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Thanks for a great 2018 Evening of Inspired Leaders!
Stay tuned for info on 2019.

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 kicked off Mass Poetry's 10th anniversary year.

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 less than $100 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. 

2018 Evening of Inspired Leaders

2018 Speakers
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 EverywhereSamantha 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

Speakers' bios
List of poems read

Evening of Inspired Leaders in the News

January 18: Wicked Local Plymouth
January 26: Wicked Local Plymouth
February 5: Wicked Local Plymouth
February 7: The Boston Globe

Footage of our 2017 Evening of Inspired Leaders

Footage of our 2015 Evening of Inspired Leaders

Footage of our 2014 Evening of Inspired Leaders

Photo gallery of our 2017 Evening of Inspired Leaders

Photo gallery of our 2015 Evening of Inspired Leaders