January 2020: Greetings from the President

January 2020: Greetings from the President

BBPW January Newsletter January 14, 2019 Happy New Year! With two weeks in, I hope each of you has started out the new year on a positive note. A new year can always be so energizing, with a look back at the year just past and a look forward to new ways of learning and growing. We were just thrilled with Sally Helgesen’s presentation on “How Women Rise” at the Morgan House in Lee. It was a sold-out evening with a long waiting list. We had great feedback following the meeting as well. So, I would encourage you to RSVP…
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January 2020 Spotlight: Mary Vasquez-Slack

January 2020 Spotlight: Mary Vasquez-Slack

Member Spotlight: Mary Vasquez-Slack Local and Virtual Assistant My Versatile Secretary Hey there!  Did you know that the Berkshire BPW Member Spotlight can also be used to give information about something other than showcasing your place of employment or business? It’s true and I’m going to use this opportunity to tell you a little about me, my business and other interests.  Pittsfield has been my home for decades and I love living here. I’m a transplant from La Puente, CA. You may be wondering, how I came to the Berkshires, so here it short and sweet. After high school I…
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September 2019 Spotlight: Andrea Hurley

September 2019 Spotlight: Andrea Hurley

Member Spotlight: Andrea Hurley Web Designer, Strategist & Creative Director, Elytra Design BBPW Member since September, 2018 Andrea owns and operates Elytra Design, a web design, branding and strategy business. She founded Elytra Design in 2002, when dot com crash wiped out so many web firms across the country. Because she was at her peak of love and learning for this new technology, the only way to survive was to start her own business. As she says on her website: “At a time when companies are downsizing or closing shop, one might think it's not the wisest time to open…
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September 2019 Spotlight: Linda Dulye

September 2019 Spotlight: Linda Dulye

September 2019 Member Spotlight: Linda Dulye Linda Dulye (above in pink), founder and president of Dulye & Co. thrives on helping companies and their employees go spectator free. Since 1998, Dulye & Co. has partnered with Lockheed Martin, Rolls-Royce, Tyco, CIGNA, Cardinal Health, United Technologies, Bobcat, the Army Corps of Engineers and other respected organizations to bring out the best in their people through communication, collaboration and change practices that build lasting engagement. Her firm’s award-winning Spectator-Free Workplace™ programs have delivered measurable gains in productivity, retention and morale. Prior to starting her company, Linda held leadership positions in corporate communications…
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Importance of BBPW Scholarships

Importance of BBPW Scholarships

Did you know that women make up more than two-thirds of the world's 796 million illiterate people? Right now the U.S. is far behind its global competitors in postsecondary attainment, ranking 11th in global postsecondary attainment and educational attainment is vital in order to continue supporting women’s economic empowerment and a more inclusive economy. In Berkshire County: Women make up 51.6% of the population Women with only a high school diploma make $24,800 compared to the $31,508 a man makes with the same education Women owned 3,877 businesses in the area compared to 7,161 owned by men (U.S. Census) Our…
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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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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 are a vital part of our lives, and I am proud to be a part of Snow Farm, a special place that offers the opportunity and space to immerse yourself in art.” — Mary Jo Mary Jo has been the Executive Director of Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program…
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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 growth and launched her new enterprise, Generating Autonomy LLC, in 2013 here in the Berkshires. Whether you’re a successful business owner, a manager or an individual contributor growing your career, the daily tactics and firefighting take you away from your own growth and innovation. As a seasoned Professional Coach, Karen…
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