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Community Salute 2023 - Breaking Barriers and Blazing New Trails- April 27, 2023 (Hybrid)
Thursday, April 27, 2023, 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
Category: Events



The Boston Club 2023 Community Salute
Breaking Barriers and Blazing New Trails
an evening with Kim Janey

a hybrid event generously hosted by 



Thursday, April 27, 2023

5:30 - 8:00 PM

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
101 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA

*Please note, in-person seating is limited

Virtual attendees will receive the dial-in information prior to the event

Regular and School St Members: No charge
Associate Members: No charge
Non-Members: $100 in-person / $75 virtually

In-person registrations and cancellations will be accepted until 5 p.m., Monday, April 24, 2023. Virtual reservations accepted until Wednesday, April 26th, by 5pm.

For sponsorship opportunities, please call The Boston Club at 781-639-8002.

Generously hosted by:


At its annual Community Salute, in support of its mission and commitment to the community, The Boston Club celebrates individuals and organizations that dedicate their time, funds, and counsel to community organizations and to the advancement of women. This event brings together the area’s top women executives, professionals and entrepreneurs and highlights their leadership and collective contributions to the nonprofit and public organizations they support.

Join us for a fireside chat with Kim Janey, President and CEO of EMPath and former Mayor of Boston, as she discusses her personal journey with leadership including how she broke barriers and blazed new trails. Attendees will hear insights from Ms. Janey and have the opportunity to ask questions.

The Club will also present its 2023 Advancement Award to a charitable organization that offers programs to develop leadership skills that promote diversity and tolerance in girls and young women. 


Kim Janey, President and CEO, EMPath

Kim Michelle Janey is the president & CEO of Economic Mobility Pathways (EMPath), a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping families living in poverty to dramatically improve their economic mobility. EMPath offers a unique combination of direct services; a learning network of human services organizations; and research and advocacy for what works. This “virtuous circle” allows each part of the organization’s work to inform what it knows, does, and shares with others to seed systemic change.

Janey has been at the center of Boston’s history — the bad and the good. At eleven years old, Janey was on the front lines of the battle to desegregate the city’s schools, facing rocks and racial slurs during Boston’s tumultuous busing era in the 1970’s. Forty-five years later, Janey made history when she was sworn in as Boston’s first woman and first Black mayor, successfully leading the city through a multitude of unprecedented challenges, including the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Janey began her tenure with a citywide agenda of recovery, reopening, and renewal to address systemic inequities exposed and exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. Janey re-opened Boston’s economy and its public schools by centering equity and prioritizing health and wellness. She invested millions to support small businesses, expanded protections for renters and homeowners, and launched fare-free public transit. Under Mayor Janey’s leadership, Boston experienced its safest summer in 5 years and became one of the most vaccinated big cities in America.

Prior to becoming Mayor, Janey made history in 2017 when she was elected to the Boston City Council as the first woman to represent District 7. In 2020, she was elected by her peers to serve as President of the most diverse City Council in Boston’s history.

Devoting her life to public service, Janey has 25 years of experience in the non-profit sector. In her role at Massachusetts Advocates for Children, Janey championed systemic policy reforms to increase equity, excellence, access, and opportunity in Boston Public Schools. Prior to that, Janey worked as a Community Organizer, advocating for affordable, quality child care.

Most recently, Ms. Janey served as a Spring 2022 Resident Fellow at the Institute of Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School where she designed and led a study group entitled Racial Justice and Recovery: Leading American Cities to a More Equitable Future. She also served as an Inaugural Fellow at the Berry Institute of Politics at Salem State University.

Kim Janey has been recognized for her years of service with a number of awards, including the Boston NAACP Difference Maker Award in 2015, the Sapphire Award in 2017, a Community Leadership Award in 2018, and the Hubie Jones Award in 2020. In 2021 Janey was named one of Boston’s Most Impactful Black Women and listed in Boston Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Bostonians.

A proud fourth generation Roxbury resident, Janey comes from a long line of educators, entrepreneurs, artists, and advocates. Janey was raised with values that guide her to this day: the importance of education, the power of community organizing, and the fundamental principles of equity and justice.


Maura Healey, Governor of Massachusetts

Maura Healey is the 73rd Governor of Massachusetts. She was sworn in on January 5, 2023, becoming the first woman and first openly LGBTQ person elected Governor in Massachusetts history.

Governor Healey and Lieutenant Governor Driscoll are building an experienced, diverse team that is focused on bringing people together and delivering results for Massachusetts residents. They’re committed to making Massachusetts more affordable and growing the state’s economic competitiveness by prioritizing housing, transportation, job training and child care. They believe that Massachusetts has the greatest collection of human and intellectual capital, business, innovation, and know-how in the world. They are harnessing these resources to deliver for residents, families, and businesses throughout the entire state.

Healey was elected Massachusetts Attorney General in 2014 and re-elected in 2018. As the People’s Lawyer, she took on the issues that impact residents across Massachusetts, including the opioid epidemic, the climate crisis, escalating health care costs, and student loan debt. She was the first Attorney General to sue Purdue Pharma and the Sacklers for their role in fueling the opioid crisis. She also routinely protected the rights of consumers, workers, students, seniors, immigrants and the LGBTQ and disability communities.

Building on her promise to run an office that serves people across the state, Healey launched the Community Engagement Division in May 2015. The first-of-its-kind division brought the Attorney General’s Office and its work into neighborhoods and communities across the state. The Division launched community office hours and has assisted with the rollout of several policy initiatives including the Earned Sick Time law and Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights.

Healey grew up the oldest of five siblings in an old farm house in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire. They were raised by their mother, Tracy, who worked as a nurse at the local elementary school. Her stepdad, Edward, later joined the family and was a teacher, local union president, and coached her high school basketball team, giving her a lifelong love of the game. 

Healey attended Harvard College, where she captained the basketball team, and then spent two years as a 5’4” starting point guard on a professional basketball team in Austria. She attended Northeastern University School of Law, motivated by a commitment to public service and desire to help people

She went on to work in private practice before leaving to serve as Chief of the Civil Rights Division in the Attorney General’s Office. She was promoted to oversee two of the office’s most prominent divisions: the Public Protection & Advocacy Bureau and the Business & Labor Bureau. During this time, she led the first state challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act and held banks and lending companies accountable after the 2008 financial crisis.


Scott Kirsner, Author & Journalist

Scott Kirsner has spent two decades as a business journalist and contributing editor at the Boston Globe, Wired Magazine, Fast Company, Variety, The New York Times, BusinessWeek and other publications. His focus on how innovations that matter get introduced to the world has taken him to the White House, the Sundance Film Festival, the United Nations, and the innovation labs of Google, Disney, General Motors, Delta Air Lines, Home Depot, Marriott, and many other companies. Scott is the author of several books on innovation and technology, including a highly-acclaimed collaboration with George Lucas, “Inventing the Movies,” which explores the challenge of bringing new ideas to a century-old, change-resistant industry: Hollywood. His most recent book is “Innovation Economy: True Stories of Startups, Flame-Outs, and Inventing the Future in New England.”

He has spoken at Harvard Business School, the MIT R&D Conference, South by Southwest, the Consumer Electronics Show, HubSpot Inbound, New York Internet Week, the Churchill Club, Tijuana Inovadora, the Connected Health Symposium, and the NAB Futures Summit. Scott has also appeared on NBC's Today Show, Yahoo Finance, CNN, NPR's Science Friday, the Discovery Channel, and WBUR's Radio Boston.

His latest project is co-founding a new organization, The Innovation Trail of Greater Boston. You can follow it on Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn: @BostonInnoTrail, or learn more at


Reg and School St Members: No Charge*
Associate Members: No Charge
Non-Members: $100 in-person / $75 virtually

Click here to register to attend IN-PERSON

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Please note, in-person seating is limited.

Virtual attendees will receive the dial-in information prior to the event.

If you receive notice that the in-person registration is full, please email [email protected] and you will be contacted as seats are made available. 

 * PLEASE NOTE: Reservations are required for all events. No-shows and late cancellations for those registered to attend in person will be billed $75.00.  In-person registrations and cancellations will be accepted until 5 p.m., Monday, April 24, 2023. Virtual reservations accepted until Wednesday, April 26th, by 5pm.



Contact: The Boston Club - [email protected] - 781-639-8002