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has grown and flourished. This model has led to a significant increase in the percentage of employees who participate in community service and giving. She has also established Corporate Service Days, which engage employees in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Maine around community service; the Community Spirit Awards, which honor the community service of Harvard Pilgrim employees; and, the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. event which pays tribute to his legacy and commitment to social justice.

Janelle served as the first elected Chair on Harvard Pilgrim's Black Leaders Forum- the Corporation's first Employee Resource Group, which encourages culturally competent business practices and provides leadership development opportunities for the group’s membership. In this role, she supported the creation of the group's vision, bi-laws and governance.

Outside of Harvard Pilgrim, Janelle has also taken a leadership role in various organizations that relate to my three passions- education, cultural diversity and empowering women. She currently serves on the Board of College Bound Dorchester.

In 2012 Janelle was profiled as an Emerging Leader in the Boston Business Journal. The publication also honored her in 2011 as a Rising Star in Business, an award that honors professionals under 30 who are building unique brands, bringing innovations to market, starting trends, giving back and are successful as well as the YMCA's Service Award. In 2010, Janelle Received the Massachusetts Unsung Heroine award as well as the YMCA Achievers award. Janelle was crowned Mrs. Massachusetts 2013 and represented the Bay State at the nationally televised Mrs. America pageant held in Arizona.

Janelle holds a MBA from Simmons College, Master’s Degree in Higher Education from Boston College and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas A&M University.

She resides in Boston, MA with her husband Hansley and seven year old twins Jasmine and Sheridan.

Speaking Engagements:

Better4Business Conference Anaheim, California
Rockland Trust Women’s Development Summit
Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts- Young Professional's Conference Boston, MA
New Jersey's State Conference on Volunteerism
New Hampshire's State Conference on Volunteerism
USA Swimming- Regional Diversity Conference


Janelle Woods-McNish
Director of CSR

Janelle Woods-McNish is the Director of Service and Giving at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care's Foundation. In her 8 years at Harvard Pilgrim, Janelle has transformed the Corporation's employee engagement model. Under her leadership, the one-of-a-kind employee service and giving program, which encourages Harvard Pilgrim employees to be philanthropists in their own communities- by giving them the power of choice-