MMA Women #PressforProgress

Alumni and Cadets gather for MMA Women's Event

This year Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s Women’s Event chose to piggyback on the 2018 International Women’s Day theme of #PressforProgress. Now in its third year, the MMA Women’s Event has become a networking and mentoring reception broadly focused on MMA’s female cadets and alumni who are either already immersed in careers in STEM industries or planning them.

MMA graduate Zoe Goss '99 was this year’s keynote speaker. As the Director of Marine Recruiting and Development at Crowley Maritime, Goss has actively been involved in the MARAD Sexual Assault Sexual Harassment (SASH) Call to Action representing both Crowley and the maritime industry. She serves as the Project Executive for the Ship Operations Cooperative Program (SOCP) SASH training project which provides standardized training and best practices guidance on prevention and response to SASH for the maritime industry.

Zoe Goss presents at MMA Women's Event

Admiral Francis McDonald '85, Trustee Mary Thomann '81 and Zoe all addressed the crowd at the Exchange Center in Boston on how important it is to speak up and to continue to #PressforProgress in the industry. Zoe passionately reminded everyone that now, more than ever, there is a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity, and encouraged all her fellow alumni to talk to the cadets in the room and encouraged mentorship. Companies are taking action and it’s important especially for cadets ready to join the workforce to know that the industry has their back. As a thank you for all her work Zoe was presented with the Admiral’s Distinguished Service award at the end of her presentation.

Alumni at MMA Women's Event

Originally launched in 2015 as a small Homecoming gathering to celebrate 35 years of women on campus, the MMA Women’s Event was met with such enthusiasm that the gathering has become a much-anticipated annual event held in greater Boston.