The Women of FIRE program, presented by Banking New England Magazine and American Business Media, celebrates the most talented, the most ambitious, the most innovative and the most philanthropic women from the Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate industries. Women of FIRE recipients are chosen through a very selective process with nominations solicited from our readers and a panel of judges who weigh all of the nominees, their experience and accomplishments before choosing each winner.  Nominations will be accepted through Friday, August 9th and winners will be announced in late August. Recipients will be featured in the September/October issue of Banking New England and honored during an awards luncheon on Friday, October 11, 2019 at The Verve Crowne Plaza in Natick, MA. All are welcome to attend the event and help us honor these exceptional women.


Individual Tickets: $149
Table of Ten: $1,299

Cancellation Policy: Tickets are non refundable. Tickets are transferable.

Keynote Speaker, Kristina Tsipouras

Kristina Tsipouras is a 34-year old serial Entrepreneur and Massachusetts native who saw a need for a fresh new networking group in town and founded Boston Business Women. Today, the group has nearly 20,000 active members.

Kristina’s most recent success is in her brand of beauty products, Moroccan Magic | Clean Beauty. After only 3 years in business, Moroccan Magic lip balms are available in Target, CVS, Walgreens, Wegman’s, Stop & Shop, Bed, Beth & Beyond, Whole Foods and other national retailers and everyone from The Today Show to the cofounder of Apple, Steve Wozniak to Oprah Winfrey’s make-up artist, calls it, “the best new drugstore lip balm.”

Kristina is also founder of Busy Girl Boston, ZOOS Greek Tea, a published author, Huffington Post blogger, and an active mentor and volunteer to young women interested in entrepreneurship. She and her brands have been featured in USA Today, Forbes, The Boston Globe, and many other high-profile publications.

Event Timeline

11:30 am Welcome Reception / Networking

12:00 pm Guests seated for lunch

12:15 pm Opening remarks

12:25 pm Lunch

12:45 pm Keynote Speaker – Kristina Tsipouras

1:00 pm Award presentation begins

2:30 pm Conclusion

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact us for details.

Questions on tickets can be directed to or call 413.896.6733.

2019 Recipients

Cindy Angelini, The Hartford

Ellen Anselone, Finegold Alexander Architects

Debi Benoit, Benoit Mizner Simon & Co.

Mindy Bero, Hickok & Boardman

Lisa Berube, Essex Savings Bank

Kati Brigham, McCall & Almy

Betsy Collins, Peabody Properties, Inc.

Roxann Cooke, JP Morgan

Barbara Curto, Chelsea Groton Bank

Sandy Dawson, Pullman & Comley, LLC

Michelle Dwyer, Franklin First Federal Credit Union

Natasha Espada, Studio Enee

Francesca Federico, Twelve Points Wealth

Michelle Hatch, blumshapiro

Kathleen Henry, Eastern Bank

Jane Kaplan Peck, Kaplan Construction

Kathleen Kenealy, Boston Private Bank

Pam Labreche, Navigant Credit Union

Lauren Liss, MassDevelopment

Jennifer Marino, Rockland Trust

Angie O’Donnell, 3D Leadership Group

Barbara Oddo, Lincoln Property Company

Barbara Palmer, Southbridge Credit Union

Samantha Pause, Mascoma Bank

Katharine Schmitt, JP Morgan Private Bank

Sheryl Starr, Bernkopf Goodman

Rebecca Thomas, Triangle Credit Union

Kathryn Underwood, Ledyard National Bank

Keri Watkins, Watkins & Associates/William Raveis

Maureen Wilkinson, HarborOne Bank

Ericka Winstead, Eastern Connecticut Savings Bank