Award Winners Announced at 2015 CWE Women Business Leaders Conference

CVS Health, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and Rhode Island Foundation Among Those Recognized

Boston, MA – November 10, 2015 – The Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE), a nationally-known nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering women in business presented its 2015 Leadership Awards at its 9th Annual Women Business Leaders Conference on October 23rd at the Sheraton Hotel in Framingham, MA.

The following individuals and corporations were recognized for their outstanding efforts in helping break down barriers and empower women to become economically self-sufficient and prosper through business and entrepreneurship:

  • CWE Corporation of the Year—CVS Health
  • CWE Supplier Diversity Professional of the Year—Carole Sears, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
  • CWE Advocate of the Year—Maria Abernethy
  • CWE Community Partner of the Year—Rhode Island Foundation
  • CWE Volunteer of the Year—Martha Sloan Felch
  • CWE Women’s Business Enterprise of the Year—Bixby & Co.

“This year’s award winners epitomize dedication and commitment to empowering women in business.  Through their example, their support, and their generosity of spirit, CWE continues to thrive and grow.  We are thrilled to celebrate these individuals for their contributions to CWE, our clients, and our local economy,” stated Susan Rittscher, President and CEO of the Center for Women & Enterprise.

This year’s conference drew a record-breaking 575 business professionals dedicated to empowering women in business, and featured workshops and presentations led by industry experts. 

The featured speakers at this year’s event included Robin Chase, Co-Founder of Zipcar, Helen Greiner, Co-Founder of iRobot, and Joanna Meiseles, Founder of Snip-its.

About the Center for Women & Enterprise       

The Center for Women and Enterprise (CWE), a nonprofit organization founded in 1995, provides opportunities for women entrepreneurs and women in business to increase professional success, personal growth, and financial independence.  With offices in Boston and Worcester, MA, Providence, RI, and Nashua, NH, CWE supports women’s businesses throughout New England through education, consulting, strong corporate-community relationships, and WBENC certification.  Since its founding twenty years ago, CWE has trained more than 33,500 women (and men), helped entrepreneurs create and/or nurture more than 36,800 jobs, and helped entrepreneurs generate over $1 billion in wages.  CWE is also the New England Regional Partner Organization for the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). www.cweonline.org