Evening of Inspired Leaders

Watch the entire program of Evening of Inspired Leaders 2021 here!

We recognize that hundreds of viewers didn’t get to watch the livestream on November 18th 2021 due to technical difficulties; we sincerely regret this. As of November 23rd, we have raised $65,000, please help us raise the additional $35,000 to help us reach our $100,000 goal by donating to Mass Poetry.

We are proud to announce Mass Poetry’s seventh annual Evening of Inspired Leaders, which brings together exceptional leaders from diverse fields to each read their favorite poem and reflect on its connection to their life and work. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are now planning a hybrid event, which will take place on Thursday, November 18, 2021 from 7 – 8 PM online and live at GrubStreet’s new Center for Creative Writing in Boston’s Seaport. 

At Evening of Inspired Leaders we come together for inspiration, for poetry that speaks to our hearts, to our spirits, and to this moment, in all its complexity.

Funds raised at Evening of Inspired Leaders will help Mass Poetry produce its dynamic roster of free and low-cost poetry programs for thousands of people, young and old, across Massachusetts.


2021 featured speakers include:

  • Mohamad Ali CEO of International Data Group Inc
  • Andrew Bacevich Writer and President of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft
  • Stéphane Bancel CEO of Moderna, Inc.
  • Alondra Bobadilla Boston Youth Poet Laureate
  • Eve Bridburg Founder and Executive Director of GrubStreet
  • Kaovanny Artist/ Activist/ Educator
  • Lisa Mullins Host of WBUR’s All Things Considered
  • Wesley Stace Singer, Songwriter, Writer
  • Bina Venkataraman Boston Globe Editorial Page Editor
  • Marquis Victor Poet & Elevated Thought Executive Director
  • Dr. Rochelle Walensky Director, CDC, and Administrator, ATSDR

More speakers soon to be announced!