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Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams has earned top ranking in gender equality by the Eos Foundation. Photo courtesy coplac.org

Business Briefs: MCLA wins in gender equality; new WAM Theatre board members; soft skills boot camp; banking award for Goewey

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By Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019 Trade and Commerce

MCLA named top college for gender equality

North Adams — A report from the Eos Foundation examining gender equality in Massachusetts colleges and universities has identified Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts as the top four-year public institution among only a small handful of schools to achieve gender equality.

The report, titled “Women’s Power Gap in Higher Education,” examines the percentage of women enrolled at all Massachusetts public and private schools alongside the percentage of female college presidents, senior leadership and boards of trustees. Of 93 schools, only 18 were ranked as “satisfactory,” and only five of those schools were identified as reaching gender parity. MCLA shares the top ranking with Berkshire Community College, Roxbury Community College, Cambridge College and Hampshire College.

MCLA’s student enrollment is 63 percent women. The college’s highest salaried employees are 40 percent female; 50 percent of the college’s board of trustees are women, including the board chair. Additionally, MCLA counts two past female presidents. In March 2018, MCLA earned an “A” from the Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women in Sport for having 100 percent of its female teams led by women head coaches.


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The WAM Theatre board, from left to right: Kristen van Ginhoven (on the phone), Margaret Fluhr, Ellen Ring, Wendy Healey, Arwen Lowbridge, Diane Scott, Lynn Festa and Carolyn Butler. Photo courtesy WAM Theatre

WAM Theatre appoints four new board members

Lenox — WAM Theatre has announced the appointment of new board members Carolyn Butler, Margaret Fluhr, Ellen Ring and Diane Scott.

Fluhr has more than 37 years of experience as a clinical social worker working to stop child abuse and neglect. She has always been an active supporter of the arts, and frequently attends performances in Manhattan and in the Berkshires.

Butler brings more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector as a fundraiser, board member and volunteer in the areas of arts, culture and social services.

Scott is an associate professor in arts management and chair of the fine and performing arts department at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams. She specializes in creative and fine arts entrepreneurship, management, and organizational behavior.

Ring has spent the last 30 years in various areas of retail. In 2005 she started her retail jewelry business Ellen L Ring Ltd., specializing in buying and selling fine second-hand jewelry, which she runs online and across the country selling at antiques shows.


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Goodwill to present soft skills boot camp for job seekers

Pittsfield — Goodwill Industries of the Berkshires and Southern Vermont Inc. will hold a soft skills boot camp Tuesday, Feb. 5, through Thursday, Feb. 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its North Adams retail store, 166 State St.

The three-day session will cover a range of skills including communication, organization, teamwork, punctuality, critical thinking, social skills, creativity, interpersonal communication, adaptability and friendliness.

The program is free of charge. For more information or to register, contact Kathy Anker at 413-442-0061 x14 or kanker@goodwill-berkshires.org.


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Salisbury Bank’s Goewey receives New Leader in Banking award

Amanda Goewey. Photo courtesy Salisbury Bank

Lakeville, Conn. — Salisbury Bank has announced that Vice President, Berkshire Regional Branch Manager Amanda Goewey was chosen as a “New Leader in Banking” by the Connecticut Bankers Association and Connecticut Banking magazine.

Over the last few months, CBA and Connecticut Banking asked bankers throughout Connecticut to nominate their peers for the leadership award. Nominees needed to work at a CBA member bank; be an outstanding employee, manager or business leader; and be making a notable impact within their bank and community.

The CBA received a number of nominations, which were vetted by an independent panel of judges, none of whom are active bankers or CBA staff members. Only 13 individuals were chosen for recognition. A ceremony was held Jan. 17 at Mohegan Sun for the award winners.


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