Corporate Spelling Bee

Congratulations to the 2018 champion team from John Hancock Investments with spellers Nilan Jayasinghe, Suzanne Lambert, and John O’Loughlin! The winning word was ‘mordacious’ which means caustic; sarcastic.

For 29 years, Greater Boston businesses and service providers like Bank of New York Mellon, Citi, Eaton Vance Investment Managers, and IBM, field teams of spellers to compete for the trophy. Attendees are treated to drinks, dinner, and a few hours of entertaining competition, the proceeds from which make an enormous and ongoing difference in our communities.

Sponsorship is an investment that provides an unparalleled return because adult literacy prepares determined adults to move into the workforce with the essential skills needed in the 21st Century.

For information on how your company can participate, please contact Jamie Ayer at or 617.482.3336




Many organizations that participate in the Corporate Spelling Bee hold preliminary mini-bees to determine the team that will represent them at the main event in April. Every mini-bee is unique, and First Literacy is here to help make this a great teambuilding experience for employees. Feel free to contact us with any questions!