May Institute President Lauren Solotar Named “Woman of Influence” by Boston Business Journal


Randolph, Mass. — Lauren C. Solotar, Ph.D., ABPP, President and Chief Executive Officer of May Institute, was one of 23 women from the Boston business community recently honored as a “2015 Woman of Influence” by the Boston Business Journal.
[Read the Boston Business Journal profile, “Hope Springs Eternal; Lauren Solotar Readies the May Institute for Challenges to Come” on Dr. Solotar.]

[View Flickr album of BBJ event.]

Dr. Lauren Solotar joined the award-winning nonprofit organization in Randolph as Chief Psychologist and Vice President of Clinical Services in 1996. After many years of expanding responsibilities, she was appointed CEO in 2012. She took on the dual roles of President and CEO in 2013, making her only the second leader of the organization since its founding in 1955. Today, Dr. Solotar oversees a $115 million annual budget and nearly 2,000 employees spread across 12 states.
“Lauren is highly effective in leading May Institute,” states Stephen S. Young, Chairman of May Institute’s Board of Trustees. “Her clinical expertise; solid understanding of the issues important to staff, families, and individuals served; and her bold management style make her uniquely qualified for facing the challenges of guiding this large and complex organization. She is the ideal President and CEO to lead May Institute into its seventh decade of service.”
“Dr. Solotar developed a strategic plan of a comprehensive array of initiatives to ensure that May Institute develops to new heights,” adds Dr. Don Ricciato, former Board Chairman. These initiatives include: creating a workplace of choice; enhancing the quality of May Institute’s services; developing and implementing a clinical philosophy; developing a culture of accountability; establishing criteria for new services and growth; providing resources for technological advances and implementation; fostering a culture of philanthropy; and developing a Diversity and Inclusion Council and plan.
“It is my goal to provide the type of forward-thinking leadership necessary to continue to guide our very special organization successfully into the future,” said Dr. Solotar as she accepted her award. “One of our key strategic initiatives has been to foster a culture of diversity and inclusion through our Diversity and Inclusion Council and its mentoring program. This effort is helping us invest in the organization’s future by supporting and encouraging the next generation of leaders, many of whom are women from diverse backgrounds.”
About May Institute
May Institute is an award-winning nonprofit organization with 60 years of experience in serving children and adults with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities, brain injury, and behavioral health needs. The organization provides educational, rehabilitative, and behavioral healthcare services to individuals, as well as training and consultation services to professionals, organizations, and public school systems. At more than 150 service locations across the country, highly trained staff work to create new and more effective ways to meet the special needs of individuals and families across the lifespan. For more information, call 800.778.7601 or visit
Read May Institute’s mission statement here.

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