About the Hosts
Lori Lennon is an advocate, communicator, and a professional woman with an entrepreneurial spirit.
As a graduate from Northeastern University in Boston with a degree in Journalism, Lori spent seven years working in television news, first at New England Cable News, then WBZ-TV. At a time when news websites were uncharted territory for news organizations, Lori joined a team that helped revolutionize the way users consume news--breaking stories, producing exclusive content, and developing interactive opportunities to boost a reader’s engagement. During her tenure at WBZ-TV the website earned the Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Broadcast Affiliated website for a large market in 2005 and 2007, and the Associated Press Award for Best TV/Media website in Massachusetts and Rhode Island in 2006, 2007, and 2008. Lori has helped cover elections, Super Bowls, major local news events, and our beloved Boston Marathon.
Lori transitioned to Northeastern University, where she worked her way up to the Director of Communications for the College of Science. Her experience as a communicator has afforded her the opportunity to work with leading researchers who are tackling some of the biggest and most important issues of our time, such as climate change, renewable energy, and drug discovery. Lori’s work spanned across many communication disciplines while at Northeastern, including strategic planning, messaging, public relations, editorial writing, digital marketing and communications, content development, marketing and communications for recruitment, and email marketing strategies and implementation. During her tenure, Lori was a member of several communications groups, a member of the College of Science Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and an advisor for the student-run magazine, NU SCI.
Lori is the co-host of the political commentary podcast, Political Posse, a board member for Emerge Massachusetts, an organization that trains Democratic women to run for office, and works on communications initiatives that she is passionate about.
Lori, an alumna of Emerge Massachusetts, ran for state representative in 2018 on a platform focused on innovation and technology, affordable childcare and livable wages for our childcare professionals, and fixing our public transportation system. Lori has volunteered on a number of local races, especially for her Emerge sisters, where she has learned about what it takes, and what is missing, when running for office.
Lori lives with her 10-year-old daughter in Sharon, Massachusetts where they spend a lot of time walking arm and arm, eating fun foods, and contemplating the complexities of life.
Denise embodies what it truly means to be a political wonk. An avid politico, Denise recently ran Lori’s race for State Representative against a 10-year incumbent. In her role as campaign manager, Denise was instrumental in helping run a well-organized and efficient campaign, helping with campaign strategy, social media management, op-ed strategy and development, fundraising, identifying speaking opportunities, creating a GOTV strategy, and helping create a political roadmap to follow from the beginning to the end of the campaign.
In her past life, Denise was the operations supervisor for Voya Financial, a Fortune 500 company. Denise was instrumental in managing and developing talent and coaching a team of more than a dozen employees across the country.
During her tenure, Denise was identified as a leader for her work in not only training employees on systems and structure, but also for her commitment to ensuring equity across her unit. Denise ensured all of her employees were equally trained on all systems. She also rotated responsibilities to further diversify employees’ talents and skills. This helped her team become better equipped to understand and contribute on more complex plans, and have a stronger understanding of each project’s connection to the company’s overall mission.
Denise’s leadership created an environment that inspired collaboration and encouragement. Through this work, Denise’s team was one of the most productive groups in the organization with a consistent efficiency rating of 98 percent.
An advocate for equitable and accessible education, Denise was a founding board member of the Elizabeth Seton Academy (2003-2016)—an all girls college preparatory high school that served the young women of Boston’s inner city. During her time with the school, Denise was instrumental in overseeing fundraising and grant writing.
Denise, and alumna of Emerge Massachusetts, was the co-chair of the LGBTQ committee to elect Boston’s Mayor Marty Walsh, a sponsor/member of the Women’s Committee to elect Linda Dorcena Forry for State Senator, a member of the Bay State Stonewall Democrats, and a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.
Denise is a proud member of the LGBTQ community and the mom to Louie, her 9-year-old pup. Denise currently resides in Dorchester, Boston’s largest and diverse neighborhood.