Past WOA

Past Women of Achievement

Berkshire Business and Professional Women has been honoring a local woman with this award since 1965. This award honors a Berkshire County woman for her considerable career accomplishments and outstanding commitment to the community.

2020 WOA

District Attorney Andrea Harrington

District Attorney Andrea Harrington is Berkshire County’s chief government prosecutor and top law enforcement official. She and her staff of 22 prosecutors, together with their law enforcement partners, handle 7,600 criminal matters each year. She is Berkshire County’s sixth District Attorney, and the first female elected to this position.

The Berkshire District Attorney’s Office prosecutes cases in Superior Court (major felonies), District Courts, Juvenile Courts, and the Massachusetts Appellate Courts. It also collaborates with local law enforcement and state police on criminal investigations, directs homicide investigations, and conducts grand jury proceedings.

The District Attorney is a public servant whose primary duty is to seek justice. According to the Supreme Court, the prosecutor’s aim is two-fold: “that guilt shall not escape or innocence suffer.” *

Read more about Andrea Harrington

2019 WOA

The most recent award was honored to Gwendolyn VanSant, an experienced organizational change consultant and coach who works at the intersection of diversity leadership, equity and inclusion, and strategic planning. Gwendolyn is the Founding Director of BRIDGE and the Equity and Inclusion Team Lead at Changemaker Strategies (formerly Imagine Philanthropy). She has founded several initiatives based in the principles of equity and justice, the inherent dignity and worth of individuals, and our interconnected web of humanity. She serves as the Vice Chair of the Town of Great Barrington W. E. B. Du Bois Legacy Committee, and she’s on the board of the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts and UU Mass Action Network. A skilled community organizer, Gwendolyn is also a well-recognized thought leader on gender equity, racial justice, and reparations.

Learn more about Gwendolyn

2018 WOA

The 2018 awardee was Patricia Begrowicz, President and Co-owner of Onyx Specialty Papers, at this year's Woman of Achievement dinner celebration. For 2019, The Woman of Achievement award will be presented at a dinner event in May, 2019.

2018 Woman of Achievement (WOA): Patricia Begrowicz

All the proceeds from the Woman of Achievement dinner benefit the BBPW scholarship program, which provides annual career advancement scholarships to working women residing in Berkshire County.

2016 WOA

2016 Woman of Achievement: Lucy Prashker and 2017 Woman of Achievement: Kristine Hazzard

2015 WOA

2015 Woman of Achievement: Beth Mitchell

2014 WOA

2014 Woman of Achievement: Dr. Ellen Kennedy

Previous Women of Achievement

Kristine Hazzard, 2017
Lucy Prashker, 2016
Beth Mitchell, 2015
Dr. Ellen Kennedy, 2014
Gail Molari, 2013
Marilyn Sperling, 2012
Ruth Blodgett, 2011
Denise Marshall, 2010
June Roy-Martin, 2009
Christine Singer, 2008
Robin McPherson, 2007
Pam Malumphy, 2006
Laurie Norton Moffatt, 2005
Eugenie Sills, 2004
Anne W. Pasko, 2003
The Berkshire BPW Membership, 2002
Dr. Barbara Viniar, 2001
Sharon Blume, 2000
Tina Packer, 1999
Emma M. Kennedy, 1998
Mary V. Flynn, 1997
P. Keyburn Hollister, 1996
Jane Fitzpatrick, 1995
Lee Leahy Stanfield, 1994
Mary K. O'Brien, 1993
Ella V. Dicenzo, 1992
Beverly A. Chartier, 1991
Sylvia Stein & Lilla G. Weinberger, 1990
Gilda H. Palano, 1989
Esther L. Quinn, 1988
Mary Conroy, 1987
Anne Everett Wojtkowski, 1986
Mary Ellen Ausman, 1985
Clara Claiborne Park, 1984
Amy Bess Miller, 1983
Marilyn Anne Kelly, 1982
Ruth Bass & Joan Roge, 1981
Betty Dennis, 1980
Elizabeth Watt & Mildred Yeats, 1979
Elizabeth "Sue" Guyette, 1978
Ann Fitzpatrick Brown, 1977
May Hitchcock, 1976
Dorothy Bejtilich, 1975
Diane Jackman, 1974
Bertha Clark, 1973
Carol Lively, 1972
Evette Giftos & Rita L'Heureux, 1971
Helen H. Johnson, 1970
Astrid Hagenguth, 1969
Gladys Brigham, 1968
Julie Parker, 1967
Sally Willeke, 1966