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October 24, 2016 Focus: Women in Business

The 2016 Outstanding Women in Business

A record 47 women were nominated and considered to be the six honorees for this year's Outstanding Women in Business. The vote was very close, too, as 12 different women were within one point from the combined judges' scores of being in one of those select six positions.

Of course, having a large number of nominations and a strong candidate pool means WBJ now has one of its strongest Outstanding Women in Business classes in the award's history. The winners were selected on their career achievements, ability to transcend both male- and female-dominated professions, their contributions to the Central Massachusetts community, and their mentorship of young professionals in the region. It was a very close call, but all of this year's winners represent the best of what professionals in the region can be.

More than any other Worcester Business Journal award, in addition to honoring the best of the best in Central Massachusetts, WBJ strives to use this honor for social change, by showcasing the power of women in business. As the long-time underrepresented gender in the professional world, it remains vital to the causes of gender equality and economic growth (since businesses with better female representation in leadership positions typically outperform those without) that we hold up examples for men and women to follow.

In addition to this special section, WBJ will host our Outstanding Women in Business luncheon Nov. 18 at Tuckerman Hall in Worcester. I invite all of you to come and learn exactly how strong women have made a positive impact on the region. Hurry up and reserve your spot, though, as this event typically sells out the quickest of all the ones WBJ offers.

- Brad Kane, editor

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