Thank you Claire and Sopheap!

Thank you Claire and Sopheap!

Berkshire BPW thanks Claire Richards and Sopheap Nhim for their years of service to BBPW. Claire Richards served as Board President for 3 years. Claire Richards, a native of New York City, moved to the Berkshires in 2009 not knowing anyone in the area.  Berkshire BPW offered a welcoming environment to connect, network, and build wonderful friendships. Claire worked 22 years in the municipal bond insurance in New York City.  In the Berkshires, she shifted into the not-for-profit environment as Director of Business at Berkshire South Regional Community Center. From there she built and ran her own business importing organic…
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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 resources of professional women. It was guided principally by executives of the Young Women's Christian Association(YWCA). The National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs was founded on July 16, 1919, at a meeting led by Lena Madesin Phillips of Kentucky. In the 1930s it became a charter member of the International Federation of…
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