Women’s council to honor Jane Doe No More founder

Donna Palomba

NAUGATUCK — The Women’s Business Council of the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce will honor Jane Doe No More Founder Donna Palomba as one of its 2012 Extraordinary Women.

Jane Doe No More, Inc., which is based in Naugatuck, is a national non-profit organization dedicated to changing the way society responds to victims of sexual assault. The victim of a brutal home invasion and sexual assault in 1993, Palomba founded Jane Doe No More to help other victims find their voice and begin the process of healing. Jane Doe No More provides advocacy services and victim resources and training resources for police departments and first responders nationwide.

“I believe we learn most from our greatest challenges,” said Palomba, whose suffering was compounded by the mishandling of her case by investigators. “I went from victim to warrior to survivor, and needed to share what I learned in the process. I founded Jane Doe No More, Inc. to begin that sharing and to help other victims begin their own healing.”

All of the honorees will be featured speakers during the council’s 2nd Annual “Conversations with Extraordinary Women” event April 26 at the Matrix Conference and Banquet Center in Danbury.

“We are honored and excited to have these extraordinary women participate in this year’s inspirational program,” said JoAnn Cueva, coordinator of the Women’s Business Council. “Each one is astounding in her own right, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have them all together on one stage.”

For tickets or more information, call the chamber at (203) 743-5565 or e-mail info@danburychamber.com.