Evening of Inspired Leaders–a fundraiser to benefit Mass Poetry–highlights the power of poetry to inspire and delight while showcasing an all-star field of leaders. Inspired by Robert Pinsky's Favorite Poem Project, our 2019 event will feature emcee Meghna Chakrabarti, host of WBUR's On Point. Funds raised at Evening of Inspired Leaders will help Mass Poetry produce its dynamic roster of free and low-cost poetry programs for thousands of people, young and old, across Massachusetts.

Run time: 90 minutes, with no intermission.

Featured speakers include:

  • John Barros, Chief of Economic Development, City of Boston
  • Sydney Chafee, 2017 National Teacher of the Year
  • Beth Chandler, CEO of YW Boston
  • Kara Elliott-Ortega, Chief of Arts and Culture, City of Boston
  • Neil Gaiman, Author
  • Eric Lander, President, Broad Institute
  • David Leonard, President, Boston Public Library
  • David McCullough, Jr., Teacher, Wellesley High School
  • Amanda Palmer, Singer, Songwriter, & Author
  • Dr. Peter Slavin, President, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Yvonne Spicer, Mayor of Framingham
  • Karen Spilka, President, Massachusetts State Senate
  • Colby Swettberg, CEO, Silver Lining Mentoring
  • Tony Tjan, CEO, Cue Ball
  • Elaine Zecher, Senior Rabbi, Temple Israel of Boston


Purchase a VIP package (priced from $250+) to join us at the dessert reception at Boston Symphony Hall following the event. Meet the speakers and support Mass Poetry at the same time!

To serve as a corporate sponsor, please visit: masspoetry.org/inspiredleaderssponsor or email daniel@masspoetry.org by March 1.

Admittance is free for teachers attending with their high school students. Discounts are available for all teachers. Email sara@masspoetry.org.