Lauren Howe named North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce 
2022 Ambassador of the Year

Howe recognized at Chamber’s 38th Annual Meeting

Lauren Howe, principal and owner of empHowered PR, has been named as the 2022 Ambassador of Year by the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce.   The announcement was made at the chamber’s Annual Meeting on June 9, 2022.

Chamber Ambassadors are valued volunteers to the Chamber who serve as the face of the organization in the community.  They assist the Chamber with communications to new and existing members, participate in ribbon cuttings and help connect members at various Chamber events.  Howe was voted Ambassador of the Year by her fellow Chamber Ambassadors at their May meeting. 

“We are grateful to Lauren for her dedication and support of our Chamber as we work to advance our goals throughout the 27 communities that comprise our region,” said Roy Nascimento, president and CEO, North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce. “While Lauren is a fairly new member of our business community, she quickly become an engaged business leader across North Central and a sought-after expert in the areas of public relations and communications for a variety of businesses. We are eager to see what the future holds for Lauren, both through her work with the Chamber and with her business.”

Howe founded empHowered PR in March 2020 following an esteemed 23-year career in a variety of communications roles in the health care, manufacturing and non-profit industries.  While her plans to launch her business were delayed due to the pandemic, she currently serves a variety of clients around the region, the country and the world. Her tailored services focus on brand strategy, corporate social responsibility, reputation management and thought leadership to effectively position her clients with key stakeholders to deliver long-term business goals. 

Lauren holds both a master’s degree in Organizational and Professional Communication and a graduate certificate in Health Care Leadership Communications from Regis College.  She received a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an associate degree in Liberal Arts from Mount Wachusett Community College.  Lauren is a member of the Worcester Business Journal 40 under Forty class of 2014 and a 2017 graduate of the Leadership Worcester program.  She currently serves as Chair of the Public Relations Society of America Independent Practitioner’s Alliance and is a member of the board at the American Red Cross of Central and Western Massachusetts.  She also serves as the regular host of the Chamber’s “Good Morning North Central,” the region’s most popular morning gathering featuring high-profile guests discussing topics of interest with business, civic and community leaders. 

“As a small business owner starting out at the beginning of the pandemic, the Chamber provided me with information and connections to successfully launch my business, literally from my kitchen table,” said Howe. “I am honored to be recognized by my peers as their Ambassador of the Year and look forward to continued collaboration and success with my fellow Ambassadors in the years to come.”