400+ women and allies from 22 states and two countries joined the virtual She4She event on Wednesday, January 25, 2023.
Together, we heard a vulnerable, brave conversation with Evelyn Barahona, Dr. Tariana V. Little, and KeyAnna Schmiedl, with a welcome from Nadia Liu Spellman. Thank you to those who were able to join the event, and a special thank you to our sponsors and committee!
Thank you to our Sponsors!
$50,000 Title Sponsors
The Gross Family
$25,000: Presenting Sponsor
Simons Real Estate Ventures
Cara & Rusty Nelson
Leslie & Dean Cohen
Cappy & Sam Daume
AEW / Lauren O’Neil
Eastern Bank Foundation
National Development/Kathy McMahon
Samuels & Associates
The Snow Family
She4She 2023 Speakers
Evelyn Barahona is the Senior Vice President of the Educational Fund at U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce based in Washington D.C. As Senior Vice President, Evelyn oversees the fund’s department strategy and framework that provides leadership development and access to capital through key programming, research and philanthropic support to UHCC’s 250+ member affiliates with a national network that contributes more than $2.3 trillion to the American economy each year.
Previously, Evelyn was the Director of the Latino Equity Fund at the Boston Foundation, the only philanthropic and Latino-advised fund in Massachusetts focused on advancing and elevating the assets of the Latino community. Under her leadership, the fund used its platform and community funder role to further the work of economic mobility and health equity in partnership with Latino-led nonprofits through targeted grant investments (close to $1 million dollars), convenings, and research to guide policy and systemic opportunities to bridge the gap impacting the community alongside key stakeholders and allies committed to equity.
Prior to her work with the Latino Equity Fund, Evelyn worked in the Philanthropy Group at The Boston Foundation providing strategic guidance to committed philanthropists stewarding and allocating their respective Donor Advised Funds (DAFs) toward community aligned opportunities. She also oversaw and managed the Massachusetts United Puerto Rico Fund (MUPR) created shortly after Hurricane Maria and deployed over $4 million dollars on the island to key recovery projects and allocated philanthropic support to Massachusetts’ organizations helping with the stabilization of many relocated Puerto Ricans arriving to the Commonwealth shortly after the disaster.
Evelyn is an active community leader serving on various boards including Conexion (Latino leadership program) most recently as its Chair, Eastern Bank, Women’s Edge (formerly the Commonwealth Institute) and Amplify Latinx as its Governance Chair. She was a Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP) Lideres Fellow and part of several philanthropy circles committed to transforming the sector’s landscape to take a more partnership model approach toward community investing.
Evelyn is a graduate of Northeastern University and a fellow Californian with Salvadoran roots. Prior to philanthropy, Evelyn held leadership roles at Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Quality Interactions and Baring Asset Management.
Dr. Tariana V. Little
Dr. Tariana V. Little is CEO and co-founder of EmVision Productions, a media boutique that helps visionary organizations convey how they are changing the world. With their Social Impact Storytelling™ framework, they help clients distill who they are, what they do differently, and why it matters. They serve emerging and established organizations, from grassroots organizations to government to global corporations, and their portfolio reflects social justice, health, environment, and education. Working at the intersections of public health, media, and business, Tariana teaches about entrepreneurship and innovation at Harvard University, where she holds a Doctor of Public Health; serves on nonprofit boards; and is an emerging philanthropist in her native Boston, MA. Personally, she is a queer, mixed-race, first-generation college graduate from a Dominican-German working-class immigrant family. Driven by science, storytelling, and social justice, Tariana’s work embodies what she calls “intentional creativity for social change.
As the VP of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Sustainability (DEIS), KeyAnna Schmiedl oversees Mozilla’s DEIS strategy, initiatives and goals. KeyAnna has extensive experience developing global strategies that interlace equity and inclusivity across organizations from organizational design, competency modeling, safety and wellness, talent acquisition, and learning and development.
Most recently, KeyAnna was global head of Culture & Inclusion at Wayfair and previously she worked with top organizations such as Harvard University, Santander Bank and IBISConsulting. KeyAnna received the industry’s esteemed Diversity Leader Award granted by the Diversity Journal® due to her stand-out work in creating an open, equitable, and inclusive workplace culture which also saw her featured on the Boston Business Journal and Fortune’s 40 Under 40 list and was named a DEI Trailblazer by Business Insider in 2021.
KeyAnna resides in the Greater Boston area with her husband, two boys, and a growing menagerie of pets.
Nadia Liu Spellman
Nadia Liu Spellman cannot deny her love of Chinese food. She grew up in a family where food and fine cuisine were an important part of life.
After graduating from Babson College and working on Wall Street for five years, she realized her true passion was for good food.
Through the inspiration of her parents and being raised in the restaurant industry, she launched Dumpling Daughter in Weston in 2014. Today, Nadia showcases her childhood favorites and family’s home recipes to give others an opportunity to try brilliant Chinese homestyle fare in four locations in the Boston area. Dumpling Daughter frozen foods and Spicy Sweet Soy are now in over 400 markets and available nationwide on Amazon Prime.
Nadia launched her cookbook with her mother, celebrity chef, Sally Ling in November 2022.
She4She 2023 Host Committee
Northern Bank & Trust Company
Berkshire Residential Investments
The Davis Companies
Elkus Manfredi Architects
AEW Capital Management
Cambridge Trust Company