Past Events

The Wily Network - Inclusion Conversations

Inclusion Conversations

On June 8 and 15 2021, Wily hosted a complimentary virtual discussion series, Inclusion Conversations: a guilt-free, no-judgment space to examine institutional and implicit biases that impact Scholars and our community. Thank you for showing up ready and willing to unlearn with us.

Though the discussion series is over (for now), we hope that you will continue to do the work and continue to have these difficult conversations – with your family, friends and colleagues. This is a lifelong journey, and we’re thankful you could join us on it.

Thank you to Dr. Kiera Penpeci and Ashlee Jeannot for leading us through vulnerable and intimate conversations, and providing participants with more tools for dialogues about race and priviledge. 

Wily Shines the Light on Gratitude

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

Watch the video replay of our virtual event, where Wily thanked our 2020 supporters, celebrated the strength and success of Wily Scholars, and introduced 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.


2nd Annual Wily Speaker Series

On February 4, 2020 we held the 2nd Annual Wily Speaker Series: An Evening to Learn and Grow. The event featured James O’S. Morton, Esq. President & CEO, YMCA of Greater Boston, and the 2020 Wily Pack Award was presented in honor of Stevie and David Spina. It was an inspirational evening about the power of your story and how to share it with others.

Sponsored by the Ilene Beal Charitable Foundation, Wellesley College, Night Shift Brewing, The Soul Project, Jorge Ordonez Selections and Lavender Florist.

Lyn Evans | Shopping Event

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.

3rd Annual Wily Speaker Series

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

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.

Serve Kindness | Shopping Event

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.

Between December 2 – 6, 2019, 20% of their proceeds went to the Wily Network. Thank you to Melissa Brooks and Jillian Darling of Serve Kindness for your continued support of Wily!

juju | Shopping Event

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. Thank you for your support!

1st Annual Wily Speaker Series

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