PENTA honors two Associates as Women of Distinction

WESTBOROUGH _ Earlier today, PENTA Communications, Inc., honored two of its female employees at the 16th annual Women of Distinction Awards at the Beechwood Hotel in Worcester. Each year the Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts hold this awards luncheon to honor those women who have demonstrated courage, confidence, character, and who have been a role model for their peers, especially young women. Companies and organizations nominated women who have inspired others and brought about positive change to both their community and their workplace.

Twenty-six women were honored at today’s luncheon, including two women from PENTA Communications, Inc., Debbie Desposito and Rhonda Engelking, both of whom are longtime employees of the marketing firm.

For nearly 10 years, Desposito has been the executive assistant to Deborah Penta, CEO. She works closely with every member of the PENTA team and has become a recognized and integral part of the company. She is referred to by the team as the “glue that holds it together” and provides unprecedented support. Since the inception of PENTA Communications, Inc.’s Make-A-Wish Black Tie Gala, which is held each year to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Massachusetts, Desposito works tirelessly to help make the event bigger and better through her extraordinary administrative support.

“I am both honored and thrilled to have been nominated and selected as a recipient of such a wonderful award from a truly outstanding organization,” Desposito said. “The Girls Scouts’ mission of helping young girls is one in which I firmly believe in and support wholeheartedly.”

Engelking is the director of Client Relations for PENTA Communications, Inc. and has spent nearly a decade at the firm as well. She believes that companies should make a difference within their own communities, especially through a commitment to education and the betterment of the children in those communities. She is involved in the School-to-Business Partnership Committee of the Corridor Nine Area Chamber of Commerce, where she has served on several sub-committees. She has also been an active fundraiser for the Westborough Athletic Boosters Association (WABA), the Westborough Music Parents Association (WMPA), and Project Graduation.

“I’m thrilled to be honored in such a way. To be in the company of such prestigious past recipients is humbling,” Engelking said. “The Girl Scouts represent an organization that embodies the belief of affirming and acknowledging the many roles women play in improving our communities, as well as provide role models for young women.”

“Our company was thrilled to have an opportunity to honor two very special women from our own organization who do so much every day to inspire our team, help our clients and make a difference in the community,” Penta said. “While we recognize our team members within our firm for their outstanding accomplishments, the opportunity to recognize them within the community is truly wonderful. We thank the Girl Scouts for creating such a meaningful way for companies to honor those individuals that stand out and make a difference.”

The Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts was formed at the start of 2008 by the realignment of the Girl Scout Councils of Montachusett, Pioneer Valley and Western Massachusetts. The new organization will serve nearly 20,000 girls in 186 towns throughout Central and Western Massachusetts. The Council is committed to helping facilitate the betterment of the world through teaching girls to have strength, character and confidence.