HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!
LWVMA is thrilled to honor this important milestone by celebrating virtually with all of you on December 13th at 1:00pm.
Please join us as we host a fabulous fireside chat featuring Dr. Danielle Allen, James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard who is widely known for her work on justice and citizenship. Danielle will lead us in a discussion entitled: “Massachusetts Post-Pandemic: A New Social Compact?”
Our emcee and moderator will be Smaiyra Million, Director of the Butler Institute for Free Enterprise through Entrepreneurship and Director of the Diana International Research Institute at Babson College.
We will also be honoring Pam Wilmot, Executive Director of Common Cause Massachusetts, for her outstanding work to improve democracy in Massachusetts.
But wait…there’s more! We have a few surprises in store! We’ve created an unparalleled event full of special moments that will make you want to raise a glass to celebrate our past and look forward to our future.
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Meet Our Speaker
Danielle Allen, James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University, and Director of Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, is a political theorist who has published broadly in democratic theory, political sociology, and the history of political thought. Widely known for her work on justice and citizenship in both ancient Athens and modern America, Allen is the author of The World of Prometheus: The Politics of Punishing in Democratic Athens (2000), Talking to Strangers: Anxieties of Citizenship since Brown vs. the Board of Education (2004), Why Plato Wrote (2010), Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality (2014), Education and Equality (2016), and Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A. (2017). She is the co-editor of the award-winning Education, Justice, and Democracy (2013, with Rob Reich) and From Voice to Influence: Understanding Citizenship in the Digital Age (2015, with Jennifer Light). She is a former Chair of the Mellon Foundation Board, past Chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society.
Allen is also the principal investigator for the Democratic Knowledge Project, a distributed research and action lab at Harvard University. The Democratic Knowledge Project seeks to identify, strengthen, and disseminate the bodies of knowledge, skills, and capacities that democratic citizens need in order to succeed at operating their democracy. The lab currently has three projects underway: the Declaration Resources Project, the Humanities and Liberal Arts Assessment Project (HULA), and the Youth and Participatory Politics Action and Reflection Frame.
Meet Our Honoree
As Common Cause Vice President of State Operations, Pam Wilmot oversees a nationwide network of 30 state offices and advisory boards – each advocating for a different slate of locally-needed democracy reforms.
Pam previously served as Executive Director of Common Cause Massachusetts, where she built broad coalitions, advised legislators and other state officials, and employed grassroots organizing techniques to win dozens of ground-breaking changes. She is a widely recognized expert on the Electoral College, campaign finance, ethics, elections, and transparency laws; and is also Director of the National Popular Vote Initiative at Common Cause.
Pam has also worked for Rhode Island and Mass PIRG, the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Bottle Bill campaigns, Connecticut Citizens Action Group, and the Wisconsin Citizens Utility Board. She is a graduate of Brown University, Northeastern University School of Law, and Smith College School for Social Work.
Meet Our Emcee
Smaiyra Million currently serves in a dual role as Director of the Diana International Research Institute (DIRI) and Director of the Butler Institute for Free Enterprise through Entrepreneurship (BIFETE), at Babson College. Her work amplifies research on individual women entrepreneurs as well as entrepreneurship from a macro level, examining how government, business, and society can help entrepreneurship to thrive, while creating economic and social value.
Prior to her time in academia, Smaiyra spent over 30 years in the corporate world. A key contributor to the early growth of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, including its successful bid to be the first service company to earn the US Department of Commerce’s coveted Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 1992, Smaiyra culminated her career in the service industry as CEO and member of the Board, of Millennium Partners Sports Club Management (MPSCM – Reebok Sports Club/NY and Sports Club/LA brands across the US). After successfully selling the clubs to Equinox in 2014, Smaiyra worked as both an Operating and Investment partner for Highland Consumer Partners, a private equity firm, serving on the Board of two portfolio companies; Paint Nite, ranked #2 on the Inc 5000 list of fastest growing companies in 2016, and StriVectin, a pioneer in the anti-aging skincare industry.
Smaiyra has a passion for supporting women founders, as an advisor, investor and board member. In addition to the three corporate boards listed, Smaiyra has also served on non-profit boards. Previously for Artist for Humanity and currently for Junior Achievement of Norther New England, Babson College’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership as well as the 5 member Personnel Board for the Town of Hingham, MA.
Smaiyra was recognized by The Boston Globe and The Commonwealth Institute in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 on the list of The 100 Largest Women Led Businesses in Massachusetts. She was also inducted into the YWCA’s Academy of Women Achievers in 2014.
Help Us Recognize a Remarkable Person From Your Local League
LWVMA is asking our local Leagues to submit 1 person from their League to be recognized at the 100th Virtual Birthday Gala. The person can be anyone from the past 100 years and should be someone who has made remarkable contributions at the local, state and/or national League levels.
CALLING ALL SPONSORS!
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