about leadership and the Emerging Leaders Program, Greater Bostonís premiere executive development program sponsored by the Center for Collaborative Leadership, UMass Boston. In the program the fellows will enhance their individual leadership skills in communication, conflict resolution, the political process, entrepreneurship, media relations, networking, and teamwork.


This ten-month program consists of a weeklong seminar, followed by monthly meetings and team projects. Fellows must be nominated by their organizations.

Members of the 2008 ELP Cohort
2008 Fellows: Stephen White, Citibank; Karen Anderson, Putnam Investments; Stephen Moorehead, Blue Cross Blue Shield; Melissa Rowe, State Street; Christy Lee, WHDH-TV: Dana Whiteside, Boston Redevelopment Authority; and Christopher Lavoie, AT&T

Nominations for the 2009 Emerging Leaders Program were due June 16, 2008. Applications were due on July 15, 2008. To request an extention, please email leaders@umb.edu.

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2007 cohort listening to team presentations"Why do Young Professionals Stay in Massachusetts?"

On Sunday, March 2 Channel 7's Urban Update featured members of the 2007 Emerging Leaders Program cohort, Sonal Gandhi, BRA; Michael Rawan, Sovereign Bank; Trevor Dunwell, Raytheon; and Director Pat Neilson about the success of the program and about the 2007 group project on "Why Young Professionals Stay in Boston."






Events About The Program Board of Advisors
Paul Levy
Sherry Penney
Minehan, Guzzi, Heard
CEO, Beth Israel Professor of Leadership
Founding Director, ELP
Ullian, Budd, Hammond

October 4, 2007 ELP luncheon welcomed Paul Levy, CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center as the keynote speaker. Governor Deval Patrick was there to make welcoming remarks to the future leaders of Greater Boston. Our 2008 luncheon will be held on October 23rd at the Westin Copley. Liz Walker will be the keynote speaker.

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The Emerging Leaders Program celebrated its sixth anniversary on October 4, 2007. Some 245 individuals have now completed the program and 51 more have been admitted for 2008. These talented young professionals have shown the enormous talent that is available for our city and region-- a new generation of leaders.

The Center for Collaborative Leadership's Board of Advisors is made up of a diverse group of Greater Boston business and nonprofit leaders and innovators. All bring a vast wealth of experience and dedication to the Greater Boston area.

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Marsh Carter, Chair New York Stock Exchange
and Hubie Jones




For our 5th year Gala celebration on October 20, 2006, Hubie Jones, received the first "Emerging Leaders Program Lifetime Leadership Award".

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Jose Masso (Former Regional Director; Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration, New England, Teresa Martinez ('06 fellow), Georgianna Melendez ('04) from Casa Myrna Vasquez, Eduardo Tobon ('03) Sovereign Bank.
Accolades Testimonials
2005 Fellows Mary Tolikas, 2005 Fellow
Standing left to right: Marc Lucas, NSTAR; Scott Lynde, Raytheon; Jody Kieval, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce; Seated left to right: Mark O'Connor, AT & T; Unyi Agba, Urban Edge; Chi Huang, Boston Medical Center.

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“I was surprised at the depth and breath of the program. It’s not just about collaborative leadership, it’s about the opportunity to think about yourself and the others, learn, think back, think ahead, get tools, share thoughts.”

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Center for Collaborative Leadership Staff
Sherry H. Penney, Ph.D. Founding Director 617-287-3890 sherry.penney@umb.edu
Patricia A. Neilson, Ed.D. Director 617-287-3893 patricia.neilson@umb.edu
Andrea Wight Assistant Director 617-287-3890 leaders@umb.edu or andrea.wight@umb.edu
Marcela Massarutto Administrative Coordinator 617-287-3892 marcela.massarutto@umb.edu