2021 Conference Guest Speakers

21 Lee Pelton box (1)-minOn Thursday, October 7th at 9:00 am, join us to hear a candid conversation with Lee Pelton. Lee Pelton is the CEO & President of The Boston Foundation, one of the nation’s leading philanthropic organizations. He joined the Foundation in June 2021, after serving as President of Emerson College (2011-2021) and Willamette University (1998-2011). Pelton began his professional academic career at Harvard University, where he earned a Ph.D. in English literature. He taught English and American literature, and later served on the Harvard Board of Overseers and as a vice-chair of its executive committee. After Harvard, Pelton served as dean of the college at Colgate University and Dartmouth College. In 2020, Pelton was inducted by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce into its Academy of Distinguished Bostonians. He has been frequently included on lists of civic leaders in Boston, most recently ranking 11th on Boston magazine’s 2021 list of 100 Most Influential Bostonians in his fourth appearance on the list.

21 Katie Allan Zobel box (1)-minTuen in Wednesday, October 6th at 9:00 am to hear from Katie Allan Zobel. Katie Allan Zobel has served as President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts since 2013 and, for the eight years prior, she shared the position of Vice President of Philanthropic Services with a job-share partner. For nearly a decade, Katie has been focused primarily on leading the foundation through a significant evolution during which time the foundation’s financial assets and its staff have doubled and the Trustees endorsed a new strategic vision and priorities centered on increasing equity and impact. Prior to joining CFWM, Katie was a member of Amherst College Alumni and Development team for 10 years, serving in a variety of fundraising roles and was director of annual giving for WGBY/Public Television (now NEPM) earlier in her career. She currently serves as board member and secretary of the Western Mass EDC, as board member of the Springfield Regional Chamber, member of the Coordinating Council for the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission’s Plan for Progress, member of the Springfield Business Leaders for Education, and is co‐chair of the Western Massachusetts Funders’ Network. Katie holds a B.A. in English from Boston College and a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® (CAP®) designation from the American College.

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