A couple of weeks ago Boston Spirit Magazine announced their annual in-person executive networking night would return this spring. The event typically gathers thousands of LGBTQ professsionals who come together to network, socialize and connect professionally with peers.
This year Boston Spirit Magazine’s keynote presenter will be the incredible 40-time Jeopardy winner Amy Schnieder. Amy captured the hearts of millions of viewers with her amazing performance on Jeopardy and has become one of the leading voices in the transgender community.
LGBT Executive Networking Night
Thursday, April 28, 2022 6:00 – 9:00PM
Copley Marriott Hotel
$15 Admission (collected at door)
Want to learn more and attend this year’s LGBT Executive Networking Night? Register today.
Reverend Irene Monroe has penned an article in the new issue of Boston Spirit Magazine, “Why Shut Down Boston Pride?” (I’d love to include a link but at the time I wrote this Boston Spirit’s website still didn’t have the article online. How is that even possible? But I digress.)
The well written article starts back in June 2020 when Boston Pride hired two consultants to help them address the growing chorus of criticism that Linda DeMarco (President) and the Boston Pride Board was too secretive, inhospitable to new ideas or suggestions, and increasingly tone deaf – especially to the trans and non-white LGBTQ+ members of our community. For many, Boston Pride’s mishandling of and the resulting tepid response to the murder of George Floyd had become a tipping point.
The goal of engaging the consultants was to help Boston Pride transform – empowering and engaging different members of the community as well as to help refocus and reaffirm Pride’s commitment to all of Boston’s LGBTQ community. What happened instead was the President of Boston Pride and the Board unilaterally stepped down and abruptly dissolved the organization. The work, the relationships and the fifty years of history associated with the organization was essentially deleted, leaving many in the community (yours truly included) wondering W-T-F?
Rev. Monroe wrote, “As our community reels from the shock of Boston Pride disbanding, questions remain unanswered around the organization’s finances.” I hate to think like that but it would be naive not to recognize how much money Boston Pride must have recieved in corporate sponsorships. But thus far Linda DeMarco and the Board have remained tightlipped, unwilling to talk to anyone, including Rev. Monroe.
The last response Rev. Monroe received from DeMarco was a few weeks ago via email where she said, “it has been a difficult time with closing down Boston Pride and all that goes with it, but we did it for the betterment of our community and for the future of our leaders.” I find that response difficult to take at face value. I know that Linda and the Boston Pride members have dedicated many hours to helping grow Boston Pride with the hope that they can empower and give voice to the LGBTQ community, but this last chapter of Boston Pride leaves a bitter taste and seems foul.
It doesn’t seem like any one voice or direction has emerged from the ashes thus far. Time will tell what will happen as members of Boston’s LGBTQ community come together, but I can say that in light of the news that has come out about Boston Pride since its dissolution, it is hard for me to miss the organization.
Earlier this year, Boston Spirit magazine announced the date of their 12th annual LGBT Executive Networking Night, which will take place on Thursday, May 2, 2019, LGBT corporate professionals from Greater Boston flock to this event at the Marriott Boston Copley for networking and business conversation.
The keynote speaker for this year’s executive night is Congressman David Cicilline from Rhode Island’s District 1. Cicilline became only the fourth openly gay man sworn into Congress and prior to becoming Rhode Island’s first openly gay representative, he served as mayor of Providence from 2003 – 2011.
Want to attend this year’s LGBT Executive Networking Night? Register today.
LGBT Executive Networking Night – Registration
Two weeks from this Wednesday, Boston Spirit Magazine will host their annual LGBT networking night on Wednesday, April 26 at the Marriott Boston Copley Place Hotel from 6-9 p.m.
This year’s guest speaker, Kathy Griffin, is sure to get a warmer welcome than last year’s featured speaker, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker. However, remember that one must RSVP to attend this event.
LGBT Executive Networking Night RSVP
Boston Spirit’s annual LGBT Executive Networking Night is scheduled to take place next month on April 16 in the Back Bay at the Boston Marriott Copley Place. The magazine promises that the event will include side sessions on personal and professional development and will include several other fun surprises.
Where: Boston Marriott C0pley Place
When: Thursday, April 16th, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
RSVP to attend by clicking here.
Last night Boston Spirit magazine hosted their 5th annual LGBT Executive Networking Night at the Boston Marriott Copley Place. Guest speaker, Chaz Bono, addressed more than 1,200 LGBT professionals who came together to socialize and network.
Some of Boston’s largest firms were talking to potential job seekers including: Mintz Levin, John Hancock, Eastern Bank, Fidelity Investments, State Street Bank, The TJX companies, Partners Healthcare, and Harvard Pilgrim HealthCare to name a few.
This spring tradition has grown each year and is a great evening. I wanted to say thank you to the staff at Boston Spirit for organizing this event. Click to enlarge photos from last night’s networking event.