On June 6th, Mass Mentoring Partnership will host our 14th annual Champions of Mentoring breakfast. This event brings together civic, business, and community leaders and gives us the opportunity to celebrate the individuals and organizations that are making empowering youth-adult relationships happen across the state. This year, our theme is Breaking Down Barriers & Building Equity and our two Champions of Mentoring honorees this year have made that a central part of their professional lives. You can learn more about their background below.
Meet our 2018 Champions of Mentoring
Deborah Jackson | President, Cambridge College
Deborah Jackson became the fourth President of Cambridge College in 2011, bringing to the institution over 30 years of leadership expertise across a number of Boston’s leading institutions. Ms. Jackson assumed this role with a commitment to advance the mission of the College: to provide access to academically excellent, time-efficient and affordable higher education for adults for whom these opportunities may have been limited or denied. Ms. Jackson has extensive experience serving on both non-profit and corporate boards. She currently serves on several boards including Eastern Bank and the Massachusetts Women's Forum. In 2018, she was appointed as the Lead Director of Eastern Bank—the first woman and second person of color to serve in the role in the 200-year history of the corporation. She brings a broad perspective on the higher education sector and the emerging and growing needs of the employer sector.
Bob Rivers |Chief Executive Officer, Eastern Bank
Bob is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Eastern Bank, America’s oldest and largest mutual bank and the largest independent community bank headquartered in Massachusetts. Bob is involved extensively in the community, serving on the Board of Directors of The Dimock Center, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, the Massachusetts Business Roundtable, Jobs for Mass, and The Lowell Plan, among many others. He also provides support and guidance to numerous other non-profit organizations. Bob’s passion for advocating for social justice causes and sustainability issues is the result of a personal and professional journey that began early in his life. Bob has been recognized by many local organizations for his work in championing diversity and social justice.