Thrive Summit 2023

Thrive Summit 2023

Thursday, May 18, 2023
8:15 am to 1 pm
Boston Marriott Peabody

Join us for a half day of collaboration, networking, education and inspiration. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

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Thrive Steering Committee

Join us for Thrive Summit 2023, a half-day conference featuring women of innovation and inspiration.

The day will begin and end with powerful keynote addresses. You’ll also attend two breakout sessions of your choice, spend dedicated time networking, and visit with 10 women-owned businesses who will be exhibiting at tables.

Please see the full schedule and agenda and let us know if you have any questions. Email

liz brunnerLuncheon Keynote:
​Liz Brunner
We are thrilled to announce that Liz Brunner, former WCVB anchor and now author and communications coach, will keynote the luncheon at Thrive Summit 2023.

Liz Brunner is a Certified Professional Coach, CEO and founder of Brunner Communications, and best-selling author of Dare to Own You: Taking Your Authenticity and Dreams Into Your Next Chapter, recommended on Forbes.

Prior to launching Brunner Communications in 2013, Brunner served as a main news anchor and reporter at ABC-TV, WCVB NewsCenter 5 in Boston. During her tenure, she co-anchored the #1 rated 6pm newscast and covered countless breaking news stories. She conducted exclusive one-on-one interviews with prominent figures ranging from professional athletes to global political leaders including President Barack Obama. Recognized as one of the nation’s most accomplished journalists, Brunner’s distinguished approach of educating and communicating information to viewers has yielded countless industry awards and earned her a devoted following.


Breakfast Keynote: Kimberley Driscoll, Lt. Governor

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Kim Driscoll will offer the keynote address at the morning kickoff of Thrive Summit 2023. Breakfast begins at 7:45 a.m., with the keynote program taking place from 8:15 to 9 a.m.


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Kim Driscoll is the 73rd Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The former mayor of Salem, she was sworn in on January 5, 2023, joining Governor Maura Healey as the first all-women executive team to lead Massachusetts. Exemplified by her extensive and successful career in local government, Lt. Governor Driscoll is focused on working with Governor Healey to create a forward-looking Commonwealth and communities that work for, empower, and include all who call Massachusetts home, as well as those who aspire to do so.

Thrive Summit Speakers

Ashley Pare
CEO and Founder
Own Your Worth

Ashley Paré is the CEO & Founder of Own Your Worth®, an organization on a mission to break glass ceilings through career negotiation. Ashley gives female leaders the tools to own their worth and the courage to ask for what they want so they can start recognizing their value and stop proving themselves. Leveraging her global Human Resources experience she helps clients break through internal and external glass ceilings by using effective language to make “asks” that align their ideal career, impact, and earnings.

Renee Connolly
Chief DE&I Officer
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt Germany

Renee Connolly is the Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer and Head of Innovation HR Engagement & Inclusion at Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, where she drives the strategic advancement and cultural implementation of the company’s global DE&I efforts. With a passion for this critical area, she aims to deliver a state-of-the-art business model for DE&I, empowering the global organization to move the needle — for the € 17.5 billion business, for 58,000 employees across 66 countries, and for customers, the community and patients.

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Donna Martin
Owner & Winemaker
Mill River Winery

Mill River Winery is a 100% woman-owned business established in 2010. Donna established Mill River Winery after significant market research into the economic feasibility of developing a sustainable winery on the North Shore, an area where wineries are not commonplace. The study culminated with writing a business plan to secure commercial funding to purchase a cider mill property (circa 1890) and convert it into a winery with a tasting room and vineyard. Prior to joining the wine world, Donna was employed as a Ph.D chemist and as an assistant professor of chemistry at Rhode Island College.


Summit Pricing

  • $125 for Chamber members
  • $150 non-members
  • Sponsorships, listed separately, come with tickets.

Please contact Karen AndreasPresident and CEO, for more details. Thank you for supporting Thrive, created by the North Shore Chamber of Commerce to support women in business both personally and professionally.

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