Previously, Wallace-Benjamin was President and Chief Executive Officer of The Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts. She has also served as a consultant with Whitehead Mann, a global executive recruiting firm; Director of Operations for Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston; Deputy Director of ABCD Head Start; and a Research Analyst for ABT Associates. In 2007, she served as Chief of Staff on Massachusetts’ Governor Deval Patrick's transition team and during his first months of office before returning to The Home until her retirement.
Wallace-Benjamin is the recipient of numerous awards, and she holds eight honorary doctoral degrees. Wallace-Benjamin has served as a Trustee of Wellesley College, on the Board of Directors of Bridgewater State University and City Fresh Foods, Inc., and as a member of Brandeis University’s Board of Overseers for The Heller School for Social Policy and Management. She currently serves as the Chairperson of the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) Advisory Board at Wellesley College.
Dyar's work has been published in numerous scientific journals and she has been awarded diverse grants from NASA and NSF. These include support for her participation on the Mars Science Laboratory science team. She also serves on three of the eight NASA Solar System Exploration Virtual Institutes. She is pioneering the development of novel machine learning techniques for interpretation of spectroscopic data.
Dyar received the G.K. Gilbert Award from the Planetary Geology Division of the Geological Society of America for outstanding contributions to the solution of fundamental problems in planetary geology, the Hawley Medal from the Mineralogical Society of Canada, and the Eugene Shoemaker Distinguished Scientist Medal from NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute for significant contributions to the field of lunar science. She is a Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America, the Geological Society of America, and the Geochemical Society.
Dyar supports undergraduate researchers in her Mineral Spectroscopy Laboratory each year. She considers the students she inspires through her teaching and mentorship a more important legacy than her hundreds of scientific publications.
Dyar holds a Bachelor of Arts in geology and art history from Wellesley College and a Ph.D. in Geochemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
During her 17-year career at CBS News, Dozier and her CBS News team were hit by a car bomb in Baghdad, Iraq, that took the lives of her team and the Army captain they were filming. She spent months in the hospital healing and learning to walk again, and later turned the experience into a memoir to help guide others through traumatic injury and recovery. She has spoken to hundreds of military and civilian audiences about returning to work post-traumatic-stress free.
Dozier is a recipient of the Peabody Award, the Sigma Delta Chi award, several Edward R. Murrow Awards, and was the first woman journalist recognized by the National Medal of Honor Society for her coverage of Iraq. She speaks on issues ranging from U.S. foreign and national security policy to understanding the U.S. and international media’s role in national security, to her own story of survival.