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Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women Announces the Unsung Heroines of 2013

April 29, 2013
Susan Nicholl, nominated by Senator Spilka, being recognized as an Unsung Heroine of 2013

Susan Nicholl, nominated by Senator Spilka, being recognized as an Unsung Heroine of 2013

(BOSTON) – Today, the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women proudly announced its 83 Unsung Heroines of 2013. These women from cities and towns across the Commonwealth were recognized for their outstanding contributions to their organizations and communities in a ceremony this afternoon at the State House.

The Unsung Heroines are women who don’t always make the news, but truly make the difference. They are the women who use their time, talent, and enthusiasm to enrich the lives of others and make a difference in their neighborhoods, cities, and towns. They are mentors, volunteers, and innovators who do what needs to be done without expectations of recognition or gratitude. These women are the glue that keeps a community together and every community has them.

Framingham resident Susan Nicholl, the first Executive Director of the MetroWest Tourism & Visitors Bureau (MWTVB), was nominated by Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) for her dedicated work marketing the MetroWest region to residents and visitors. Prior to her joining the MWTVB, Susan worked at the Institute for Nonprofit Development, where she worked with numerous nonprofits in the areas of governance, planning, marketing, and resource development. During her first year at the MWTVB, Susan has focused on developing products and services, seeking financial support, and bringing greater industry and geographic diversity to the effort.

Today’s ceremony, hosted by WCVB-TV anchor Liz Brunner, acknowledged the work of each of the 83 Unsung Heroines of 2013.

Other Unsung Heroines recognized today that reside in Spilka’s district include Judy D’Antonio of Natick, Barbara Rondeau of Franklin, and Dawn Ross of Framingham.

This event was made possible with the support of the following community sponsors: Cape Air, Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership at Babson College, Casner & Edwards, LLP, Continental Resources Inc., Day Pitney LLP, and the members of MetroWest ATHENA Women.  The Commission’s annual Unsung Heroine initiative is underwritten by these private sponsors and the MCSW Trust Fund and no tax dollars are used to fund this event.

The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women (MCSW) is an independent state agency that was created in 1998 by the Legislature to advance women of the Commonwealth to full equality in all areas of life and to promote their rights and opportunities. The MCSW provides a permanent, effective voice for the women of Massachusetts.




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