Updates

100th Anniversary of Business and Professional Women USA; July 16, 1919

100th Anniversary of Business and Professional Women USA; July 16, 1919

The legacy of Business and Professional Women USA began in 1919. While mobilizing for World War I, the U.S. Government recognized the need for a cohesive group to coordinate identification of women's available skills and experience. A Women's War Council, financed through a federal grant, was established by the War Department to organize the…
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January 2019 Member Spotlight: Mary Jo Murphy, Snow Farm

January 2019 Member Spotlight: Mary Jo Murphy, Snow Farm

Mary Jo Murphy—Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program “My high school art teacher encouraged me to follow my creative nature and always be involved in the arts. I have followed his advice and most of my career has been in nonprofits and the arts. I believe that the arts…
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Congratulations to our  2018 Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to our 2018 Scholarship Recipients

This year, Berkshire BPW was able to award $12,000 to twelve individuals from all areas of Berkshire County and many programs & aspects of continuing education. Congratulations to all the recipients and thank you to the Scholarship Committee for helping in the process! Applications will again be available in the…
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Oct 2018: A message from Programming Vice President

Oct 2018: A message from Programming Vice President

The first women's rights convention in the U.S. took place in Seneca Falls, New York in 1848. Convened by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, and others active in the anti-slavery movement, it resulted in a Declaration of Sentiments modeled on the Declaration of Independence, which demanded a variety of rights…
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Sept 2018: Spotlight

Sept 2018: Spotlight

By 2020, 65% of the American workforce will need some form of postsecondary education or certificate program, meaning that the prospects for women with a bachelor’s degree will continue to grow. Berkshire Business and Professional Women is committed to ensuring that women in Berkshire County have the financial resources needed…
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Sept 2018: Letter from the President

Sept 2018: Letter from the President

Greetings Members! What a glorious summer it has been. A bit hot and humid for me butstill a glorious summer. Our Vice Presidents of Programs, Shela Hidalgo and Sopheap Nhim, have lined up a fabulous and interesting year for our monthly dinners. They are fun, interesting, and new. I can’t…
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Letter from Claire Richards, BBPW President, 2016 – 2019

Letter from Claire Richards, BBPW President, 2016 – 2019

Welcome to Berkshire Business and Professional Women’s group or Berkshire BPW.  My name is Claire Richards and I am the current President of Berkshire BPW. We have been having a fabulous year with interesting and fun programming. What is Berkshire BPW?  We are a group of women wanting to help…
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Member Spotlight, December 2018: Karen O’Donnell

Member Spotlight, December 2018: Karen O’Donnell

Meet Karen O’Donnell, Berkshire BPW member and former VP of programming! Karen is a long-term Berkshire resident having moved here in the early 1980’s to work at GE Plastics. What you may not know is that Karen is a Professional Coach and Speaker on many facets of leadership and career…
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