Our Emcees

Sandy Lish, Principal and Co-Founder, The Castle Group

 

Sandy Lish is principal and co-founder of The Castle Group, a 24-year-old women-owned PR, marketing, crisis and event management firm based in Boston, with offices in Atlanta and Maui, and affiliates worldwide. Since founding Castle in 1996, Sandy and her business partner, Wendy Spivak, have led the firm to become one of Boston’s most successful and respected agencies. Castle is annually named to the Boston Business Journal’s top PR and events lists, and has won numerous local, national and international awards. Sandy is personally involved in women’s leadership initiatives and has been named to the Women’s Business Enterprise Hall of Fame and is a Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Pinnacle award winner, among other honors.

Sandy leads the firm’s PR and social media division, and is a nationally recognized expert on crisis communications. She also oversees Castle’s business development and civic/community engagement, as well as the firm’s supplier diversity and global alliance strategies. Sandy is respected for her authentic, strategic and resourceful approach to business, and embodies Castle’s “why” statement: “to nurture deep relationships to achieve professional and personal success for our clients, colleagues, company and community.”

Sandy serves on numerous boards; most recently she was appointed by Governor Charlie Baker to the Mass. Bay Community College Board of Trustees. For more than 15 years, Sandy served on the boards of New England March of Dimes Chapter and Center for Women and Enterprise (CWE), and she recently joined CWE’s Emeritus Board. Sandy is a longstanding WGBH Corporate Council member, the sole small business CEO on the Boston College Chief Executives Club Board of Governors, and also serves on the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Executive Committee. She was a founding board member of the Alliance for Business Leadership. Sandy has also served on the executive committee of the Public Relations Global Network, an exclusive worldwide alliance of best-in-class, privately held PR firms; Castle is the network’s New England affiliate.

Prior to founding Castle, Sandy held in-house marketing positions at KPMG, Lesley University and the Massachusetts Bar Association, and was an executive at IQ & J, a premier Boston agency.

Sandy earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She lives in Walpole, Massachusetts, with her husband, two teenagers and two Wheaten Terrier mixes.

Lisa Wood, Partner, Foley Hoag, LLP

Lisa Wood has spent over 35 years as a lawyer handling complex business litigation and government investigations, principally in the areas of securities fraud, accountants liability and antitrust. She is a partner at Foley Hoag LLP, chair of its Litigation Department, and a member of several of its governance committees.

In addition to her active client practice and firm leadership responsibilities, Lisa has devoted her volunteer life to protecting the legal rights of the economically disadvantaged. She served on the board of the Volunteer Lawyers Project, the Massachusetts recipient of federal funds from the Legal Services Corporation for over twenty years, including three as its Chair. She was appointed by The Supreme Judicial Court to serve on the Massachusetts IOLTA Commission, and served for nine years, including four as Chair. In 2015 she completed a five year term on the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defense, including three years as its Chair. In April 2014, the ABA awarded Lisa the John Minor Wisdom Public Service and Professionalism Award.

Lisa received an A.B. in Philosophy from Kenyon College, and a J.D. from Boston College Law School. Lisa and her husband, Peter Michelson, live in Medfield and have two grown daughters.


Gaby King Morse, President & CEO, Center for Women & Enterprise

Gaby joined the Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) in July of 2019. She comes to CWE with over 25 years of experience serving as the visionary leader of both non-profit and for-profit organizations. For the last 17 years Gaby has focused her professional life on working for impactful social enterprises including Discovering Justice, City Year, Crossroads for Kids, and, most recently, uAspire.

During her 8.5-year tenure Gaby was part of a leadership team that built uAspire to become a national expert in college affordability enabling low-income students and families to realize the promise of an affordable higher education, and grew uAspire’s annual budget from $2 MM to $9 MM. Gaby served uAspire in a variety of fundraising, marketing, and public relations roles, including in the capacity of Executive Director for Massachusetts and in her current role as Chief Strategy Officer for the national office.


Kimberly E. Zouzoua, VP Strategic Partnerships, Center for Women & Enterprise

Kimberly Zouzoua is an accomplished non-profit executive with 20+ years of experience leading high-level operations, planning, and development functions for a diverse range of businesses and philanthropic organizations. Throughout her career, she has been recognized for her ability to launch innovative programs that have consistently helped organizations construct and implement strategic plans, expand their reach, achieve financial stability, and create a strong and sustainable company culture.

She is a highly sought after speaker and consultant in the areas of youth leadership development, strategic business planning, and organizational development. She has presented to a diverse range of institutions including: Youthbuild Providence, Beijing +15 Massachusetts Women’s Summit, Northeast Computing Program Conference (NERCOMP), Lott Carey Foreign Mission Convention, Massasoit Community College, and Wellesley University.

Kimberly has a Master of Business Administration from Northeastern University, a Bachelor of Science in Management and an Associate of Science in Finance and Investments both from Johnson and Wales University. Additionally, she is Chair of the Brockton Commission on Women’s Issues, President of the Psi Iota Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; sits on the leadership committee for the Women of the Harvard Club and is a member of over a dozen professional organizations and sits on numerous boards. 

Kimberly enjoys Intercultural Learning and dialogue. She has traveled across the world visiting Africa, Central America, China, Thailand, Cambodia, and Europe.