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Award Winners Announced at 2017 CWE Women Business Leaders Conference

Textron, Inc., Commonwealth of Massachusetts Supplier Diversity Office andThe TJX Companies, Inc. Among Those Recognized

Boston, MA – The Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE), a nationally-known nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering women in business presented its 2017 Leadership Awards at its Annual Women Business Leaders Conference on October 20 at the Sheraton Framingham, MA.

The following individuals and corporations were recognized for their outstanding efforts in helping break down barriers and provide opportunities for women entrepreneurs and women in business to increase their professional success, personal growth, and financial independence.

CWE Corporation of the Year is given to the corporation leading the way to opening up pathways for women-owned businesses.  2017 Winner – Textron Inc.

CWE Community Partner of the Year is given to the organization that supports the growth and expansion of the Center for Women & Enterprise.  2017 Winner – Commonwealth of Massachusetts Supplier Diversity Office

 

CWE Advocate of the Year is given to a professional or community leader whose efforts support women’s economic empowerment through small business initiatives.  2017 Winner – Susan Loconto Penta

 

CWE Volunteer of the Year is given to an individual who tirelessly and selflessly supports CWE and its mission. 2017 Winner – Daniel Homander

 

CWE Supplier Diversity Professional of the Year is given to a supplier diversity professional exhibiting outstanding efforts in supplier diversity. 2017 Winner – The TJX Companies, Inc.

 

CWE WBENC-Certified Women’s Business of the Year is given to a WBENC-certified women-owned business that has exhibited growth through innovation or strategic partnership.  2017 Winner – Polaris Direct LLC

 

 “The dedication of these individuals and corporations to CWE’s mission is second to none.  Each award winner has in their own way exhibited an unwavering commitment to empowering women in business -- not only for yesterday’s and today’s women business leaders, but for many more to come. For that we are sincerely grateful,” stated Susan Rittscher, President and CEO of the Center for Women & Enterprise.

This year’s conference drew a 300 business professionals dedicated to empowering women in business, and featured workshops and presentations led by industry experts.  Featured speakers included  Gillian Meek, President of Keds, and Stefania Mallett, Co-Founder and CEO, ezCater.

About the Center for Women & Enterprise

Established in 1995, the Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) is a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for women entrepreneurs and women in business to increase their professional success, personal growth, and financial independence. CWE also operates the Veterans Business Outreach Center of New England (VBOC of NE) that equips veteran and active duty service members and their families with the resources to help them start and run their businesses

As New England's leading organization for women entrepreneurs, we work hard to ensure that all women, regardless of their economic status, are provided access to our programs and services. CWE offers scholarships to disadvantaged clients while fostering influential relationships for successful business women at the other end of the financial spectrum.

The Center for Women & Enterprise provides education, training, resources and connections to women (and men) through Centers in Boston, MA; Westborough, MA; Nashua, NH; Providence, RI; Burlington, VT; and Community Classrooms throughout New England.

In addition, CWE is the New England affiliate for Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), serving as their certification arm for women-owned businesses. WBENC Certification is nationally recognized in helping established women business owners access new corporate contracts with organizations that are actively seeking supplier diversity. 

To learn more about CWE visit, www.CWEonline.org.  Find CWE on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CenterforWomenandEnterprise , Twitter at www.twitter.com/CWETalk and LinkedIn, Friends of Center for Women & Enterprise.