, Newburyport, MA


August 9, 2011

Business briefs


Ashley Whalen of Newbury has been promoted to sales account executive. She has been with Chase & Lunt for two years and has also previously worked for a large national carrier.

For more, call 978-462-4434 or visit

Local ties for women's commission leader

Victoria A. Budson, the daughter-in-law of George McQuilken of Amesbury, has been elected to serve as chairwoman of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women. Budson, of Wellesley, the founder and executive director of Harvard Kennedy School's Women and Public Policy Program, was appointed to the commission by Gov. Deval Patrick last year. The commission is an independent state agency created in 1998 to advance women of the commonwealth to full equality in all areas of life and to promote their rights and opportunities. It is comprised of 19 members who are appointed by the governor, Senate president, speaker of the House of Representatives and the Caucus of Women Legislators.

Forum on how to effectively network

Charlene St. Jean, of Purple Diamond, will speak about how to effectively network at the North Shore Business Forum on August 26, at 7:30 a.m., at Danversport Yacht Club, Rt. 62 East, Danvers, MA. The $10 admission fee includes a continental breakfast and pre-registration is not required. For more information visit their web site at

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