Help Honor The Women Who Are

Making A Difference In Their Profession!

The FIRE (Finance, Insurance and Real Estate) sector has emerged as a keystone of the Massachusetts economy, transforming the knowledge, wealth and dreams of the world’s most ambitious visionaries into reality. As more and more women rise to the top of businesses and institutions in this sector, there is a growing need to shine a light on their achievements to inspire others.

Banker & Tradesman identifies the most talented, the most ambitious, the most innovative and the most philanthropic Women of FIRE.  Women of FIRE recipients are chosen through a very selective process. Recipients will be featured in a special July 17 issue of the Banker & Tradesman, and honored again at an awards luncheon taking place July 20.


2017 Keynote Speaker – Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg

Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg Head ShotDeborah B. Goldberg is the Massachusetts State Treasurer and Receiver General. In that role she is responsible for the state’s cash and debt management, unclaimed property, and chairs state boards and commissions, including the Massachusetts School Building Authority, the Pension Reserves Investment Management Board, the State Board of Retirement, Massachusetts State Lottery Commission, and the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust. In 2015, she established the new Office of Economic Empowerment, the first of its kind in the country, and chairs its Economic Empowerment Trust Fund. Treasurer Goldberg also serves on the Executive Committee of the National Association of State Treasurers.

As a former businesswoman and local elected leader, Treasurer Goldberg brings innovative leadership, disciplined fiscal management and an unwavering commitment to uphold economic stability and create opportunity for every Massachusetts resident. Treasurer Goldberg served for six years on the Brookline Board of Selectmen, including two as its Chair. Prior to her career in public service, she worked in retail operations, buying, and consumer affairs at The Stop & Shop Companies, Inc.

Treasurer Goldberg is the President of Adoptions with Love and serves on the Advisory Board of the Greater Boston Food Bank. She was one of the founders of Berkshire Hills Music Academy, a school for individuals with intellectual disabilities, and is a trustee emeritus at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Director at Affiliated Physicians Group / BIDHC. Treasurer Goldberg has been actively involved with numerous philanthropic activities, including The Grow Clinic, the 100 Club, Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, and the Combined Jewish Philanthropies.

A graduate of Boston University, Boston College Law School and Harvard Business School, Treasurer Goldberg lives in Brookline with her husband Michael Winter and their son, Evan, and daughter, Meredith.

2017 Class of Recipients

Robin Adams, Associate, CBT

Lori Chaput, Senior Vice President of Personal Lines, Partners Insurance Group

Susan Elsbree, Vice President, InkHouse

Karen Fish-Will, CEO, Peabody Properties

Melissa Fish-Crane, COO, Peabody Properties

Wendy Gettleman, Vice President of Facilities Management and Real Estate, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Elizabeth Gruber, Senior Vice President, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Kerry Olson Hawkins, First Vice President, CBRE-New England

Diana Kelly, Vice President, Maloney Properties, Inc.

Karen McShea, Vice President, Director of Real Estate Development, Lupoli Companies

Gwendolen Noyes, Senior Vice President & COO, Oaktree/Greenstaxx

Sheryl Simon, Principal, Benoit Mizner Simon & Co.

Martine Taylor, Executive Director, South Shore Habitat for Humanity

Lynn Tran, Assistant Comptroller, City of Lawrence

Margaret Wood, Project Director, Pinck & Co.

2017 Women of FIRE event photos

Award Presentation Slideshow

July 20, 2017

11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.



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Courtyard Marriott Boston Downtown

275 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116

Event Schedule

11:00 a.m.

Registration Opens

11:30 – 12:00 p.m.

Welcoming Reception / Networking

12:00 p.m.

Guests Seated for Lunch

12:15 p.m.

Welcoming Remarks

12:25 – 12:45 p.m.

Lunch Begins

12:45 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg

1:00 p.m.

Awards Presentation Begins

2:30 p.m.