Thrive Book Group
The Chamber's Thrive initiative was honored to host Nancy Frates and her husband, John — the parents of the late Pete Frates.
Nancy Frates courageously shared her family's inspiring story as she urged guests to add the 5 P's of Peter — qualities her son practiced — to their lives: Positive. Passionate. Purposeful. Productive. Present.
She also called on everyone to embrace Pete's affirmation penned in high school at St. John's Prep — long before he was diagnosed with ALS and became the face of the movement for its cure: "Be passionate. Be genuine. Be hard working. And don't ever be afraid to be great!"
Nancy Frates' Thrive presentation
A Gift to be Shared:Pete Frates
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75 enjoy networking night in Ipswich
IPSWICH -- The Chamber's newest initiative, Thrive, kicked off June 9 with a night of networking under the tent at the Hellenic Center.
As designed, women of all stages of their careers mingled and offered thoughts on how Thrive can present a diverse array of programs that will appeal to a broad group.
Mary Anne Clancy, co-chair of the Thrive Planning Committee, noted that what makes Thrive so special is that much of the programming will come right from our own membership.
"This initiative is about you. It is about all of the women in the Chamber and it’s actually about all of the women on the North Shore — no matter what stage of career you're in," said Clancy, senior vice president of marketing and communications for Institution for Savings.
"What we want to do is put together an initiative where the conversation goes around in a circle. Instead of us telling people and educating people in one direction and letting them go, we want us all to educate each other. We want us all to work together and share the experience."
The Thrive Steering Committee has surveyed members and will soon announce a full slate of programming.
Special thanks to our generous sponsors who made the Ipswich kickoff event possible:
Calling all Mentors
One of the goals of Thrive is to create a mentoring program for women to help other women in all stages of personal life and career.
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Virginia Buckingham offers poignant message for kickoff
"My story is my own to do good with, if I can, and so is yours."
— Ginny Buckingham, author,
"On My Watch"
Listen to your own voice. Be your own hero. And go out of your way to be kind and compassionate. That was the takeaway from Virginia Buckingham — the head of MassPort overseeing Boston’s Logan International Airport on Sept. 11.
Buckingham shared her story of being made a scapegoat following the terrorist attacks in an appearance before a crowd of nearly 200 on Sept. 9 at the kickoff luncheon for THRIVE.
Buckingham compared her life to sea glass — broken apart and not what it once was, but still beautiful and valuable. She says she hasn’t moved on from Sept. 11, but has managed, after much struggle and reflection, to move forward.
A special thank you to our many sponsors who supported this luncheon, including:
Thrive lands at The Landing for seaside after hours in Marblehead
Click Here to view pictures from the Thrive After Hours at The Landing.