Meaningful Change Is a Reality: Kim Dukes Moderates LeadBoston Panel

By Joanna DiTrapano, Director of Marketing

From left: Shawna Ferguson, James Rooney, Wendy Foster, and Kim Dukes

Stepping out of the elevator on the 11th floor of Holland & Knight this morning, I was prepared to be intimidated. I was heading to a LeadBoston panel with influential local business men and women, in a room full of accomplished LeadBoston students and alum. And I was just… average?  “Do they know I’m not an alum?  Is it obvious I’m not a CEO?” I wondered. But, these worries were quickly allayed as I easily struck up conversation with folks in the room who (surprise!) were welcoming and, really, just want to make a difference.

To that end, the agenda was change, specifically “Creating Meaningful Change: Overcoming systemic barriers to get work done” and KNF&T’s Vice President of Diversity Search and Direct Hire, Kim Dukes, was leading the panel discussion. We heard from local Boston superheroes Shawna Ferguson (Managing Director of Global Diversity and Inclusion at Wellington Management), Wendy Foster (President & CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay), and James Rooney (President & CEO of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce).

Each panelist shared their insights and first-hand experiences for making change happen successfully, leadership styles to avoid, and what the current LeadBoston class can do to make positive change in their workplace or community a reality.

It’s clear that this group is so determined to make an impact in the Boston community and, the more I heard, the more I’m certain each person will do just that.