AG Maura Healey, Treasurer Deb Goldberg honored by Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts

05.29.2015

This originally ran in Mass Live

By Manon L. Mirabelli

HOLYOKE – State Attorney General Maura Healey returned to Western Massachusetts Thursday to the same place where she kicked-off her campaign last year among women who make a difference.

Selected as keynote speaker at the Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts Women Lead Change: A Celebration of the Leadership Institute for Political and Public Impact (LIPPI) graduation event, Healey told all those gathered that she ran "a LIPPI race."

"I came to this event last year when I was running," Healey said. "I wanted to use the power of the law to make changes."

The Women's Fund, she added, empowers women "to go out and lead in the community."

"I heard their voices, and those were the voices of difference makers," Healey said.

Healey said she is grateful to the organization for "empowering and supporting me" during her campaign in her run for attorney general as the first openly gay women vying for the office.

"I felt so energized and humbled that they had put in the time," she said, adding, "We need women in organizations, as elected officials, in the boardroom. We are problem solvers and can handle so much."

“I heard their voices, and those were the voices of difference makers." State Attorney General Maura Healey
Joining the attorney general in being recognized by the Women's Fund with a "She Changes the World" award was state Treasurer Deb Goldberg who said, "I wouldn't be anywhere else tonight."

"Women recognize it's important to help women empower each other proud and loud," Goldberg noted.

Goldberg and Healey both said before more than 200 participants that they will continue the fight for equal pay for women and will do so with policy change

"When I ran I said I would institute wage equality from day one," Goldberg added.

In addition the celebration of the organization's newest LIPPI graduates and the appearance of state and local officials, Northwestern Mutual wealth management consultant Amy Jamrog presented a $15,000 grant to the Women's Fund.

The contribution was made in honor of Jamrog, a recipient of the company's Community Service Award. For the past 21 years, Northwest Mutual has recognized financial professionals who have made significant volunteer contributions in their communities. 

Jamrog said the Women's Fund provides women with "the power of possibilities with a vision no one had before."

The Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts (WFWM) is a public foundation that invests in local women and girls through strategic grant-making and leadership development. Since 1997 the Women's Fund has awarded over $2 million in grants to nearly 100 organizations in Western Massachusetts.


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