YWCA Boston celebrates 20 years of women achievers

6/13/2014, 6 a.m.

YWCA Boston will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its Academy of Women Achievers on Wednesday, June 18, and they will induct five new members into the Academy.

“Over the last 20 years, YW Boston has continually evolved to confront systematic barriers to racial, gender, and social equity,” said Sylvia Ferrell-Jones, president and CEO of YW Boston. “Much has changed in our city over two decades, and the need for changemakers who are equipped with this cultural understanding necessary to lead in our diverse economy has only intensified. YW Boston is honored to recognize the outstanding Class of 2014 and their fellow Academy of Women Achievers for their tireless commitment to the civic life of Boston.”

This year’s Academy of Women Achievers inductees include Stephanie Lovell, senior vice president and general counsel of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts; Smaiyra Million, CEO of Millennium Partners Sports Club Management; Dianne Phillips, partner of Holland & Knight, LLP; Marcy Reed, president of National Grid, Mass.; and Helene Solomon, CEO of Solomon McCown.

Each day since May 29, YW Boston has highlighted a different member from among its alumnae of 169 women. For example, day three featured Dr. Susan Windham-Bannister, the first President and CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center; day 12 highlighted Mary Bonauto, Esq., the “legal architect of the DOMA repeal.”