Friday, April 28th, 2023, 7:30 to 9:00 am
The Alliance will honor the 2023 Leadership in Diversity Award recipients at the Verve Hotel - 1360 Worcester Street, Natick, MA
Tickets are $30 per person - donations are welcome to support this event.
Thursday, April 28th, 2022 The Alliance will honor the 2022 Leadership in Diversity Award recipients at a private evening event for award recipients and families.
Donations are welcome to support this event.
We look forward to continuing a public event in 2023!
Community Prayer Breakfast
Friday, May 8th, 2020
7:15am - 9:00am
Sheraton Tara, Rte. 9 West, Framingham MA
Join us along with prominent members of the MetroWest religious and business communities to honor our young Leadership in Diversity Award recipients at this year's 28th Annual Breakfast!
Individual tickets can be purchased for $25. Tables of 10 may be purchased for $250.
2020 Guest Speaker
Esta Montano is best known for her commitment to social justice and equity for all students, their families, and communities. She retired from the Boston Public Schools in 2018, where she was Director of Instruction at Boston Latin Academy for four years, preceded by a year as Senior Director of Program Design, Instructional Delivery and Assessment for BPS’s Office of Alternative Education, and a year as Director of Special Programs for English Language Learners.
Prior to her tenure in the Boston Public Schools, Esta served as the Director of the Office of English Language Acquisition and Academic Achievement for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and the Director of Equity and Achievement for Framingham Public Schools, where she first began her educational trajectory as an ESL/Bilingual and Dual Language teacher.
Esta is an adjunct professor at Framingham State University, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in their school of education. She is also an adjunct professor at Boston University, teaching in the Prison Education Program at MCI Framingham.
Esta's interests and expertise focus on the areas of race, culture, language, gender, sexuality and identity and the intersection of these constructs with K-16 students’ socioemotional well-being and academic achievement.
Aside from her commitment to students and educators, she is also focused on community and the need for improved communication and understanding around the areas that people find challenging to discuss, namely diversity and inclusion
Esta has presented widely at both state and national conferences on circumstances faced by marginalized students including racial identity development, sociocultural issues, immigrant students and trauma, culturally proficient family engagement and English Language Learners with limited and interrupted formal education.
She holds a Masters’ degree in Applied Linguistics and a Doctorate in Education with a concentration in Leadership in Urban Schools, both from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
2019 Guest Speaker Ambassador Harry K. Thomas, Jr.
The Nancy King Memorial Award
In addition, each year at the Breakfast the Alliance recognizes a local organization or adult leader with the Nancy King Memorial Award for their positive contributions to the MetroWest community.
Past recipients have included:
The MetroWest Outreach Connection
MetroWest Health Foundation
Neighbor Brigade of Wayland (Pam Washek and Jean Seidon)
MetroWest Free Medical Program
A Place to Turn
Family Promise of MetroWest
Alliance founders and long-time board members: Bob Anspach, Beth Donnelly, Ann Garrahan, Rev. J. Anthony Lloyd, and Attorney Howard Newell.
(photo courtesy of MW Legal Services)