HerStory - Her Way Business over Breakfast
Business Over Breakfast
A three-part series to support business growth in the Merrimack Valley
Presented by the UMass Lowell Innovation Hub, the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce and the SBA of Massachusetts
March 3 -- Celebrating Women’s History Month – “HerStory – Her Way”
Celebrating Women in Leadership and Business
Opening remarks from SBA Massachusetts District Director Bob Nelson
The panel will include:
Senator Diana DiZoglio
Diana DiZoglio proudly serves as the Massachusetts State Senator for the First Essex District, which includes cities and towns along the Merrimack River, from Methuen to Newburyport. Before winning her first race for public office as a state representative for the 14th Essex District in 2012, Diana worked for multiple non-profit, community based organizations. Her experiences in both the private and public sectors inspired her to give back through public service and to forge lasting partnerships with communities across the Merrimack Valley. In this legislative session, she is a member and leader of several committees and serves as chair of the Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Business.
Dr. Noemí Custodia-Lora, Vice President of Lawrence Campus & Community Relations, Northern Essex
Custodia-Lora, a native of Puerto Rico and a scientist with a Ph.D. from Boston University, joined Northern Essex in 2003 as a faculty member of the Natural Sciences Department. In 2011, she was appointed assistant dean of Foundational Studies and Liberal Arts & Sciences. She is a founding member of the ESL Social/Learning Club which is an initiative aimed at attracting more English as a Second Language students into the disciplines (and ultimately careers) of STEM.
Before coming to NECC, Custodia-Lora was a post-doctoral fellow at Tufts Medical School in Boston. She holds a bachelor’s in biology from the Universidad de Puerto Rico and a PhD in physiology-endocrinology from Boston University. She was raised in Puerto Rico but both her parents are from the Dominican Republic.
Jane Ciccone, Co-Founder of Onesto Foods
Jane Ciccone, is the co-founder of Onesto Foods (Onesto means "honest" in Italian), a company that hand-crafts artisan crackers in Newburyport, MA. The crackers are made in small batches, by hand…the way food was meant to be made. Onesto uses only non-GMO ingredients to craft their crackers each day.