Speakers & Panelists 2020 – 2021

Check out our amazing list of speakers & panelists throughtout the year!

September 16: Maureen Bisognano

Maureen Bisognano is President Emerita and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, who has been elected to membership in the National Academy of Medicine among other distinctions. She is an Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, a Research Associate at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the Co-Chair of the Mass Coalition for Serious Illness Care with Atul Gawande. She will be speaking to us about global innovations in healthcare as it relates to aging.

October 21: Jumaada Abdal-Khallaq Henry Smith, J.D.

Jumaada Abdal-Khallaq Henry Smith, J.D. is the Coordinator of the Goldenaires of Freedom House. Jumaada is a Boston community advocate for underrepresented neighborhoods. She is a founding committee member for Age Strong’s Age-Friendly Boston’s Advisory Committee and Black History Month Committee, member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People  (NAACP-Boston), Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO), Veterans and Friends of Gourdin Memorial Park, and the Chair of the Boston Juneteenth Committee. She will be speaking to us about the Goldenaires and how older adults are moving the needle on civic engagement.  

November 18: John Froio & Courtney Libon, De Novo

John Froio is the Deputy Director and Courtney Libon is the Housing and Disability Law Supervisor at De Novo. De Novo provides free civil legal assistance and affordable psychological counseling to low-income people in Cambridge, MA. John and Courtney will provide an overview of De Novo and its unique model, and will address their response to the lifting of the eviction moratorium in Massachusetts.

December 2021: Boston Bridge Conversations

Join us for our annual Boston Bridge Conversations. This year we will break into small groups to network and discuss how we think COVID-19 will have a lasting impact on the future of aging.

January 13: Grassroots Aging Professionals Networks

This month will feature a panel discussion with representatives from three grassroots organizations founded to help support and develop professionals in the field of aging. Alongside representatives from our very own Boston Bridge (MA), we welcome founders of EmergingAging (NY) and Emerging Leaders in Aging (CO). We’ll explore how each group got started, what they’re currently focused on, and what they hope to do in the future.

February 17: Dr. Ryan Chin

Dr. Ryan C.C. Chin is the CEO and Co-founder of Optimus Ride Inc. – an MIT spinoff company based in Boston, MA that develops self-driving technologies that enable safe, sustainable, and equitable mobility access. Dr. Chin is a leading expert in the area of Smart Cities and urban mobility systems. Dr. Chin will be talking with us about Optimus Ride’s recent work, including how they are rethinking urban mobility and the implications of autonomous mobility systems for older drivers.

March 17: Rebecca Gutman

Rebecca Gutman is Vice President of Homecare with 1199SEIU, a multi-state healthcare workers Union.

Rebecca will discuss the gains made by Personal Care Attendants through 1199SEIU and the continuing need to lift up homecare jobs in order to provide quality care to seniors and people with disabilities.

April 21: Elders for Climate Action

This month we will be joined by elder activists from the Massachusetts chapter of Elders for Climate Action. Tina Grosowsky and Seth Evans will speak about the ECA’s climate change advocacy work, including how they help concerned elders become effective climate change activists and leverage a multigenerational lens in doing their work.

May 19: Jeff Weiss

This month we will here from Jeff Weiss, the President and CEO of Age of Majority, a marketing consulting group. Jeff will define Active Aging consumers, a group who spend close to $3 trillion on products and services every year. He will describe the mistaken way society portrays this group and explain why by crushing these myths and breaking the stigma and stereotypes attached to older consumers, there is a significant opportunity to change how society and businesses/organizations see and engage older, active adults so that everyone benefits.

June 2021: BB Networking

This year has been an unusual one, and the Boston Bridge Board would like to thank you for your patience and participation as we relied on Zoom for all of our meetings. We recognize that this new format left less opportunity for the networking for which Boston Bridge is known.

This month we will devote our meeting to networking with one another through small breakout sessions. Come ready to chat and make connections!