Proprietor, Caswell Restaurant Group
Few among us can say they found their career and calling in one, but this culinary management alumna of Johnson + Wales University always knew that her goal was to be a self-styled restaurateur—and would hold every detail from concept to operations close at hand. Informed by her upbringing in a food-centric Portuguese family, Nancy Batista-Caswell applied early operations training under the tutelage of acclaimed restaurateur and prolific cookbook author Chef Chris Schlesinger and has never looked back. Buoyed by a reputation as a leader among contemporary culinary visionaries, Nancy appeared on Nation’s Restaurant News’ Power List of 2017, received the 2016 SmartCEO Boston Future 50 Award, and holds the titles of FSR Magazine “Rising Stars 40 Under 40” 2016 and StarChefs ‘Rising Star Restaurateur’ for Coastal New England– a wide swath of exciting dining that includes Maine, New Hampshire, coastal Mass. and the Islands, and Rhode Island.
Her Caswell Restaurant Group, the banner under which Nancy develops, builds, and operates, has earned attention by a variety of media like USA Today , Wine Spectator, Taste of the Seacoast, and Boston Globe. Both of her restaurants debuted with Boston Magazine’s ‘Best of Boston’ nods, and Ceia’s top Zagat ratings rival any Top 20 Restaurant List in the country. However, don’t look for any laurels resting in her office, as Nancy cultivates a team that strives to sustain this excitement with bold menu innovations like New England’s first and only 15-course (Culinary Opus) dinner, wine dinners featuring world renowned winemakers, and secret diner reports to ensure that excellence is an unwavering standard.
Nancy is a collaborative mentor who works at a blistering pace and accomplishes outcomes that defy geography and time. In 2010, she relocated her flagship restaurant Ceia to accommodate its popularity and opened its follow-up oyster and chop restaurant BRINE to rave reviews. In November 2016, she introduced her third restaurant Oak + Rowan to Boston’s burgeoning Fort Point neighborhood. Read more about Nancy …
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Winner 2016 InnovateHER local contest
Emily Levy is the CEO and Co-Founder of Mighty Well, a brand that creates products that inspire courage in patients, their families, support networks, and caregivers and whose mission is to “Turn Sickness into Strength.”
Levy is a recent graduate of Babson College, Class of 2016, with a scholarship for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership. Levy recently raised $250,000 by winning the Babson Breakaway Challenge, the first and only competition promoting gender parity in the venture capital industry, in addition to many other prestigious collegiate awards.
Levy has participated in world class business programs including: MassChallenge, the Clinton Global Initiative University, Babson’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership and its Women Innovating Now (WIN) Lab, as well as the Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship and its Summer Venture Program.
A frank, energetic, and seasoned speaker, Levy also advocates about spreading Lyme Disease Awareness, and Chronic Illness and Invisible Disease Awareness. Mighty Well was the 2016 winner of InnovateHer Massachusetts. Follow us on instagram: @mightywell_