Each year the Women’s Initiative of Central Massachusetts honors two local women that embody the leadership and values of its co-founders Lois Green and Meridith Wesby and whose deep commitment and dedication make a meaningful difference in the community. The awards are presented at the Stepping Up for Girls event.
This year’s recipient of the Lois B. Green award was Mercyhurst alum Maureen Gray`65. Maureen holds a lifelong dedication to motivating young people to learn and achieve, to community service and to financial empowerment for women and girls.
Maureen earned her BA from Mercyhurst University and went on for a Master’s from Assumption College in French and Education. She then launched a 21-year career as a teacher and administrator at Bancroft School, teaching foreign languages and English. During her time there, she co-authored the textbook, The Phenomenon of Language, an exploratory language skills program for Middle School students. At her retirement from Bancroft, she was awarded the school’s Carpe Diem Award for excellence in teaching.
In 1990, Maureen prepared to pursue a second career in financial planning. For the last 26 years, she has advised clients on investments, retirement savings, insurance and budgeting in her profession as Senior Wealth Strategist for the Gray Group at UBS Financial Services in downtown Worcester.
Maureen has served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, including Seven Hills Foundation, Junior League, Worcester Historical Museum and Girls Inc. She is a Trustee of Seven Hills, a Corporator of the Worcester Art Museum and a member of the Financial Literacy Committee for the Women’s Initiative. She has enjoyed speaking at conferences and events designed to teach young women about finance, careers in finance, fundraising and governance.
For these and other efforts, she was awarded the Robert W. Stoddard Award for Outstanding Community Service by Bancroft School in 2015.
Maureen is known as someone who works behind the scenes connecting people to organizations to help make the community thrive. In her mind so many have latent leadership talent and are ripe for mentoring in order to be effective on boards and committees. She has a personal and professional mission to help others make well-informed financial and philanthropic decisions.
Maureen lives in Worcester with her husband, Bob Gray, and is the mother of three sons and the grandmother of seven, six girls and a boy.