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Inspire Awards

Transparent Inspire Awards Face 2023

The Inspire Awards recognize the commitment and contributions of

outstanding women leaders in the Cambridge community.

May 16th, 2024

11:30 am - 1:30 pm

The Royal Sonesta Hotel

2024 Inspire Awardees

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2023 Inspire Awardees

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Gilda M. Nogueira

Our 2023 Lifetime Achievement Awardee Gilda, is the Chief Executive Officer at East Cambridge Savings Bank.

Heather Award

Heather Henriksen

The Chief Sustainability Officer at Harvard University

Cambridge MA Chamber of Commerce Inspire Awards at the Boston Hotel Sonesta on June 22, 2023

Denise Jillson

The Executive Director at the Harvard Square Business Association

Emma Award

Emma Lees

The Senior Vice president at Bristol Myers Squibb Oncology Research and Site Head, BMS R&D Cambridge

Aisha Award

Aisha Losche

The Chief Diversity Officer at Draper Laboratory

Miriam Award

Miriam Ortiz

The Director of Education and Training at Just-A-Start Corporation

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Tiffany Thiel

The Executive Director of Process Development at Amgen Inc.

Kathy Award

Kathy Watkins

Commissioner DPW For The City of Cambridge

Ayesha Award

Ayesha M. Wilson

MSW, Cambridge School Committee, Social Worker, and Advocate

2022 Inspire Awardees


Helen Elaine Lee

Author of “The Serpent’s Gift” and “Water Marked”, Director of the Program in Women’s & Gender Studies, and Professor of Fiction Writing in Comparative Media Studies/Writing.



Charlotte Allerton

Senior Vice President, Head of Medicine Design



Kendalle Burlin O'Connell

President & COO



Sumiao Chen

CEO & Founder

Sumiao Hunan Kitchen


Christine Elow


Cambridge Police Department


Jane Hirschi

Executive Director



Katie Lapp

Executive Vice President

Harvard University


Colleen O'Connor

Senior Vice President of Leasing

BioMed Realty


Joanne Smith-Farrell


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Past Awardees

Inspire Awardees Group Photo

Awardees: Aine Hanly, Vice President of Drug Substance Technologies, Amgen, Dr. Carolyn Turk, Deputy Superindentent of Schools, Cambridge Public Schools, P.A. d'Arbeloff, Director, MIT Nord Anglia Collaboration, MIT Museum, Erin Lanciani, Head of HR and Organization Strategy, Sage Therapeutics, Kelly A. Flynn, Associate Director, Real Estate, Global Real Estate, Facilities, and Procurement, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Eva Martin Blythe, Executive Director, YWCA, Keynote Speaker: Jeanette Clough, Former President, and CEO, Mount Auburn Hospital.

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