Women’s Leadership Forum: Paving the Way for Tomorrow’s Leaders

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Worcester, MA 01609

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Women’s Leadership Forum:

Paving the Way for Tomorrow’s Leaders

The Women’s Suffrage Celebration Coalition of Massachusetts (WSCC) and

the Office of State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump with the

Worcester Women’s History Project,

Girl Scouts of Central & Western Massachusetts

The League of Women Voters of the Worcester Area

The YWCA of Central Massachusetts and

Women in Action, Inc.

Invite you to a panel discussion with women in positions of leadership.

The conversation will focus on inspiring tomorrow’s leaders.

Join us in the beautiful setting of the Worcester Historical Museum

Meet the Panelists:

  • Suzanne Bump, Auditor of Massachusetts

  • Harriette L. Chandler, State Senator, First Worcester

  • Maritza Cruz, Director, Racial and Gender Equity, YWCA Central MA

  • Chantel Bethea, President and Chief Executive Officer, Women in Action, Inc.

  • Moderator: Fredie Kay, President, Women’s Suffrage Celebration Coalition of MA

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Special thanks to Pam Bobay, President, Worcester Women’s History Project

Parking available: Updates will be emailed to RSVP list closer to the event


State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump

State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump is the chief accountability officer for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Suzanne M. Bump, the 25th Auditor of the Commonwealth, is the first woman to serve in this role in the state’s history, and was sworn into office in January 2011. As Auditor, she has prioritized effective management of public resources to improve public trust in government.

Her mission in the Auditor’s office is to make government work better by helping it become more efficient, effective, accountable and transparent in meeting its mission to serve the public. She has championed the use of innovative technologies to improve government performance, and recruited and trained a talented staff to bolster these efforts. Since taking office, Bump has established her office as a national leader in government accountability, enabling it to receive numerous national awards for excellence in conducting audits and innovations in the use of data analytics to identify root causes of over-spending and poor service delivery by state agencies.

Bump serves on several public boards, including the Inspector General Council and the Municipal Finance Oversight Board. She is also a member of the U.S. Comptroller General’s Domestic Working Group and on the executive board of the National State Auditor’s Association.

Auditor Bump served as Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development under Governor Deval Patrick, and also represented the Town of Braintree in the Massachusetts House of Representatives for eight years. In the private sector, she worked as a business advocate, legal counsel, and a member of the boards of numerous non-profit organizations including the South Shore Chamber of Commerce and St. Francis House.

A native of Whitman, Massachusetts, Auditor Bump attended Cardinal Spellman High School and is a graduate of Boston College and Suffolk University School of Law. She currently lives in North Easton.

Senator Harriette L. Chandler, First Worcester

  • Currently the Massachusetts Senate Majority Leader, Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Redistricting, and Co-Chair of the Special Senate Committee on Citizen Engagement

  • First woman from Worcester ever to be elected to the Massachusetts State Senate

  • She was the second woman in Massachusetts history to serve as Assistant Majority Leader and is also the second woman in Massachusetts history to serve as Majority Leader

  • Currently the Co-Chair of the Prevention for Health Caucus and Co-Chair of the Legislature’s Oral Health Caucus

Education & Public Service

  • Wellesley College, B.A. '59

  • Clark University, Ph.D. '73

  • Simmons Graduate School of Management, M.B.A. '83

  • Worcester State College, Honorary Doctorate of Public Administration '88

  • Clark University, Honorary Doctorate of Laws '16

  • Served three terms in the House of Representatives from 1995-2001; Served on the Worcester School Committee from 1991-1994

  • First elected to the Massachusetts Senate in January 2001 and was re-elected in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016

  • Formerly served as the Senate Assistant Majority Leader, Majority Whip, Assistant Majority Whip, Vice-Chair of the Special Senate Committee on Housing, Vice-Chair of the Senate Committee on Steering and Policy, Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Housing, Senate Vice-Chair of the Joint Committee on Public Health, Assistant Vice-Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, Senate Vice-Chair of the Joint Committee on Federal Stimulus Oversight, Senate Vice-Chair of the Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs

  • Served as House Chair of the Joint Committee on Health Care in her last two terms in the House

  • Former Member of the Senate Committee on Ethics, Senate Committee on Rules, Joint Committee on Rules, Joint Committee on Housing, and Special Senate Committee on Marijuana

  • Previously served as the Co-Chair of the Regional Transit Authority (RTA) Legislative Caucus, Co-Chair of the Brain Injury Caucus, Co-Chair of the Central Massachusetts Caucus, Co-Chair of the Caucus of Women Legislators, and the Legislature’s Tobacco Control Caucus

Maritza Cruz

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Maritza Cruz, Director for Racial and Gender Equity, YWCA of Central Massachusetts. For over 35 years Maritza has been a social & racial justice entrepreneur, organizer, advocate, facilitator, speaker and trainer. She has employed her skills within both the public, not for profit sectors, and civic arena at a local, statewide and national level addressing the inequities impacting people of color and communities.

She has twice been a candidate for public office, in 1997 & 2007, and has the distinction among other 1st, of being the 1st Latina to run for public office in the city of Worcester, she continues to be politically involved. She has served and continues to on diverse Boards and Commissions, presently serving on Attorney General Maura Healy’s Advisory Council on Racial Justice and Equity.

Maritza Cruz is a tireless advocate and Justice Warrior with a demonstrated history to promote and effect change to the social determinants and outcomes for people of color, in the pursuit of racial and gender equity.

Co-Founder of:

Massachusetts Women of Color Coalition, Central Mass Regional VP, Latino History Project of Worcester, Adelante Worcester, Worcester Latino Festival, Worcester Voter Education/Registration Project

Chantel Bethea


Chantel Bethea, CEO & President, Women In Action Inc. was founded by Chantel Bethea in 2010. She is a native of Atlanta, GA and a current resident of Worcester, MA. She is also a wife and a proud mother of four beautiful children. Empowering women has been a longtime passion of hers. Through several years of mentoring/empowering experiences and countless conversations with women, the concept for this organization was developed. Throughout the years she has seen the growing need for positive female role models. She is honored to serve the women in her community by helping our women.

Lastly and most importantly, Chantel credits her mother for giving her the spirit to give back. She feels as though she would not be who she is today without her mothers' love and support. She states, "My mother has built her life around helping others and has certainly been the inspiration for my program." Women In Action Inc. was developed to empower the lives of women, as her mother has continuously done in her life.

Chantel received the Unsung Heroine from the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women in 2015. She also received an award from the Worcester Business Journal for the 40 Under 40 Awards in 2015. Chantel also was the Hometown Hero for Worcester Magazine in 2015

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