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Over 700 women leaders of Boston joined City Year Boston for the 10th annual Women’s Leadership Breakfast, presented by MFS. Women from a wide range of sectors came together to learn more about City Year Boston and support AmeriCorps members work in Boston Public Schools classrooms. This year, we convened a panel of women leaders to discuss the importance of education and mentorship in molding young women leaders, and how together we can work to pave the way for their success.

With the generous support of our event sponsors and attendees City Year Boston raised $320,000 to continue to support student success in Boston Public Schools.

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Three fierce women who work to make change happen in Boston, Dr. Valerie Roberson, T’Sheba Martin, and Carole Geremia, joined City Year Boston on its Women Leadership Panel. As the President of Roxbury Community College, Dr. Roberson spoke of the ways higher education and public schools can foster pathways to leadership for young women.

"'Community' is our middle name. It's a vital part of our function to promote civic responsibility and engagement in Boston." - Dr. Valerie Roberson

A fellow educator, alumni of City Year and current Principal of James P. Timilty Middle School, T’Sheba Martin discussed how her experience serving with City Year and in Boston Public schools enables her to support the continued growth and success of students in her school.

"Mentorship has been about encountering anyone and everyone. You never know what others can offer you or you to them. We can all offer one another something. I hope to connect with everyone in this room!" - Principal T'Sheba Martin

The final panelist Carole Geremia, President and Head of Global Distribution at MFS shared how she works to break the glass ceiling within the investment community while she mentors junior associates on their professional journeys.

“It’s not just about the stat, about moving the numbers of women in the industry. It’s about mentorship and passing the message, “You can do this!” It’s important for us to be honest in conversations with each other. I want to help women navigate taking on more promotions and opportunities that take them away from their family life. One thing I have realized is that the less you make it about you, the more opportunities you create for other.” - Carol Geremia

This powerful panel was led by Senior AmeriCorps member Natalia Cabezas, who serves on the Boston Civic Engagement team. Natalia led panelists through a discussion about how education has shaped them as leaders and how they continue to create opportunities for the next generation of leaders. Last year, Natalia served at Curtis Guild Elementary School in East Boston where she worked with students on attendance, positive behavior and coursework. She assisted students like Gavin* who had missed a lot of school because of a medical condition to give individual attention so he could stay engaged and focused on his work. Natalia now serves on the Boston Civic Engagement team who works with schools to coordinate volunteer service projects and beautify school spaces. It is young people like Natalia and her 250 fellow AmeriCorps members who inspired guests and the committee to rally around our shared belief in the power of young people and potential of all students. We would like to extend a sincere thank you to all our sponsors; MFS, EY, Nordstrom, Staples, American Tower, State Street, and TIAA, for their continued support of our service.

If you missed the event or would like to support City Year, donate here; a gift of or above $1,000 offers membership to our Women’s Leadership Network and a roster of social and service events throughout the year that build community and awareness for City Year’s work in Boston Public School.



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