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Kahrim Wade
February 4, 2016

Center for Collaborative Leadership and Emerging Leaders Honor TD Garden President


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TD Garden President Amy Latimer received the 2016 Building a Better Boston award from the Emerging Leaders Program.

Chancellor J. Keith Motley called TD Garden President Amy Latimer an “old friend” of UMass Boston as she was presented with the 2016 Building a Better Boston award from the College of Management’s Center for Collaborative Leadership and its Emerging Leaders Program.

“She’s not a stranger to us,” Motley said. “She has made a difference to our university.”

The Building a Better Boston award honors an individual whose collaborative work helps advance the Boston region. It was launched in 2012 after a cohort of Emerging Leaders fellows suggested the public celebration of community teamwork might help retain young professionals in Boston.

The Emerging Leaders Program offers development training to fellows from the corporate, nonprofit, and government sectors, aimed at making them inclusive and collaborative leaders. The center, which has graduated 564 Emerging Leaders so far, aims to inspire, build purposeful relationships, and help “identify and rethink boundaries,” center Director Lisa DeAngelis said.

Latimer has mentored Emerging Leaders by speaking as part of the “Path to Leadership” program. The TD Garden hosted UMass Boston’s 4,144 graduates for its 2015 commencement last May and will hold its 2016 undergraduate commencement this spring.

Former Massachusetts Convention Center Authority chair Michelle Shell, the 2015 Building a Better Boston honoree, recognized Latimer’s work at TD Garden to enhance the lives of Boston residents by working with organizations such as The Salvation Army and Special Olympics Massachusetts. She also noted the Garden’s ability to bring international attention and economic activity to Boston, through events such as the upcoming World Figure Skating Championships.

“Her impact is felt on the world stage, her impact is felt across this city, her impact is also felt in her day-to-day interaction with those who are fortunate enough to cross her path,” Shell said.

Daniel Koh, chief of staff to Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, defined leaders as those who act not to make the press, but because the actions they take are right. He commended the Thanksgiving dinner the TD Garden hosts each year for the homeless community and the mentorship Latimer extends to young professionals.

“I think that’s really what we treasure in this city, and what the mayor really values: no matter how high you get, now matter how powerful you become, you’ve got to remember to reach down and to get the next people coming up,” Koh said. “That’s what Amy embodies every day.”

Latimer thanked her family, her peers, TD Garden’s partners, her staff, and the Jacobs Family for giving her “the best job in Boston” as she accepted the award.

“I think everybody thinks of the TD Garden as a sports arena … but I think I am most proud of some of the events where you don’t see the scores the next day—you don’t see the concert review,” said Latimer as she highlighted the Back to School Celebration that The Salvation Army and the City of Boston host at the TD Garden. “There are the partners you wouldn’t necessarily put together.”

About 180 area leaders attended the Building a Better Boston award breakfast, representing the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.

Sponsors included The Westin Copley Place, Boston, event sponsor, Commerce Bank & Trust, the Boston Bruins, the Boston Celtics, the Boston Red Sox, the Center for Social Policy at UMass Boston, Eastern Bank, AlliedBarton Security, John Hancock, The Kraft Group, Live Nation, Marsh and McLennan Agency, the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, Moulter Associates, NESN, TD Garden, and Jean and Robert Sheridan.

For more photos of the event, click here.