Evening of Inspired Leaders brings together exceptional leaders from diverse fields to read a favorite poem and reflect on its connection to their life and work. Our fourth Evening of Inspired Leaders kicks off Mass Poetry's 10th anniversary year and will lift your spirits, inspire, and delight you!
Online ticket purchase is closed. You can still purchase tickets at the door.
Evening of Inspired Leaders, inspired by our friends at Favorite Poem Project, is more than an energizing program. It is also Mass Poetry's biggest fundraiser, allowing us to produce our dynamic roster of free and low-cost year-round programs that broaden the audience for poetry and support poets and poetry in Massachusetts. Proceeds make it possible for schools to bring hundreds of students to Student Day of Poetry Festivals for only $50 per school (for which we also offer fee waivers for schools that can't afford to pay), to put free poems on busses, subways, and sidewalks, to keep the ticket price for the Mass Poetry Festival as low as we possibly can, and to pay poets for their work.
And while on this one night a year, we focus on raising the funds to produce our free and low-cost programs, we always take our mission to remove barriers to poetry seriously, and this event is no exception. We host hundreds of students and teachers, most of whom are from low-income communities, at Evening of Inspired Leaders for free. We are also offering a lottery for 50 free balcony seats (link to enter below). We hope you can join us, and look forward to seeing you there!
UPDATE: AS OF JANUARY 29, THE VIP DINNER IS FULL.
As of February 5, online ticket purchase has closed. You can still purchase tickets at the door.
As of February 4, the Lottery has closed.
As of February 4, the Student/Teacher registration has closed. If you would still like to attend, please check in at the venue.
VIP Pre-show Dinner Reception: 5:30-7:00 p.m. (AS OF JAN 29, VIP DINNER IS FULL)
Program: 7:30-9:30 p.m.
PARTIAL LINE-UP (More coming soon!)
Charlie Baker, Governor of Massachusetts (by video) • Jonathan Bush, CEO and President of athenahealth, Inc. • Jim Canales, President and Trustee of the Barr Foundation • Tommy Chang, Superintendent of Boston Public Schools • Ophelia Dahl, Co-founder, Partners in Health • Amanda Gorman, U.S. Youth Poet Laureate • Maura Healey, Massachusetts Attorney General • Carolyn De Jesus Martinez, 2018 Boston Debate League champion • Celeste Ng, bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You and Little Fires Everywhere • Samantha Power, former Ambassador to the UN • Ayanna Pressley, Boston City Councilor • Hank Phillippi Ryan, investigative reporter for Channel 7 News on WHDH-TV and author • Karim Sahyoun, Co-founder and EVP of Blue Print Robotics • Jenny Slate, actress and comedian • Ron Slate, writer and former vice president of global communications for EMC Corporation • Rose Styron, poet, journalist, and human rights activist • Emceed by Meghna Chakrabarti of WBUR's Radio Boston and Modern Love: The Podcast
HOST COMMITTEE IN FORMATION
Karen & Jim Ansara, Michael Ansara & Barney Arnold, Chet Atkins & Jessica Stern, Ann Bailey Berman, Michael Brown, Kate & Gerald Chertavian, Heather & Brendan Coughlin, Anita Diamant & Jim Ball, Marla Felcher, Alan Feldman, Amy & Norman Gorin, Wendy Swart Grossman & Evan Grossman, Bob Kuttner & Joan Fitzgerald, Hannah Larrabee, Gregg & Julia LeStage, Jeffrey Mayersohn & Linda Seamonson, Jenny & Tony McAuliffe, Don & Barbara McLagan, Nicco Mele, Wendy & Jim Mnookin, Glenn & Faith Parker, Richard Parker & Robin Wright Parker, Laura Perille, Joshua Posner & Eileen Rudden, Bob & Liz Pozen, Avery Rimer & Rick Weissbourd, Rachel Rock & Joshua Levy, Steven Rothstein, Jim Stone & Cathy Douglas Stone
Federal Street Advisors, The Huntington Theatre Company, The Sunflower Foundation, WBUR
BECOME A SPONSOR
UPDATE: AS OF JANUARY 29, THE VIP DINNER IS FULL AND OUR PROGRAM BOOK HAS BEEN CREATED. IF YOU WOULD STILL LIKE TO SPONSOR, YOUR CONTRIBUTION WILL BE GREATLY APPRECIATED! Benefactor and Backer Tickets are available via the above PayPal link. For all others, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
TORCHBEARER | $10,000
Twenty tickets; broadside signed by Robert Pinsky; special acknowledgement in program book; acknowledgement from the podium; acknowledgement on website; seat box or front row seats reserved by name; custom poetry salon or workshop for your business or friends to be held at an agreed-upon date in 2018
TRAILBLAZER | $5,000
Fifteen tickets; broadside signed by Robert Pinsky; special acknowledgement in program book; acknowledgement from the podium; acknowledgement on website; seat box or front row seats reserved by name
TRENDSETTER | $2,500
Twelve VIP tickets; special acknowledgement in program book; acknowledgement from the podium; seat box or front row seats reserved by name
INNOVATOR | $1,000
Four VIP tickets; special acknowledgement in program book; seats reserved by name
BACKER | $500
Two VIP tickets; special acknowledgement in program book; reserved seating block
BENEFACTOR | $300
One VIP ticket; special acknowledgement in program book; reserved seating block
Photo gallery of our 2017 Evening of Inspired Leaders
Photo gallery of our 2015 Evening of Inspired Leaders