Beacon Hill Women’s Forum Kicks Off New Season

By Kathy Hull

On Tuesday September 13 at 6:00 p.m., the Beacon Hill Women’s Forum (BHWF) welcomes everyone back to town with its first speaker’s event:  “On the Media: Straight Up with Emily Rooney, Margery Eagan, and Jadiann Thompson.”  In a panel format, these three prominent, award-winning Boston journalists will share their experiences in the world of broadcast journalism and newswriting, including career journeys and the challenges of being a newswoman today.  They will also discuss news coverage of the 2016 Presidential Election and the prospect of the first woman president in US history. Please note: This first forum will meet at the University of Massachusetts Club, 32nd floor, at One Beacon Street.  The event opens at 6 p.m. with socializing and a cash bar.  The panel discussion will begin promptly at 6:45 pm.

Rooney is currently host of WGBH-TV’s “Beat the Press,” but is perhaps best known for her 18 years as host and executive editor of WGBH’s “Greater Boston with Emily Rooney.”  Eagan is co-host (with her professional partner of 18 years, Jim Braude) of 89.7 WGBH’s midday program “Boston Public Radio.”  Thompson, who anchors 7News Boston’s weekday afternoon TV newscasts, is new to our fair city (2015), and won her first three Emmys in Phoenix and Kansas City as a multimedia journalist.  You may find a full listing of the panel’s numerous honors, awards, and accomplishments on the BHWF website.

BHWF was created to bring together, as a community, the wonderfully diverse women who live in Beacon Hill and its surrounding neighborhoods.  The group meets on the second Tuesday of each month, September through May, 6 to 8 pm, in a casual setting at the Hampshire House, where neighbors can hear a local speaker and meet and connect with others.  Old friends get reacquainted and new friends find one another.  Additional popular BHWF activities include Feast with Friends (a monthly dinner at a local restaurant); Beacon Hill Moms (events with and without children); and Backyard Adventures—a monthly “field trip” to local venues for a tour.  All are welcome to join.

Membership has been streamlined this year.  A Season Pass is now available ($200 for those 35 years and over; $100 for under-35s), providing admission to all 2016-17 forums and the May Fashion Show.  One-time guest passes are available for $40.  To see the entire calendar of events and to purchase your Season Pass Membership, go to

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