The 50 Most Powerful Women in Boston
Chairman/Managing Partner, Goodwin Procter
Power demo: Nabbing 35 hotshot partners and 26 associates when rival law firm Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault closed — one of the biggest hiring coups in Boston legal history.
President/CEO, Massachusetts Association of Health Plans
Power demo: Representing more than 2.3 million Bay State residents covered by 13 different health plans (and serving as Deval Patrick’s chief adviser for legislative affairs).
Linda Pizzuti Henry
Director, John W. Henry Family Foundation; Producer, After the Game
Power demo: Putting together the snappy video that finally got the ball rolling on the Boston Public Market.
Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts
Power demo: Leading the charge against racial and sexual intolerance, unjust imprisonment, invasions of privacy, and even Internet censorship.
President/CEO, BJ’S Wholesale Club
Power demo: Increasing the $10 billion company’s stock value from $30 to $45 during the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. How? By pushing the colossus to corner not just the bulk market but also the market for weekly groceries.
President, New England Weber Shandwick
Power demo: Teaching heavy-hitter corporate clients like CVS and Genzyme how to make themselves look good in the community.
Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Boston Red Sox; Executive Director, Red Sox Foundation
Power demo: Distributing $45 million since 2003 to disadvantaged youth and families through the Olde Towne Team’s philanthropic arm.
Columnist, Boston Globe
Power demo: There are just a handful of local scribes we truly rely on to offer actual perspective about the state of our city (the rest seem to exist purely to be made fun of). Among the serious few, none uses her Globe-given soapbox to more provocative effect than op-ed writer Joan Vennochi, who’ll take on — and take down — anything from the casino bill to high school bullies to the politics of snow removal. More important, her judgments frequently translate to results. Last November, for example, she blasted the idea that Marty Meehan, a former congressman who now runs UMass Lowell, was being taken seriously as a candidate for UMass president. Just days later, Meehan removed himself from contention for the spot. Coincidence? Quite doubtful. — Donna Garlough
President/CEO, The Home for Little Wanderers
Power demo: Saving the lives of thousands through the Home for Little Wanderers, which in 2010 alone provided more than 60,000 hours of help to children and families in need.
President/CEO Massachusetts Life Sciences Center
Power demo: Orchestrating a $1 billion investment in our medical, biotech, and academic research institutions, bolstering everything from pharmaceuticals to medical devices.