Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Girl Develop It Boston

Technology has becoming increasingly key in our society. Yet so many people,
Sara Chipps & Vanessa Hurst, Co-founders
especially women do not have access to learning materials needed in order to succeed. In 2010 Vanessa Hurst and Sara Chipps co-founded Girl Develop It, a international organization that provides affordable and accessible programming and web design classes to empower women. Not only do they provide classes but there are many online tutorials of how to learn computer programming and web design on your own. The goal is to give women from all different backgrounds a chance to achieve a reliance within themselves to further and or start their career.

Within Girl Develop It there are many different classes available to take including training in Javascript, web design, Word press, apps for phones and typography. There are many different chapters throughout the country inclusive of Austin, our very own BOSTON, Boulder, Buffalo, Burlington, Chicago, Columbus, Cincinnati, Detroit, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburg, Raleigh/Durham, San Francisco, Seattle, also internationally Toronto and Sydney!

In Boston the focus is on web design, software developers, internet professionals, women's fitness, women entrepreneurs, web development, programming, women empowering women, web designers and developers, and women programmers. The Boston chapter was opened on February 17th 2013 and so far have had 16 meetups or classes. There is going to be an event in October so check back in with MWPC for some more updates!    

To learn more about Girl Develop It visit: and for local Boston information visit: 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

MWPC Celebrates and Honors the Distinguished Career of Susan Wornick

Susan Wornick has announced her retirement, but her accomplishments and undeniably remarkable influences on both her field and the countless people she touched will not be forgotten. Throughout her forty year career, Wornick has distinguished herself as a leading force in the newsroom, and a fabulous female role model for viewers. Although she didn’t study journalism or media during her undergraduate years, she quickly realized her passion and talent for the field when she started as a radio advertiser in New Hampshire. After she began covering news stories, she was hired as a correspondent at WBZ radio, and eventually joined her boss in Boston to work for WHDH-TV. Then, after discovering the world of television news, she was hired to a full time position for WCVB. Throughout her time as a newscaster, Wornick has covered such historic events as the 9/11 attacks, where she spent a week at TJX headquarters, and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, where she developed a bond with the family of Britney Gengel, a philanthropist who died during the tragic event. Her co-anchor Jim Boyd commented: “I admire her professionalism and her dedication, and I am most impressed by her compassion and caring for others.”

In addition to her impressive career, Wornick has participated in multiple charitable causes, further distinguishing herself as one of the most influential newscasters of her time. After covering the story of Britney Gengel and becoming closer with her family, she became an advisory board member for the non-profit organization Be Like Brit. Wornick also started the Kelley for Ellie fundraiser to support the Ellie Fund after her friend Kelley Tuthill was diagnosed with breast cancer. Furthermore, Wornick participated in such charities as Rosie’s Place, the MA Coalition for the Homeless, Catholic Charities, and Rodman Rides for Kids. Her commitment to philanthropy is truly inspiring. As her friend Kelley Tuthill commented, “Susan is truly one of a kind… Charitable organizations all over Boston have benefited from her skills.”

The MWPC is proud to honor Susan’s accomplishments as she moves forward into the next stage of her life. Time and again, she has proven herself through her passion for her work and her unflinching devotion to helping others. As she so nobly put it, “This business is all about the people and helping where we can. I hope to continue being a mentor and finding ways to give back.” We know that she will continue to do great things, and we wish her the best of luck as she makes her departure from newscasting.