Posted by Christina Jedra April 19, 2013 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by the MA Women's Political Caucus:
On Thursday, April 11th, the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus held their 12th Annual Good Guys Awards before more than 350 guests at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel. As in years past, this year's slate of outstanding honorees hailed from diverse industries and spanned the political spectrum.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick was awarded the Senator Edward M. Kennedy Lifetime Achievement Award for his efforts to create more opportunities for women in government, support for victims of domestic abuse, and for being a tremendous champion for education in Massachusetts. Former The Honorable Richard Tisei was awarded the Senator Edward W. Brooke Distinguished Public Service Award for his tireless efforts to protect paycheck fairness for women, and playing an essential role in protecting women's healthcare. The Honorable Steven Tolman, President and CEO of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, was honored for his endless advocacy for for issues of working families, including paid sick day legislation and increasing the minimum wage, and leading the crackdown on human trafficking in Massachusetts. John Rosenthal, President of Meredith Management Corporation and founder of the non-profit organizations Friend's for Boston's Homeless and Stop Handgun Violence, Inc., was presented his award for his efforts to end the number of handgun violence incidents that occur during a domestic dispute, and his endless work to solve homelessness in the city of Boston. President of Citizens Bank & RBS Citizens Massachusetts Jerry Sargent received his award for his charitable efforts through the Citizens Bank Community Sabbatical volunteers, and his commitment to creating more leadership opportunities for women in finance. Greater Media, Inc. Chairman and CEO Peter Smyth was honored for his years of philanthropic activism to help improve the lives of women and children in Massachusetts, and for creating GRLZ Radio, a Boston radio station for young women interested in radio and media careers.
Several legislators and Boston City Councilors attended yesterday's event, including State Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante and the Honorable Carol Donovan. Also in attendance were Auditor Suzanne Bump, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley, Boston City Councilor At-Large Ayanna Pressley, and Boston City Councilors Rob Consalvo, Mike Ross, Tito Jackson and Felix Arroyo among many others. Northwind Strategies Vice President Sydney Asbury introduced Governor Deval Patrick, reflecting on several years of mentoring Patrick provided to Asbury. Senate President Therese Murray provided a video tribute to The Honorable Steven Tolman. Lacie McCoy introduced Jerry Sargent with a video tribute, noting Sargent's commitment to the advancement of women in finance. Heidi Raphael, Vice President of Corporate Communication at Greater Media, Inc. and one of the most powerful women in radio introduced Peter Smyth by noting his enthusiasm for bringing women into radio and media field, through both GRLZ radio and internship programs. Former Chairwoman of the Massachusetts Republican Party Jennifer Nassour introduced The Honorable Richard Tisei by mentioning his unwavering stances on equality issues.
Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, the Annual Good Guys Awards began in 2002 to celebrate male leaders who have worked in their professional, volunteer, and civic lives to achieve parity for women across all realms. This event attracts around 400 guests each year and recognizes the importance of collaboration in achieving equality for women.
About the MWPC:
The Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus is a nonpartisan 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 1971 to increase the civic engagement of women of all ages and to maximize the number of women elected and appointed to public office and public policy positions in Massachusetts. To learn more, please visit www.mwpc.org.