May Institute

May Institute Named a Top Women-Led Business in Massachusetts


Randolph, Mass. —May Institute, a national nonprofit provider of services for children, adolescents, and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other special needs, has been named number 17 in The Commonwealth Institute’s (TCI) 2017 list of Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts.

TCI is a non-profit organization devoted to advancing businesswomen in leadership positions in Massachusetts. Its annual Top 100 list celebrates successful for-profit and nonprofit businesses that have made a significant impact on the Commonwealth’s economy – and the women who lead them. This year marks the 16th year of this tradition.

“Since its founding, May Institute has been committed to identifying underserved and at-risk populations impacted by autism and to bringing evidence-based services to the point of need,” said Lauren C. Solotar, Ph.D., ABPP, May Institute President and CEO. “This past year, one of our most significant efforts focused on expanding the reach of our services by working with the U.S. State Department and the government of Oman, to help Oman more effectively respond to what they call ‘a tsunami’ of potential autism diagnoses.”

The top 100 winners were honored at a celebratory breakfast held on October 27th at the Intercontinental Hotel in Boston. The names of the winning organizations and their leaders were published in the Boston Globe Magazine on October 29th.

“From human services and arts to construction and technology, female executives are the decision makers for Bay State firms with thousands of employees and billions of dollars in revenue,” according to the Globe article. “Taken together, the 100 companies on this list represent a total revenue and operating budget of $6.9 billion.”

[Read Boston Globe Magazine article here.]

“We are so proud that May Institute and Dr. Solotar have been recognized by The Commonwealth Institute,” said Debra Blair, M.B.A., CMA, CPA, May Institute’s Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer. “To be among the ‘top 20’ women-led businesses in Massachusetts is a tremendous honor. We are grateful to Lauren who has done an outstanding job of leading our organization during uncertain economic times. She is a tireless advocate for the women, men, and children we serve, and an inspiring role model for May employees.”

About May Institute
May Institute is a nonprofit organization that is a national leader in the field of applied behavior analysis, serving individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities, brain injury and neurobehavioral disorders, and other special needs. Founded more than 60 years ago, we provide a wide range of exceptional educational and rehabilitative services across the lifespan. For more information, call 800.778.7601 or visit