Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce

Women of Impact - BusinessWest’s Inaugural Women of Impact to be Honored Dec. 6

George O’Brien
(413) 781-8600, ext. 102

Nov. 12, 2018


SPRINGFIELD — BusinessWest, the business journal covering Western Massachusetts, will honor their inaugural Women of Impact on  Thursday, Dec. 6, 11 a.m.-1:45 p.m., at the Sheraton Springfield, One Monarch Place, Springfield, MA.

BusinessWest has consistently recognized the contributions of women within the business community and has now created the Women of Impact awards to honor women who have the authority and power to move the needle in their business; are respected for accomplishments within their industries; give back to the community; and are sought out as respected advisors and mentors within the field of influence.

More than 80 nominations were submitted, and candidates were scored by an esteemed panel of three judges. There are eight winners in this first class. Honorees are profiled in the Nov. 12 issue of BusinesssWest and will also be available on on Tuesday, Nov. 13.

This year’s honorees are:

  • Jean Canosa Albano: Springfield City Library, Assistant Director for Public Services
  • Kerry Dietz: Dietz & Company Architects, Inc., Owner/Principal
  • Denise Jordan: Springfield Housing Authority, Executive Director
  • GIna Kos: Sunshine Village, Executive Director


  • Carol Leary: Bay Path University, President
  • Colleen Loveless: Revitalize Community Development Corporation, President & CEO
  • Janis Santos: HCS Head Start, Inc., Executive Director
  • Katie Allan Zobel: Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, President & CEO

The Women of Impact Awards Lucnheon on Dec. 6 will begin with registration and networking at 11 a.m. with the formal program to start at 12 p.m. Tickets are $65 per person and tables of 10 are available. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling 413.781.8600. The Women of Impact program is sponsored by Bay Path Univsersity, Comcast Business, Country Bank, Granite State Development, and WWLP 22 News.


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