about BFY 2024
Our city’s youth are facing intensified life stressors including ongoing school violence, societal turbulence, and overexposure to harmful social media content. Yet TBC’s commitment to healing through transformative practices remains steadfast amid challenging times.
We know the shifts and trauma we experience live in our bodies. And since harm involves our whole bodies, so must our healing. That is why the17th annual Bostonians for Youth Gala will highlight somatics as a new way to Embody the Change we want to see on our collective journey to racial equity.
The combination of our 3 Essential Community Practices (3 ECPs) – racial equity, trauma inclusion, and restorative justice – promotes healing for youth and adults across our programs. Somatics anchors the healing effect of our 3 ECPs through the body by engaging our thoughts, feelings, and capacity to act. It goes beyond understanding and insight to help us embody our visions and values in new ways, particularly under pressure. This is vital for healing trauma, improving wellness, shifting behavior, and advancing racial equity.
Join us as we celebrate our city’s youth, heal together, and learn how we can Embody the Change!
DATE + TIME
Friday, June 7, 2024 • 6PM
Dinner + Program
Leader of Change Award
Contact Daisy Guzmán:
Honoring Nicole Obi
Nicole Obi is the President & CEO of the Black Economic Council of Massachusetts (BECMA) whose mission is to drive economic equity and prosperity for Massachusetts to achieve inclusive growth through advocacy, programming, and strategic partnerships that enable Black-owned businesses and Black communities to thrive. She joined BECMA in 2020 as the Vice President of Member Experience & Engagement. She previously spent 12 years at Fidelity Investments, parting ways with the firm as Vice President of Customer Strategy & Engagement in 2018. She was also CEO of her own strategic consulting firm, Enterprise Advisors, after co-founding two venture-backed startup firms.
She earned two master’s degrees from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and the Department of Urban Studies Planning.
Ms. Obi currently serves on several nonprofit boards and committees, including the Northeast Clean Energy Council, the Environment League of Massachusetts, the Intensive Community Program of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, Browning the Green Space, the Women’s Foundation of Boston, the Governor’s Advisory Council on Black Empowerment, the Boston Local Development Corporation (BLDC), the Massachusetts Supplier Diversity Office as well as Longfellow Investment Management’s Board of Advisors. Ms. Obi was recently appointed to the New England Aquarium Board of Trustees and is also a member of the Boston Chapter of the Links, Inc.
Hosted by Maria Stephanos
Maria Stephanos, highly-regarded local journalist with more than thirty years of experience as an anchor and reporter in New England, is co-anchor of NewsCenter 5 at 4:30, 6:00, 7:00 and 11:00 PM with Ed Harding and Meteorologist Mike Wankum. Maria also anchors NewsCenter 5 at 4:30 PM and The 10 O’Clock News on MeTV Boston.
Maria joined WCVB Channel 5 from Boston’s WFXT-TV where she was a news anchor and reporter for nearly eighteen years. Before that, Maria was a reporter at WJAR-TV in Providence, RI. She began her career as a Statehouse reporter working for several local stations including WBUR in Boston. She has also reported for several NPR radio stations and WCBS Radio and WABC Radio in New York.
Over the course of her distinguished career, Maria has covered many of the most significant news events including: the plane crash of John F. Kennedy Jr., the Worcester Cold Storage fire, the Presidential recount vote live from Florida, the 9/11 attacks reporting from both Boston and Washington D.C., Red Sox World series wins, Patriots’ Super Bowl wins, the deaths of Senator Edward Kennedy and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, the Boston Marathon bombings, the capture and trial of Whitey Bulger, and many more. She also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Alpha Omega Society presented by former Governor of the Commonwealth, Governor Michael Dukakis.
A self-proclaimed “homer and proud of it,” Maria is a native of Groveland, MA and a graduate of Emerson College in Boston where she received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in mass communications. Maria resides in Foxboro with her husband Dale and their children. She enjoys cooking (especially Greek recipes), playing sports with her family, and vacationing in New England “anyplace there is water.”
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