The Resource Connection, Inc.’s President and CEO, Janet Santa Anna, CSP, was among the honorees at the YWCA Northeastern Massachusetts’ 39th Annual Tribute to Women Awards Luncheon. The event was held on May 12, 2022, at the Andover Country Club. Janet was one of the 21 Women Leaders recognized for making an exceptionally positive impact on their communities.
A Certified Staffing Professional who has worked in the industry for over 40 years, Janet Santa Anna started The Resource Connection, Inc. (TRC) a full-service Staffing Services firm in 1987. An entrepreneur by nature, Janet started the company from scratch with just a few clients and built it into a multimillion-dollar operation. She overcame many obstacles over the years. These include fighting and surviving breast cancer, getting through two major recessions, and facing the significant challenges that have hit the staffing industry throughout the COVID crisis. In 2011, she successfully competed against much larger regional and national staffing firms and was awarded the Commonwealth of MA Temporary Help Services contract. This involved managing five subcontractors placing candidates at entities across the state. The innovative model she proposed and implemented saved Massachusetts millions of dollars over the 8 years that TRC managed the contract.
Janet serves on the Managing Board of Directors for North Shore Chamber of Commerce and is an active member and past president of the Middleton Board of Trade. She also serves on the Board of Directors as an officer and legislative liaison for the Massachusetts Staffing Association. In addition, Janet currently is on the Business Advisory Board for North Shore Community College. Also, she has been awarded Top 100 Women-Led Business Award – 2019 and Business Women of the Year – Lydia Pinkham Award 2008.
Along with her business accomplishments, Janet has been a tireless advocate for social justice. She served as President of the Board of Directors of Strongest Link AIDS Services, Inc. for nine years. Consequently, she made a huge impact in improving HIV/AIDS Prevention and Education services on the North Shore and helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the cause. Janet continues to raise funds for HIV/AIDS services and over the past several years has spearheaded a local women’s Play for P.I.N.K. golf tournament raising thousands of dollars for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Janet inspires others by example. In all that she does in leading her business and in giving back to the community, she exhibits integrity, respect, and compassion.
The Resource Connection, Inc.
TRC specializes in Temporary Help, Temp to Hire, and Direct Hire placement of office, administrative, accounting, finance, customer service, human resources, legal support personnel and more. TRC has been serving the greater Boston area, the North Shore and southern New Hampshire for 35 years. TRC is a certified women-owned business enterprise.
YWCA Tribute to Women Awards
Emma Campbell, YWCA Board President, and Susan Staples, Executive Director noted that “Our annual Tribute to Women event literally brings to life the YW’s mission to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. In all that we do, the YW strives to give women tools to overcome whatever challenges stand between them and realizing their fullest potential. The women honored today have all overcome challenges on their way to becoming leaders, role models and a source of inspiration for us all today.”
With seven sites in the Merrimack Valley, Essex County and Southern New Hampshire, the YWCA of Northeastern Massachusetts offers more than 26 programs and services which are low in cost or free.