Women@Work: Influence and Impact is a Springfield-wide collaborative of programs, exhibitions, and gatherings celebrating the power of women. Women@Work highlights women’s achievements in visual and performing arts, science, literature, business, community-building and social outreach.

Programs will be held at various locations throughout the city from September 2018-June 2019.

A full calendar listing will be updated here regularly.



YWCA Springfield  – 150thanniversary of the YWCA in Springfield during 2018. Monthly activities celebrating women of all backgrounds. 

WGBY- Connecting Point on WGBY-TV (Broadcast & Online) Brook Hauser, Daily Hampshire Gazette editor – According to a recent report by Poynter, two thirds of Journalism/Mass Communication graduates are women, but women make up only one third of the media industry. The Daily Hampshire Gazette is bucking that trend, naming Brooke Hauser as the new Editor-in-Chief. Hauser, the first woman to permanently hold the post in the newspaper’s 232-year history, sat down to talk with Carrie Saldo. October 25, 2018, 7PM

University of Massachusetts at AmherstWomen in the Arts Leadership Symposium. The Women in Arts Leadership Symposium will connect UMass and Five College students and alumnae with emerging and professional women arts leaders through workshops and network building. By sharing their stories and questions, participants will investigate the particular barriers to women’s leadership in the arts, and forge connections to support the next generation of women arts leaders. Must register to attend. October 27, 2018.

Wise Latinas – Dessert & Dialogue. Interview with Author Jennifer De Leon, the editor of Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education. College can be a complex time for Latinas who are traditionally expected to leave home only when they get married. Wise Latinas is a collection of personal essays addressing the varied landscape of the Latina experience in higher education. For some Latinas, college, where they are vastly underrepresented, is the first time they are immersed in American culture outside their homes—and where the values of two cultures often clash. Wise Latinas is in part a response to this widening gap. Join us for a conversation with Jennifer De Leon on this clash of cultures. Books sales and signing after the event. Mills Theatre, Carr Hall, Bay Path University. Free. Tuesday, October 30 • 6:30 PM

NEPRIn Contrast podcast with Saskia Sassen, noted sociologist at Columbia and expert on globalization and migration. October 31



Springfield Museums Museums à la Carte lectureShe Kept Her Head”: The Life and Work of Artist Elisabeth Vigée-Le Brun from Dr. Simon P. Sibelman, Professor Emeritus of French and Holocaust Studies, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, former Executive Director of the Virginia Holocaust Museum, and Professor Emeritus of French and Holocaust Studies, Appalachian State University. November 1 at 12:15pm 

Drama Studio JUNIE B. JONES. Something terrible happened to Junie B. Jones at school today: Someone stole her new furry mittens! So when Junie B. finds a wonderful pen of many colors, she should be allowed to keep it, right? Because finders keepers, losers weepers. And guess what? There’s a new boy in kindergarten and he is the handsomest. The only thing is both Grace and Lucille want him to be their boyfriend. Maybe he will love Junie B. when he sees her wonderful pen! It is okay to keep it, right? Junie B. Jones is not a crook . . . or is she? A hilarious and heartfelt tale based on the best-selling book series by Barbara Park.

Performances: Thursday, November 8 at 7pm, Friday, November 9 at 7pm, Saturday, November 10 at 4pm and 7pm, Sunday, November 11 at 3pm. Tickets go on sale: October 18th, 2018

ATT79637 3Springfield Museums Exhibition Opening Isabel Bishop’s Working Women: Defying Convention

D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. November 13, 2018 – May 26, 2019

This exhibition of pioneering woman artist Isabel Bishop will showcase her paintings of the “new women” of the early 20thcentury who entered the workforce in large numbers and set the stage for future generations of women to challenge traditional definitions of femininity. In addition to the display of her original paintings, the exhibition will contextualize Isabel Bishop within the work of other renowned women artists that include Frida Kahlo and Georgia O’Keefe, and provide opportunities for visitors to experience a recreation of her studio and a streetscape of Union Square.

Wood Museum of Springfield History complementary exhibitTaking Care of Business: A Century of Women and Work in SpringfieldNovember 13, 2018 – May 26, 2019

The exhibit hopes to tell the story of women in Springfield in a broad sense that reflects what’s happening at the national level. The exhibit will feature women from all walks of life such as health care, social services, volunteers, factory workers, teachers, office workers, etc. The exhibit also hopes to explore women in politics, from the first woman to vote in Springfield (an African-American) to the first woman mayor, and the roles women took on during both of the World Wars.

Women in Philanthropy of Western MassachusettsMore than a Quota with Evelin Aquino. November 13 at 8-9:30am, Delaney House


Screen CaptureSpirit of Women at Mercy Medical CenterSparkle! The excitement and energy is going strong! Join us on Wednesday, November 14 from 5:30-8:30pm for Mercy Medical Center’s inaugural Sparkle!, a premier women’s health event. Our Spirit of Women Network has tapped terrific resources to support you – mind, body and spirit. Take action for your good health in these fun and inspiring ways:


  • Visit with our experts representing a wide range of health and wellness services available at Mercy Medical Center and its affiliates and partners
  • Indulge in some one-on-one time with our physicians who will answer your questions over “Dessert with the Docs”
  • Meet and connect with our amazing community resources and vendors
  • Treat yourself to a chair massage in our Serenity Space (sessions are limited)
  • Take home an exclusive Spirit of Women tote bag filled with goodies and great info
  • Try your luck to win one of our fabulous raffle prizes
  • Enjoy a wide selection of delicious foods, including our signature sparkling cupcakes and desserts (dinner served from 5:30-7:00pm)

Join us for a night dedicated to helping you shine from the inside out! November 14, 5:30-8:30pm at Chez Josef in Agawam.

Springfield Museums Museums à la Carte lectureWorking Nine to Five: Interpretations of Working Women in the 1930s -1940s by Isabel Bishop from Julia Courtney, Independent Curator, (guest curator for Bishop exhibition), curator emeritus for the Springfield Museums, and adjunct. November 15, 12:15pm

WGBY- Connecting Point. Carrie Saldo talks to Tina D’Agostino of CityStage. November 15, 7pm.

Drama Studio SCAPIN. A classic comedy by Moliere in the Italian Commedia del Arte style. Octave, the son of Argante, is madly in in love with poor, sweet Hyacinth, and Leander, the son of the tyrannical Geronte, is in love with Zerbinette, a beautiful Romany girl. As neither father will approve their marriages, the young men enlist their servants Scapin and Sylvester to intervene. The crafty Scapin sets about to deceive the two patriarchs out of money needed to provide independence for their sons. In a series of wildly comic scenes, Scapin achieves his goal, but his lies come back to haunt him. Director Steve Hays has set the play in post WWII Italy, circa 1948.

Performances: Friday, November 16 at 7:30pm, Saturday, November 17 at 4pm and 7:30pm, Sunday, November 18 at 3pm. Tickets go on sale: October 18th, 2018

WGBY– JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS: THE MARK TWAIN PRIZE. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts presents the 21st annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor to Julia Louis-Dreyfus. She earned worldwide acclaim for her portrayal of Elaine Benes in the NBC series “Seinfeld.” She currently stars in, and executive produces, the HBO series “Veep.” She has received 11 Emmy Awards (six consecutively for “Veep”) with 24 nominations, a Golden Globe award, nine Screen Actors Guild awards which makes her the most decorated actor in the history of the SAG awards. She has broken the record for the most Emmys won by a single performer, as well as the most consecutive wins for a single role in “Veep.” November 19, 9:00 p.m.

WGBY- INDEPENDENT LENS premieres “The Judge.” When Kholoud Al-Faqih walked into the office of Palestine’s Chief Justice and announced she wanted to join the bench, he laughed at her. But just a few years later, Kholoud became the first woman judge to be appointed to the Middle East’s Shari’a (Islamic law) courts. The Judge offers a unique portrait of Kholoud’s brave journey and her tireless fight for justice for women while offering an unvarnished look at life for women under Shari’a. November 19, 10:30 p.m.

Springfield Museums Museums à la Carte lectureI Now Pronounce You Lucy Stone (a living history presentation) from Judith Kalaora, Founder & Artistic Director, History at Play. November 29, 12:15pm

WGBY- Connecting Point on WGBY-TV (Broadcast & Online) It’s no secret that construction has traditionally been thought of as a man’s job, but more women are entering the field in recent years. As the number of women working construction jobs grows, so do the opportunities for building a career in the industry. Carolee McGrath sits down with Jason Garand and Lisa Clauson, both members of Local 336 – New England Regional Council of Carpenters, to learn more. November 29, 2018, 7PM



WofImpact-LOGO1-768x429BusinessWestWomen of Impact Inaugural Luncheon. December 6 at 11am-1:45pm at the Springfield Sheraton Monarch Place Hotel

Women in Philanthropy of Western MassachusettsDiscover Your Power Voice with Angela Lussier. December 11 at 8-11:30am, Delaney House

NEPRIn Contrast podcast features Martha Nussbaum, philosopher and Distinguished Service Professor of Law & Ethics at University of Chicago.  Podcast released December 12. Subscribe to on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen.

WBGY- Connecting Point on WGBY-TV (Broadcast & Online) Razors, clothing, and dry cleaning are just three of the goods and services that women pay more for than men. This price disparity has been dubbed the Pink Tax, because besides the color, the products seem to be the same. Proposed federal legislation would make the practice illegal. Carrie Saldo discusses the so-called Pink Tax in studio with Janice Fedor, Associate Professor of Marketing and Business Management at the Elms College. December 13, 2018, 7PM.



Women in Philanthropy of Western MassachusettsDemystifying Donor Advised Funds with Maureen Trafford. Delaney House. January 8, 8-9:30am



Springfield Symphony OrchestraPerformance of Scheherazade. Saturday, February 2, 2019

Kevin Rhodes, Conductor

Amy Beach – Bal Masqué, Op.22
Joan Tower – 5th and 6th Fanfares for the Uncommon Woman
Jennifer Higdon – Blue Cathedral
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov – Scheherazade, Op. 35

Women in Philanthropy of Western Massachusetts – Troublesome Board Members: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly with Rima Dael. February 12 at 8-9:30am, Delaney House



Springfield City LibrariesMy Beloved Springfield

Programs focusing on women authors and women from Springfield held in the Main Library and City library branches. March 2019.

Drama Studio THE WOLVES. A finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and winner of the 2015 Relentless Award for Playwriting The Wolves is a bold, raw, and strikingly real depiction of teen American girls and the struggles and challenges they face. Set on a soccer field during pre-game warmups, the teammates discuss politics, history, race, sexuality, school, sports, and their hopes and fears, all in a voice that is refreshingly contemporary and relevant. Simple and profound, hilarious and tragic, The Wolves is a defining play for a new generation.

Friday, March 8 at 7:30pm, Saturday, March 9 at 7:30pm Sunday, March 10 at 3pm, Friday, March 15 at 7:30pm, Saturday, March 16 at 7:30pm, Sunday, March 17 at 3pm. Tickets go on sale: February 15th, 2019

Women in Philanthropy of Western Massachusetts – Sustainability for the Future with Kathleen Sharkey. March 12 at 8-9:30am, Delaney House

Women’s Fund of Western MA– Fundraiser. An evening in Springfield honoring Dianne Doherty and featuring Teresa Younger, President and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women. Monday, March 18 in the evening

Springfield MuseumsWe Can Do It: A Celebration of Girls and Women

Celebrate Women’s History Month in Springfield with special exhibits including work by Isabel Bishop, a dynamic Modern female artist who depicted women in motion, and Taking Care of Business: A Century of Women & Work in Springfield.  Special activities include the chance to learn from women in museum careers; along with different ways they can make their world a better place.  Women’s History Month patches for Girl Scouts are available at the council shop. Saturday, March 23, 2019

Springfield Symphony OrchestraBeethoven’s 5th & Liszt. Saturday, March 23, 2019

Claire Huangci, Piano | Kevin Rhodes, Conductor

  1. v. Beethoven – Symphony No. 5, Op. 67, C minor
    Franz Liszt – Piano Concerto No. 1, S. 124, E-flat Major
    Franz Liszt – Piano Concerto No. 2, S. 125 A Major
    Libby Larsen – Beauty Alone (Movement II from String Symphony No. 4)

Bay Path UniversityAnnual Women’s Leadership Conference 

Keynote Speaker and concurrent sessions to be determined. Friday, March 29, 2019 at the MassMutual Center.



Women in Philanthropy of Western MassachusettsGoal Setting and Strategic Planning with Kristin Leutz. April 9 at 8-9:30am, Delaney House



Women in Philanthropy of Western MassachusettsEven Venue Panel with various speakers. May 15 at 8-9:30am, Delaney House

Women’s Fund of Western MA– Presentation of Status Report about Girls & Women from the Public Health Institute of Western MA. Date TBD

Springfield Public Forum Lecture Series– Lecture by Dr. Ellen Stofan, Director of the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum. Date TBD

Dr. Ellen Stofan is the first female director of the Institution will highlight her career and inspiration to achieve in science.


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Women@Work Participating Organizations
Art for the Soul Gallery • bankESB • Bay Path University • Baystate Health • Community Music School • Deliso Financial Services • Drama Studio • Health New England • MassLive/The Republican • MassMutual • MGM Springfield • NEPR • Northwestern Mutual • PAHMUSA • Partners For Community • Professional Women’s Chamber • Public Health Institute of Western MA • Simply Grace • Six Point Creative • Springfield Armory • Springfield City Library • Springfield Central Cultural District • Springfield Museums • Springfield Public Forum • Springfield Symphony • St. Germain Investments • TSM Design • UMass • Valley Venture Mentors • WGBY • Women’s Fund of Western MA • Women in Philanthropy of Western MA • YWCA


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