Ten Outstanding Young Leaders

Ten Outstanding Young Leaders

Each year, we honor ten of the region’s emerging young leaders from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors who have demonstrated a commitment to improving the civic and business environment and the quality of life in Greater Boston.

Nominations Are Now Open for the 2022 TOYL Awards!


The Ten Outstanding Young Leaders awards began as a program by Boston Jaycees and soon thereafter acquired by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce as a way to continue recognizing the most prominent and influential young leaders in Boston. Now, more than half a century later, this award has evolved to spotlight young professionals across all sectors who are striving to make the Greater Boston region the best place for all people to thrive.

To learn more about the history of T.O.Y.L. read our blog and nominate a leader here.

The Greater Boston region is the hub of innovative and influential young professionals. They are transforming our region, creating the Boston of the future that recognizes and celebrates every voice and every experience. The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce hosts the Ten Outstanding Young Leaders awards to amplify and empower the next generation as they lead us forward. They are leaders who lift as they climb, create inclusive corporate and community cultures, and deserve recognition for their vision.

Learn about our 2021 Ten Outstanding Young Leaders!

Helen Adeosun

CEO & Founder - CareAcademy

More than 250,000 direct care workers have completed over one million CareAcademy classes and the company aims to reskill more than one million new home-care workers by 2023. Helen launched CareAcademy to unite cutting-edge education strategies to meet the unique needs of the underserved caregiver community. Her entrepreneurial spirit and passion for home care has given her the vision and toolbox to change lives, especially for the millions of neglected women who often work low-wage jobs serving the needs of so many.

Congratulate Helen!

Reverend Willie Bodrick, II

Senior Pastor - Twelfth Baptist Church

To those in his community, Reverend Bodrick is a beacon of light and hope. As the Senior Pastor at the Twelfth Baptist Church, he has convened thousands of patrons and increased his services, support, and audience during the pandemic. By extending his reach through social channels, he was able to not only provide prayer and hope during a global pandemic and racial reckoning, but also education about the importance of getting vaccinated as well as access to receive the vaccine. Rev. Bodrick believes in story sharing and telling the history of Black people and other underrepresented narratives in Boston so that people can see and celebrate the diversity and vibrancy that make up the City of Boston.

Congratulate Reverend Bodrick!

Jayda Leder-Luis

Vice President - Denterlein

With over a decade of experience in public relations and campaign management, Jayda has excelled as a consultant in press, social media, and DEI communications at Denterlein. A mentor to her colleagues across the company, Jayda values people for who they are, leading with empathy while creating inclusive environments in her personal and professional communities. Jayda's strength, boldness, and magnetic energy travels with her through every activity such as guest lecturing, moderating powerful community discussions, her activism, and her volunteering. Originally born and raised in Yonkers, New York to a family of Cuban and Jewish immigrants, Jayda lives in Brighton where she works to enhance her local community as a Board member with Brighton Main Streets, the Boston Main Streets Foundation, and the Civic Action Project, and as a volunteer with the community fridge movement.

Congratulate Jayda!

Joy Kallenberg

Research & Development - P&G Gillette

An innovator through and through, Joy sees a problem and makes it an opportunity. Throughout her tenure, Joy has made great strides in scaling product innovation at P&G and leads sustainability efforts to develop more environmentally and socially responsible products. Most recently, in the early days of COVID-19, she led a team of engineers to transform their products and create over half a million PPE for frontline workers in Boston and enabled colleagues around the world to do the same, making record breaking numbers for P&G. Both professionally and personally, Joy is an advocate for gender equality, and multicultural representation for AAPI, Hispanic, and BIPOC populations - she believes that leading with inclusivity, positivity, and open mindedness plays vital roles when achieving success both for the individual and community.

Congratulate Joy!

Catherine Morris

Director, Arts & Culture / Founder & Interim Executive Director - The Boston Foundation / BAMS Fest

Catherine saw the need for a platform where BIPOC artists could be represented, celebrated, and mobilized so she created a solution where local audiences could engage with the arts from a Black/BIPOC perspective. BAMS Fest (Boston Art & Music Soul) has now gained national recognition and continues to grow into a cultural movement that breaks down racial and social barriers to the arts across Greater Boston and beyond. Outside of her role as Founder and Interim Executive Director for BAMS Fest, Catherine holds the position of Director, Arts & Culture at The Boston Foundation. As a leader, Catherine prioritizes humility, which has shaped her into being a participatory leader — actively searching for and welcoming different perspectives, ideas, and recommendations to tough issues.

Congratulate Catherine!

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