Celebrating Women’s Success

By Mike LaBella
The Eagle-Tribune, North Andover, Mass.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) The 20th annual WOW Conference — which stands for Working Opportunities for Women — honored five women from Massachusetts who have forged careers in mostly male-dominated industries. Women in leadership from the region also encouraged younger women to strive for great accomplishments in their own careers.

The Eagle-Tribune, North Andover, Mass.

They are heavy hitters in the Merrimack Valley’s professional world, women who have made their mark in the fields of education, health care, journalism, law and finance.

Their daily decisions have a major influence on the region. They affect the education of the community’s next workforce, how criminals pay their debt to society, medical services provided to local families, the news that arrives on people’s doorsteps every day.

On Friday, these women stepped away from their offices and into the spotlight, as the community recognized their achievements.

The 20th annual WOW Conference — which stands for Working Opportunities for Women — honored five women who have forged careers in mostly male-dominated industries. The event was also designed to motivate other professional women, including younger women who were in attendance, to strive for great accomplishments in their careers.

Honored with Pinnacle Awards were: Dianne Anderson, president and CEO of Lawrence General Hospital; Jacqueline Moloney, chancellor of UMass Lowell; Karen Andreas, publisher of the North of Boston Media Group; Judge Patricia Dowling, associate justice for Ipswich District Court; and Janice Morse, president and CEO of Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank.

The sold-out event organized by the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce was held at the spacious Blue Ocean Music Hall at Salisbury Beach.

‘Relationships you build are critical’
The event’s first speaker, successful country music recording artist Jillian Cardarelli of Haverhill, told the crowd of more than 300 women that the best thing they can do for their family, friends, spouse or children is to support them as much as possible.

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