Past Meetings 2015-16

September 16, 2015: Join Us for the First Meeting of the Year

We look forward to seeing our members and new friends at our first meeting of the year. We have an exciting year planned with excellent speakers and networking opportunities.


October 21, 2015: An Evening with Senator Patricia Jehlen

Senator Patricia Jehlen is the Senate Chair of the Committee on Elder Affairs.  She is the Co-chair of the LGBT Aging Commission and the Commission on Elder Economic Security.  She will be speaking about the future and political climate for older adults in Massachusetts, what she is (and what we can be) advocating for, as well as any trends she is seeing in this area.


November 18, 2015:  Tim Boon, CEO of Good Shepherd Community Care

Join us for an evening with Tim Boon, CEO of Good Shepherd Community Care who will be talking about hospice and end-of-life care. Founded in 1978, Good Shepherd Community Care, a health care organizations in Greater Boston focuses on hospice and palliative care.


December 16, 2015:  Holiday Celebration Network Event

Please join us on Wednesday, December 16th for our second annual BBC – Boston Bridge Conversations. We will have small group discussions for the first part, and then extended networking time with home-cooked food by the board.


January 20, 2016: Elissa Sherman, President, LeadingAge of Massachusetts

Elissa Sherman, President, LeadingAge MA will be joining us to discuss 21st Century Leadership in the aging services field. What does it mean to be a 21st Century leader?  How can we meet the growing needs in our communities? LeadingAge MA is a leader in aging services and we will learn more about their programs as well as new approaches to leadership development in the 21st Century.


February 17, 2016:  Moulay Elalamy, Vice President of IT, Benchmark Senior Living

Moulay Elalamy, Vice President of information technology at Benchmark Senior Living and a member of Aging 2.0 will speak on “Aging, Entrepreneurship, and Technology.”


March 16, 2016:  Mentorship Evening

The Boston Bridge Mentorship Program matches leaders in the field of aging with emerging leaders in a member’s area of interest.  This is a great way to connect with a leader about advancing your career.  Some of our mentors who will speak this evening are:  Tim Boon, CEO, Good Shepherd Community Care; Lisa Gurgone, ED, Home Care Aide Council; Carole Malone, Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs; Dan O’Leary, ED, Mystic Valley Elder Services; Philippe Saad, Energy & Environmental Design; and, Nancy Scammon, Director of 55+ program for the City of Newton.  All are welcome to attend and learn about our mentorship program and great mentors.  Current members are eligible to be matched with a mentor.


April 20, 2016:  Bob Linscott, Assistant Director at the LGBT Aging Project

Bob Linscott, MTS has over 25 years of experience working in the LGBT community. He has been a Board member with the Gay, Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN) in Boston for the past five years. His first contact with the LGBT Aging Project was in 2004 when he set up an Intergenerational Panel for the GLSEN Annual Conference with some of our speakers. Bob is also very active on the community level; he is currently a fellow in the Boston Civic Leadership Institute sponsored by Boston Cares. In 2005 he founded the JP Men’s Group, a community group for gay and bi men in the Jamaica Plain area with over 600 members.


May 18, 2016:  Julie Plaut Mahoney, Newton at Home

Julie Plaut Mahoney, PhD, Coordinator of Community Partnerships and Volunteers  will be speaking about The Village Movement, Promoting Partnerships, and Recruiting Volunteers. She will be joined by Newton at Home Board Member and Direct Services Volunteer Arthur Glasglow.

Julie is responsible for recruiting, screening, and training volunteers who provide direct services to members. She regularly leads initiatives to increase the number of volunteers, develop partnerships with other organizations, and vet and train NAH volunteers to work effectively with members. She was previously volunteer coordinator at an area hospice and also worked as a geriatric care manager.


June 15, 2016:  LinkedIn: Advanced Strategies for Building Your Personal Brand

We are delighted to welcome guest speaker Katherine Kent who will leads us on this special professional and skill development evening for Boston Bridge members.  Whether you are looking for a new job, switch careers, or position yourself strategically for future job advancement, you will gain excellent and immediately useful, expert tips.

Katherine leads workshops within JVS CareerSolution about LinkedIn and other types of social media. Katherine also enjoys working one-on-one with clients to create and strengthen their social media profiles to aid in job searching and networking. As a Social Media Specialist, Katherine collaborates with other JVS employees to develop and enhance JVS’s social media presence and strategy.