Women's Breakfast



October 17, 2019
8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

The Westin Copley Place
Guest speaker, Tara Westover, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Educated

 Tara Westover is an American historian and writer known for her unique and courageous education journey. She was born to Mormon survivalist parents opposed to public education. Tara never attended school. She spent her days working in her father’s junkyard or stewing herbs for her mother. Until Tara decided to get education and experience the world outside of her community.
Tara taught herself enough mathematics, grammar, and science to take the ACT and was admitted to Brigham Young University. She was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom and continued learning for a decade, graduating magna cum laude from Brigham Young University in 2008 and subsequently winning a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. She earned an MPhil from Trinity College, Cambridge in 2009, and in 2010 was a visiting fellow at Harvard University. She returned to Cambridge, where she was awarded a PhD in history in 2014.
Her new book, Educated, is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a story that gets to the heart of what education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one’s life through new eyes, and the will to change it.  Educated was long-listed for the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence and had spent 32 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list.


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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
Michael* & Barbara Eisenson
Susan Whitehead*

Advocating for Change

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


Inspiring Imagination
BNY Mellon Wealth Management
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Cares
Commodore Builders
Eaton Vance
Barbara Elia
Matt Epstein* & Deborah Hiatt
Sarah and Dan Neilsen
Northwestern Mutual Boston
StudioMLA Architects
Sullivan & McLaughlin Companies
Laurie & Peter Thomsen
Martha and Anthony Vorlicek
Linda J. Wondrack

Building Bright Futures
Susie & Scott Allen
BlueCross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Burns & Levinson LLP
Edelstein and Company LLP
Glenn* & Kim Engler
Hemenway & Barnes LLP
Michelle & Cam Hicks
McCall & Almy
NBC Sports Boston
New England Legal Search, Ltd.
Piper Jaffray & Co.
Shanna O’Reilly

Table Captains
David and Jill Adler
Laura Beaufry & Holly Hirst
Holly Carson & Jennifer Hunnewell
Robert Goldstein, Franklin Square House
Carolyn Haley
Diane Hessan
Page Palmer & Stephen Butkus
Audrey Epstein Reny
Catherine Sommers
Janice* Sturchio
Karen Walsh*


Michelle Hicks
Daniele Serafini

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

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