Latino Chamber honors women trailblazers in Springfield

Honorees recognized for contributions to business and the community

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Massachusetts Latino Chamber of Commerce recognized six women trailblazers and trendsetters in Springfield Thursday night. They’re being recognized for their contributions and excellence in business, community activism and faith leadership.

Through her church, Madeline Martinez pioneered a program that exposed young Hispanic girls and women to serving their community. One of them ended up working for former Governor Patrick’s administration.

Martinez told 22News, “She went through the course, and then she comes back and she said, ‘you know, you planted that seed. You made a difference in my life when I was a child. So we owe this to you!'”

Also honored by the Latino Chamber of Commerce Thursday for “Women’s Recognition Day” were Nancy Cintron, Yolanda De La Cruz, Darlene Elias, Nereida Valntin and Jossie Valentin.

According to the Center for Women’s Business Research, women own ten million firms in the United States.

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