The Harvard Club of Boston honored seven women at its 2020 Boston’s Most Influential Women Gala on Feb. 12, selecting each of the powerhouse recipients for outstanding achievement, influence, and leadership in their field.

The gala honored Drew Faust, president emerita and Arthur Kingsley Porter University Professor at Harvard; Annapurna Poduri, director of the epilepsy genetics program and Poduri Lab at Boston Children’s Hospital and associate professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School; Laurie H. Glimcher, president and CEO of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, director of Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, and Richard and Susan Smith Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School; Elizabeth L. Hailer, executive director of The Commonwealth Institute, a non-profit that promotes the advancement of female business leaders; Geri Denterlein, founder and CEO of public relations firm Denterlein; and Katey Stone, head coach of the Harvard women’s ice hockey team.


In addition, the Harvard Club honored Sheena Collier with the Rising Star Award. Collier is the founder and CEO of The Collier Connection, which focuses on networking and resource building with the city’s Black community. In addition, Collier works as a senior economic opportunity adviser for the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.

Amanda Mena, 17, performed at the gala after getting her start on “America’s Got Talent” in 2018.
Amanda Mena, 17, performed at the gala after getting her start on “America’s Got Talent” in 2018.handout/Handout

The gala also featured a musical guest, 17-year-old Lynn native Amanda Mena, who performed on “America’s Got Talent” in 2018.