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Susan Loconto Penta Elected Chair of Center for Women and Enterprise

Cambridge, MA – March 11, 2010 – Susan Loconto Penta, Partner and Co-Founder at MIDIOR Consulting, has been elected Chairperson of the Center for Women and Enterprise (CWE) Board of Directors. Located in downtown Boston with branch offices in Providence and Worcester, CWE‘s mission is to empower women to become economically self sufficient and to prosper through business and entrepreneurship. Penta has dedicated her time to the organization for the past 11 years serving in many roles including mentoring entrepreneurs, serving as Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee, Chair of Development and, most recently, heading the Search Committee for CWE’s current CEO.

Susan Rittscher, Chief Executive Officer of CWE said," The Center for Women and Enterprise is very lucky to have Susan Penta as our Board Chair. She is a gifted leader with extraordinary talent, experience, intellect, and passion for our mission. CWE will continue to rise to new heights under her leadership."

According to Susan Penta, “The current funding climate presents a challenge for many nonprofits and my goal in guiding the Board is to streamline services and create a platform for future growth. The high unemployment rate makes CWE’s mission more relevant than ever”. For Penta, CWE represents an intersection of her key philanthropic interests: entrepreneurship, education and services for disadvantaged populations.

About MIDIOR Consulting
MIDIOR is a management consulting firm focused on the discipline of product development and management, helping clients better understand their customers’ needs, seize new opportunities and respond to changing markets. MIDIOR's proven leadership in product, platform and information management inspires organizations to challenge conventional thinking and develop the skills necessary to build a sustainable pipeline of successful new products and services. For more information visit www.midior.com.

About the Center for Women and Enterprise (CWE)
Established in 1995, the Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women start and grow their own businesses. CWE offers education, training, technical assistance, women's business enterprise certification and access to both debt and equity capital to entrepreneurs. CWE is a national leader among women's business development agencies. For more information visit www.cweonline.org.