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Nancy-Batista-CaswellNancy Batista-Caswell
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 …


Lindsay Tia Reilly

For 26 year-old Entreprenette Lindsay Tia Reilly, her creations are more than just a bag – they’re an experience.
Lindsay’s merchandise is influenced by the experiences that have inspired her, made her brave, and sparked a desire to empower others.
Now her dream is to fashionably pay it forward by motivating others to inspire, encourage bravery, and empower each other!
Lindsay is a Lasell College Fashion Merchandising graduate of 2013, a 2014 Stars 40 Under 40 Award Recipient, and full-time role model.
By inspiring others to be brave, she truly believes she can “Change The World One Bag At A Time.”


Emily Levy
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_

Christina Qi
Partner,  Domeyard LP

Christina Qi serves as Partner at Domeyard LP, a hedge fund focused on high frequency trading. Christina brings experience in investment management, sales and trading, derivatives operations, and technology across Goldman Sachs, UBS Securities, Zions Bank, and MIT Lincoln Labs. Christina is a guest lecturer for Nobel Laureate Robert Merton’s “Retirement Finance” class at MIT and was a guest lecturer for the core class “Investment Strategies” at Harvard Business School. Christina also serves on the 100 Women in Finance U.S. Non-Profit Boards Committee, a global non-profit organization with over 15,000 active members in investment management. Christina received the 2016 Women Tech Award, and is a former Scientific American Award honoree, sponsored by the Scientific American Foundation. She earned her Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designation and was granted the CAIA Foundation Scholarship by 100 Women in Finance and PAAMCO. Christina holds a Bachelor of Science degree from MIT.

Suzanne C. Dubus
Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center

Suzanne C. Dubus joined the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center in 1995 and has served as its chief executive since 1998. She is credited with developing and administering domestic violence prevention programs that are effective, innovative and community-based.  A survivor of domestic violence, she understands firsthand what it means to be inside an abusive relationship and how challenging it is to leave, but she also believes that the onus for personal safety should not simply be placed on the victim’s shoulder.  Rather, she believes that the responsibility for establishing a safe community belongs to the community itself.  That perspective and her evolutionary vision have driven her work at the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center and her success in revolutionizing the paradigm of domestic violence work on a national scale.   Vice President Joseph Biden recognized the Crisis Center’s domestic violence high risk team model at the White House in 2010 and said, “We need to replace what we have been doing and replicate this kind of success.” Recognized as an expert in the field, she was named a Champion of Change by the White House in October 2011; is a member of the Massachusetts Governor’s Council on Sexual and Domestic Violence, the Massachusetts Council on Family Serving Agencies, and the board chair of Jane Doe, Inc., the statewide coalition of domestic violence and sexual assault programs.

She lives in Exeter, NH with her daughter.

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