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WELLESLEY RESIDENT TO BE HONORED BY STRONG WOMEN, STRONG GIRLS

Strong Women, Strong Girls, a nationally recognized mentoring program that closes the ambition gap with pre-adolescent girls in low-income communities, is celebrating its 10th anniversary by honoring ten women who have helped build communities of women committed to supporting positive social change.  The event, presented by Natixis Global Asset Management and hosted by Kim Carrigan, co-host of The Financial Exchange on AM680 WRKO, will take place on Monday, June 2, 2014 at 6:30pm at the Revere Hotel in Boston.   

Candy O’Terry, Founder and Co-Host of Exceptional Women on Magic 106.7FM, is one of the ten women being recognized for her outstanding contribution in the field of media.   

For the past 23 years, O’Terry has been a fixture at Magic 106.7, both on and off the air, rising through the ranks from secretary to be the Assistant Program Director from 2001-2013.  In March, 2013, she was named the new co-host of Morning Magic.  She is the creator and co-host of Magic 106.7’s Exceptional Women program, which since its inception in 1993, has won 39 local and national awards.  She also co-hosts the station’s new Exceptional Women Entrepreneur Series. 

When she’s not on the air, O’Terry, who lives in Wellesley Hills, is the co-founder & president of Boston Women in Media & Entertainment and serves on the Boston College Women’s Council.  Having lost her mother to breast cancer at a young age, she is a longtime champion for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event in Boston and the Think Pink Club.  She also risks turning her blonde hair green by swimming every day and has been running a swimming program for 300 children at the Meadowbrook Day Camp in Weston since 1988. 

Candy O’Terry, a constant mentor to women entering the broadcast industry, has shined a spotlight on 600 women since Exceptional Women began in 1992.  “Some of these women make headlines, others make things happen quietly, but with Candy’s help we have all learned the importance of encouraging girls and young women to become strong women themselves,” said Haviva Kohl, National President, Strong Women, Strong Girls.  “Candy often talks about the importance of Girl Power and she leads by example every day.” 

“My mother never got the chance to see me blossom from a frightened, motherless daughter to a strong, resilient woman,” said Candy O’Terry.  “The exceptional women I’ve interviewed over the years have been my inspiration.  I guess you could say I’ve been on a mission to pass their wisdom on to girls and women of every age.  I’m thrilled to receive this honor.  I know my mother would be very proud.” 

“Natixis Global Asset Management is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the Strong Women, Strong Girls 10th anniversary event as they honor Candy O’Terry and the nine other inspirational women who are making a difference in our communities,” said John Hailer, President and Chief Executive Officer, Natixis Global Asset Management – The Americas and Asia.   

Tickets to the 10th anniversary event are $180 and available at www.swsg.org/10years or by calling 617-338-4833.  Sponsorships are also available. 

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About Strong Women, Strong Girls

Founded in 2004, Strong Women, Strong Girls is a nationally recognized mentoring program focused on three generations: elementary school girls, undergraduate women, and professional women to create cycles of mutual empowerment for women and girls.  Learn more at www.swsg.org.

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