Boston GLOW

We are a breeding ground for the modern day superwoman.

About GLOW

Boston GLOW fosters opportunities for women of all ages to become empowered community leaders and active world citizens.

Through two specific program areas - Girls’ Leadership (GL) and Organized Women (OW) - GLOW strives to provide pragmatic programming, leadership training, and service-learning opportunities.

Our mission manifests in many ways ~ from connecting girls with women leaders for mentoring to developing programs for schools looking to fill academic gaps or develop their students outside the classroom. What fuels our mission is a vision for a community in which women and girls have strong voices and opportunities to lead and shape the future.

The women of Boston GLOW are driven – we’re fierce, fun, passionate about our mission and not afraid to speak up and to speak out. Boston GLOW exists to provide women of all ages a place to connect, a soapbox to stand on, and the financial and emotional support and practical knowledge they need to achieve their individual goals.

Our Story

Boston GLOW was founded based around the concept that every female has the potential to be a leader, impact her community, and that her voice matters.  We strive to teach women and girls of all ages how to effectively use their voice and realize her power.

Ideas for GLOW started percolating while its founder, Leah Moschella, was living and studying in Namibia.  For her gender studies thesis abroad, Leah taught a health and sexuality class for high school aged girls living in a post-Apartheid township (where the HIV rate is over 20%...hence the health class).

This was the first gender-specific class the girls had ever experienced, and many asserted that it was the first time they had ever participated in class at all.  As part of the class, each girl had to write about their self identity and their future.  Girls who lived in a culture ten years post-Apartheid rule, often without electricity and rarely with a healthy diet, were writing about their dreams of becoming community leaders.

However, more than once the students had expressed to Leah that these were “just dreams.” The students never believed these opportunities were available to them and thus held these aspirations in secret.

Leah concluded the class by creating a calendar that displayed monthly a piece of writing from each girl. This served as a daily reminder of their goals. Teachers later told Leah that her students had been participating much more in their regular courses during the day - they began to see that their voices mattered.

“Post-Africa, I returned to the Bronx as a sociology and women's studies major.  While presenting my thesis to the Fordham community, many college-aged women attested that they had similar experiences; this phenomenon wasn't unique to impoverished communities. Something was keeping females from speaking up and taking action. On the more serious and fatal side, I was also working at a homeless shelter in the Bronx working with women and children survivors of domestic violence.  As is common with DV, the women would explain that they never felt okay speaking up and asserting her needs. This further reinforced my frustration and fueled my desire to activate change.”

Moschella moved to Boston for graduate school and to lead a youth leadership council in Dorchester.  While the council consisted of 10 girls and 3 boys, every single time we had meetings with city councilors or were making presentations, for some reason the boys were the ones who became the speakers!”

Moschella was curious to know why this was the case, and more so became driven to fix the problem. Using her MS Thesis at Northeastern to critique the issue, Moschella held several focus groups with girls, boys, and mixed gender as well as conducted several one-on-one interviews.  The culmination was a gender-based leadership curriculum based on "near-peer" mentorship, a two year data-based interactive program designed to develop young women leaders.

While the academic foundations of GLOW were being developed, Moschella was already hosting events under its title, starting with Boston’s V-Day campaign in 2007. The V-Day movement is completely about finding a voice and telling women's stories which is why it has from the start been a critical component of our Organized Women programming.

“Women of ALL ages and experiences need places to find their voices,” explains Moschella.  “GLOW focuses on young women with the greatest barriers as they really are our future. But, our Organized Women component ensures that there are spaces and places for all women to become involved.”

Leadership Team

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Leah Moschella

Founder & President

leah@bostonglow.org
In 2010, Leah founded Boston GLOW as an avenue to generate positive leadership opportunities for women and girls. A 2015 Gabr Fellow, she holds a Masters Degree in Community Justice – Gender and Youth from Northeastern University and a BS in Sociology and Gender Studies from Fordham University.  In her spare time she loves cheap plane tickets, exploring cultures and buying bow-ties for her cats.
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Meghan Hargraves

Director, Finance & Administration

meghan@bostonglow.org
Meghan is a food lover and founder of Bread & Ginger, a personal chef and catering company. Her first leadership role was as President of Debbie Gibson fan club in grade school, eventually moving on to running Homecoming, working in the Recreation & Wellness Center and volunteering in the Women’s Resource Center during her four years at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. In her spare time Meghan spends most of her time reading cookbooks and immersing herself in the wonderful world of GLOW.
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Kim Perrella

Director, Membership

kim@bostonglow.org
Kim believes in the transformative power of communities and the importance of women building one another up. She has dedicated her career to positive youth development, education, and closing the opportunity gap. She holds a Masters in Nonprofit Management from Northeastern and a Bachelor's in English and Communication from SUNY Geneseo.
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Laticia Walker

Director, Organized Women

laticia@bostonglow.org
Laticia began her work with Boston GLOW as part of the Boston Community production of The Vagina Monologues.  After performing in the production every year since she was 16, she stepped up to direct GLOW's production during the winter months of 2015.  When she succeeded in selling out shows during the a snowstorm that dropped 2 feet of snow, Laticia stepped up to join the OW team as the Associate Director.  Laticia is both a devout chocoholic and a practicing attorney in Waltham, MA.  She holds her JD from New England Law School and Bachelor's Degree from Roger Williams.
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Crystal Torman

Director, Girls' Leadership

crystal@bostonglow.org

Crystal is an all around rock star and very busy woman.  Her bio is coming soon.

"Women of ALL ages and experiences need places to find their voices. GLOW focuses on young women with the greatest barriers as they really are our future."

- Leah Moschella, Founder of Boston GLOW