Women's Breakfast

22nd Annual Women’s Breakfast
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Boston Marriott Copley Place

Keynote Speaker, Angie Thomas, author of the The Hate U Give

ANGIE THOMAS’ debut novel, The Hate U Give, has spent more than two years on The New York Times bestseller list, and her sophomore novel, On the Come Up is keeping it good company. With stats like that, this chart-topping author is no longer on the come up—she’s arrived. Thomas’ keynotes resonate with the same authenticity, insight, and hope that make her writing so powerful, and give context and background to the culture, politics, and movement that inspired it.




For its “pointed examinations of gun violence, racial profiling, and political activism,” Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give has become an instant masterwork of the YA genre: called “a stunning, brilliant, gut-wrenching novel that will be remembered as a classic of our time” by The Fault in Our Stars author John Green. Part of a 13-house publishing auction, the novel is now a major motion picture. The Hate U Give explores the world of sixteen-year-old Starr Carter: a girl who walks a careful line between her upper-crust prep school and the poverty-stricken neighborhood where she grew up. But when she witnesses a police officer shooting her best friend Khalil—an unarmed youth—Starr is plunged into even more uncertainty. Amazon’s Audible named The Hate You Give one of their 10 Best Audiobooks of the decade.

Angie Thomas is the recipient of the William C. Morris Award and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, and was nominated for the Michael L. Printz Award and the Coretta Scott King Award. She is the inaugural winner of the Walter Dean Myers Grant, awarded by We Need Diverse Books.  Born, raised, and still residing in Jackson, Mississippi—and a former teen rapper—she holds a BFA in Creative Writing from Belhaven University and an unofficial degree in hip hop.



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Achieving the Impossible

Coloring Outside the Lines
Sandy & Paul Edgerley
Linda Mason* & Roger Brown
Mazzella Family Charitable Fund, Lauren* & Joseph Mazzella
Barbara & Ed Shapiro

Strengthening Our Families


Tim & Debb Diggins
Barbara & Michael* Eisenson
Susan Whitehead*

Advocating for Change

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Kate* & Ford O’Neil
Luly & Maurice* Samuels
Molly K. Shannon


Inspiring Imagination
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BNY Mellon Wealth Management
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Cares
Commodore Builders
Fotene & Tom Coté
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Edelman Financial Engines
Barbara Elia
Matt Epstein* & Deborah Hiatt
John Hancock
Manganaro Northeast, LLC
Pamela Mann* & David Baron
Sarah* & Dana Nielsen
Northwestern Mutual Boston
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Sullivan & McLaughlin Companies
Kerry & Brendan Swords
Laurie & Peter Thomsen
Susan & Michael Thonis
Martha & Anthony Vorlicek
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Michelle & Cam Hicks
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NBC Sports Boston
New England Legal Search, Ltd.
Sue O’Connell*
Shanna O’Reilly
Piper Jaffray & Co.
Daniele & John Serafini
Wolverine Worldwide Women’s Resource Group

Table Captains
Laura Beaudry & Holly Hirst
Katie Birmingham Weigel
Terry & Sarah Burgess
Amy Butterworth & Tim Deihl, ResCo Companies
Bronwen* & Ryan Carroll
Holly Carson & Jennifer Hunnewell
David & Nicole Chang
Anna Chetoukhina & Michelle Morphew
Helen Clement, Adele Kohler, Dennis Kim & Lori Whiting
Julianna Connolly & Brian McDonnell
Madeleine Dassule
Ryan Debin*, MyGym of Greater Boston
Reva Fischman & Janet Nahirny
Peggy Flanagan & Tim Barrows
Courtney & Michael Forrester
Franklin Square House Foundation
Dyan Goodwin
Carolyn Haley
Jennifer Harrington, HATCH
Diane Hessan
Tracey Keenan
Chris Kirk
Scott & Diane Lopez
Kate Lubin* & Glendon Sutton
Dan & Kelly Mahoney
Amy Mizner
Loren Moran
Amy & D.J. Morse
Erin Murphy
Page Palmer & Stephen Butkus
Audrey Epstein Reny
Scarpa & Plunkett Families
Catherine Sommers
David Sprows
Janice Sturchio*
Karen Walsh*
Allison & Eric Zacharek

Additional Contributors
Robin Amouyal
Paul & Cindy Gamble
John Murphy
HUB International/Colonial Life

Donors of Goods and Services
Westin Copley Place

Michelle Hicks
Daniele Serafini

Committee Members
Mickey Ahearn
Egan Cammack
Barbara Elia
Meaghan Hooper-Berdik
Sue O’Connell
Shanna O’Reilly
Janice Sturchio
Karen Walsh
Allison Zacharek

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