DR. MYECHIA MINTER-JORDAN
High on a hill in Roxbury sits the Dimock Center. Established in 1862, it is the second largest health center in Boston and a national model of excellence. What does it take to oversee thousands of employees who provide care to 17,000 men, women and children a year? A strong hand, an open heart and a vision for the future of healthcare in our country. Meet Dr. Myechia Minter-Jordan, President and CEO of The Dimock Center. A powerful and charismatic leader with a medical degree from Brown University and an MBA from Johns Hopkins, Myechia was recently recognized as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Boston by Boston Magazine. For girls and women of color, she is living proof that obstacles can be leaped over and dreams really do come true if you breathe life into them with passion and purpose.
An award-winning producer for ESPN, Lisa Fenn was always on the hunt for a great sports story. One day, her father sent her a news clipping about two high school wrestlers from her hometown of Cleveland, Ohio that really got her attention. Leroy was blind and Dartanyan had no legs. The blind athlete carried the boy with no legs on his back…and the boy with no legs became his eyes to the world. When Lisa and her production team touched down in Cleveland, they had no idea that the story they would air on ESPN would move viewers to tears and result in thousands of dollars worth of donations. Lisa’s book, Carry On: A Story of Resilience, Redemption and an Unlikely Family chronicles the friendship of Lisa, Dartanyan, Leroy and the life-changing power of love. The book is being developed into a movie.
The Founder & CEO of Pharmalogics always wanted the challenge of starting her own business. As a successful pharmaceutical rep, Megan Driscoll had worked diligently to create powerful, lasting connections. In 2003, she stepped out on her own to form the first and only recruiting agency of its kind in the life sciences niche. Over the last 15 years, she has nurtured and grown her company from a handful of people headquartered in Quincy to an international workforce of over 100. Her determination to create a work environment where ideas are shared and the work/family life balance is respected have consistently made Pharmalogics one of the Boston area’s best places to work. The winner of the coveted Stevie Award for Entrepreneur of the Year in 2015, Megan continues to pave the way for women in her field.
“Don’t nail your coffin shut.” These five words of wisdom are at the core of Jessica Leip’s mindset when it comes to living with terminal cancer. Diagnosed at only 37, this LPN, wife, and mother of four had no pain, no symptoms and no family history when she heard the words “you have breast cancer”. Nearly five years have passed, filled with brutal rounds of chemotherapy so powerful, Jessica died not once, but twice during treatment. Now 43, she is an outspoken advocate for The Ellie Fund and a friend to many women also fighting the disease who lean on her for advice and guidance. “I make long term plans with my family” says Jess. “My life is not about my cancer.”
She remembers the moment she stepped out of a limousine at the Academy Awards. Linking arms with other members of the cast of The Fighter, she took Amy Adams words to heart: Remember this moment for the rest of your life. And she has. Welcome to the life of Erica McDermott: daughter, wife, mother, registered nurse, and movie star. It wasn’t so long ago that she decided to take a chance and enrolled in some acting classes. Her girlfriends encouraged her, saying she was beautiful and funny in a self-deprecating way. At an open casting call, she got the attention of Angela Peri, Principal and casting director at Boston Casting. Erica ended up nailing the role of tough girl, Cindy “Tar” Ecklund, in The Fighter, starring Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale. It was just the beginning of a career that continues to evolve with roles in American Hustle, Patriot’s Day, Black Mass, Manchester-by-the-Sea and more. Beyond her Irish eyes, wide smile and contagious laugh is a woman who is both brave and kind, inspired and inspiring. Erica McDermott is living proof that taking chances is good for the soul.