Afternoon Keynote Panel: Betty Francisco, Kip Hollister and Heather Jenkins 

Betty Francisco, Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, Business Executive, Attorney and Community Leader

Betty Francisco is an entrepreneur, angel investor, business executive, attorney and community leader. Currently, Betty is the General Counsel at Compass Working Capital where she serves as the organization’s chief legal advisor. She has over 20 years of experience advising health and fitness businesses, life sciences, and technology companies in the areas of legal, compliance, risk management, operations, and human resources. Betty is also an investor with Pipeline Angels, a network of new and seasoned women investors who are creating capital for women social entrepreneurs. Learn more at

Kip Hollister, CEO & Founder, Hollister Staffing & Hollister Institute

Kip Hollister opened Hollister Staffing 31 years ago and has grown the company into one of New England’s premier woman-owned recruiting firms. As a 2012 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award winner and national finalist, Kip attributes Hollister’s success to the trust and integrity that characterizes the leadership of her organization. Kip’s passion to create a business culture that thrives, led to the launch of Hollister Institute in 2015. The Institute supports individuals and teams through customized programing designed to enhance productivity by building unified and energized work environments.

Kip has developed a number of programs offered through the Institute which include: Communication and Conflict Resolution, Managing Stress Through Mindfulness, Networking and Your Personal Brand, Mindfulness in the Workplace, The Art of Feedback, and series of leadership courses focused on helping leaders inspire and nurture a growth environment for themselves and their teams. Additionally, as a certified Leadership Coach, Kip aims to couple leadership development and management training with executive coaching.

Her passion, commitment and leadership in the Boston community has raised the bar around the importance of community and corporate social responsibility. In addition to offering mindfulness workshops for high school students, Kip has served on numerous Boards including: The Workforce Investment Board, The Workforce Development Committee of Massachusetts, Advisory boards of the YMCA Training Inc., Cristo Rey, Everybody Wins, and the Alliance for Business Leaders.

Kip currently sits on the boards of The Commonwealth Institute, a non-profit organization devoted to advancing businesswomen in leadership positions, and Recovery Works, an organization dedicated to combating the stigma associated with substance abuse by helping recovering addicts re-enter the work force.

Kip has four children and lives in Dover, MA with her husband.

Heather Jenkins, Chief of Staff & Equity, uAspire

Heather Jenkins is the Chief of Staff & Equity at uAspire where she is responsible for ensuring that uAspire’s leadership, functions, and internal collaboration mechanisms are operating effectively, equitably and inclusively. She joined the organization in May 2018 as the first Vice President of Equity. Prior to joining uAspire, Heather was the Managing Director of Service Impact and Evaluation at City Year Boston where she oversaw all aspects of the organization's service in the Boston Public Schools.


Heather has a BA in psychology, an MS in education, a Ph.D. in sociology of education, and is also New York State certified in district leadership. She has 18 years of experience working for equity and access in education including: teacher and administrator at the K-12 level; diversity and equity consultant for secondary and postsecondary institutions; public and private school college readiness education consultant; mentor to students of color and economically marginalized youth; and an adjunct instructor for several teacher education and educational opportunity programs in western New York. Heather has published several articles on educational equity and co-authored a book titled, “Class Warfare: Class and Race in Affluent and Elite Secondary Schools.” Heather is the proud mother of two young women, one in college and one in graduate school.

Moderator: Gaby King Morse, President & CEO, Center for Women & Enterprise

Gaby joined the Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) in July of this year. She comes to CWE with over 25 years of experience serving as the visionary leader of both non-profit and for-profit organizations. For the last 17 years Gaby has focused her professional life on working for impactful social enterprises including Discovering Justice, City Year, Crossroads for Kids, and, most recently, uAspire.

During her 8.5-year tenure Gaby was part of a leadership team that built uAspire to become a national expert in college affordability enabling low-income students and families to realize the promise of an affordable higher education, and grow uAspire’s annual budget from $2 MM to $9 MM. Gaby served uAspire in a variety of fundraising, marketing, and public relations roles, including in the capacity of Executive Director for Massachusetts and in her current role as Chief Strategy Officer for the national office.

Gaby brings her passion for economic empowerment and expertise building strong organizations to focus on CWE’s mission and to lead CWE to its next level of impact across New England.