President and CEO Wendy Foster Awarded 2017 Pinnacle Award for Outstanding Achievement in Nonprofit Management


President and CEO Wendy Foster Awarded 2017 Pinnacle Award for Outstanding Achievement in Nonprofit Management

Posted December 7, 2016


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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay is pleased to announce that Wendy Foster, President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay has been named a Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce 2017 Pinnacle Awards honoree for outstanding achievement in Nonprofit Management.

Honoree Information

The Chamber honors eight women annually for outstanding achievement in business and management. The 2017 Pinnacle Award honorees are listed below by award category.

  • Entrepreneurship – Linda A. Mason, Chairman and Founder Bright Horizons
  • Management, Private – Penni McLean-Conner, Chief Customer Officer, SVP Customer Group Eversource Energy
  • Management, Government – Marylou Sudders, Secretary Executive Office of Health and Human Services
  • Management, Nonprofit – Wendy Foster, President and CEO Big Brothers Big Sisters of MA Bay
  • Professions-  Susan M. Finegan, Litigation Partner /Pro Bono Partner Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
  • Health Care, Arts, & Education-  Jean Yang, Executive Director, Children’s Hospital Integrated Care Organization Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Emerging Executive – Sava Berhané, Chief Operating Officer Building Excellent Schools
  • Lifetime – Evelyn F. Murphy, President The WAGE Project, Inc.

About the Pinnacle Awards

The Pinnacle Awards luncheon was started more than 20 years ago by the Chamber’s Women’s Network and has become one of the premier business gatherings in the region, attracting more than 1,000 attendees. The awards are designed to honor leading women for outstanding achievement in the workplace, demonstrated leadership that has made a difference, and a commitment to enhance the quality of life in the region.

About the Greater Boston Chamber Women’s Network

The Greater Boston Chamber’s Women’s Network was founded in 1994 to promote and expand economic opportunities throughout the Greater Boston region for all women in business through shared leadership and expertise. The Women’s Network offers programs that provide career enrichment and development opportunities for women at all professional levels, spotlight the accomplishments of women, and promote the positive influence that women have upon the Greater Boston region.

Quote from Jim Rooney

“For more than 20 years, the Pinnacle Awards have recognized some of the most influential and brightest female leaders from the Greater Boston region, and our 2017 honorees continue that great tradition,” said James E. Rooney, president and CEO of the Greater Boston Chamber. “These awardees have been powerful contributors to their respective organizations and industries. But more importantly, they’ve contributed enormously to Greater Boston’s success story, and that impact will resonate for many years to come.”

About the 2017 Event

Honorees will be recognized at the Annual Pinnacle Awards Luncheon which will be held on Friday, January 27, 2016 at the Boston Marriott Copley Place Hotel from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Register to attend the event here. Members of the press wishing to attend the Pinnacle Awards may contact Katie Hauser, Director of Communications for the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.

About the Greater Boston Chamber

The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce is the region’s leading business association connecting 1,500 businesses of all sizes from virtually every industry and profession. We help Greater Boston-area businesses grow and succeed through strategic networking events, influential business advocacy, and exclusive leadership development programs. For more information, visit

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay is an innovative, energetic organization that is making a real difference in the lives of over 2,400 youth by providing them with an invested, caring adult mentor. With research and proven outcomes at its core, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay is working to ensure every child has the support from caring adults that they need for healthy development and success in life. The organization’s vision is to inspire, engage and transform communities in Massachusetts Bay by helping youth achieve their full potential, contributing to healthier families, better schools, brighter futures and stronger communities.



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