Greater Lawrence Community Action Council, Inc

GLCAC Named a Top Women-Led Business in Massachusetts

Friday, Oct 28, 2022

The Greater Lawrence Community Action Council, Inc. has been included in this year’s Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts list created by The Women’s Edge and the Boston Globe.Top 100

The Women’s Edge, formerly The Commonwealth Institute, and The Boston Globe, recognized the honorees during a celebratory breakfast event Friday, Oct. 28. The 100 organizations generated nearly $72 billion in total revenue in 2021, demonstrating that women are key drivers of the state’s economy.

GLCAC has been led by Executive Director Evelyn Friedman since 2012.

“The organizations on this year’s diverse list are driving innovation across the country, from increased manufacturing capacity to breakthroughs in clinical care and therapeutics,” said The Women’s Edge Chief Executive Officer Elizabeth L. Hailer. “We are honored to celebrate the Top 100 women leaders and hopes it inspires others to drive for success here in our region and beyond.”

This is the 22nd year that The Women’s Edge – a Boston-based nonprofit organization devoted to advancing women in leadership positions — created the list through a nomination process and reviewed both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, and the 10th year that the list was created in collaboration with The Boston Globe. In addition to revenue or operating budget, factors considered in the evaluation included workplace and management diversity, board makeup, and innovative projects. 

Under Friedman’s leadership, GLCAC has expanded services and programs to meet the growing needs of the Greater Lawrence community. GLCAC’s mission is to create opportunities by collaborating with the community and empowering individuals to achieve their goals. 

Most recently, GLCAC has led major construction projects to help address two urgent needs in the community – housing and child care – while spurring economic growth. 
•    GLCAC celebrated the grand opening of a 39-unit affordable housing project in the heart of downtown Lawrence in the spring of 2022. The $18 million project is providing much-needed housing for low-income residents and 7,700 square feet of commercial space.
•    GLCAC will be opening a new state-of-the-art, two-story, 28,790 square-foot child care center in Lawrence early next year. The new facility will replace an outdated center, create more jobs, and allow for higher enrollment.

“I’m thrilled that GLCAC has been recognized for not only the services we provide to our clients but its importance to the region’s economy,’’ said Friedman. “Thank you to the Women’s Edge and the Boston Globe for shining the spotlight on the accomplishments of these inspiring women.’’

The full list of 100 will be published in the Globe Magazine’s Women & Power issue at on October 28 and in print on October 30.

“We're proud to once again partner with The Women’s Edge to recognize these 100 remarkable companies—and the remarkable women who lead them,” said Globe Magazine editor Francis Storrs. “It's a privilege to celebrate this year’s honorees for all they’ve accomplished, and for the example they're setting for future generations of leaders.”

GLCAC is a multi-faceted social services agency that assists 33,000 individuals through a range of programs including early childhood education, fuel assistance, WIC nutrition assistance, immigration services, lead poisoning prevention, child abuse prevention, English-language lessons, and workforce training.

About The Women’s Edge
The Women’s Edge is a non-profit organization that propels women leaders to achieve professional and personal success and deliver positive impact within their business and community. Founded in 1997, The Women’s Edge achieves this mission by collaborating and connecting extraordinary women at all stages of their careers — from next generation leaders to CEOs; continually building a pipeline of high performing women leaders; delivering relevant leadership programs, events and perspectives, with actionable insights; incorporating diversity, inclusion, and belonging to foster gender and racial equity; and leveraging technology to expand reach and amplify impact. Visit for more information.

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