Awards Presented at “Candid Conversations from the C-Suite”

BOSTON, Mass – Leading Women MASS, an organization which inspires, powers and honors the success of women leaders in organizations, today announced winners for its 3rd annual Leading Women To The Top awards. The awards, sponsored by PwC, recognize local companies whose women’s initiatives, networks, or affinity groups have a measurable impact on advancing women.

Small Business Category
(20-100 employees)
Partridge, Snow & Hahn LLP

Large Business Category
(500+ employees)
The MITRE Corporation

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This year will mark the first Champion of the Year award which goes to Dr. George F. Providakes of The MITRE Corporation.

“It’s an honor to be chosen as the Leading Women MASS Champion of the Year,” said Dr. George F. Providakes, chief engineer of MITRE’s Command and Control Center. “At MITRE, we share the commitment of Leading Women MASS to helping women executives, engineers and scientists to achieve career success. We could not help our government sponsors address their most critical challenges without the contributions of all our staff. MITRE’s women executives and technical staff are integral to our sponsors’ mission success.”

Awards will be presented at Leading Women’s signature dinner event, “Candid Conversations from the C-Suite” on November 10, 2011 at Boston/Waltham Embassy Suites Hotel in Waltham, Mass from 5:30pm to 9pm. The presenting sponsor for the event is Janet M. Goulart, Athena Legacy Solutions, LLC.

In addition to the awards presentation, attendees to “Candid Conversations from the C-Suite” can look forward to hearing from a diverse panel of women leaders and how their leadership contributions are accelerating change and advancement for women.

The esteemed panel will be moderated by Susan L. Colantuono, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Leading Women featuring Dr. Lisa Bender, Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of The MITRE Corporation; Nancy White, Tax Partner of PwC; and Kristin Carvalho, President/ Chief Executive Officer/Director of The Milford National Bank and Trust Company.

“At MITRE, we encourage all our staff to be proactive in mentoring, and women are no exception,” said Dr. Lisa Bender, MITRE’s vice president and chief human resources officer. “An expanding network of women engineers and other technical staff are helping their peers to identify and achieve their professional goals. At the same time, this commitment to professional development and diversity of thought translates into ongoing benefits for our government sponsors.”

Register today online at or contact Victoria Waterman, President of Leading Women MASS by calling 401-597-0649 or via email at

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