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Statement of Mission

Mission Statement

The Professional Women’s Chamber promotes the status of women professionals. We work to empower career orientated women through participation in leadership, education and networking opportunities and we strive to strengthen the positive impact of women in the business community on the economy.

Any working woman is invited to become a member of the Professional Women’s Chamber.

Professional development meetings, networking and fundraising events are held September through June of each year. For more information visit or call us at 413-787-1555.

Board of Directors
President Laurie Cassidy, West Springfield Council on Aging 
Vice President: Gillian Palmer, Eastern States Exposition
Treasurer Caron Lacour, Burkhart Pizzanelli, P.C.
Assistant Treasurer Jeannie Filomeno, Marcotte Ford
Secretary Liz Rappaport, Century Investment Company 

Mary Akers, Work Opportunity Center
Sarah Chadwick, Bay Path University
Debra Chamberland, Mount Holyoke College
Janine Fondon, UnityFirst
Madeline Landrau, MassMutual
Jennifer MacKay, The Gaudreau Group
Marikate Murren, MGM
Tania Spear, Silver Linings Home Care, LLC
Kate Vishnyakov, Kate Gray Boutique
Past President: Janet Casey, Marketing Doctor

Consider joining the Professional Women's Chamber!

- Continue professional development of executive and organizational abilities
- Woman to woman networking opportunities
- Support education projects, persist in supporting promotional development needs of members.
- Continue professional personal growth of members through mentor/mentee relationships.
- Recognize women in business, honoring women who exemplify outstanding leadership accomplishment and service to the community.
- Encourage projects related to government, public education and community betterment
- Volunteer efforts to promote programs of substance and value to the chamber community

To download a Membership Application to join the Professional Women's Chamber, click here.

For more information about the Professional Women's Chamber, contact Kara Cavanaugh at (413) 755-1310, or by e-mail at

To visit the Professional Women's Chamber website, click on the following link

Affirmative Action Statement

The Professional Women’s Chamber has a unique structure, which allows it to involve in its organization women at many levels of employment.  We recognize that, in addition serving the needs of women at varying employment levels; we must also seek to meet the needs of women of all ages, races, religions, and nationalities working in the Greater Springfield Community. To meet that goal, the Professional Women’s Chamber has committed to affirmatively seek the participation and active involvement of women of all ages, races, religions, and nationalities and to use all of its efforts to achieve and maintain a nondiscriminatory membership, which encourages the growth and leadership of all women. 

The organization now known as the Professional Women’s Chamber of the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield, Inc. has been in existence for over half a century.  Women are an essential part of the business and economic life in the Pioneer Valley.  The issues encountered daily by business and professional women are critical not only to the women involved, but to the entire business community as our status as an affiliate of ACCGS attests.  

The Professional Women's Chamber not only presents many opportunities for leadership, networking, involvement and growth, but it also provides a valuable springboard for greater involvement in the community at large.  Well known as a supporter of educational projects, it has granted several college scholarships each year since 1965. 

The Professional Women's Chamber has made further commitment to the continuing educational needs of its members.  In addition, projects related to government relations are part of the comprehensive program adopted each year. Women in management, supervisory and technical careers find their membership to be an effective means of developing their executive and organizational abilities, and devoting their volunteer efforts to programs of substance and value to the Chamber and community.