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Women Leading Through Turbulence

May 18 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm


2020 is a perfect storm. A worldwide pandemic threatens our health while wreaking economic devastation that hits our most vulnerable the hardest. The murders of George Floyd, Breona Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery sparked a massive outcry against America’s centuries-old burden of racial injustice. Through it all, our planet continues to burn.

Some are calling it the worst year in modern history. At Alnoba, we see it differently – it could just be the year we needed the most to confront difficult realities and change course.  We now face a national moment of truth that calls for brave leadership.

In all these fights for a healthier and more equitable future, we see women leading the charge. What is different about women’s leadership and why can it be more effective in difficult times? In this panel, we’ll explore how women can gain energy and courage from each other, making the bold decisions and tough choices necessary to transform crisis into opportunity.

That’s why Alnoba is proud to announce our May 18, 2021 Leadership Day event, Women Leading through Turbulence.


The highlight of this full-day free event at Alnoba will be our morning panel, “Women Leading Through Turbulence”, featuring three extraordinary women leaders who have all experienced guiding their organizations through times of profound crisis and change.

We are delighted to announce our three speakers:

Harriet Lewis
Grand Circle Corporation and the Lewis Family Foundation

Harriet is an educator, business owner, philanthropist and world traveler. She is passionate about developing strong leaders and young people, especially in her hometown of Boston and in the countries where the family’s travel company, Grand Circle Corporation visits. Harriet lead the company through hundreds of world events, including the Gulf War in 1990; losing 56 travelers in the crash of Egypt Air Flight 990 on October 31, 1999, 9-11 and the 2009 financial downturn and today’s triple crisis.  Harriet considers times of crisis a gift for we learn more about ourselves, our team and our company than at any other time.  She and Alan co authored the book, Leading Through Turbulence.  How a Values-Based Culture Can Build Profits and Make the World a Better Place.

From working to provide jobs and college education to young people of Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan to strengthening the schools and villages where their company travels across the world and fighting for a healthy planet, Harriet is willing to face tough issues, have the difficult conversation and support the strong leaders who have the guts to make real change happen.

Phillomin Laptiste
Bowdoin Street Health Center

Philly serves as the executive director of the Bowdoin Street Health Center, a community health center in Dorchester. Born and raised on Bowdoin Street, Philly’s relationship with the BSHC was born during her own one-year-old daughter’s health crisis, an experience that inspired her to seek work at the center when it posted an opening for a community health manager. Philly developed initiatives to impact two key areas of need in her neighborhood: greater availability of fresh, healthy food and support for coping with violence and trauma. Now she is leading her community through another critical moment: the COVID-19 health crisis, which is disproportionately impacting people of color.

Shannah Van
Boston Collegiate Charter School

Shannah is the Executive Director of Boston Collegiate Charter School, a fifth through twelfth grade college preparatory public school in Dorchester with the mission of preparing each student for college. With a roughly 50-50 balance between white students and students of color, a rarity for a Boston school, Boston Collegiate has a tradition of confronting issues of racial equity head-on. Varón is laser-focused on the goal of preparing Boston Collegiate students to succeed in college, and that includes actively teaching them how to confront difference. Since 2004, the school has posted 100 percent college acceptance results.

In addition to her work at Boston Collegiate, Shannah is also chair of the Boston Charter Alliance and the Boston Compact.


This free one day teach-in will bring together outstanding women leaders from both the business and nonprofit communities to build connections, inspire action, and share their wisdom. Both established and emerging leaders will find remarkable opportunities to grow and challenge themselves.

The event will take place on May 18, 2021 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM. The day includes a panel discussion, morning and afternoon workshops, lunch. Larger sessions will take place outdoors under a tent, with small groups either outdoors or using socially-distanced seating inside Alnoba.

Attendees will also get the opportunity to tour Alnoba’s eclectic international art collection, which includes pieces by Andy Goldsworthy, Jaume Plensa, and Orly Genger.


Safety is very important to us. This event will be planned in compliance with public health best practices and CDC guidance on gatherings.

While none of us has a crystal ball to see what our future holds, we all have hope for brighter days ahead.  All of us could use a break from our new day to day routines to escape into nature’s healing embrace.   Alnoba provides such a respite with 400 acres of forest trails, world-class art and wide open spaces. This event will include plenty of time to experience the natural beauty of Alnoba and to network with other strong women leaders.

Information on registration will be coming soon.


May 18
9:00 am - 3:30 pm




24 Cottage Road
Kensington, NH 03833 United States
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