Senator Lesser Welcomes Dianne Doherty to the State House for Celebration of Unsung Heroines

BOSTON- On June 22rd, Senator Eric Lesser welcomed Dianne Doherty of Longmeadow to the State House as she received the 2016 Unsung Heroine Award from the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women. Senator Lesser nominated Ms. Doherty for this prestigious award, which honors the extraordinary contributions that Massachusetts women make to their communities. “It was an honor to host Dianne Doherty and her daughter, Lisa, at the State House,” said Senator Eric Lesser. “Dianne is an unstoppable force for good in Western Massachusetts. Her contributions to our community, over so many years and causes, are inspiring.”

Dianne Doherty is a Western Massachusetts institution and a pillar of the community. She currently works as a Senior Business Advisor at the Small Business Development Center at the University of Massachusetts, based in Springfield. She previously served as President and CEO of Doherty-Tzoumas Marketing, a full service advertising and public relations firm based in Springfield. Prior to that she was Executive Director of Downtown Marketing, an organization whose mission was to promote downtown Springfield.

Active in civic affairs in the Greater Springfield area, she is a founder of the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts, an endowment to support women and girls, based on the values of the International Women’s Conference in Beijing. Dianne serves on the boards of the Pioneer Valley Plan for Progress, Bay Path College, The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts and Tech Foundry, a local company providing IT training to deserving area youth. She is a board member of Digital Divide Data, a US based Social Enterprise which offers employment and education to disadvantaged youth in Cambodia, Laos and Kenya.

Dianne and other honorees spent the day at the State House, where they were lauded for their accomplishments, presented with a State Senate citation commending them for their efforts within their community, and met with Senator Eric Lesser to discuss issues of importance to Western Massachusetts.

[Pictured: Dianne Doherty, Senator Eric Lesser, Lisa Doherty]