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Celebration of Today’s Woman

27th Annual Celebration of Today’s Woman
June 3, 2021
6:00-7:00 p.m.

Hosted by Free Soil Arts Collective Founder/Executive Director Christa Brown

Appearances by Girls Inc. members, parents, alumnae and staff
Special Guests TBA

We’re proud to announce Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust Executive Director Jane Calvin as the 2020-2021 Celebration of Today’s Woman honoree. Jane embodies all that we strive to instill in our girls, to be—STRONG, SMART and BOLD—inquisitive, ready for a challenge, willing to fight for what’s right, and diligent stewards who devote their time and talent to improve and repair our city, and our planet.

Jane  literally traveled the globe pursuing her passion for the environment. From Nepal, to Bangladesh, to New Hampshire and finally Lowell, Jane has devoted 25 years to environmental activism, leadership, community involvement and simply making our planet, our city, a better place to live.

After earning her B.S. in biochemistry at the University of New Hampshire, Jane went on to receive her Masters from the Yale University’s School of the Environment. After graduating from Yale, Jane traveled solo for six months through Nepal, India, and Bangladesh, inspiring her love of community conservation.  Soon after, Jane joined the Trust in 1995 as an intern to improve Lowell’s urban forest.  Since then, the Trust has blossomed as an organization that has thrived through partnership.  One of those keystone partners has been Girls Inc.  Jane has shared her love of Lowell’s natural resources with the young women at Girls Inc. through a variety of programs, including STEM-based after-school programming, sharing urban planning tools to inspire career choices, and hosting tours at the historic Spalding House.  With after-school environmental education programs now offered in ten of Lowell’s public schools, many more of Lowell’s young women are impacted by Jane’s passion for environmental conservation.

We invite you to join in our celebration and recognition of this remarkable woman by becoming an event attendee, sponsor or program advertiser. By doing so, you will provide vital funding that enables Girls Inc. to inspire and educate more girls each year with our intentional programming that includes year-round classes in literacy, STEM, nutrition, job readiness, and civic engagement. Your support also helps us instill in our girls the concepts of community, leadership, self-confidence and stress management by focusing on their strengths and abilities—academically, physically, emotionally and creatively.

Please join us virtually to honor a champion for the preservation of our city’s natural wonders, and for all she’s done and continues to do as a role model for our girls, and all of the people living in our community.


* Information regarding event sponsorship and program details coming soon.

Award Recipients

1994, Carole Cowan, Ed.D.          1995, Susan Black, M.D.

1996, Clementine Alexis          1997, Nicola Tsongas

1998, Patricia Crane          1999, Nancy Donahue

2000, Eileen Donoghue          2001, Patricia Bradley

2002, Janice Stecchi, Ed.D.          2003 Mary Ellen Fitzpatrick

2004, Margaret Palm          2005, Mary Jo Leahey

2006, Karen Frederick          2007, Therese O’Connor

2008, Jacqueline Moloney, Ed.D.          2009, Kay George Roberts, D.M.A

2010, Linda Chemaly          2011, Mary Louise Keenan

2012, Dorcas Grigg-Saito          2013, Deedee O’Brien

2014, Carol S. Duncan          2015, Naomi M. Prendergast

2016, Amy J. Hoey        2017, Judy M. Burke

2018, Mary Boutselis Sampas,  Yun-Ju Choi, Lianna Kushi

2019, Lura Smith

Girls Inc. of Greater Lowell was pleased to honor Lura Smith with the “Woman of Today” Award at the 2019 Celebration of Today’s Woman. Please enjoy this brief video summary of our 2019 Celebration of Today’s Woman (courtesy of Lowell TeleMedia Center).

(pictured L to R) Robert Smith, Lura Smith, and Dr. Brent A. Smith


At Girls Inc. of Greater Lowell, girls grow up healthy, educated and independent.  Support like yours allows us to reach even more girls and fully impact their lives resulting in exponential change and brighter futures for all. We are excited to have you join us in this effort to make the girls of Greater Lowell stronger, smarter, and bolder than ever before.

The Celebration of Today’s Woman Bronze Medal Award created especially for Girls Inc. of Greater Lowell by world-renowned sculptor, Mico Kaufman.