The Northern Berkshire Business and Professional Women have been participating and serving at Northern Berkshire County events for 50 years.
Its mission is to promote the advancement and awareness of women’s issues through advocacy and education. The group meets monthly, September through June, generally on the fourth Wednesday of the month at the Williams Inn in Williamstown.
Monthly meetings include a guest speaker who addresses issues relevant to women, business or the local community. The group also participates annually in the Susan B. Anthony Day in Adams and the Downtown Celebration in North Adams.
Every year, NBBPW awards the Margaret E. Lanoue Scholarship to a nontraditional female student. This year the group is working to develop another scholarship that focuses on women in the medical field.
For information on either scholarship, please contact Chair Pauline Davis at (413) 663-7844.
In April 2014, the group will be celebrating its 50th anniversary and will also hold its Wine Tasting Fundraiser in May. The signature fall event is the awarding of a "Woman of Achievement." This year’s recipient is Massachusetts Attorney General, and daughter of North Adams, Martha Coakley.
Re-elected to a second term as attorney general in 2010, Coakley has devoted her career to protecting children and public safety, standing up for consumers and taxpayers and fighting for equality for all. Coakley has successfully prosecuted some of the commonwealth’s most dangerous criminals and brought landmark cases to protect consumers, civil rights and the environment.
During her time as Middlesex’s district attorney, Coakley established herself as a passionate advocate for public safety, not only bringing justice to crime victims and their families, but also emphasizing the importance of working with community leaders, schools and law enforcement in a variety of diverse and multi-faceted prevention efforts.
A native of Western Massachusetts, Coakley’s father was a World War II and Korean War veteran and small business owner and her mother was a home maker.
She received a bachelor of arts, cum laude, from Williams College in 1975, and a juris doctorate degree from the Boston University School of Law in 1979.
Coakley resides in Medford, with her husband, Thomas F. O’Connor, Jr., and their two dogs.
Her favorite pastimes include reading, downhill skiing, kayaking and walking her dogs.
Northern Berkshire BPW honored Coakley at its Woman of Achievement Dinner on Oct. 16 at the Williams Inn. Proceeds from the event will help fund NBBPW’s Margaret E. Lanoue Scholarship.
If you are interested in more information about the group or in becoming a member, please contact Membership Chairwoman Sherrie Thompson at (413) 320-5695 or visit the organization’s website at www.nbbpw.org.