O'Toole was vice-chairwoman last year for WESG, a Washington, DC-based organization of women constitutional officers and cabinet-level officials in state governments across the nation, and has served on WESG's board of directors for several years. Prior to accepting the University's top alumni post this spring, O'Toole was Massachusetts' secretary of public safety.
"Kathy O'Toole is a visionary," said WESG Executive Director Julienne Nelson. "But she is someone who can put those visions into reality and do it quickly. There seems to be no end to the innovative ideas she has given us. She's a real leader."
One of O'Toole's first efforts as chairwoman was to help foster a collaboration between WESG and Boston College's Irish Institute, which hosted a September conference of women government officials from Ireland and Northern Ireland. O'Toole said the Irish officials and their American counterparts had a roundtable discussion on topics of mutual concern which was well-received by all participants.
"It was nice to be able to apply my ties with Boston College and the Irish Institute into the WESG network," O'Toole said.
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