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Women of Impact 2019

This is the second class of Women of Impact, a new recognition program created by BusinessWest to recognize individuals who are making a difference in this community and tell stories that need to be told.

This is a diverse class of winners, in every sense of that phrase, but especially when it comes to the manner in which they’re making an impact, whether it’s through public service, turning around a nonprofit, connecting individuals with opportunities to serve their communities, managing a school system, mentoring entrepreneurs, helping individuals and families find financial security, running a successful business, or donating time and talent to area nonprofits and institutions.

• Tricia Caravan, President, United Personnel
• Carol Moore Cutting, President, CEO, General Manager, Cutting Edge Broadcasting
• Jean Deliso, Principal, Deliso Financial Services
• Ellen Freyman, Partner, Shatz, Schwartz & Fentin, P.C.
• Mary Hurley, Massachusetts Governor’s Councilor
• Lydia Martinez-Alvarez, Assistant Superintendent, Springfield Public Schools
• Suzanne Parker, Executive Directer, Girls Inc. of the Valley.
• Katherine Putnam, Managing Director, Golden Seeds

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsors

Country Bank's 2020 Women of Impact Sponsor Video

Health New England's 2020 Women of Impact Sponsor Video

TommyCar Auto Group's 2020 Women of Impact Sponsor Video​

Supporting Sponsor

Media Partner

Speaker Sponsor

Keynote Speaker

Lisa Tanzer, president of Life is Good, has over 25 years of consumer brand experience. Prior to becoming president, Lisa served as the company’s head of Marketing after spending over 20 years on the board of directors of the Life is Good Kids Foundation. She’s held executive positions in the entertainment, ecommerce, and education sectors. Earlier in her career, Lisa held marketing and strategy roles at Hasbro, Staples, The Gillette Company, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. She received her BA from Tufts University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.


Taylor Knight joined 22News in July of 2018 as a multimedia journalist. Currently, Taylor is the co-anchor of the 22News weekday morning newscasts and a reporter for the 22News I-Team.  Before arriving in Springfield, Taylor was a reporter for FiOS1 News in New Jersey. Taylor began her career as a multimedia journalist in Connecticut, covering news and sports in Fairfield County.  Taylor earned her B.A. in broadcast journalism at Temple University in Philadelphia. During college, she interned at WFSB in Connecticut and NBC Sports Philadelphia. In her free time, Taylor enjoys spending time with her dog, running, and watching the Philadelphia Eagles. She is excited to now be “Working for You!”