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Updated: August 22, 2022 / 40 Under Forty, Class of 2022

40 Under Forty 2022: Leah Motsis

Photo | Erika Sidor Leah Motsis
Photo | Erika Sidor 40 Under Forty, Class of 2022 winners (from left): Leah Motsis, Nathan Lanier, Amanda White, and Boa Newgate at Tree House Brewery in Charlton (special thanks to Leeanne Lawrence)
Leah Motsis, 35
  • Title Director of development
  • Company Boys & Girls Club of Worcester
  • Residence West Boylston
  • Birthplace Worcester
  • College Westfield State University
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Motsis is dedicated to her hometown.

She’s worked at the DCU Center, where she developed the first-ever group sales guide, secured a long-term contract with a major coffee and donut retail company, and raised $100,000 in annual sales. She was director of corporate partnerships at the Worcester Railers Hockey Club, where she oversaw and managed more than 143 accounts and secured the second-most corporate sponsorships for any team in the ECHL.

And today, at the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester, she has increased branding awareness through social media, expanded reach to the community, developed a new website, and planned special events. She was part of a team that raised more than $3.5 million in fundraising in 2021, the largest amount in the organization's 133-year history.

But her community advocacy work goes beyond her day job. Motsis is the leader of a West Boylston Daisy Girl Scouts troop, where all of her 13 girls earned their Daisy petal badges this year, each corresponding to a line in the Girl Scout law. Starting in September, Motsis will be a board member of the Worcester group Women In Development of Central MA.

What Central Mass. historical figure do you most admire? Sarah E. Wall. She refused to pay taxes and encouraged other women to join her until women had the right to vote!

Who is most responsible for the person you are today? My parents raised me to be responsible and accountable for my actions. As long as I can remember, I was given the ability to make choices and wasn’t raised being constantly told what to do. I feel by learning at a young age to make choices and learn from those actions (for better or worse), it has given me the confidence to be a leader.

When do you want to retire? Retirement feels a long way off. I do know that while I don’t know my exact plans, I will always find time to play an impactful role in my community.

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