Shining City is a video production series which features cutting edge ideas, products, inventions and social programs that originate in Boston and around New England. Hosted by former Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Kerry Murphy Healey, the series intends to showcase the regionas extraordinary scientific, medical and social innovation, while capitalizing on Bostonas reputation as the aHuba of new thinking in many fields. Each feature segment will have both local flavor and focus, as well as appeal to a broader, national and global audience who look to New England for emerging trends in technology, ideas and social institutions.

The adoption of the name Shining City is intended to convey both the Bay Stateas historic role in civic leadership and Americaas role as a center for intellectual and economic innovation. The name Shining City was invoked by President Ronald Reagan in his last speech in office, in which he explained his vision of American prosperity and leadership as a ashining city on a hilla for the world. The title also has a local connection because it alludes to Massachusetts Bay founder John Winthropas famous sermon on the Arbella in which he refers to the new colony as a acity on a hilla. The phrase was also referenced in 1961 by President-Elect John F. Kennedy in his farewell speech to the General Court of Massachusetts.

About Kerry Healey: Host

Kerry Healey served as the 70th Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 2003-2007.  As Lieutenant Governor, Dr. Healey lead successful efforts to combat drunken driving, address homelessness, increase penalties for perpetrators of child abuse, gang violence, sexual assault and domestic violence.

After leaving office in 2007, she was a Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy Schoolas Institute of Politics and Center for Public Leadership.  In 2008, Dr. Healey served as a Senior Advisor for the Romney for President campaign.  In 2008, Dr. Healey was appointed by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to the Executive Committee of the US Department of Stateas Public Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan (PPP), and is currently President of the Friends of the PPP, a non-profit that supports PPP programs to provide scholarships and training to Afghan lawyers.  Since 2009, Ambassador Swanee Hunt and Dr. Healey have co-chaired the Parity Project, a bi-partisan effort to increase womenas representation in high-level State and Federal offices.  Dr. Healey also serves on the Advisory Boards of the Harvard Kennedy Schoolas Taubman Institute on State and Local Government and the MIT Collaborativeas Healthcare Visionary Council.  She is Vice-Chairman of the National Center on Family Homelessness and serves on the boards of a number of charitable or educational institutions.  

Prior to her election, Dr. Healey was elected Chairman of the Massachusetts Republican Party. For more than a decade, Dr. Healey worked as a public policy researcher for the Cambridge-based think tank, Abt Associates, Inc., on contracts with the US Department of Justice.  She is the author of numerous publications on criminal justice policy.  Healey holds an AB from Harvard College (Government) and a PhD from Trinity College, Dublin (Law and Political Science). She was a Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School and a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in Ireland.  She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

About Tracy Palandjian: Co-Host

Ms. Palandjian leads Parthenon's Non Profit Practice and chairs the Charitable Contributions Committee. Her broad range of consulting experience includes clients in both the private and non-profit sectors. Ms. Palandjian's work has focused on strategy development, mission definition, and growth strategy. She began her career at McKinsey & Co., and prior to joining Parthenon was working with Wellington Management Co., where she advised clients on portfolio strategies. A native of Hong Kong, Ms. Palandjian is fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin. She chairs The New England Advisory Board of Facing History and Ourselves, and serves on the Boards of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, the Harvard Business School Alumni Board, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Agassi Graf Holdings. Ms Palandjian is also a Director of the Hong Kong Association of Massachusetts. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, with a B.A. in Economics, and holds an M.B.A. with high distinction from Harvard Business School where she was a Baker Scholar.

About Ed Goldman: Producer

Over thirty years in the Advertising and Media business, Ed began his career at Benton and Bowles, Inc. in New York.  He later served as President of Westinghouse Broadcasting's Sales and Marketing Company, Group W Television Sales, as well as Vice President of the CBS AM Radio Station Group.

Most recently, Ed oversaw the operation of CBS Boston Television and Radio as General Manager of WBZ-TV4, WSBK-TV38, WBZ NewsRadio 1030, and WLWC-TV28 in Providence, RI.  During that time, he served on the boards of the Boston Chamber of Commerce, The Advertising Club of Boston, The Greater Boston YMCA, and on the Board of Overseers of The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Childrens Hospital, Boston, and the Wang Center for the Performing Arts.

Ed has a solid understanding of community value, and an experienced global view of the evolving media and marketing landscape.

Ed is a graduate of The George Washington University and resides with his wife, Carolyn in Chestnut Hill, MA.

This Week on Shining City

  • Harvard psychologist and prolific author Steven Pinker challenges the doctrine that human beings are peaceful by nature and corrupted by modern institutions. His research shows the opposite: far from causing us to become more violent, something in modernity and its cultural institutions has made us more virtuous. If Pinker is correct that war and violence are natural to us, will we ever achieve world peace?

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  • In this segment we interview Gerald Chertavian, Founder and CEO of Year Up.

    Year up is a non profit that provides urban young adults with a one-year intensive program of professional skills, college credits, an educational stipend and corporate internship.

    Watch the full interview here.