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Wishing you all a 2017 filled with caring, sharing, and a genuine sense of community!

And Here’s What’s New in 2017:
We will be taking a different approach to our traditional twice-monthly electronic newsletter. Typically the newsletter contains lots of information about our programs and events. For 2017, we will offer instead a monthly newsletter that will still keep you “in the know,” but will also provide you with some tools, resources and reflections to help you continue on your leadership journey.  It is our hope that this new approach will keep you engaged in best practices and will provide you with inspiring ideas and information that will make a difference in your life and in your community.

Inspired by the Dr. Martin Luther King holiday we celebrated earlier this week, LGH President Ted Carroll reflected on a conversation he recently had with a stranger he met in the elevator.  It reminded him about how we can best build community wherever we live or work, from Guyana to Connecticut:
"I am in the community-building business. I am driven by a desire to create places where people can trust and support one another in ways that allow each person to learn, grow and contribute to a common purpose.  A big goal, to be sure, but one I have found possible to reach provided I remember to start small.  If strong, healthy community is what I want, I better start with strong, healthy relationships with people, one at a time.  And that can begin with a short elevator ride with a stranger.

Really, what can you exchange with someone in the time it takes to go from your third floor office to the ground floor lobby?"

Click here to read the entire article.
Full Article

Why Leading Off Campus?

Did you know that the Metro Hartford region retains the fewest four-year graduates of any metro region in the country, according to the Metro Hartford Progress Points, supported by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving?
So what can we collectively do to improve this metric?
Tyler Wrenn, (Leading Off Campus 2016) and a Sophomore at Trinity College, believes the answer begins with programs like Leading Off Campus:

“I learned what this city needs. The city has the equivalent potential to be as popular as Boston or NYC and has the people and leaders with the know-how to get there. And thanks to Leadership Greater Hartford, I’m proud to be a part of that process.”

Help empower a college student you know to continue their leadership journey and make a difference in our region!  We are now accepting applications for the 2017 class of Leading Off Campus beginning February 3.
For more information, or to learn how to get your institution involved, including sponsorships, please click below or contact Andre Santiago at

Apply Now

After Hours - 4th Tuesday: Capewell Lofts

Did you read the great article about Capewell Lofts in yesterday’s Hartford Courant?  “For two decades, the decaying Capewell Horse Nail Co. factory was a hulking presence in the Sheldon-Charter Oak neighborhood, masking other redevelopment successes in the area. Now, the developer of Capewell Lofts [CIL], a $27 million conversion of the factory into 72 apartments, hopes the project will be counted as a redevelopment highlight.”
Join us for a very cool opportunity to meet the developer and tour the beautiful new lofts:

Capewell Lofts
TUESDAY, January 24
5:30-7:30 p.m.
57 Charter Oak Avenue, Hartford

Free parking is in the lot at 150 Wyllys Street. Follow signs from the parking lot to the back entrance of the building.

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

Sponsored By:

Save the date for February:

Little River Restoratives
TUESDAY, February 28
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
405 Capital Avenue, Hartford

Learn More
Have you ever considered serving on a nonprofit board?  According to an article by The Bridgespan Group, “it can be a rewarding, high impact way that for-profit executives can do community service while learning new skills that can enhance their own careers.”
Bobby Nims (Quest 2017), Project Leader at Cigna, has already received lots of value from his Leaders On Board experience:
“Leadership Greater Hartford provides a tremendous opportunity to become engaged and closely partner with passionate organizations championing meaningful change through Leaders On Board...”
Click here to read more.

Congratulations to these participants who have already begun their rewarding journey by joining the following nonprofit boards of directors:
Deborah Cunningham at Family Life Education.
Faith Palmer at Hartford Interval House.
Narancimeg Mijid at the CT Fair Housing Center.
Christian Ladd at the Judy Dworin Performance Project.

The next Orientation Workshop is on February 8, 5:15 - 7:30 p.m.
The next Express Match is January 25, 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

Learn More

We Had a Blast at our 40th Anniversary and Polaris Awards Gala!

Save The Date

Polaris 2017
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
5:30 p.m.
The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts

Shout Outs!

Marlene Ibsen (Quest 2000) has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

Michael R. Chesman (Executive Orientation 2009) has been elected to the Board of Trustees of The Mark Twain House & Museum.

Betty Domer (Quest 1991, Third Age Initiative Class 8) has amassed more than 1000 hours of volunteer service at FoodShare. She will be interviewed by Foodshare and be recognized in their “Seniors Helping Seniors” article.

Andre Santiago has been promoted to Senior Program Director at Leadership Greater Hartford.

Larisa Kottke of West Hartford will become Leadership Greater Hartford's next Director of Finance and Operations on January 30, when she takes over for Cathy Tracy who is retiring after 10 superb years.

Ashley Arthur (Leading Off Campus 2015) has accepted an offer at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine to be part of the Class of 2021.

Sabrina Trocchi (Summit 2015) has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer at Wheeler Clinic.

Quinten Smallwood (LGH Board of Directors) welcomed a new member to his family this month. Blake Alexander Smallwood was born at 8lbs 7oz and 21".

Margaret Tantillo (Quest 2004) is now the Executive Director of Dress for Success, Western Massachusetts.

Andrew Worthington (Summit 2015) was elected Treasurer of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving board.

Maggie Willard (Quest 1989) has been appointed to serve as the Aurora Foundation’s Interim Executive Director.
Bob Cave (Third Age Initiative Class 12) received a proclamation from West Hartford Mayor Shari Cantor in recognition of his volunteer work to reinvigorate the Seniors Job Bank.

To share your news and photos with us, email Katy Bannister at

We Welcome Our New Board Members

Nicola Allen (Quest 2014) - Community Outreach Manager, KNOX
Mario J. Bruno (Quest 2008) - CEO, American Red Cross

Steven R. Gilkey (Executive Orientation 2013) - Vice President Electric Field Operations, Eversource

Randy Gowdy (Executive Orientation 2012, Summit 2015) - President, SUMMIT


Aaron D. Levy (Quest 2016) - Partner, Shipman & Goodwin LLP

Sumakshi Vali (Quest 2007) - SVP Region Manager, Community Bank, Webster Bank

We also congratulate Tisa Rabun-Marshall (Quest 2005), Director, Web & Social Media, The Phoenix Companies, Inc., who was named Secretary of Leadership Greater Hartford's board.


Let us keep their families and many friends in our thoughts and prayers.
Denis F. Mullane, former head of CT Mutual and founder of the Hartford Chapter of the American Leadership Forum died last month.  Denis, who served for 10 years on the LGH board of directors (1984 – 93), was a national and local champion for strong community leadership programs.
Christopher M. Cox (Quest 1981) passed away this month.
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