Updated February 21 at 1:56pm
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Victoria Waterman, President of Leading Women Mass Receives National Girls Inc. Award for “Excellence in Board Leadership”

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Leading Women, an organization which inspires, powers and honors the success of women leaders, today announced Victoria Waterman received the national award for “Excellence in Board Leadership” by Girls, Inc. Waterman serves as president of Leading Women Mass.

"Victoria is a tremendous role model and representative for Leading Women,” said Susan Colantuono, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Leading Women. She's an inspiration who lives our definition of leadership and used her incredible talents to mark great achievements by engaging new and long-term supporters of Girls, Inc."

Several hundred staff leaders, board members, and community supporters representing Girls Inc. affiliates from the United States and Canada gathered in San Antonio, Texas for the annual National Conference and Awards Celebration.

"In just three years, under Victoria Waterman’s inspirational and visionary leadership, Girls Inc. of Worcester has regained its rightful place among the most respected and impactful nonprofit agencies in the area,” said Deb Hopkins, Chief Executive Officer of Girls Inc. of Worcester. “Within the past year, revenue increased and expenses decreased. Much credit for this dramatic turn-around is due to the new board member, donor and volunteer relationships that Victoria cultivated through personal and professional relationships with Leading Women Mass.”

“As a board leader, businesswoman and human being, Victoria personifies our strong, smart and bold vision of success. I cannot think of anyone more deserving of recognition and appreciation," said Hopkins.

Sharing the stage with Waterman were fellow honorees from the Girls Inc. Worcester affiliate. Maureen Binienda, Principal of South High School, was honored with the “Distinguished Alumna” award and Anne McCarthy, Director of Communications and Volunteers, received the prestigious “Excellence in Staff Leadership” award.

"I am proud to be recognized for leading a turnaround affiliate and achieving extraordinary outcomes - all of which resulted from the laser sharp focus of our outstanding board, staff, and leadership on outcomes aligned with the Girls Inc. mission,” said Waterman. “I like to tell everyone ‘Today's Girls Are Tomorrow's Leading Women’.”

About Leading Women Mass

By providing innovative solutions based on proprietary research, Leading Women helps companies ranging from mid-size professional services to F500 companies and others achieve goals for women’s advancement. Each solution delivers a unique perspective and practical tools for overcoming the common barriers to women’s advancement. To fit the reality of today’s workplaces our solutions are delivered live, virtually, online and in combination. Leading Women is a certified WBENC woman-owned business. www.LeadingWomen.biz/mass

About Girls Inc. of Worcester

As the oldest and only facility based, girl-centered organization in Central Massachusetts, Girls Inc. of Worcester has been transforming girls’ views of themselves and creating opportunities for generations. Girls Inc. the leading national expert on girls’ issues and houses the largest, most comprehensive research center on girls in the country at its National Resource Center (NRC) in Indianapolis. Since core programs are researched, developed, and piloted by the NRC, Girls Inc. provides the highest quality, cutting edge, and age-appropriate programming available to girls in the Greater Worcester area. With local roots dating to 1916 and national status since 1945, Girls Inc. responds to the changing needs of girls and their communities through nationally-tested, research-based programs. www.girlsincworcester.org

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