30th Annual Tribute to Abigail Adams

Nov 16 2017 5:30 PM

Hosted by: Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus
Fairmont Copley Plaza
138 St. James Ave. , Boston

The Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus(MWPC) will honor four dynamic women leaders from business and government who are advancing other women across the political, economic and social spectrum. To register, visit www.mwpc.org.




Celebrating its 30th year of recognizing outstanding women leaders who have demonstrated a firm commitment to advancing political, economic, and social rights for other women, The Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus is proud to announce its slate of honorees for this year's Tribute to Abigail Adams:


Rakhi Kumar, Managing Director, Head of ESG Investments and Asset Stewardship, State Street Global Advisors, the investment arm of Boston-based State Street Corporation. Kumar helped spearhead the installation of the "Fearless Girl" statue in Manhattan and the ongoing efforts to use SSGA's proxy-voting to push companies to increase gender diversity on their boards. She is being recognized for her efforts to integrate more women onto corporate board seats globally and encourage a more equitable pay structure for women in corporate America


Kristen Lepore, Chief of Staff to Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, who in her role, directly oversees the Baker-Polito administration's overall strategy and operations. Prior to her appointment, Lepore served as the Baker-Polito administration's Secretary of the Executive Office for Administration and Finance in charge of formulating the governor's budget plan, providing guidance on the economy, managing state government's operating and capital budgets and overseeing the state's administrative agencies including revenue collection, information technology, human resources, procurement and state facilities. She was previously Vice President of Government Affairs at Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM), where she was responsible for AIM's health care agenda and advocated for policies to lower the cost of health care in Massachusetts


Linda Whitlock, Corporate Director, Leadership Advisor, and Investor, has won widespread respect for a strong record of effective management, board leadership, and public service. An immediate past president and CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Boston, she served on the Board of Directors at the Cambridge Trust Company and was that board's first Lead Director. Her civic leadership includes serving on the board of the Red Sox Foundation, the largest foundation in professional sports, as well as a member of the President's Advisory Committee at Brigham and Women's Hospital. A staunch advocate for women's rights, advancing the financial footing of women candidates, she was also a top fundraiser for Hillary Clinton's 2016 Presidential Campaign


U.S. Representative Niki Tsongas, MA-District 3, is first woman in Massachusetts to be elected to serve in Congress in twenty-five years. Congresswoman Tsongas will receive the MWPC Dolores L. Mitchell Lifetime Achievement Award for her ten years of public service and leadership on behalf of the Commonwealth and the nation. Congresswomen Tsongas is a leading national voice on behalf of victims of military sexual trauma who has championed the development of more modern, lightweight and gender-specific body armor to protect troops in the field. She has also shown leadership on an array of issues including equality and civil rights, jobs and the economy, the environment and public safety. Congresswoman Tsongas recently announced she will not run for re-election in 2018.


"MWPC is honored to celebrate each of these highly accomplished women - who are very deserving of this special recognition," said MWPC Board President Gail Jackson-Blount. "They are respected leaders in business, government and in our communities who inspire, mentor and create pathways that support the advancement of women across the board-- whether it be on Wall Street, the State House, in corporate boardrooms or on the frontlines in support of women who serve in our military."

This year's event will be held on Thursday, November 16, 2017, 5:30 pm-8:30 pm at the Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston. The Annual Tribute to Abigail Adams honors distinguished female leaders who have worked in their personal and professional lives to achieve parity for women across all realms. The Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus introduced the Tribute to Abigail Adams in 1988 to recognize women leaders in Massachusetts.

Born in Weymouth, MA in 1744, Abigail Adams was one of the earliest women's advocates with strong beliefs in equal rights for women, the wife of our nation's second president, John Adams, and the mother of six children.

All Abigail Adams event proceeds will benefit the MWPC Education Fund, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and donations are tax-deductible. For more information about corporate sponsorships and to purchase tickets for the 30th Annual Tribute to Abigail Adams event please visit www.mwpc.org.


About the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus:

The Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus is a nonpartisan 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that seeks to increase the civic engagement and empowerment of women of all ages in the political process and to increase the number of women elected and appointed to public office and public policy positions in the Commonwealth.


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