We Are Boston Leadership Awards

A celebration of Boston's immigrant heritage, contributions, and diversity.


Margaret H. Marshall, Leadership Award- 34th Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court; Senior Counsel at Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP

Goodwin Procter LLP (Community Champion Award)

Rafael Baez (Youth Action Award)


Mayor Thomas M. Menino, special Legacy Honor- Mayor of Boston for 20 years and founder of the Mayor’s Office of New Bostonians in 1998.

George A. Russell, Jr., Leadership Award- Executive VP of State Street Corporation, who was director of Corporate Citizenship division and president of State Street Foundation. Former Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of City of Boston.

Jim Hogan, Target Corporation (Corporate Courage Award)

Chaplain Clementina M. Chéry (Community Champion Award)

Edwin Soto (Youth Action Award)


Dr. Gary L. Gottlieb, Leadership Award- President and CEO of Partners HealthCare and Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, who has been a community leader in workforce development and health care disparities.

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky, and Popeo, P.C. (Corporate Courage Award)

Dr. Nicole Prudent (Community Champion Award)

Sherley Belizaire (School and Youth Action Award)

Yiming Yu (School and Youth Action Award)


Tim Wakefield, Leadership Award- Boston Red Sox pitcher and advocate for support organizations that help children in need. In 2010, Tim was awarded the MLB's Roberto Clemente Award presented annually to the player who best represents the game of baseball through sportsmanship, community involvement and positive contributions to the their teams.

Raytheon Company (Corporate Courage Award)

Ricardo Quiroga (Community Pioneer Award)

Marcia Drew Hohn (New Bostonians Champion)

Carro Hua, Manuel Gomes, Tucker Gaye and Vickie Miranda (Youth Action Award)


Victoria Reggie Kennedy, Leadership Award- An attorney and advocate for homelessness, economic opportunity, health care, education, domestic violence, and involvement in the political process.

Citizens Bank (Corporate Courage Award)

Helen Choi and Frederica Williams (Community Pioneer Award)

Margot Stern Strom (New Bostonians Champion)

Kiara Cordero and Shu Ming Huang (Youth Action Award)

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Yo-Yo Ma, Leadership Award Winner and Cultural Ambassador to the world, Yo-Yo Ma's musical career embodies the spirit of diversity that "We Are Boston" celebrates. In 1998, Ma established the Silk Road Project, a non-profit organization promoting the study of cultural, artistic and intellectual traditions along the ancient Silk Road trade routes.

Colette Phillips, President, Colette Phillips Communications (Community Leadership Award)

Tufts Medical Center (Corporate Leadership Award)

Maria Pires Centeio (Youth Leadership Award)

Allain Cherenant (Youth Leadership Award)

Andre Marcel Donegan (Youth Leadership Award)

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Bill Russell, Leadership Award- A lifetime of achievements as a basketball legend and leader on and off the court.

Rev. Gloria White Hammond, MD (Community Leadership Award)

Verizon (Corporate Leadership Award)

DanThuy Chu (Youth Leadership Award)

Diego Medina (Youth Leadership Award)

Berjeany Charles (Youth Leadership Award)

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David Ortiz, Leadership Award- The Dominican native was an integral part of the Boston Red Sox team that won the 2004 World Series after 86 years of capturing a single world championship.

Darryl S. Settles (Community Leadership Award)

State Street Corporation (Corporate Leadership Award)

Herbert Maisonet (Youth Leadership Award)


U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Leadership Award- He fought tirelessly for immigration reform during his time in the United States Senate.

Diane Portnoy (Community Leadership Award)

Mark Cosmo (Individual Achievement Award)

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (Corporate Leadership Award)

Carlos Saavedra (Youth Leadership Award)

Video & Multimedia

  • Being Boston

    A showcase of Boston's diversity through personal stories.

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  • We Are Boston Gala 2011

    Mayor Menino and the MONB celebrate the cultural diversity of Boston and recognize Boston's immigrants at the sixth annual We Are Boston Gala Awards.

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  • We Are Boston 2010

    Mayor Menino and the MONB welcomes Victoria Kennedy as well as community and corporate leaders to the fifth annual We Are Boston Gala Awards.

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  • We Are Boston 2009

    View a photo slideshow and video from the We Are Boston Gala 2009.

    2009 We Are Boston Gala Slideshow

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  • We Are Boston 2008

    View a photo slideshow and video from the We Are Boston Gala 2008.

    2008 We Are Boston Gala Slideshow

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  • We Are Boston 2007

    View a photo slideshow from the We Are Boston Gala 2007.

    2007 We Are Boston Gala

  • We Are Boston 2006

    View a photo slideshow from the We Are Boston Gala 2006.

    2006 We Are Boston Gala