2020 Women of the Year

2020 Women of the Year

On November 18th, at our annual Women of the Year event we honored two trailblazing women that not only paved the way for others, but brought others along with them.

Twenty years ago, Beth Boland was approached as Emerge America was just being formed. She said “count me in”. Her legacy extends beyond Emerge Massachusetts to her mother, Iowa’s first female lieutenant governor Jo Ann Zimmerman, who paved the way for Emerge Iowa. Beth has been an invaluable partner of the Emerge organization, and we honor her as a 2020 Woman of the Year.

Representative Claire Cronin is a mentor to all those around her in the state house. True to form, Representative Cronin graciously thanked her colleagues and staff for the work they do to advance policies that support women. Her leadership made her an easy choice for 2020 Woman of the Year.

We would not be here today without the leadership of our Board Chair, Puja Mehta. This year’s Women of the Year event marked her 10 year anniversary in leadership at the organization, and we honor her legacy by establishing a fellowship in her name so that we may carry on her mission of bringing more women in to government. Although this will be her last annual Women of the Year event as Board Chair, Puja’s leadership and impact will drive the work for the organization for years to come. In her honor, the 2020 Board of Directors officially launched the Puja Mehta Emerge Massachusetts Fellowship. Click here for more information.


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