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A Bridge to the Future: Thriving at Work Beyond Covid

May 11, 2021 8:00 AM — 9:00 AM


Join us for a virtual presentation and networking breakfast to discuss the challenges women face in the workplace, and the bridges we can build to the future as we emerge from lock-down.

For women at work, what has been lost and what new pathways and opportunities have opened because of the pandemic?
This framing question will guide the morning’s discussion.  First, speaker Addie Swartz, reacHIRE Founder and CEO, will share her perspectives as an expert in supporting and advancing women at work.  Next, participants will engage in small group discussions with fellow working women to share their own experiences and ideas.

Addie Swartz, ReacHIRE CEO and Founder

As CEO of reacHIRE, Addie Swartz works with Fortune 500 companies to create opportunities for women at all ages and stages of their careers. From return-to-work programs with industry leaders including Fidelity, Wayfair, Deloitte, and T-Mobile, to the innovative Aurora digital platform for engaging and retaining women, Addie is a leading voice on how to support and advance women at work.

Prior to reacHIRE, Addie founded two female-focused businesses at the intersection of media, technology, and education. The Beacon Street Girls® book series provided positive role models and empowerment for tween girls, while BrightIdeas® was the first company to leverage a stay-at-home-mom salesforce to sell children’s educational software.

Addie is a proud resident of Concord, Massachusetts and has lived there for 27 years, raising two daughters with her husband Joel Rosen. While launching the book series The Beacon Street Girls®, Addie was inspired by Concord legend Louisa May Alcott. She enjoyed frequent visits to the Orchard House and talking with Executive Director Jan Turnquist to learn more about Alcott’s confidence and inspirational female characters that inspired so many.

As a member of the Museum of Science Boston Board of Advisors, Addie works with community leaders as a member of the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Committee. She serves as Co-Chair of Women in Leadership, an initiative of the Massachusetts High Tech Council to capture best practices in recruiting, retaining and promoting women into leadership positions. Her insights about women and careers are routinely featured in top tier local and national media.

Addie is a graduate of Stanford University and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. She formerly worked at Disney, Bain & Company, and Lotus Development.


We are pleased to present this program in conjunction with the special exhibition Every Path Laid Open: Women of Concord & the Quest for Equality. The event is inspired by the Women in Leadership Breakfast Series established by Christine Schuster, Laurel Gerdine, and Nancy James.


May 11
8:00 am - 9:00 am