(Back row, from left) Innovative Business Leader of the Year Amy Lynn Chase, Family Business Leader of the Year Rachel Lopez, WBJ Hall of Fame Inductee Barbara Cotter, (front row, from left) Small Business Leader of the Year Amjad Bahnassi, M.D., WBJ Hall of Fame Inductee Ed Manzi, Nonprofit Business Leader of the Year Laurie Leshin, Ph.D., and WBJ Hall of Fame Inductee Kevin Condron.

WBJ names its 2018 Hall of Famers, Business Leaders of the Year

Brad Kane |

The accomplishments of this year's five Business Leaders of the Year and three WBJ Hall of Fame inductees are awe-inspiring and humbling.


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The Worcester Business Journal examined of the gender makeup of the 1,527 senior executives and board members at 75 prominent Central Massachusetts business organizations.

Worcester State seeks to have the gender breakdown of its leadership be similar to its student population. Pictured are (clockwise from top left) administrator Ryan Forsythe; student Joshua Buck; administrators Julie Kazarian, Renae Lias Claffey, Stacey Luster and Carl Herrin; students Cody Riedle and Kathryn Salemme; administrator Lois Wims; students Brenda

Boardroom Gap: Diverse candidate pools lead to diverse companies

Grant Welker |

Central Massachusetts institutions with greater gender diversity say they've seen the value of equality and have wanted to match their leadership to the rest of their organization.

Boardroom Gap: Financial & cultural pressures creating more gender diversity

Grant Welker |

Business leadership is moving toward gender equality through legislation, advocacy, investors pushing for the value of diversity, and pressure stemming from the #MeToo movement.

Focus On Business Leaders of the Year
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101: Hiring consultants

Susan Shalhoub |

Welcoming business consultants can bring lots of positives to save companies time and money. Communication about a consultant's role is key: Without enough transparency, employees may...

Take control of workplace stress


We live in stressful times, in all areas of life. It's unavoidable, yet much of it is manageable when we decide to take action and begin to control what is controllable.

In sales, don’t let your brain get ahead of you

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Atlantic Union College’s campus in Lancaster has gone underused since the school lost accredidation in 2011.

Atlantic Union College in Lancaster to close

Atlantic Union College, a small Christian school in Lancaster struggling with finances and a lack of accreditation, will effectively close after the spring semester.

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David McLaren, Managing Partner, McLaren & Associates CPAs, P.C., Shrewsbury.

The Sherlock Holmes for your stolen money

The rise in forensic cases has grown David McLaren's accounting practice to where he is completing an addition to double the company's office space.

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Movers & Shakers

HOLLY CHAFFEE is the new president and CEO of VNA Care, a subsidiary of Atrius Health. Chaffee, a registered nurse, has more than 30 years of experience in the industry and was most recently the president and CEO of Porchlight VNA/Home Care in Chicopee. She is also the president of the board of the Lee Chamber of Commerce and a member of the board of the Chicopee Chamber of Commerce. Chaffee replaces MARY ANN O'CONNOR, who retired after a 45-year...

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Top NIH grant recipients in Central Mass.

Ranked by FY 2018 total amount funded

RankGrant recipientNo. of awardsTotal funding
1UMass Medical School, Worcester345$160,982,250
2Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester13$4,680,702
3Embera Neurotherapeutics Inc., Sudbury1$3,762,556

Source: National Institutes of Health

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