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Labor Commissioner Patricia Mayfield Receives Woman of the Year Award
Girls Incorporated Presents Miriam N. Camp Designation

For immediate release
May 15, 2008

WETHERSFIELD, Citing her longstanding commitment to inspiring girls, to become “strong, smart and bold,” members of the Greater Waterbury Branch of Girls Incorporated of Southwestern Connecticut have recognized State Labor Commissioner Patricia H. Mayfield by awarding her the organization’s annual Miriam N. Camp Woman of the Year Award.

The presentation was made to Mayfield, a lifelong resident of Waterbury who has worked at the Connecticut Department of Labor for 37 years – the last two as head of the agency – during the organization’s Celebrate Girls ceremony, held at the Crowne Plaza in Southbury.

Girls, Inc., a national nonprofit youth organization that dates back to 1864, provides vital educational programs to millions of American girls, particularly those living in high-risk, underserved areas. Originally started in New England during the Industrial Revolution as a response to the needs of a new working class, Girls, Inc. today offers a wide range of innovative programs designed to help girls confront subtle societal messages about their value and potential, and prepare them to lead successful, independent and fulfilling lives.

“During her early career at the Labor Department, Commissioner Mayfield moved up the ranks, starting as an employment agent and progressing to employment advisor, employment security interviewer, employment and training specialist, planning analyst and grants and contracts manager,” noted Girls Inc. committee members who nominated Mayfield for the honor.  “Her commitment to the state also includes membership on a variety of boards and commissions that are dedicated to improving the community.”

A founding member of the Greater Waterbury Chapter, National Congress of Black Women, Inc., Mayfield is also chair for the Board of Directors of New Opportunities, Inc. and is a board member of the Waterbury Opportunities Industrialization Center. She is also a trustee for Girls, Inc. and serves as a member on the Connecticut Commission on Aging, the Connecticut Community Foundation, and the City of Waterbury Human Rights Commission.

The recipient of the 2007 Sojourner Truth Award, which is presented by the Waterbury Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc., Mayfield claims that from an early age, she was inspired by her activist parents to give back to the community and make it a better place to live and raise a family.

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