Featured Leaders

DATE: Thursday, March 7, 2019

The four-part Women's Leadership Luncheon Series begins Friday, March 22, at the HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute.

Beth DeGray and Christina Royal

Holyoke Community College president Christina Royal and HCC alumna Beth DeGray, managing partner of Log Cabin/Delaney House are two of the featured presenters at a spring Women's Leadership Luncheon Series hosted by the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce at the HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute.

The four-part, monthly "Leadership in Your Future 2019" series kicks off Friday, March 22, and continues on April 26, May 24, and June 28.     

Each of four presenters will sit at a different table and speak on a subject of their choosing. Over the course of the four-session series, they will rotate among the tables so guests have the opportunity to hear all the presentations.  

The four presenters are:  

Ashley Allen, vice president of Marketing for Health New England ("What is a Career? & Designing Your Career Destiny")  

Beth DeGray '99, managing partner at Log Cabin/Delaney House/D. Hotel Suites & Spa ("Mentoring & Being Mentored")  

Christina Royal, president of Holyoke Community College ("Authentic Leadership in an Age of Disruption")  

Shannon M. Rudder, executive director of Providence Ministries, Inc. ("Building Your Coalition")  

The luncheons will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute, 164 Race St. Lunch will be prepared and served by students in the HCC Culinary Arts program.  

The series will provide an opportunity to learn from women leaders of area institutions and a chance for participants to network with their peers and gain insights on building their own careers.  

The cost is $150 for all four sessions.  

Seats are limited. To reserve a spot, please call Jordan Hart at 413-534-3376 or send an email to 

You can also register online at under "Events."