Our Mission

Tomorrow’s Women TODAY provides an unparalleled network for women who have been identified within their profession as future leaders. TWT establishes repeated opportunities to share ideas, learn from top-tier industry leaders, and further enrich the future business in the Greater Boston Community.

How We Started

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After an event held by the Massachusetts Women’s Forum, Founder Lauren Pimpare recognized the need to create a supportive network for emerging female leaders in Boston’s public and private sectors. She found four other women who shared her vision, and together they formed Tomorrow’s Women TODAY.

The premise of the network was simple: to meet the professional needs of women who wanted a deeper connection with other like-minded leaders across their community. By strengthening these ties, women could better assist each other in growing their knowledge base, finding resources, and building their leadership skills in current and future positions. TWT achieves this aim through supportive networking, access to prominent leaders, and by hosting events in partnership with corporations and senior business executives throughout Boston.

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Our Leadership

Founders and Board of Directors

Untitled design (2)Lauren Gill Pimpare
President & Founder

Lauren Gill Pimpare founded Tomorrow’s Women TODAY in 2009. Tomorrow’s Women TODAY is primarily an invite-only organization comprised of approximately 100 emerging women who have been identified by leaders in the community. As Founder and President of this not-for-profit, Lauren is deeply committed to ensure that this intimate group of women are provided with a safe and supportive network, and have opportunities to learn from industry leaders whose stories and experiences educate and inspire.
Lauren is responsible for the organizations’ strategic planning, event planning, outreach and communications. Before founding this non-profit, Lauren previously worked as a healthcare professional for over thirteen years. She holds a Masters Degree in Business/Healthcare Administration.
Lauren’s commitment to women does not end with her members. Lauren has worked hard to ensure that every year her organization participates in a “Pay it Forward” activity. These activities have included organizing children’s clothing at “Pass it On,” collecting suits for “Year Up” or “Dress for Success,” ice cream socials for patients undergoing cancer treatment, and hosting an educational event with Crittenton Women’s Union. Lauren has created a Fellowship Program within Tomorrow’s Women TODAY for younger female leaders. In collaboration with a local Boston University student, she has also established a Student Membership within the group to provide emerging college students with opportunities to learn real-world networking skills and provide them with mentors. Recently, Lauren has launched a second not-for-profit focused on Executive female leaders called, The Boston Women’s Leadership Council.

Sasha Talcott

Co-Founder and Board member Emeritus

Senior VP, Account Manager, PIMCO

Kerry Ann Hayon

Co-Founder & Board Member

Kerry Ann is the Director Practice Solutions and Research, Massachusetts Medical Society. Kerry Ann holds a Masters Degree in Health Administration and Policy from The George Washington University. She has worked in a variety of healthcare organizations focusing on process analysis, design and enhancement, leadership development, strategic planning, organizational development, and operational efficiency analysis and systematic implementation.

Helena Carvalho

Co-Founder & Board Member

Helena has experience in both the for profit and nonprofit fields, with an extensive background in Real Estate Management and a Masters in both Business and Public Administration. As a leader of Emerging Professionals in the Boston Commercial Real Estate industry, Helena leveraged her experience in operations management and acquisitions/dispositions to manage several award winning, first-class high rise office towers.
After 12 years in Boston, Helena recently returned to her roots in Connecticut to take on the role of Director of Operations for a Hartford nonprofit. A first generation Portuguese-American, Helena is fluent in Portuguese and travels frequently to Portugal. Helena also has a passion for all things fashion related and sits on the board of the Wadsworth Atheneum’s Costume and Textile Society.

Abby Shepard

Co-Founder & Board Member

Abby Shepard is a marketing and design consultant that specializes in luxury brands and indie companies with a strong focus on women’s lifestyle products and services. She spent over a decade in advertising and marketing at Harvard University’s Harvard Magazine and built her career developing strategic partnerships, marketing campaigns, and creative materials for clients located throughout New England - while simultaneously running her freelance design studio (AbbyShepard.com) based in Jamaica Plain. Shepard is trained as a narrative fashion and lifestyle illustrator with expertise in design, marketing, visual arts, and creative writing - as well as brand imagery, art direction and content management. She studied illustration, design, and writing at Lesley University’s College of Art & Design (LUCAD), as well as fashion design and digital arts at MassArt. She spent several years as a competitive beach volleyball player on the West Coast and has a side passion for creating pretty-little-things for couture occasions (HoneysuckleandScotch.com). Abby Shepard currently serves as Chief Brand Officer (CBO) for the Boston Women’s Leadership Council.

Liv Woods

Board Member

Liv is an accomplished healthcare professional with strong problem solving skills and the ability to execute in timely manner. Her professional experience is complemented by her Master of Business Administration and Certificate in Healthcare Administration from Simmons College. Liv has consulted in the healthcare, including hospital and insurance field, for over fifteen years focusing on process improvement, business strategy, operational efficiency, collaborative problem solving, facilitation, and leadership development

Liv is passionate about mentoring the next generation as she has been by her mentors. She has been a member of Tomorrow’s women TODAY (TWT) since its inception in 2009 and continues to be dedicated to the mission of TWT.

Kathryn (Katie) Chiffer

Board Member

Katie is an account executive at Prosek Partners, an independent communications and marketing firm servicing clients across the financial and professional services sectors. As a communications professional, Katie leverages mass media as a vehicle to amplify brand visibility and advance business objectives for clients. She’s on a mission to help people and organizations make fewer statements and tell more stories. Katie graduated summa cum laude from Boston University’s College of Communication and Kilachand Honors College with a B.S. in communication and a minor in sociology.

Leadership Team

Francesca Federico

Vice President and Director of Membership

Francesca Federico is a co-founder and principal at Twelve Points, a registered investment advisory firm recognized in 2017 as one of the Top 401(k) firms in the country. She helps individuals and families with financial planning, budgeting and managing their investments. She focuses the other half of her time acting as a fiduciary to companies and non-profits and assists them in managing their 401(k)/403(b) plans. She is a Certified 401(k) Professional®, Accredited Investment Fiduciary® , Certified Plan Fiduciary Advisor® and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst®. She was named one of NAPA’s Top Women Advisors in the country in 2016, has been featured in CFO and Fortune Magazine and is on the Forbes Finance Council. She is a co-founder of Marisa’s Mission and serves on the Board of Directors as the Treasurer.

Samantha Gauthier

Director of Social Media and Secretary/Clerk

Sam is a Senior Sales Executive at Promoboxx, a retail marketing platform, powered by brands. Prior to Promoboxx, Sam began her career in Sales at EMC Corporation and since then has been working at Boston tech startups and growth companies. She is responsible for providing a consultative approach to Enterprise companies, breaking into new industries with disruptive technologies, and implementing business development strategies.

Sam is strongly passionate about mentorship and female empowerment and is a volunteer Big Sister through the Big Sister of Greater Boston Association. She earned her degree in International Business at Loyola University in Maryland and spent time living abroad in both China and Taiwan.

Rachael Wilkes Swenson

Director of Member Retention

Rachel is the Director of Corporate Operations for an early stage, closely held financial technology company in Needham, MA. As the first female employee and a member of the management team at Hyannis Port Research (HPR), she works closely with the CEO/Founder to manage daily operations and strategic corporate initiatives for the company. Rachel is responsible for HR administration, financial and accounting oversight, public relations efforts and more. She also serves on the Board of Directors. With previous experience in startups, venture capital and professional services, and as a Certified Public Accountant, Rachel brings a wide breadth of business expertise to HPR.

Rachel has been a proud member of TWT since December 2013 and has served on the leadership team as Secretary since January 2016. She is very excited to continue serving on the leadership team in her new role as Director of Member Engagement.

Why Wait For Tomorrow?


Tomorrow’s Women TODAY focuses on individual growth while linking members to key industry leaders, public sector and nonprofit leaders, and corporations in the community. By strengthening women’s leadership skills, we aim to enhance the entire Boston business community. We welcome new members with a demonstrated track record of leadership within their fields. We are looking for women on the rise. Women who stand out. Women who stand up. We want them to be motivated. Dedicated. Driven.

Tomorrow’s Women TODAY provides several unique services & benefits to members including:


With topics focusing on personal and professional growth.


Dynamic networking opportunities that offer you deeper connections.

Member Only Events

Member-only events to discuss “hot topics” and share best practices, Includes access to our Women 4 Women (W4W) pairings.


Opportunities to participate in match-mentoring relationships with high- profile women in business.

Executive Series

Exclusive series with senior female executives.


Job opportunities listed exclusively through Tomorrow’s Women TODAY.