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Our 20th Anniversary Event Series began in June and will end in December of 2022.  Join us as we celebrate ENB’s rich history of leadership at the intersection of adult education, workforce development and immigration.

20th Anniversary Co-Chairs


Yongmei Chen
Senior Vice President at Eastern Bank
and  Board Treasurer for English for
New Bostonians

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Paul Francisco 
Chief Diversity Officer and Head of Workforce Development Programs
at State Street Corporation

Juan F Lopera

Juan Fernando Lopera 
Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer at Beth Israel Lahey Health

Host Committee

Larry D. Andrews   
Michel  Bamani 
Alberto Calvo 
Juan (Adrian) Garrido
Rev. Cheng Imm Tan
Terry Kwan
Alvaro Lima
Corean Reynolds
Myrna Guerrero-McCabe
John Tobin
Jon Cronin
Lorna Rivera, Ph.D.
Daniel I. Sherman
Ty Burr 
Paul Lee
Lori Yarvis 
Daphne Paulino Ramos
John Galvin
Michael F. Dunn

Mass Growth Capital Corporation
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Stop & Compare Supermarkets
Santander Bank
Former Director, Mayor's Office of New Bostonians
Tai Tung Realty, Inc.
Boston Planning and Development Agency/City of Boston
The Boston Foundation
Winsor School
Northeastern University
The Cronin Group / Rebel Restaurants
Gaston Institute at UMass Boston
The Trefler Foundation
Ty Burr’s Watch List
Retired partner, Goodwin Procter LLP
Archstone Law Group
DPR Consulting
Gordon Brothers
C&W Services

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Sponsorship Opportunities
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Visionary Sponsors
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Event Donors & Friends

Voices Sponsor
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Leadership Sponsor
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Supporting Sponsors

The Boston Foundation
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Tai Tung Pharmacy
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English Works Business
Council Luncheon

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Date & Time

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 
In-Person/Ticketed Event


ENB’s English Works Business Council
will convene business leaders to facilitate
conversation and share best practices
to meet the needs of our fast growing
immigrant workforce. This will be an in-person, reception-style luncheon and networking event for members and prospective members of the Council.


Boston College Club
100 Federal Street  36th floor
Boston, MA  02110

Target Audience

C-Suite and Human Resource &
Workforce Development Professionals from
Massachusetts businesses and corporations

Join our 20th Anniversary Celebration

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Hosted by our Masters of Celebration, Bianca Beltrán, Bilingual Reporter NBC10 Boston Telemundo Nueva Inglaterra and Corean Reynolds, Director of Economic Inclusion at The Boston Foundation, Raising our Voices 2022 was sparked with touching moments through award presentation, laughter, and joyful Cuban music and dancing.

On the evening of Friday, November 4, 2022, over 300 of our sponsors, donors, elected officials, leaders, and friends from all across Boston came together to support, celebrate and recognize the important work that ENB has been doing for the past 20 years - opening doors to economic mobility, resources, and community life for immigrants and their families.

This milestone is marked by the reassurance that in the next 20 years, immigrants will continue to hold important roles in our city’s economy, social and cultural vitality and that quality English classes will always be available to them!

Immigrant Small Business Pitch Event

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This is the first ever Immigrant Small Business Pitch Event that ENB hosted. This will not be the last! Graduates from ENB ESOL for Immigrant Entrepreneurs (E4IE) classes presented their best "Pitch" and shared entrepreneurial dreams with the audience and judge panel.

What emerged from the stage was a powerful exchange of business connections and heartfelt feedback from the judges. Jimmy Liang, President & CEO of the JP Fuji Group told the business owners "I am YOU!", as he briefly shared his own journey as an immigrant entrepreneur without a mentor.


E4IE classes clearly build a foundation for the entrepreneurial journey, but it also takes grit, and a big village.


Please join us in giving another warm round of applause to the six finalists and congratulating the following winners:

1st Prize: Diana Organizes              
2nd Prize: Josephine's Baking Co.
3rd Prize: Wise Mouth Tea
Audience Choice: Merida Brothers Construction


Language of Food

English for New Bostonians (ENB) kicked off their 20th Anniversary Event Series on Wednesday, June 29th withThe Language of Food at the Exchange Conference Center in Boston’s Seaport district. The event was

a splendid success as guests enjoyed this moment of illuminating the creativity, work and impact of ENB that has enabled 20,000 people over

20 years to transform their lives in their new homeland!


Two ENB alumni shared their journeys from learning English to creative careers – both related to food! Food, whether growing it, packaging, selling, or serving it, provides many new immigrants a beginning to

career pathways here in the U.S.


Nefisa Siraj owns Cini Coffee and graduated from ENB’s English for Immigrant Entrepreneurs class. Her coffee by the pound sold like hotcakes at Language of Food after she made an expert pitch to the audience about the culture, care and love with which she roasts and packages fine beans from Ethiopia.


Gary Diaz, Head Chef at Tony C’s, and his team took an ENB’s English for Restaurants class in the midst of the pandemic.

Gary told the crowd that English classes not only enabled him to communicate better at work and outside of work, but are part of the company’s strategy to build loyalty and thrive in an environment that’s taken a toll on restaurants. “Trust your staff,” he advises employers, “give them opportunities to grow, teach them English!”

Immigrants work across sectors, in financial services, health care, construction, biotech, media, manufacturing. Every sector depends on immigrants.


ENB aims to raise $500,000 this year for their New Voices Fund to ensure more students like Gary and Nefisa can forge new lives, and contribute their talents in our wonderful City!

For more information on English for New Bostonians’ 20th Anniversary Event Series, visit

See photos of the event here

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Funder Briefing

Dear ENB Funders, Supporters, and Friends:
We would like to take a moment to thank everyone who attended our Funder and Donor Briefing "Investing in an inclusive New Economy: Resource Planning to promote economic mobility among immigrant communities" on Thursday, July 14, 2022. The event was the second in a series of events that we are hosting this year in celebration of our 20th Anniversary! For those of you who registered but missed the event, we recorded it and it is attached
HERE for you to view at your convenience.

The conversation was very hopeful and highlighted plans to promote economic mobility across immigrant communities. We also discussed the connection between English learning opportunities and immigrant advancement; the role of immigrants in the city of Boston's larger image of equity and inclusion; and the focus on economic recovery and advancement. We heard from Rosana Javier (Owner and General Manager of Latino Beauty Salon), Lee Pelton (President & CEO of The Boston Foundation), Mariangely Solis Cervera (Chief of Equity and Inclusion under Mayor Wu for the City of Boston), and Claudia Green (Executive Director of ENB).

We look forward to seeing you at our Summer Social on Thursday, August 25th, the third in a series of events this year! For more information on our 20th Anniversary Event Series, visit

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ENB’s Summer Social

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On Thursday, August 25th English For New Bostonians (ENB) hosted a Summer Social fundraiser and networking event at the Lawn on D in the Seaport.

Over 100 local business and community leaders enjoyed delicious food and signature drinks showcasing the rich culinary traditions from Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Caribbean, graciously provided by ENB’s partner, Rebel Restaurants, whose parent company is the Cronin Group LLC. Rebel has collaborated with ENB to offer English classes to the employees, on site and remotely.

During the event, Paul Francisco, one of the 20th Anniversary Co-Chairs, opened the program by sharing some of his personal journey arriving from Honduras at 17 not knowing the language and relating it to the students that ENB serves. Standing before a largely immigrant crowd at the Lawn on D in South Boston, Francisco also noted the City’s positive transformation. “When I came to this country at 17, and not speaking English, it was organizations like ENB that really gave me the confidence, the support, the knowledge, and the community that I needed to sort of succeed and to try to figure things out in Boston.”

El Mundo article click here       
See photos of the event here

Elevating Immigrant Parent Voices

Date & Time
February 9, 2023 | 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Free Admission


With a focus on ENB’s  ESOL for Parents
Initiative, this event will explore how investments in parent English skills contribute to children’s educational success. We are honored to have 
Boston Public Schools Superintendent Mary Skipper as our special guest.

Winship Elementary School 
54 Dighton St, Brighton, MA 02135

Target Audience

Immigrant Parents of Elementary school aged children, Educators and Administrators, Elected Officials, Funders, Sponsors, and ENB program partners

Date & Time

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 
In-Person/Ticketed Event


ENB’s English Works Business Council
will convene business leaders to facilitate
conversation and share best practices
to meet the needs of our fast growing
immigrant workforce. This will be an in-person, reception-style luncheon and networking event for members and prospective members of the Council.


Boston College Club
100 Federal Street  36th floor
Boston, MA  02110

Target Audience

C-Suite and Human Resource &
Workforce Development Professionals from
Massachusetts businesses and corporations

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On February 9, 2023, at the beautiful Winship Elementary School, English for New Bostonians’ “Elevating Immigrant Parent Voices” event offered a stage for parents to share personal experiences and raise their voices in support of ESOL for Parents across Boston Public Schools (BPS). Speeches by Jie from China, Danilo from Brazil, Marie from Haiti, Manuel from the Dominican Republic, Hibo from Somalia, and Anna from Cape Verde carried powerful messages to educators, policy makers, and especially, their own children, advocating for greater access to English classes for immigrant parents like themselves.


The ability of immigrant parents to communicate in English, also fosters a healthy and happier life for children. At the event, 2nd graders shared adorable drawings about why they want their parents to learn English. One little girl's drawing was about how her mom now can schedule a playdate with her friend!


BPS Superintendent Mary Skipper spoke to the audience about the importance of strong partnership between schools and parents/families. She reiterated that our diversity of languages and cultures is an asset, it’s “who we are,” part of the identity of the Boston Public Schools. ENB now supports ESOL for Parents classes across six schools. With greater investment and deeper partnership, these rich and highly popular programs can expand to serve additional schools and neighborhoods.

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