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30 Days… A Road Trip to Community, Leadership and Connection

What can you do in 30 days to change your organization, business or community?

Karen Senteio, Director of Consulting & Training at Leadership Greater Hartford shares her view:
"Entrepreneurs know that the key to business success is to understand the needs of their customers and deliver. However, finding out what customers truly want and value is challenging. Technology affords many ways to gather customer data and learn more, but what it cannot do is replace the human experience of a face-to-face conversation followed by the affirmation of a handshake.
Guy Bolduc of eNdoto Corporation, a small business located in East Hartford, CT, was working on his budget and hesitated when it came time to consider whether or not to invest money in trade shows. While his business had participated in trade shows in the past and the experience provided exposure, bottom line was that they were expensive and resulted in very few sales. These shows provided an opportunity to meet, but not really connect. Not exactly inspiring.” Click here to read more.

Interested in learning more about the five lessons Guy Bolduc experienced on the road?
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Remembering Maggie - A Memorial Service

Maggie Irving, the Event Coordinator for Leadership Greater Hartford since 2009, passed away on February 3 after a brief but valiant battle with pancreatic cancer. Please join us at a memorial service to celebrate her life and the gift she was to all of us.
Tuesday, March 21, 4:30-6:30 p.m. 
Service will begin at 4:45
Reception to follow
224 Ecospace, 224 Farmington Avenue, Hartford
Parking is in the west section of the parking lot.  Look for LGH event signs at the entrance to the parking lot.
Maggie’s family has established a memorial fund in Maggie’s honor and the fund will support class 14 of the Third Age Initiative, a fitting memorial to Maggie, a graduate of class 9 and a champion and supporter of the program.  If you would like to make a donation, you can mail a check to LGH (write “Maggie Fund” in the memo line, please), donate online, or make a donation at the memorial service.
We were honored to host Lead More, Control Less co-author Sandra Janoff to kick off our 2017 series.  In case you missed it, check out the secrets she shared on her interview with the NBC Connecticut morning news!

In Session Three we will be learning from CIL President & CEO Kent Schwendy on

Wednesday, March 22, 7:30 - 9:00 A.M.

Leading more and controlling less requires you to convert potential negatives into positives and to see things from different perspectives. The ideas may not be obvious or common, but once you learn what to look for and how to systematically approach difficult situations, you may find that with practice they can become natural behaviors. This workshop will help you to understand and apply Skills Three and Four: turning your anxiety into excitement and changing your perspective so you don’t see things from a single point of view.

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4th Tuesday After Hours: Republic

Have you had a chance to check out the new The new Republic at the Linden in Hartford, former site of Spencer's, Corny T's and Emperor at the Linden?

Spencer Caldwell, Hartford Courant reporter, calls it "the capital's best looking restaurant" in his 2017 article.

And now you have a chance to come experience it for yourself!

Join us at our next 4th Tuesday After Hours at:

10 Capitol Avenue, Hartford
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
TUESDAY, March 28


This event is free and open to all. Bring a new friend to LGH and get an additional entry in our exciting drawing!

Mark your calendars for the 4th Tuesday of every month to take advantage of the wonderful After Hours events we have planned for you! We will help you connect with our vast network during social happy hours, as well as visit and explore new areas in the community that you might otherwise not have an opportunity to experience.
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Four Ways Being a Nonprofit Board Member Can Help Your Career

According to an article by Idealist Career, “For many people, being a board member conjures up images of wealthy people writing checks and hosting fundraisers. While supporting the financial well being of a nonprofit is certainly part of a board member’s responsibility, there is a range of roles that board members can play and plenty of opportunities for people to volunteer their time and talent to support an organization they love.”

Congratulations to these participants who have already begun to volunteer their time and talent to support an organization they love by joining the following nonprofit boards of directors:
Natalie Weaver, John Segretta, Erik Wasson, and Jennifer Lengvarsky at Arts for Learning CT

Alexandra Carlson at the Ballet Theater Company
Judy Pearlson at Arts Center East

David McKee and Rosalind Nash at Family Promise of CT
Eliot Bassin at the West Hartford Library Foundation
Raj Das and Amy Fields at the Rob Branham Foundation
Tashana Mullings at ITN Central CT
Lisa Nicholson is serving on a committee at Kinsella Arts, Inc

The next Orientation Workshop is on April 5, 5:15 - 7:30 p.m.
The next Express Match is March 28, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

For more information or to register for an Orientation or Express Match, contact Mae Maloney at 860.206.5072 or

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Shout Outs!

Nancy Bernstein (Quest 2002) was named President & CEO of Women's Health USA.

Adam McLaughlin (Quest 2007) was named 40 Under 40 for Springfield College.

Dana Misorski (Quest 2016) started a new position with Clinicient at the beginning of January.

Beth Pite (Quest 1987) was voted onto the board of Hartford Preservation Alliance.

Thanks to the support of former LGH board member and Quest (2005) alumna Trish Hesslein, Alice Ferguson (Quest 2013), Iran Nazario (Quest 2016), and James Tillman (2015 Polaris Award Winner) were featured on Fox 61's Stories of Hope for their inspiring work in the Hartford community. Click on their names to see their individual segments!
Yvette Melendez (ALX Class X) has been appointed interim President of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, effective March 20.

Estela Lopez (Executive Orientation 2002) will be honored as a Wonder Woman by the Malta House of Care on May 2. Wonder Women are recognized as women who are changing the world.

Brian Foley (Quest 2016), was honored as the Person of the Year at the Hartford St. Patrick’s Day parade.

A big thanks to Hartford CEOS Mark T. Bertolini, chairman and CEO of Aetna, Christopher J. Swift, chairman and CEO of The Hartford, and Alan D. Schnitzer, CEO of The Travelers Cos for caring about Hartford's success.  (Read the Hartford Business Journal Article here).
To share your news and photos with us, email Katy Bannister at

We Do Things Better Together

True community leadership connections were made on February 17 when Ted Carroll and Greg Andrews, Manager of our Executive Orientation Program and Hartford Encounters, received a “hard-hat” tour of UConn’s new Downtown Hartford campus, slated to open this coming August. Nina Rovinelli Heller (Executive Orientation 2016), Interim Director of the Hartford Campus and Dean of the UConn School of Social Work, led them on a tour of the new main building, as well as the nearly-completed renovation of the School of Social Work at 38 Prospect Street.
From Left:  Greg Andrews, Ted Carroll, Robert Corbett, master planner/chief architect,  Dean Heller, Nancy Kline and Jim Trail, UConn alumni.
The new campus will have a transformative impact on both UConn and downtown Hartford, as described in this Hartford Courant article. In fact, UConn's collaboration integrating its campus library with the Hartford Public Library is attracting nationwide attention!
Would you like to be a part of the new vibrancy of downtown? Are you a senior-level executive who wants to contribute to strengthening our region? Then consider learning more about the assets and challenges of our Capital City and connecting to key regional stakeholders through our Executive Orientation Program, for we know that we do things better together.
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And, if you want to discover Hartford's treasures and learn for yourself why "Hartford Has It," consider scheduling a Hartford Encounter to get a first-hand look at the attributes and attractions that make this region so vital.
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