October 15, 2018
Letter from the editor

An outstanding woman in business

Kris Prosser (with flowers) with the Outstanding Women in Business alumnae

WBJ's issue at the end of October will celebrate the 10th anniversary of our Outstanding Women in Business awards and the 60 women who have received the honor since its inception. To prepare for this rather large undertaking, we held a cocktail reception for the alumnae this past week on Oct. 9 at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, to give them all a chance to reconnect and us the opportunity to get new photos of those who could attend.

In advance of this event, one of the former winners – Katie Crockett, president of Worcester architect Lamoureux Pagano Associates – called me to say she wanted to do something special for the woman who has been the driving force behind the Outstanding Women in Business awards since the beginning: WBJ Events Manager Kris Prosser. Secretly, she told the other winners about her idea, and they gave their full-throated support of both Kris and the idea to honor her with a plaque, flowers and messages of praise.

Least to say, I loved this idea. Kris is the driving force behind all of WBJ's events, not just Outstanding Women in Business. She hates the spotlight, and if you attend a WBJ event, you can spot her in the back of the room, making sure everything goes off smoothly. Every WBJ event I attend, I hear from audience members, sponsors, winners and participants how WBJ events are a cut above. Without a doubt, Kris is the reason. Plenty of people contribute to WBJ's events, but Kris' planning, advocacy, leadership and execution are why these events stand out.

During her informal speech at the Oct. 9 reception, Crockett said how the Outstanding Women in Business honor had given her more confidence in her professional life (she was promoted from vice president to president of her firm since winning the award in 2016) and personally thanked Kris for all she had done and continued to do. Victoria Waterman, CEO of Girls, Inc. of Worcester (where Kris is a board member) applauded Kris for her role in advancing women in Central Massachusetts. The consensus of all alumnae in attendance – the CEOs, CFOs and founders of the largest and most influential businesses and nonprofits in the region – was Kris is one of their peers as an Outstanding Woman in Business.

- Brad Kane, editor

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