The North Shore Chamber of Commerce celebrated the achievements of five exceptional women during the 2023 Diamond Awards breakfast on Aug. 23 at the Kernwood Country Club in Salem.
Diamond Award recipients were recognized for their commitment and passion for leading with purpose, empowering women, serving others and making an impact professionally and personally.
“It was one of the most inspiring and motivational events I have attended! The work, innovation, leadership, commitment and sacrifice these women have done is incredible. It makes you want to do more.”
~ Julie Ganong, owner of Chococoa Baking Co.
Thank you to our Diamond Awards Breakfast sponsors: Platinum Sponsors: the Institution for Savings and The Massachusetts Conference for Women; Gold Sponsors: UniCare, Windover Construction and Solomon Private Wealth; Silver Sponsors: Millipore Sigma, North Shore Bank, Silver Lining Solutions and Eastern Bank, and Bronze Sponsors: McLane Middleton, Cataldo Ambulance, Constitution Financial Partners, Tinti & Navins Inc., DMS Designs LLC and ENBRIDGE.
A Newburyport resident, Mary Anne served as mayor of that city and spent 10 years serving on the School Committee. She is active in numerous organizations in Newburyport, having previously served on the boards for the Firehouse Center for the Arts, the Anna Jaques Hospital Community Health Foundation, and the Newburyport Education Foundation. She currently sits on the board of the Putnam Free School foundation in Newburyport.
Mary Anne holds a B.A. in Communications and Political Science from the University of New Hampshire. She is a member of the North Shore Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and is co-chair of the Chamber’s Thrive initiative.
Dr. Luther, a Winchester resident, was appointed dean of the Bertolon School of Business in February 2022. She had served as interim dean since May 2020, and prior to that, she served as professor of finance in the school for 22 years.
Prior to joining Salem State, Raminder served as a manufacturing operations manager for a Fortune 100 company and a marketing engineer for a For-tune 500 company in India. She has a PhD in finance from the University of Mississippi, an MBA in marketing from FMS, University of Delhi, and a BS in electrical engineering from Panjab University. She is also a member of the North Shore Chamber’s Thrive Advisory Council.
Mo, who lives in Rowley, is a certified private investigator. Committed to mentoring and assisting others however she can, Mo is an active member, and former president, of North Shore Women Connect (formerly North Shore Women in Business). She is also a board member of the North Shore Chamber of Commerce and leads its Ambassadors Program.
In her hometown, Mo started a nonprofit, Solace for Stephanie, which helps individuals – both financially and emotionally – who have been diagnosed with cancer. Since 2010, Solace for Stephanie Foundation has helped 104 people with cancer and awarded 18 scholarships. Levasseur also serves on the town’s Personnel Advisory Committee.
As executive director of the Beverly-based nonprofit providing exit and aftercare services to women who have experienced prostitution, sex trafficking, and commercial sexual exploitation, Mary calls upon her own lived experience. She incorporates her research to help shape policy and is a respected voice in the movement to dispel myths and misconceptions.
Mary is a candidate in the Doctor of Law and Policy program at Northeastern University. She has a master’s degree from Boston University and completed her undergraduate studies at Gordon College.
She sits on the Massachusetts Governor’s Commission to Address Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Human Trafficking and serves on multiple committees throughout New England as a policy advisor and consultant on prostitution and intersectional issues.
Renee, who lives in Salem, leads the DE&I department of an organization of 66,000-plus employees globally. She began her career in New York before joining the biotech company, Serono, as the Vice President of North America Communications. In 2013, Renee was named head of Global Communications and Business Markets/Services for the company’s Life Science division, MilliporeSigma. She remained in that role until August 2021, when she took over her current position.
Renee is also active in her community and serves on the Board of Directors for the American Cancer Society and Home for Little Wanderers. Renee has also been involved in the American Diabetes Association and the MassBioEd Foundation. A graduate of Ithaca College, Renee is on the Board of Directors for the Mass Conference For Women and the International Mass Women’s Forum.
Platinum Sponsors: Institution for Savings and The Massachusetts Conference for Women
Gold Sponsors: UniCare, Windover Construction and Solomon Private Wealth
Silver Sponsors: Millipore Sigma, North Shore Bank, Silver Lining Solutions and Eastern Bank
Bronze Sponsors: McLane Middleton, Cataldo Ambulance, Constitution Financial Partners, Tinti & Navins Inc., DMS Designs LLC and ENBRIDGE.
Last year, The Chamber recognized the accomplishments of five women regarded for leading with purpose, empowering women, serving others and making an impact professionally and personally at our Diamond Awards Breakfast on Aug. 24 at Kernwood Country Club in Salem.
Samanda Morales, Co-founder and CEO, Ahora, Inc.
Kim Rock, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Institution for Savings
Darcia Tremblay, Owner and President, Silver Lining Solutions
Kathleen Walsh, President and CEO, YMCA of Metro North
Betsy Merry (1952-2022), Real Estate Broker, Businesswoman, Community Advocate, MerryFox Realty
Thank you to our Platinum Sponsors — Salem Five Bank and Institution for Savings; Gold Sponsors — Enbridge and UniCare; Silver Sponsors — C.P. Berry Homes, Cabot Financial Management, Charing Cross Realty, International Protective Services, North Shore Bank, Solomon Private Wealth and YMCA of Metro North; and our Bronze Sponsor — Constitution Financial Partners.