Inspiring and Informing
the Next Generation of Leaders

List of Events

October 3

Night One Highlights

Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Peter Kevorkian
Westwood Family Chiropractic


October 10

Night Two Highlights

Keynote Speaker:
Ariel Dangelo
Nightingale Wealth Solutions

October 18

Night Three Highlights

Keynote Speaker:
Mike DiSarro
Neroli Mercato and Ristorante


Lessons From Leaders In-Person Series Celebrates Successful Launch

The 2023 Westwood Living Lessons From Leaders Series, presented by Dedham Savings, wrapped up with one final in-person session at Westwood High School on October 18. This unique opportunity for students to interact one-on-one or in small group settings with local professionals is the first of its kind in our community.

Mike DiSarro, a Westwood High School graduate and owner of five businesses, including Neroli Mercato & Ristorante, addressed students on October 18, focusing on the fact, "You Don't Have To Have it All Figured Out."

For more information, visit lfleaders.com and explore the Digital Directory of professionals participating in the program.

Thank you to all of the professionals who supported Lessons From Leaders:

Dedham Savings - Peter Brown, Mark Ingalls, Laura Macs, Carol Lewis, Kara Kennedy Santos, Gaar Talanian, Marcella Musto, Tonia Reilly, Nehme Melham, Ellen Gillette, Jerry Marcus, Judy Brazil, Michael Berg, Lisa Johnson, Robin Mcleod, Robby Erasmi
Westwood Family Chiropractic - Dr. Peter Kevorkian, Dr. Katherine Roose, Dr. John Redhead
Ariel Dangelo, Nightingale Wealth Solutions
Mike DiSarro, Neroli Mercato & Ristorante
Kristen Dooher, RN, Westwood IV Therapy
Dr. Kurt Hofmann, Boston Sports & Shoulder Center
Dr. Drew Chase, ARCH Orthodontics
Charles Donahue, Health Care Executive, Academic Scholar
Sofia Travayiakis, CrossCountry Mortgage
Maya Eldamaa, Eldamaa Accounting & Tax
Derek Stearns, Plymouth Quarries
JoAnna French, MIT Sloan School of Management, Westwood School Committee
Patrick French, Professional Actor, Improvisor, Corporate Trainer
Dr. Emily Sorblom, Wellpath Care, Pharmacist
Aaron Buczek, Edward Jones Financial, Rotary Club of Westwood President
Randy Hatch, RJ Hatch Electrical Contracting, Inc.
Elena Price - Coldwell Banker
Marianne LeBlanc Cummings - Sugarman & Sugarman, Westwood Select Board Member
Christopher Bean - The Bean Family Farm
Mike Tinsley, Longwood Residential
Tiffany O'Connell, O'Connell Law
Nicole Pezzola Leyden, TED Conferences, Brand Partnerships
Derek Field, Field Martial Arts Academy
Chad Amaral, Dartmouth Community Television
Lauren Watson, Watson College Consulting
Danielle Sobotka, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Jeff Campbell, J.D. Campbell Financial
Jay Resha, Business Executive/Writer
Kerry Aglugub, KMA Web Design
Jennifer Foley, BOSE
Brendan Hall, Endicott College ESports Coordinator
Michael Dangelo, Sunny Rock Plumbing
Deborah Bondzie, Bondzie Law
Mike Reiss - ESPN Patriots Reporter
Kwani Lunis - NBC 10 Boston
Alyssa Caddle - Thermo Fisher Scientific, Engineer
Dr. Phil Eliades - AP Derm
Diana Bezdedeanu, Equine Facilitated Learning, Westwood Living Content Coordinator
Tom Mullen, Breakwater Capital Group
Dr. Alana Bednarz, Dental Arts of Westwood
Asanka Moehring, Westwood Doppler, R&D Engineer
Dr. Ryan Welter, Regeneris MedSpa & Cosmetic Surgery
Joe O'Sullivan, Statera Law
Rick Bern, Rick Bern Photography
Hale Education - Greg Freed, Eric Arnold, Emerson Badessa, Sue Crumbaker, Lindsey Pierce, Jackie Ross, Shannon Obey

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We are fortunate to live in a very prosperous and supportive community. Westwood is home to leaders in many industries, people who have succeeded in business and life and are eager to share stories and guidance with the next generation. Westwood Living is proud to announce a new initiative that provides any business professional the opportunity to invest in the next generation by sharing your expertise and experiences.

The first Westwood Living “Lessons From Leaders” Series will be hosted this fall at Westwood High School. Our goal is to provide unprecedented, comprehensive access to useful tutelage, guidance and information never made available in this format to high school students in our community. The staff at Westwood Living will organize and execute the entire initiative, from event planning to promotion to web development. This is your call to action, your time to invest in the next generation by sharing your inspiration and information.

Program overview



The Lessons From Leaders Series will be hosted at Westwood High School over the course of three weeks in October, 2023 (different night of the week each week).

Up to 40 participating leaders in business will be available at individual tables each night to offer advice and answer questions for students.

At each session, a keynote speaker will deliver a 7-10 minute educational and motivational address focused on a topic pertinent to high school students.



Every participating leader will be showcased in the Lessons From Leaders Online Directory, with information useful to high school students interested in learning more about their profession

  • Full biography and background of each Leader Sponsor
  • Classes relevant to profession
  • Internships relevant to profession
  • Suggested reading material
  • Educational Video providing an overview of the industry and words of guidance
  • Professional opportunities available – Internships, Shadowing Opportunities, Jobs
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Every participating leader will be showcased in the Lessons From Leaders Print Directory, distributed to students who attend the in-person Lessons From Leaders sessions, with contact information included for students interested in reaching out for more information.


In addition to the satisfaction of knowing you're investing in future leaders, every participating leader will receive the following benefits:

A table at a Lessons from Leaders session, with signage featuring your company's logo

Invitation to appear on the Westwood Living Podcast Network to talk about your profession, promote your business and offer advice to students

Acknowledgement in the November issue of Westwood Living magazine

Full access to professional photos taken at the Lessons From Leaders session for use promotionally in printed materials, on social media or your website


Giving Back - Directly

10% of every sponsorship will support the Westwood Community Scholarship Fund,  At the end of each school year, money donated from the Lessons From Leaders Series will benefit and advance the further education of Westwood students.  We're making a direct and powerful impact. 

What's In It For Students?

Students will register to participate in the Lessons From Leaders Series free of charge. Any registered student is invited to:

Attend the In-Person Lessons From Leaders Sessions

Access the Lessons From Leaders Online Directory

Take home a copy of the Lessons From Leaders Print Directory

Every registered student will be eligible to win any number of significant raffle prizes, including a Bluetooth speaker, Apple AirPods Max Headphones, and gift cards from local businesses.

This is your call to action

Your time to invest in the next generation by sharing your inspiration and information.