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A GLOWing 2014

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It seems like everywhere you look there's another Top Ten list to celebrate the end of the year.  Here at GLOW, we're no different. As we prepare the champagne and ready ourselves to ring in the new year, it's important to reflect on the successes of the year and set goals for bigger and better opportunities.  Boston GLOW certainly had an inspiring year of growth and empowerment in 2014, and so, without further ado, we present to you, in no particular order,

 

The Top Ten GLOWing moments of 2014:

  

10.

"The more women who negotiate the more normal it becomes"

- Katie Donovan CEO of Equal Pay Negotiations


While each of our Spitfire events are memorable, in October, Katie Donovan of Equal Pay Negotiations returned for an encore presentation on salary negotiation and knowing one's worth. Questions were asked, expectations challenged, and more than one Organized Women member can successfully say that her salary has increased thanks to Katie's guidance. If a salary increase is one of your New Year's resolutions, we suggest checking out www.equalypaynegotiations.com.

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"I can see my vision become a huge reality"

- Huixian Li 2013 IGNITE Change Winner

 

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 In 2013, Huixian Li's community change plan to address community involvement and leadership of the women in Boston's Chinatown neighborhood caught the eyes of our IGNITE Change contest. In 2014, Huixian, with the help of our Organized Women 
volunteers, worked to make her mural project a reality. After nearly a year of planning, project designs, and scouting spaces throughout the Chinatown neighborhood, volunteers gathered during an early May weekend to paint Huixian's vision in a mural for the Chinatown YMCA.

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"And now, we IGNITE the NITE"

- Emily Copeman, Director of Development and Fundraising and Co- Chair 2014 IGNITE the NITE event


In late February, over 300 people gathered at the Artists For Humanities EpiCenter to celebrate GLOW's accomplishments, dance the night away, share the voices of our Girl Leaders and raise funds to keep our programs going. We are thankful for an incredible team of passionate volunteers who made the event gorgeous, entertaining and a huge success

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"Four years ago, I wrote an essay. I didn't know where it would take me. Now I'm about to graduate college"blog_hyacynth.jpg

- Hyacynth Dixon, 2011 IGNITE Change Contest Winner 


In March, our first every IGNITE Change contest winner, Hyacynth Dixon, took a night off from her busy college and work schedule to speak to the 2014 class of IGNITE Change winners. Hyacynth spoke of empowerment, challenging herself and building a community. We are proud that Hyacynth plans to graduate with her Bachelor's degree this year with a goal of on working in nonprofit fundraising development and community leadership.

6.

"A Scholarship is Established!"

- Jenna Paone, Director of Organizational Strategy


This year, Boston GLOW was fortunate enough to partner with Simmons College MBA program to over a $20,000 scholarship for a deserving active Organized Women member to continue her education in business and leadership. For three years GLOW has provided training for OW members through our Spitfire series, but this partnership solidified an easier pathways of academic attainment for the Organized Women of Boston GLOW.

 

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"We're GLOWing Global"

- Leah Moschella, Boston GLOW Founder

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In August of 2014, our Founder, Leah Moschella was selected to lead a delegation of students and young professionals from the United States to Tunisia in Northern Africa. During the delegation, Leah met with young leaders from Lebanon, Egypt, Germany, France and Tunisia in addition to the representatives from the United States. The trip focused on dialogue and intercultural sharing on some of the world's most pressing and controversial issues. Leah proudly shared the impact of Boston GLOW, and GLOW is proud to have a global presence.  We aim to continue to provide opportunities to connect empowered women from these countries to one another in the upcoming year.

 

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"I've learned so much and I'm proud to be a part of this group of women"

Sasha Forbath, 2013 IGNITE Change Finalist and 2014 Vagina Monologues Cast Member

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Not only to our 2014 production of The Vagina Monologues raise nearly $7000 and have an audience of over 300, this year our cast featured two of our IGNITE Change Girl's Leadership winners, Iliana and Sasha. We were thrilled to add the young leaders to our community, but even more inspired when they spoke to their peers during our annual youth performance and talk back. The cast led a question and answer session with local teens about sex, violence, love and empowerment. 



3.

"We are still writing women's history"

- Suzanne Bump, Massachusetts State Auditor and Spitfire 2014 Speaker

On a cold night in March, women from throughout Boston gathered to hear lessons in leadership from one of the Commonwealth's most respected female elected officials, State Auditor Suzanne Bump.  Speaking of leadership, taking on new challenges and committing to bringing up the next generation of female leaders, Suzanne Bump inspired our OW community. She reminded us that we are making changes every day as we continue to write women's history

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"We're part of something so large and powerful when we connect with others"

- Annie Gaughen, Director of Girls Leadership

Boston GLOW strives continuously to connect with other organizations empowering women, both locally and globally.  During 2014, GLOW was selected as an inaugural case study and cohort of organizations as part of the launch of Girls Thinking Global.  Representatives from GLOW were interviewed and attended the launch event in New York City in December.  We look forward to strenthening our relationships and learn from the successes and challenges of women working globally to empower women and girls.  

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"That's My Seat"

-Ariana Ortiz, 2014 IGNITE Change Finalist and GAPP 2014 Participant

 

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In September, Boston GLOW, along with the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus and the Caucus of Women Legislators,
hosted the first ever Girls About Political Participation (GAPP) event at the Massachusetts State House. During the day, ten Girl Leaders participated in Appreciative Inquiry Interviews with ten female elected officials from Massachusetts. The girls were then treated to a personalized tour of the State House from Representative Ruth Balzer including time spent on the House and Senate floor in addition to visiting the Governor's Office. The Girl Leaders participating left the day eager take a step into political leadership, pointing excitedly to their future seats in the House of Representatives.

 

  

 

The reality is that none of these moments would possible without you - our supporters, volunteers, donors, Girl Leaders and Organized Women. You have each contributed to making GLOW shine brighter each year.

We look forward to IGNITing 2015 with each and every one of you at the 5th Annual IGNITE the NITE at the Artists For Humanities EpiCenter in South Boston.

Thank you for an incredible year!

 

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5 Confidence Boosters While Negotiating Pay and Benefits

October is a month known for fears and horror, and this October's Spitfire is a topic many of us are afraid to confront - Negotiating Salaries, Raises and Benefits.  

In order to build our confidence, we've asked expert Katie Donovan to share some Salary Negotiation Confidence Boosters to prepare us for our October 1st Spitfire.  

We hope you'll join us on October 1st at 19 Stuart Street for networking with your fellow Superwomen and an important skill building discussion on Salary Negotiation

 

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5 Confidence Boosters While Negotiating Pay and Benefits

by Katie Donovan of Equal Pay Negotiations

Negotiating a new job is a skill all employees should develop. Those who do can earn $1 Million and more during a career. True it may seem daunting but there really are just a handful of things to expect in pay and benefits negotiation. However, there is one part of negotiation that cannot be taught but can be nurtured; it is confidence. People who are relaxed and confident during the negotiation tend to do very well. Here are a few tips to nurture your own negotiation confidence.


Stay in Your Current Job
Knowing that you don’t need to take what is offered you is the confidence boost staying in your job gives you. Recruiters prefer passive candidates and often penalize the unemployed. Any perceived benefit of searching full-time will be offset by the lowered interest in you. Don’t eliminate your safety net mid negotiation by giving notice before the offer letter has been signed. Until then, the negotiation is still active.


Continue the Job Search While “Waiting to Hear” from an Employer

Creating options creates confidence during negotiation. Too often job candidates are so excited to get an interview with any company that they hit the brakes on all other job searching activity. This sets up each potential employer as THE JOB. Instead of interviewing the employer to see if the company and job are the right next step, you are passively accepting the job unless something amazingly obnoxious signals that it is not the right next career move. Default mode of acceptance kills all negotiation confidence.


Know that 84% of Hiring Managers Expect Negotiations
Thanks to Salary.com we know that salary and benefits negotiation is just part of the hiring process. With 84% of managers expecting negotiation, it is as elemental a part of the process as the resume. Hiring managers who expect 

negotiations keep money handy to negotiate thus the first offer is truly the first offer. Hasn’t your confidence just grown a little knowing that by negotiating you are just following the rules?


Remember, You Bested a Bunch of Candidates

Yup, you are that special someone that the hiring manager fell in love with. Sure we are not in the hell of the recession anymore but there still are a ton of applicants for each job, often as many as 250 applicants. You have proven you got what it takes to get offered the job. Embrace that they want you. They really really want you so, have a bit more confidence.

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The New Hire is Earning More Than You
It is estimated that a person who stays with an employer more than 2 years are losing out on 50% increases in pay. Remember those temporary pay decreases, pay freezes, and added responsibilities with no increase in pay? Companies have gotten comfortable with this pay with their current employees while enticing new employees with higher pay. Management knows what you can earn in the market and are paying it to others. Managers have laughed when I ask them about proactively normalizing pay to market for current employers. You are not surprising them by showing up for this conversation. Do you feel your confidence growing? Or maybe you feel you anger growing? Either way, you will be in a better negotiation frame of mind understanding the raise isn’t coming unless you speak up.

Even if you do not feel confident you can fake it by being calm and having a steady voice. The less emotion you show the more confident you will seem. To fake it, practice your opening line and your responses to the expected objections.

Learn those at the October 1st Spitfire.

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Seasons Change, Spitfire Returns!

 
Ah Boston in the autumn.  There always seem to be a bustling of new activity as students return for the new year, we rush to the apple orchards and eagerly break out the crock pot. For me, I have a fall tradition of revisiting the Onion's article, Mr Autumn Man for a quick laugh.  But what I find much more impressive than a Pumpkin Spice Latte is the energy and passion of Boston's Autumn Women.  Last Wednesday, the community of Boston GLOW was reminded just how inspiring the women of Boston will be this autumn.  After a summer break from our monthly networking series, Spitfire returned.
For those of you who are unaware (or hopefully looking to get involved!) on the first Wednesday of every month from September - June, the Organized Women of Boston GLOW gather for "Value-Added Networking" we call "Spitfire".  These monthly sessions are full of energy, connection and ensuring that our individual flames can burn brighter as women making a difference in our communities.

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 Value-Added Networking is a concept that means each time we come together we focus on networking, professional development and one specific topic of interest expressed to us by our Organized Women members.   The topics have covered Women in Voting, Salary Negotiation, International Girls' Education Access, the History and Status of Feminist Activism in Boston, Financial Wellness, Street Harassment, and, of course, How to Be a B*tch.  
Our goal is simple: We aim to share resources, connect with one another, and build a network of smart, sassy and prepared female leaders of Boston.  These are our Organized Women.  They become our volunteers, our mentors, our event planners and ultimately the team that makes us GLOW stronger and brighter.
 Our first Spitfire of the new season is always an opportunity to reconnect with active volunteers for whom we are incredibly
thankful and also to meet and greet some women who are new or returning to the Boston GLOW family.  
Over 25 women attended the event and were greeted by the GLOW leadership team. The group shared interests while setting goals for involvement for the year.   Women gathered to speak of their inspiration for community leadership varying from mothers looking to balance their time commitments; professionals looking to understand more of the nonprofit fundraising world; women new to Boston looking to meet and connect with like-minded women; and women just completing law school eager to become reconnect with their feminism in their new found free time.  We're fortunate at Boston GLOW to meet such a diverse group of women's interests in leadership.
I'm going to be honest (and I may be a little bit biased) but the women of Boston GLOW are inspiring, brilliant, passionate and 765.JPGpowerful.  Each time I attend Spitfire, I am reminded of the importance of building a community and what it means to support the diverse personal and professional backgrounds of Boston's Superwomen.  I know I speak for the full leadership team of Boston GLOW when I say that we truly look forward  to getting to know you, supporting your ideas and goals as female leaders.  We want to hear your perspectives on what can make GLOW shine brighter, and we are always eager to find new Spitfire topics and presenters!  (If you're interested in knowing more, you can always email join@bostonglow.org)

 

And  don't forget that we are shining bright at Spitfire events the first Wednesday of every month so go update your calendar for repeating events!  
We look forward
 to seeing you at our next Spitfire on October 1st at 6:30pm at Hosteling International.  Our speaker, Katie Donovan, of Equal Pay Negotiations will provide insight in negotiating your career including advancement, passions and salaries!  There will be plenty of time for networking, Q&A and, of course, free snacks!  RSVP today!
 
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April Spitfire: "A Moment in Her Story"

Many times, our Spitfires events focus on the future, revolving around topics that help us set and accomplish goals, or plan our professional futures. This month though, we flipped the switch. Instead of looking forward, we took a moment to reflect on the past, in the form of a film screening of Catherine Russo’s poignant documentary “A Moment in Her Story: Stories from the Boston Women’s Movement.”

            The film examines the women’s movement and development of Second Wave Feminism in the Boston area during the 1960s and 70s, featuring a patchwork of dynamic testimonies from a significantly diverse cross-section of the women who began, cultivated, and lived it. Their stories are inspiring and eye-opening, stimulating and daring, funny and sometimes heartbreakingly sad. But most importantly, they’re honest, and Russo’s sensitivity towards her subjects and inclusivity of the stories of often marginalized groups such as working class women, women of color, lesbians, and more ensures that her work is comprehensive, accurate, and revolutionary in scope.

            The large group assembled also enjoyed a post-film talk back with the filmmaker, who generously donated her time to speak about her reasons for making the film and the realities of producing this labor of love. She also expressed her interest in seeing more intergenerational cooperation and collaboration between the “older guard” and contemporary women’s advocates. Judging from the diverse ages of last night’s attendees, and the fabulous conversation that followed, its seems like we’re well on our way.

            You can learn more about Catherine Russo’s documentary, view the trailer, and purchase the film here. To attend a screening of the film or receive more information about hosting your own screening, please click here.

Thank you, Catherine!

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OW Spotlight: Christina McCollum - Founder of My Art Boston

At GLOW, we strive to create a community of women by sharing the strengths, community leadership, and creative endeavors of our Organized Women members through our OW Spotlight series.

Today's OW Spotlight comes from the founder of My Art Boston, Christina McCollum.McCollum has a background in academia and years of experience leading private tours. She is currently a PhD Candidate at the Graduate Center CUNY, and working on her doctoral dissertation in Boston. Over the course of several years, she fell in love with the art collections in and around Boston, and recognized the need for a premium tour service. So, in the style of any Organized Woman, she set out to found a business providing a service for art tours in Boston!  

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We interviewed Christina on her goals and passion as a female business starter here in Boston:

 

Q: What was your career goal as a young girl and how did that evolve as you progressed through your education and professional life?
Q: What experiences led you to where you are now?

When I was a kid in New Orleans I would tell people who asked that I wanted to be an archaeologist. Once I realized that archaeology is actually a very meticulous and scientific field that possibly brings one into contact with lizards, I decided I wanted to be a professor – probably because Indiana Jones was an archaeologist AND a professor. I knew I was in for many years of school no matter what, but I liked school. As a teenager I would hang out at the New Orleans Museum of Art, and when I got into NYU I went into the Art History Dept. right away. The New York art world seemed like this chic, official and totally alien world that I wanted to break into. By the end of my undergraduate years I was still curious and still very much outside the art world, so I decided a Doctorate in art history would be my ticket inside. And that was true in many cases – being a graduate student bought me access to museum and gallery jobs and internships. During graduate school I came to reject much of the elitism that had originally intrigued me, but I found that art was an incredible vehicle for thinking about history and philosophy (economics, politics, religion, I could go on…). I was able to teach as an adjunct professor for five years, and that remains one of the greatest experiences I think I’ll ever have. I found that I had a knack for explaining art to people of all different backgrounds and experience and interest levels. As my graduate studies were coming to a close I was working freelance as a private art guide for clients in New York and loving it. I founded My Art Boston when I moved to Boston in 2013.

Q: What were you doing before you made this change and what experience helped lead you to where you are?

I was engaged to one of my best friends from Massachusetts. He was ready and willing to move to New York for my career, but we started to visit the museums and galleries in Boston and I kind of fell in love for a second time. I found myself spending more and more time in Boston. I decided that I could provide a service here that wasn’t being met. Freelancing in New York had been fun and exciting, but I wanted to take responsibility for my career and my future so I decided to start My Art Boston. My company offers private museum and gallery tours and custom public art and architecture outings. I also prepare art itineraries for clients or travel with them to see art in other cities. I mostly work with couples or families and small groups, but I also create tours for larger or corporate groups. Sometimes I produce mini- art history courses about a certain topic, and I advise clients who are collecting. This business is certainly not something I could have predicted but it’s in line with a career I always wanted, and I’m so grateful to be doing it.

Q: What is your role currently and what does an average day in your work life look like?


At this stage I do everything from planning to touring to research and marketing. Things go from fabulous to mundane pretty quickly. One minute I’m meeting with a gallery director or hotel concierge and the next I’m stuffing envelopes. Every day is completely different. Many days are spent in front of my laptop, or whipping through the museum to see what’s new. I get to travel fairly often within Mass. or to New York, and occasionally abroad with clients. If I'm being romantic I'll say that my office is whichever museum I'm touring or scouting that day: the Museum of Fine Arts, public art or gallery openings. Honestly, most often it’s my home, the Trident cafe on Newbury Street or the Fine Arts reading room at the Boston Public Library.


Q: What advice would you give to a young woman trying to pursue a career in your field?

Since I’ve always sort of straddled Academia and the art world my advice will too. If you want to pursue a PhD, you should, because learning the history of the philosophy of any field will change your worldview. Consider taking some time or a Masters degree between your Undergraduate and Doctorate to really hone in on your subject matter. Be aware of the internal politics of academic institutions and the increasing rarity of academic positions, and try to secure enough funding so that you can focus on your research. I always worked, and the degree drags on that way.

As an entrepreneur, I suggest losing all reticence. Be bold and confident as much as possible. I have always been turned off by people with a false sense of entitlement, so for a while I was professionally timid although personally outgoing. That doesn’t work in Academia, the art world or in owning a business and so I slowly grew into a professional confidence. Also, people want to help you and you should let them. Women defy the competitive stereotype all the time and are tremendously supportive. I can think of at least three times in my life when a woman directly helped to advance my career. One woman I barely knew literally took me by the hand and introduced me to a gallerist who would become my employer.

Q: Is yours a male-dominated organization or industry? What challenges have you faced as a female trying to succeed in your field?

Back in the day (until the 1980s I’d say) almost all art historians were men. Not the case any longer! Women populate the art world these days- as curators and gallery directors and art historians.

Q: What were the biggest challenges you faced when first getting off the ground?

I knew that I had a good product that I could deliver. I had plenty of experience with all sorts of clients. But I had no idea how difficult marketing would be on a limited startup budget, or any budget. You really find yourself getting creative with your resources – just marching into places with a brochure in hand. People seemed to respond to hand-written notes, and personally addressed mail. That’s more of a tip than advice, I guess. I also built much of my website myself. It took me far longer than a professional programmer – far longer – but what a valuable skill set to have acquired, however painfully!

Q: Who was your childhood hero?


There are many. I went to a Catholic elementary school in Louisiana named for St. Joan of Arc. She was the only female warrior from history I had ever heard of, and I was fascinated that she went to battle as a teenager, visionary or not. As soon as I read about the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo I was transfixed by her tenacity and tragedy. I remember the day and the book perfectly. I should include the aforementioned Indiana Jones in this list. I also can’t remember whether I admired, or had a crush on, the Karate Kid. It’s not that I wanted to be like a man, but I wanted to be smart and heroic like those characters. There weren’t too many powerful, adventurous female role models in movies in the Eighties when I was a kid. There were some: Sarah Williams in the Labyrinth put David Bowie in his place. I’ll admit that I can still recite her speech from the end of the movie. I also identified with girls from books: Meg from A Wrinkle In Time was a math whiz; Claudia from The Mixed Up Files... ran away to live in the Metropolitan Museum (go figure why I liked that one!); and I admired the questioning defiance of Scout Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird.

Q: When have you been most satisfied in your life?

Right now is a great time, but I I’m constantly pushing forward. Boston has opened a new chapter in my life, and life is good.

 

To learn more about My Art Boston, please visit www.myartboston.com

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OW Spotlight: Victoria Sandbrook Flynn, Marketing & PR Chair for IGNITE the NITE 2014

Victoria Sandbrook Flynn joined Boston GLOW last year to help plan IGNITE the NITE 2013. She became a member of our OW network, a mentor for an IGNITE Change 2013 finalist AND came back again this year to help lead the Marketing & Public Relations Committee for IGNITE the NITE 2014. unnamed.jpg

How did you become involved with GLOW and what is your current role/contribution?
I discovered GLOW thanks to a happy confluence of events: I got a YNPN email calling for IGNITE the NITE volunteers and met Leah later that night at a career event. Within minutes I’d decided that I wanted to be involved! Now, a year and a half later, I’m the Marketing/PR Committee Chair for IGNITE the NITE 2014. 

What inspires your passion empowering and advancing the role of women in the world?
If I ever find myself starting to accept the way things are or doubting that my voice will make a difference, I think about whether I’d want my fifteen-year-old sister dealing with the same issue when she’s my age. Every person has something they can give back, something to contribute, and I want us all to live in a world where that’s never in question.

What was your career goal as a young girl and how did that evolve as you progressed through your education and professional life?
When I was very young, I was certain I wanted to be a writer. My goals changed over the years—I wanted to be a marine biologist, ER doctor, constitutional lawyer, even the first female President of the United States for a good long time—but when it came down to deciding what was going to be the thing I loved enough to devote my 9-5 life to, I realized I couldn’t give up my passion for the written word. I got a job in publishing here in Boston right out of undergrad and have managed to make writing an important part of who I am and what I do.

What experiences led you to where you are now?
I spent a few years heading in the wrong direction. I wasn’t writing. I wasn’t leading. I wasn’t giving back on a daily basis. One day, I heard an interview on the radio—and I wish I could find it again!—that reiterated how strong leaders inspire those around them to unite for a purpose bigger than themselves. I realized that I wasn’t acting with purpose in my own life, much less inspiring others. So I started looking for a change. I got involved with GLOW. I started giving more time to my other volunteer commitment—an annual all-women’s hike benefitting the Elizabeth Stone House. And I found my current job at the Appalachian Mountain Club. My whole life is centered in purpose now, and I really do feel like I have opportunities to give back every day. It means that, at the end of the day, I feel better about myself and about the world around me, and that gives me more energy to write—even after a long, full day.

What is your role currently and what does an average day in your work life look like?
I’m the books editor at the Appalachian Mountain Club. If you know anything about publishing—especially a small or nonprofit publishing house—you know that there is no “average” day! At any given day, I could be putting in eight-straight hours of editing word-by-word. Or I could be checking PDF after PDF to get to our final printer deadlines. I do sales research; help authors organize their manuscripts; I come up with ideas for new books. The great thing about being a “jill”-of-all-trades is that it never gets boring!

What would you do if you won $12M in the lottery tomorrow?
Pay off my mortgage. Buy land somewhere to plant an apple orchard. Save a bunch for rainy days. Give a bunch to a few fabulous organizations. Maybe set up a scholarship for aspiring writers and editors at my alma mater. 

What is your go-to for energy when you’re running out of steam?
A feel-good movie and a plate/bowl of something yummy. There’s nothing like getting to shut my brain down for a few hours—or six if I start the BBC Pride and Prejudice.

What things do you not like to do?
Go tanning (it just doesn’t work). Fold fitted sheets (this also just doesn’t work). Discover typos my own work emails. Argue politics with people (debate, yes; argue, no). Read sad books and watch sad movies. Say no (it’s so, so hard). 

What's your spirit animal?
My Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Pepper. We both love hiking…or just sleeping in on Saturday mornings. We both lovesnow, dislike the heat of summer, and neither of us mind a good rain shower. We both snore like old men sometimes. We’re both “food motivated.” And we’re both over-talkative—but the people who love us, love us anyway.

 If you could only do one dance move the rest of your life, what would it be?
What I have billed as “the Michael Phelps” (hello 2008 Summer Olympics): it’s basically an advanced version of “the Swim” where you mime every stroke in the Individual Medley event. I’ve made many, many people laugh with it, and if I could only do that when I danced, then I think I’d still have fun.

What would you do if you just inherited a pizzeria from your aunt?
Make lots and lots of pizza. My husband and I love throwing pizza nights for our friends and already have the dough and sauce recipes and our specialty topping combos all picked out. Now we just need an aunt who wants to buy a pizzeria so she can leave it for us!

What would you like to see change for the role of women in our world? For the future?
I’d love to see women take more leadership roles, in politics, in the corporate world, in the public sector, on college campuses, everywhere! I hope we’ll all see the day when women are paid equally; when we can all expect a work-life balance that is supportive of families and personal growth; when little girls aren’t overwhelmed by impossible stereotypes in the media; and when women worldwide have access to the highest levels of education, political agency, and self-determination. 

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OW Spotlight: Emily Copeman, Co-Chair of IGNITE the NITE 2014 and Director of Marketing & Development for Boston GLOW

Emily is a founding member of Boston GLOW and currently serves as Director of Marketing & Development. Additionally, Emily is a Co-Chair of IGNITE the NITE 2014 and oversees the Marketing/PR, Event Design and Entertainment Committees.47489_553038294783_6292314_n.jpg

How did you become involved with GLOW and what is your current role/contribution?
I went to high school with Leah, the founder of Boston GLOW, and Annie, now Director of Girls’ Leadership programming, who looped me in on what they were doing during a catch-up dinner a few years ago. They were planning a writing contest for young women in Boston that would empower them to express their ideas for community change and develop as leaders. When I heard they wanted to raise a thousand dollars in scholarships by renting a room in a bar, my immediate instinct was to get involved and see if I could help them exceed that goal. 

…That was the week before Thanksgiving in 2010. On January 10, 2011, we raised $12,500 at our first-ever IGNITE the NITE. The following year we raised $35,000. Last year, we raised $50,000. This year, we’re hoping for even more.

My role has grown far beyond planning a party to raise money – as Director of Marketing and Development now, I oversee the marketing of all our events, graphic design of all our promotional collateral, manage our website, our social media and outreach campaigns. I am also responsible for grant applications, contest submissions and award nominations, I manage our donor cultivation and retention efforts with individuals and corporations and community partnerships. I am wildly passionate about this organization and our mission – my role continues to evolve and to challenge me. My involvement with Boston GLOW is the most fulfilling thing I’ve done with my life to date.

What inspires your passion empowering and advancing the role of women in the world? 76518_105600009510999_2560178_n.jpg
I have been fortunate to be surrounded by strong women for as long as I can remember, namely my mother, but also her dearest friends from her first job out of college. These women (known affectionately as "the Clinique Gang") first met as young go-getters in sales at Clinique cosmetics - they have stayed close friends for decades and have become hugely successful in their respective professions. These women have always been my role models and beloved “fairy godmothers". I am blessed to have them in my life and in my corner - they have supported Boston GLOW from year one! True movers-and-shakers, they are bright, progressive thinkers who juggled careers with motherhood and marriage in a time when society told them they couldn't "have it all" and should resolve to be secretaries. They have defied the odds and challenged the norms to achieve their successes and they’ve shared love, loss, change and celebration together as a supportive team. They are ever-learning, traveling, debating and they know who they are – these are not women who are afraid of anything, much less speaking their mind or fighting for what is right.

My passion for women's empowerment and the mission of Boston GLOW is largely fueled by my desire to see others have the same mentoring and support that I have been so fortunate to know. I wish for all young women to have role models that encourage them to break boundaries and speak their minds. For me, that has made all the difference.

What experiences led you to where you are now? 
My involvement with GLOW has profoundly shaped me as a person and challenged me to become a better leader. When I joined Boston GLOW, it was a very young organization and thus the sky was the limit for me. I could contribute as much or as little as I wanted – it wasn’t a job, I wasn’t being measured or paid for my efforts, I didn’t need experience or training. I just needed to believe in our cause and to share that message with as many people as I could in the most compelling way possible. I had never led a team, I was terrified of speaking in public, I abhorred networking and approaching new people. But for GLOW, I had to force myself to step out of my comfort zone because I believed it was something I had to do. Now, every new supporter who joins our network, every donation that comes in and every success we achieve fuels me to take my efforts to the next level - and gives me inner strength to boot! Through GLOW I have had the opportunity to lead teams of strong, opinionated, talented women toward specific goals, an opportunity I never had in my early professional life and one that continues to enrich my life.

I have learned so much about myself and my confidence has grown leaps and bounds. This has extended to my professional life in countless ways. For me, this is the ultimate testament – when our mission to empower women is successful among our own leadership team, I know we are doing something very right.

Who are your female role models? 
At the risk of giving a seemingly cliché response here, my role model truly is my mother. She is one of the strongest, most resilient people I know. My mother built her design business from the ground-up with no immediate formal education and worked tirelessly to foster relationships and teach herself the skills she needed to build a company. I remember many nights sneaking downstairs after bedtime to find my mother on the kitchen floor with yards and yards of fabric around her, sewing curtains by hand. This year, she is being honored by the American Society of Interior Designers for her contributions to the design community and for her career achievements.

Beyond her professional success, one of the things I admire most about my mother is her dedication to evolving as a person. My mother continues to surprise me with her ability to be reflective, her desire to learn and be a better person, her ambition and her youthful energy. She has also taught me the value of surrounding myself with other strong, driven women. My mom will tell you that she is who she is in part because of her amazing friends and she has always encouraged me to build my own community of supportive women. I know that she is hugely proud I have found that community in Boston GLOW. 

What would you like to see change for the role of women in our world? For the future?
I would like to see an equal ratio of men to women in leadership positions in business, government and education. I would like to see flexible employment arrangements for working mothers. I would like to see less in the news about sexual assault and violence against women. I would like to elect at least one female President of the United States in my lifetime - if not many (okay, all of them from here on out if possible...?).

How do you balance a full-time job with your leadership role at Boston GLOW?
It isn't always easy. Just as "it takes a village to raise a child", it takes a "village" to build a nonprofit and to sustain its growth. I am extremely fortunate to be part of a team that is sincerely dedicated to our mission - we often differ in our leadership styles and our approach to things but our hearts are in the same, right place and that has bound us to each other and helped us grow. In my every day life, I have created routines and space in my day for GLOW - I wake up at 4:15 AM every day and spend 2-3 hours on GLOW before I start my work day. I cherish this time - with my tea or coffee, watching the sun rise over a quiet city, writing emails and reviewing work - there is no better way to begin each day than with inspiration from my GLOW colleagues. I also sleep better at night knowing I am devoting my spare time to such a worthy cause. Seeing our Girl Leaders achieve their goals, hearing from them at college, listening to their words when they talk about how GLOW has given them confidence - that is the greatest gift of all and one that is certainly worth waking up before the sun for. 

What is your biggest fear?
Well, aside from being naked in a public place, my biggest fear is leaving this world without having made a positive impact. And not having the opportunity to be a mother. Also, rats. I really, really, really do not like rats.

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OW Spotlight: Crystal Torman, Chair of Volunteer Management for IGNITE the NITE 2014

crys.jpegCrystal Torman, Chair of Volunteer Management for IGNITE the NITE 2014 and Associate Director of Girls' Leadership

Last year, Crystal joined Boston GLOW to help plan IGNITE the NITE 2013 as a newcomer to the organization. She took volunteer management for the event by storm and wowed us with her leadership skills, attention to detail, forward-thinking and passion for working with people. Since then, Crystal has become part of Boston GLOW's Leadership Team, currently serving as Associate Director of Girls Leadership programming. In addition to her work for GLOW in that capacity and her "real" day job working for the City of Boston, Crys is leading volunteer management for IGNITE the NITE again this year and we are so lucky to have her. 

Tell us about you:
With 10 years of childcare experience I genuinely believe in the power of youth. Through my work with City Year New Hampshire, Camp Schodack, and a variety of schools I have seen young people accomplish amazing things with the support of adults that care. I believe with my whole heart that "It takes a village to raise a child" and it is all of our responsibility to serve as good role models and mentors for our youth. They are our future.

Who is your female hero?  
I struggle to identify just one woman as my female hero. I see women every day that stand up for what they believe in, fight injustices big and small, and try their hardest to leave this world a little better off then how they found it. These women are all around us. They are my inspiration.

What is one thing you would like to see change for women in the world?
One simple thing I would like to see change for the better is more women supporting each other and less women bringing each other down. Especially, but not specifically in the middle school, and high school levels.

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OW Spotlight Lucy Eilbacher

Lucy Eilbacher joins Boston GLOW for her second year as Chair of the Food & Beverage Committee for IGNITE the NITE. Lucy was a new volunteer to the organization last year and stepped up to lead her team late in the game. Lucy's dog, Punkin, joins the IGNITE Host team regularly and is perhaps the most treasured mascot for Boston GLOW.1012729_10101103009307319_1357166219_n.jpg

Q: How did you become involved with GLOW and what is your current role/contribution?
I became involved with GLOW because I wanted to start to give back to the community again by volunteering some of my time and skills. I am an event planner for a non-profit by trade and thought I might be able to do some good by using what I know to help GLOW plan their annual fundraiser. I currently chair their food and beverage committee for IGNITE the NITE.
Q: What inspires your passion empowering and advancing the role of women in the world? 
I think that women and girls have so much to offer this city, state, country and world. Unfortunately they also have so many obstacles that stand in their way. I think even a small nonprofit like GLOW can make a big impact in a few women and girls. I love the thought that we can help empower and advance the role we play in the world in such a local committed way. 
Q: What was your career goal as a young girl and how did that evolve as you progressed through your education and professional life?
I think my career goals as a young girl were forever changing. I wanted to be a teacher, a marketing guru and even the President of the United States. However in high school I attended the March for Women's Rights in DC right around the time Bush was elected for a second term. The passion and dedication I saw and heard about at the march made such an huge impact on me. It solidified a need to make sure women were given equality in everything. A goal I work towards and think of constantly.
Q: What experiences led you to where you are now?
Maybe it's cliche but I feel like I've grown up with such strong women influencing my life, from my mother who taught me the strength every woman can have to teachers/professor, as well as a few wonderful bosses and mentors in the work force that helped me quickly grow my career in fundraising and events. 
Q: Who are your female role models?
First and foremost would be my mother. She is a strong woman who is always giving her opinion to anyone and everyone regardless of whether they want to hear it or not. Cecile Richards, the President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (being an employee of Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts myself), she is in a very powerful and important role, one that I think she handle with great dignity and grace. PP has come a long way since she took control. Lastly, I idolize the fictional character Leslie Knope, from Parks and Recreation. I know that may seem silly, but she is such a great ideal of someone that is very committed to improving her community and all of her personal relationships. She handles life with such humor and love.
Q: What would you like to see change for the role of women in our world? For the future?
I WANT WOMEN TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD.
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OW Spotlight: Mallory Bazinet, Co-Chair of Silent Auction for IGNITE the NITE 2014

OW Spotlight: Mallory Bazinet, Co-Chair of Silent Auction for IGNITE the NITE 2014photo_(5).jpg

“Alone we can do so little;
together we can do so much”
-Helen Keller 

How did you get involved with GLOW and what is your current role or contribution?
It’s hard to say whether or not I found Boston GLOW or GLOW found me. When I heard about the organization I was inspired to hear that women in the Boston community were volunteering their time to inspire each other to become leaders. Their mission resonated with me and I wanted to help in any way I could.

I’m contributing to Boston GLOW this year by directing Ignite the Nite’s silent auction to raise scholarship funds for our future girl leaders. 

Who are your female role models?
My role models are women who are kind to each other. Females who don’t judge each other. Girls who believe in themselves against all odds. Women who dare to dream and take chances. Women who care about the community they live in. Good mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts. These women are my role models. 

What inspires your passion empowering and advancing the role of women in the world?
If we could remind each other every day that we all have the power to affect positive change in the community, then this would be a better world to live in. Boston GLOW has given me the platforms to do just that- remind other women how important they are and in return that empowers me. Maybe that’s selfish, or maybe it’s good karma in action. 

Who is your female hero?
Helen Keller. Her story inspires me to dig deep within myself when I feel overcome by an obstacle. A woman who came into this world without a hope and left the world inspired by hope. You might never be able to see the future, but you can most certainly have a vision of who you want to become.

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