Past Events

Wily Shines a Light on College Students and their Mental Well-Being

An Evening to Learn and Grow, February 25th, 2021

Watch the video replay of our virtual event, a panel discussion with Sherri Ettinger, PhD, LICSW and Micah M. Griffin, PhD, MHA. Moderated by Sheila Murphy.

Hear what professionals are saying about the importance of mental well-being for college students and what you can do to promote mental health.

For mental health resources for young adults, click here.

Sponsored by the Ilene Beal Foundation

Wily's Summer Read: A Virtual Discussion with Steve Pemberton

The Wily Network hosted a virtual discussion on Monday, July 27th with Steve Pemberton on his book, A Chance in the World. The event was moderated by Carmen Ortiz-McGhee and with an introduction from Wily Scholar, J’Saun Bastien, BC ‘21. Click here to watch a recording of the event.

Where To Get The Book

We were pleased to partner with Boston’s Frugal Bookstore, the city’s only Black-owned bookstore, for Wily’s Summer Read. A Chance in the World is available for purchase at the Frugal Bookstore in Roxbury.

For further education, please check out their collection of books on racial justice and anti-racism. For those not local to Boston, here is a list of Black-owned bookstores across the country.

Shopping Event at Lyn Evans - Wellesley

Lyn Evans hosted a shopping event in Wellesley on Thursday, November 21st, and donated a portion of the proceeds to the Wily Network!

There was wine & cheese, shopping, contributions  from local Wellesley shops, and a giving tree for attendees to donate directly to Wily!


Charity Warriors

During February and March of 2018, the Wily Network participated in Power Launch’s Charity Warriors Challenge, an annual fundraising competition and accelerator for women-led nonprofits.

How College Works

On February 7, 2019, the Wily Network held its first event of the year at Dana Hall School to honor a Wily Scholar and listen to a presentation on the power of relationships on life after college.

Wily Shines the Light on Gratitude

An Evening of Music and Connections, December 3rd, 2020

Join the Wily Network as we thank our 2020 supporters, celebrate the strength and success of Wily Scholars, and introduce new friends to the Wily Network.

Featuring Meghan Irons, reporter for the Boston Globe’s Great Divide Team and lead writer on the Globe’s The Valedictorians Project.

Sponsored by the Ilene Beal Foundation, Rockland Trust, Eastern Bank, and AAFCPAs.


An Evening to Learn and Grow

Please join us for the Wily Network’s 2nd Annual Speaker Series: An Evening to Learn and Grow

Featuring James O’S. Morton, Esq. President & CEO, YMCA of Greater Boston

Presenting the 2020 Wily Pack Award in honor of Stevie and David Spina.

Join us for an inspirational evening about the power of your story and how to share it with others. We encourage you to bring friends.

Visit Eventbrite to reserve your complimentary tickets. For more information, contact Ashley Linell

Thank You To Our Sponsors!

The Ilene Beal Charitable Foundation

Wellesley College

Night Shift Brewing

The Soul Project

Jorge Ordonez Selections

Lavender Florist

Please consider supporting Wily this month by shopping online at Serve Kindness. Serve Kindness sells beautiful handblown glass bowls, made locally in Essex, Massachusetts. They regularly donate 10% of their proceeds to many local non-profits, with a goal of creating a ripple effect in their community. Their products can be bought online as well as at many events throughout the season, listed here.

Shop online from this collection between December 2 – 6, and 20% of their proceeds will go to the Wily Network. Thank you to Melissa Brooks and Jillian Darling of Serve Kindness for supporting Wily this holiday season!

Shopping Event at juju - Concord

On November 6th, 2019, juju hosted a shopping event in Concord, and donated a portion of the proceeds to the Wily Network. Attendees had the opportunity to support a student by purchasing items (such as winter coat or hat & glove set) that the students were able to select themselves during a separate shopping event.