Speakers

39th MMA Annual Meeting & Trade Show
January 19 & 20, 2018
Hynes Convention Center & Sheraton Boston Hotel

 
The MMA Annual Meeting draws nationally recognized speakers who offer their insights on issues of concern to local governments. Each Annual Meeting concludes with a banquet dinner capped by quality entertainment.
 
Keynote Address: David Breashears
An accomplished filmmaker, author, mountaineer and speaker, Breashears co-directed and photographed the first-ever IMAX film shot from Mount Everest. Since 1978, he has combined his climbing and filmmaking skills to complete more than 40 film projects.
 
 
 
​WEMO Leadership Luncheon: Andrea Cabral
The first woman elected sheriff in Suffolk County history and a former state secretary of public safety, Cabral’s public service career spans three decades. The co-founder of the Suffolk County District Attorney Office’s first domestic violence unit, she is a regular contributor and host on WGBH radio and TV.
 
 
Friday Dinner Speaker: Dennis Lehane
Award-winning author and Boston native Lehane is best known for novels such as “Mystic River” and “Gone, Baby, Gone,” which have been adapted into popular films. Lehane has published more than a dozen novels and has written for the acclaimed HBO series “The Wire” and “Boardwalk Empire.”
 
 
Closing Session: E.J. Dionne
An award-winning columnist, political analyst and author, Dionne's Washington Post column appears in more than 100 newspapers in the United States and abroad. A highly regarded political commentator on politics, Dionne appears weekly on NPR and regularly on MSNBC.
 
 
 
Entertainment: Beatlejuice
For more than 20 years, Beatlejuice has been entertaining audiences across New England with the timeless hits of the Fab 4. Beatlejuice covers every era of the Beatles catalog, faithfully reproducing some of the greatest songs ever written.

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