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MetroWest Commission on the Status of Women Established

Filed under: Politics by News Staff at 5:53 pm on October 7, 2014

[logo] Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women

Logo of the newly established Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women, (Oct. 2, 2014)

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Governor Deval Patrick recently signed legislation establishing the MetroWest Commission on the Status of Women. The legislation was filed by Senator Karen Spilka at the request of women in the MetroWest area and organized by the United Way of Tri-County.

The MetroWest Commission on the Status of Women will consist of nine commissioners appointed by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women who will represent the strength and diversity of the region in regard to geography, age, professional background and personal experience. The commissioners will share a common commitment to the improvement of the status of women in the MetroWest area.

Victoria A. Budson, chair of the MCSW, stated: "The newly formed commission will provide insight to identify the challenges and opportunities for women of the Metrowest region with the goal of improving the lives of women, their families, and communities. I am confident the commissioners appointed to serve on the Metrowest Commission on the Status of Women, each with her own skills and base of knowledge, will be able to move us toward this goal."

Per its enabling legislation, the Commission will be charged with conducting an ongoing study of matters concerning women within the MetroWest area. The Commission is mandated to report its findings to the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women annually and to recommend solutions to the challenges facing the women and girls of the MetroWest area.

"This commission will amplify the voices of women and girls in the MetroWest region and identify specific ways to advance women’s rights here and across the state," Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) said. "We are promoting equality and opportunity for all women in our communities and helping to inspire the next generation of female leaders in the Commonwealth."

There are currently five women’s regional commissions across Massachusetts, which include, Berkshire County, Bristol County, Cape Cod and the Islands, Essex County, and Worcester County. Additionally, there are nine independently-functioning municipal commissions across the Commonwealth with which the MCSW and regional commissions maintain a working relationship.

The creation of the MetroWest Commission on the Status of Women augments these well-established commissions and broadens the reach and scope of organizations committed to improving women’s access to opportunities, rights, and equality in all areas of life. "Building a better community for women in MetroWest begins with understanding the issues facing women in our region," said Jen Maseda, Senior Vice President of United Way of Tri-County. "Greater women’s representation and involvement in advisory commissions like the newly established MetroWest Commission, corresponds with a more equitable distribution of community resources, advancing programs related to health, financial stability, nutrition, and education."

For additional information or to request information regarding the application process, please contact The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women at 617-626-6520 or online at


Danforth Museum Director Earns Leadership Award

Filed under: Arts / Culture by News Staff at 2:59 am on May 25, 2010

[PHOTO] Katherine French, Executive Director, Danforth Museum of Art

Katherine French, Executive Director, Danforth Museum of Art

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The Danforth Museum of Art is pleased to announce that Executive Director Katherine French was awarded the "She Has Impact" award at the Metrowest Chamber of Commerce Women's Initiative Awards Dinner Tuesday night. The award recognizes French's significant contribution in expanding the quality and reach of the Danforth Museum of Art during her five year tenure.

Bonnie Biocchi, President and CEO of the Metrowest Chamber, noted that, under French's direction, the Danforth has tripled its membership, increased individual donations by 27%, and expanded the operating budget 36%.

The Museum has been recognized with several awards for curatorial excellence and was named “Outstanding Cultural Organization for 2008” by the Massachusetts Art Education Collaborative.  “Under Katherine's leadership, the Danforth has become a premier attraction not just for Framingham but across New England,” Biocchi said. She also commended French for the development of curriculum-based learning for thousands of school children, the creation of a teen docents program, and for curating a number of award-winning exhibitions.

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Living Your Dreams Women's Conference 2006

Filed under: General Interest by Deb Cleveland at 7:52 pm on February 26, 2006

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Living Your Dreams, Leaving a Legacy is the theme of the second annual Dream Year 2006 Women’s Conference to be held March 24 (evening) and 25 (all day) in Framingham. Open to all women, this is an interactive gathering of women who are committed to making a difference in work and in life.
Presented by Cantor Consulting and the Dream Factory Community, the purpose of this conference is for women to:

  • create a powerful Dream for themselves.
  • receive insights and tools for Living their Dreams and Leaving a Legacy
  • envision a world they want to live in, which they can confidently pass on to their children.
  • expand the connection and support available within the Dream Factory, a community of women entrepreneurs.

The Conference will be held at the UCC Conference Center on Badger Road in Framingham. The event begins Friday evening (March 24) with a catered dinner and a celebration of every woman who attends. Participants will honor themselves and their achievements through humor, art, writings, poetry, music, and various form of self-expression. The contribution of women throughout history will be acknowledged.

Attendees may further connect during an optional overnight stay at the UCC facility with other participants. This offers a well-deserved break from daily routines and creates a retreat as well as a conference.

On Saturday morning, participants will clarify their dreams and the legacy they want to leave by tapping into the greater wisdom of women and listening to themselves in a new way. Working in large and small groups with skilled
facilitators, attendees will engage in a process of discovery that empowers them to grow and dissolve any barriers to success.

Saturday afternoon will have participants creating a roadmap to help them get from where they are today to where they wish to go. Working in small groups, attendees will identify milestones and next steps. They will use their small groups to clarify resources needed to create their dreams and leave their legacies.

The Facilitators for the conference are:

  • Nancy Cantor, Chief Dream Officer-Dream Factory Community
  • Ani Colt, Touch Therapist and Community Builder
  • Ursula Flaherty, M.S., Innovative Physical Therapy
  • Linda Glazer, M.A., Speaker, Consultant, Playshop Leader
  • Ann Layman, Presentation and Sales Trainer
  • Carol Madsen, M.B.A.., International marketing, Urban planning
  • Marie Patrice Masse, M.Ed., Spiritual counselor/healer
  • Noemi Paciorek, M.A., LMHC Psychotherapist and life coach
  • Toni Pinheiro, M.A., WakeUp! Artist-HR Specialist
  • Francesca Radbill, Investor
  • Ramsay Raymond, M.A., MHC Psychosynthesis Guide and Teacher, The Dreamwheel

Registration: Dream Factory Community member/nonmember price $179/$199 until February 28, then $199/$225 and $49 to stay over (space limited).

For information, contact Cantor Consulting at 508-231-0791 or go to:


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