I'm excited to have with me today, a fellow member of LeadBoston class of 2015. LeadBoston is an executive education program, that focuses on the inner workings of Boston and socially responsible leadership.

I met my guest initially through his work at Fenway Institute which was launched in 2001 by Fenway Health as an interdisciplinary center for research, training, education and policy development focusing on national and international health issues, especially related to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities.

Currently, he is the Vice President of Multicultural Initiatives and Health Equity at the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, where he is focused on engaging and cultivating community partners in the fight for equitable health outcomes within communities of color.

Please join me in welcoming Benjamin Perkins.

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In this episode we explore:

  • How he came to understand himself as a leader – going way back to his 6th grade teacher Mrs. Durham and his student leadership in high school,
  • how he defines leadership – “The capacity to inspire people to be their best selves”,
  • the rewards and challenges of his work, and
  • how he created and sustained his professional network since 2001.

Stay tuned until the end of episode to hear what I thought were the key take-aways you could put into practice this week and benefit from for years to come.


  • Need help building your Personal Board of Directors? Dorie Clark's book “Reinventing You” goes into the “wisdom of crowds” on pages 84-87. I recommend reading this book if you're ready for a career shift.
  • Benjamin Perkin on LinkedIn and Twitter
  • Learn more about LeadBoston
  • Contactually (free 30 day trial) – questions about this? I'm happy to help you get set up for success.

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