Leadership South Shore was established in 2016 by South Shore Bank in partnership with the South Shore Chamber of Commerce. This celebrated program selects participants from a pool of applicants and leads them through a yearlong immersive learning curriculum, resulting in a group of individuals who are committed to transformative leadership in our community.
This year marks the 5th Anniversary of Leadership South Shore, and we are proud of the more than 100 highly motivated graduates whose commitment to using their knowledge has made a positive change in the region. Leadership South Shore is not a starting point, but rather a process for emerging and established leaders to connect and inspire others to increase civic engagement, build vibrant communities and strengthen the South Shore and beyond.
Meet the current cohort and see what they've been doing
Mary Ann Blackmur, Mass General Brigham
Erin Joyce, Joyce Consulting Group, PC
Paul Moriarty, South Shore Bank
Thomas Smith, Atlantic Mechanical
Lauren Dell'Olio, South Shore YMCA
Andrew Grande, New York Life
Elizabeth Lake, Moriarty, Troyer & Malloy LLC
Damion Outar, JCO Group of Services
Judi Vigna, Specialized Career Guidance
Julie Ellis, The Chef's Table
Jennifer Palmer, Marshfield Community TV
Kristi Faby, South Shore Conservatory
Michelle Markowitz, Cardinal Cushing Centers
Michael Ruh, FoxRock Properties
They have participated in three leadership days so far: Health & Human Services Day, Economic Development Day, and Justice System Day. Each day provided insight into local organizations and their work for the region.
Health & Human Services Day: The group had the opportunity to tour and volunteer at Interfaith Social Services, have lunch at The Arc of the South Shore while hearing from a panel of social services and non-profits: Nicole Champagne, Director of Rehabilitative Justice, Bay State Community Services; Dr. Lindsey Butler, MSC, PhD, Director | Climate + Health Resilience, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts; Paul Key, Chief Development Officer, My Brother’s Keeper; Mark Mulhern, Center Director, South Shore Peer Recovery; Catie Reilly, Chief Development Officer, Father Bill’s.
Economic Development Day: Meeting both in-person and virtually for the panel discussion, the group heard from local developers, planners, and important industries to our region. The panel, moderated by Joe Gratta of Atlantic Mechanical, included: Dr. Allen Smith, President & CEO of South Shore Health System; Peter Tedeschi, Chair of South Shore Economic Development Corporation; Ted Langill, Chief of Staff for Mayor Hedlund, Weymouth, MA; Erik Hynes, Co-Owner of Hynes Restaurant Group; Tom Berkley, Vice President of Brookfield Properties Development/Union Point. After lunch, the group toured Fireking Baking Company and heard from owner, Greg Acerra. After that, they headed over to Widowmaker Brewing to meet owners, Ryan Lavery, Colin Foley, Bud Lazaro and tour facility.
Justice System Day: The cohort started their day hearing from Sheriff Pat McDermott on the future of corrections and public safety, followed by a tour of the corrections facility. Next, they heard a presentation from Deputy Chiefs and Chief Dubois on various aspects of the Police Department and the services provided to the community. After lunch, the group went to South Shore Bank for a panel and networking. The panel, moderated by Kim Kroha of Baker, Braverman, & Barbadoro PC., included Justice Julian, First Justice of the Barnstable District Court, MA; Sabrina Bonanno, Sweeney & Associates; Nicole Champagne, Bay State Community Center; and Michael Skowyra, Kingston Police Department.
Many thanks to The Tavern at Weathervane Golf Club, Patrick Powers/Liberty Mutual, and Blue Cross Blue Shield MA for sponsoring lunch for these leadership days.
If interested in Leadership South Shore, be sure to follow the Chamber and South Shore Bank on LinkedIn for announcements on when the next cohort's application will open!