Announcing New Council Members

Announcing New Council Members

Welcome New Council Members

In 2013, Mayor Mennino declared it the “Year of the Woman” and brought together a group of leaders to find a way to better advance women in the workforce. That team, now known as the Boston Women’s Workforce Council, concluded that closing the wage gap would not only have the most widespread impact on women in Boston, but also help to decrease the city’s poverty rate, bolster the local economy, and position Boston as a national leader in the workforce. Leveraging these drivers, the Council created the 100% Talent Compact to engage Boston’s local businesses in the campaign to reduce the gender-based wage gap.

Fast forward to 2019, the BWWC’s council members are vital to our strategy, perspective, and resources. To that end, we are pleased to introduce new additions to the council in our mission to close the gender wage gap in Boston. Get to know them below:

Katie Burke

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Chief People Officer, HubSpot

Katie Burke is the Chief People Officer at HubSpot, where she oversees HubSpot’s global employment brand to attract top-level talent as the company continues to grow and enter new markets. She creates and delivers the optimal candidate and employee experience for HubSpot’s offices around the world. Katie manages the team responsible for HubSpot’s award-winning culture and commitment to transparency and autonomy.

During her time at HubSpot, the company has received culture commendations from Entrepreneur, Fortune, The Boston Globe, Glassdoor, and The Boston Business Journal. Katie’s emphasis on a culture of inclusion, diversity, and support has also placed HubSpot on’s “100 Best Workplaces for Women” list.

Prior to HubSpot, Katie was the Director of Marketing and Corporate Partnerships at Athletes’ Performance and Core Performance. During her tenure, the company was named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies and was featured on CNN Money, Yahoo!, ESPN, The New York Times, and more. Katie also served as a Brand Manager at EXOS. She attended Bates College and holds an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management. Katie is an advisor at Flybridge Capital and was on the part of the inaugural Rev Boston Class of Top Women in Boston Tech.

Nora Moreno Cargie


President , Tufts Health Plan Foundation | Vice President, Corporate Citizenship, Tufts Health Plan

As president of Tufts Health Plan Foundation, Nora partners with nonprofit organizations, businesses, municipal leaders, community members and older people to make our cities and towns better places to grow up and grow old. Nora also leads Tufts Health Plan’s corporate citizenship program. In this role, she works with her team to leverage the health plan’s business practices, products, services and community engagement strategies to build stronger community connections.

In 2017, Governor Charlie Baker appointed Nora to the first Governor’s Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts. She co-leads the transportation committee of this group.

The YW Boston recognized Nora during their “Women of Influence” campaign and the Latina Circle paid tribute to her courageous leadership. In 2018 Nora was selected to the GK100, which honors Boston’s most influential people of color.

Before joining Tufts Health Plan, Nora served as the director of global corporate citizenship for The Boeing Company. While at Boeing, she was appointed to serve as chief of staff to the superintendent of the Chicago Public Schools, making her Boeing's first loaned executive in Chicago. Nora’s previous roles include vice president of communications and development for Illinois Action for Children, deputy communications director for Barack Obama’s U.S. senate race in 2004, deputy commissioner for the Mayor's Office of Workforce Development in Chicago, communications director for the Chicago Park District, assistant commissioner of the Chicago Department of Human Services, and acting press secretary/public relations manager for the Chicago Public Schools.

A resident of Boston, Nora serves on the board of Grantmakers In Aging and is a member of the Executive Forum for Boston College’s Center for Corporate Citizenship. Nora is a mentor through the Conexión leadership development program and a 2015 alumna of LeadBoston, an executive development program for socially responsible leaders. She earned an M.A. from North Park University and a B.A. from Columbia College Chicago.

Beth Chandler


President & CEO, YW Boston

Beth Chandler joined YW Boston in November 2012, with more than 20 years of experience in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors. In August 2018, she was appointed President & CEO. Her breadth of work experience encompasses program development, delivery and evaluation, business development, and operations.

Prior to working at YW Boston, Beth served as vice president at the Achievement Network, a national non-profit dedicated to helping urban public and charter schools close the achievement gap.

Beth also held positions at Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation, the largest funding source for civil legal aid programs in the Commonwealth and Neighborworks America, one of the country’s preeminent leaders in affordable housing and community development. Beth also worked as a corporate banking associate with Bank of America in corporate banking and began her career as a research and evaluation analyst with the Urban Institute.

Currently, Beth serves on the MA Conference United Church of Christ Board of Directors and the Leadership Circle of Hope Central Church. A former professional basketball player, Beth received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Elizabeth Hailer

Executive Director, The Commonwealth Institute

Elizabeth L. Hailer has been the Executive Director at The Commonwealth Institute since January 2017. Elizabeth has more than 30 years of deep hands-on experience in the professional services arena with specific expertise and success in marketing strategy and planning, marketplace positioning, business development programs and management, lead generation, and brand development and management. Her enviable track record of success includes developing and leading international (Big 8, Big 4), as well as regionally recognized firms. She is a well-known and highly regarded brand builder who works collegially and effectively with firms and organizations, to adopt creative new strategies to advance and achieve measurable business objectives.

Elizabeth most recently led Hailer Marketing Associates, focused on helping organizations take control of their marketing and business development by driving effective and measurable go-to-market plans and programs, developing brand positioning strategies, building marketing/client development plans for executives and staff, and creating results-driven programs and metrics.

Elizabeth is well positioned and recognized in major business organizations throughout greater Boston. Her involvements include: Women’s Executive Forum ACG; The Boston Club; The Women of the Harvard Club; The Commonwealth Institute; ProVisors; and New England Law Firm Marketing Association. She has presented to a variety of groups including Baker Tilly International, M&A International Global Conference, Massachusetts Society of CPAs, and Women’s Bar Association-Boston. Her case study, Combine SEO and Social Media to Generate Web Leads; 5 steps, was among Marketing Sherpa’s Top 5 Lead Generation Case Studies for 2010-2011.

We are very grateful to all of our council members for their continued dedication to this mission. You can view the full list of council members here.

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