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Laura Wondolowski Named PWC Woman of the Year

May 7, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., May 2, 2018 The Professional Women’s Chamber (PWC) has announced that Lora Wondolowski, executive director of Leadership Pioneer Valley, has been named the PWC 2018 Woman of the Year, sponsored by Eastern States Exposition, Century Investments, Marcotte Ford, The Log Cabin and BusinessWest.

The Woman of the Year is presented to a woman in the western Massachusetts area who exemplifies outstanding leadership, professional accomplishment, and service to the community.  This award has been given annually since 1954 and is publically recognized as one of the most prestigious honors given to any citizen for distinguished service and selfless giving. 

Jenny McKay, who serves on the PWC Board of Directors, said “Lora is an outstanding example of the talent and passion that we are lucky to have in our area and we can’t wait to celebrate her.”

Wondolowski said "I am thrilled and humbled to be recognized by Women's Professional Chamber as the Woman of the Year.  It is especially poignant at a time when women's issues are more front and center.  I hope to make an impact in my community and inspire people to do so too.”

She joined Leadership Pioneer Valley in 2011 as its founding director after serving as the founding Executive Director of the Massachusetts League of Environmental Voters (MLEV). Her political acumen,  and strategy earned the organization strong support with members of Congress, the Governor, members of the legislature and the mayor of Boston. Prior to her work with MLEV, she worked for the League of Conservation Voters Education Fund and National Audubon Society in Washington, DC.

Wondolowski holds a BS from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and an MS from Bard College. She was one of the founders of the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls, was a volunteer and board member of Pride Zone Youth Center in Northampton, and was the founder of  the Progressive Christian Voice at First Churches of Northampton. She serves on the Connecticut River Watershed Council, Partners for a Healthier Community, and United Way of Pioneer Valley Boards. She lives in Greenfield with her spouse and two daughters.

A celebration in Wondolowski’s honor will be held on May 22 at 5:30 p.m. at the Log Cabin in Holyoke.  Reservations are may be made online at www.springfieldregionalchamber.com or by contacting Jessica Hill at hill@springfieldregionalchamber.com.  

 

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