YWCA to Honor Women Leaders in Connecticut

YWCA New Britain will be hosting its 17th biennial Women in Leadership Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville. The event will recognize women in central Connecticut who demonstrate extraordinary leadership and outstanding achievements. More than 600 women have been honored since the event’s inception in 1985.

In addition to celebrating our honorees, the event program will feature keynote speaker Karen Hinds. Karen Hinds is a consultant, author of four books, and Founder and CEO of Workplace Success Group LLC. Workplace Success Group works with individuals and companies to position emerging leaders to discover, master, and operate in their own distinctive power to stand out and move up personally and professionally.
Forty-seven women who live, work, and go to school in central Connecticut will be honored at the YWCA’s Women in Leadership Luncheon. This year’s slate of Women in Leadership honorees being inducted into the Carol R. Virostek Academy of Women Leaders are:

Jean Alicandro, Director of Residence Life, Central Connecticut State University
Tracy Andruskiewicz, Operations Coordinator, CT Department of Labor, Welfare to Work Unit
Doris Arrington, Dean of Student Services,Capital Community College
Jeanine Audette, District Program Director, Bristol Public Schools
Ingrid Canady, Executive Director, State Education Resource Center
Jennifer Carroll, President, St. Lucian’s Residence
Edna Colon, Sub-Chair of Community Development, North Oak NRZ
Sonia Colon Mora, Director of Intensive Home Services, Klingberg Family Centers
Elizabeth Conran, Compliance Manager, CW Resources
Jody Davis, Founder & Executive Director, Coram Deo Recovery
Julia Gallup, Police Lieutenant, New Britain Police Department
Yvette Ghannam, Resident/Former President, North Oak NRZ
Caitlin Greco, Human Resource Assistant, CCARC
Amy Hare, Transportation Engineer III, CT Department of Transportation
Jennifer Hernandez, Program Coordinator, Mothers Offering Mothers Support & Nurturing Program, Hospital of Central Connecticut Nurturing Families Program
Cori Humes, Board Member, Community Foundation of Greater New Britain
Therese (Teri) Jones, Administrative Volunteer, Literacy Volunteers of Central Connecticut
Susan Kus, Operations Manager, Literacy Volunteers of Central Connecticut
Amy Litke, Head of Children's Services, New Britain Public Library
Melissa Mendez, Director of Early Childhood Programs, Wheeler Clinic
Michele Merced, Head Varsity High School Cheerleading Coach, New Britain High School, Consolidated School District of New Britain
Catherine Mohan, Partner, McCarter & English
Evelyn Morin, Grant Coordinator, Plainville Senior Center
Stacey Ormsby, Senior Project Manager, Continuous Improvement, Webster Bank
Jeanette Portalatin, Police Lieutenant, New Britain Police Department
Vicky Ramos , Sub-Chair Committee of Human Resources, North Oak NRZ
Lisa Rivers, Transportation Transit Manager, CT Department of Transportation
Natalie Lynne Smith, Board Chair, Klingberg Family Centers
Stanley Black & Decker Women’s Network: Adria Boyle, Lynn Costa, Ruslana Frankel, Rhonda Gass, Lori Groth, Corliss Montesi, and Abby Van Deusen
Patty Strazzulla, Director of Sales, Hampton Inn & Suites
Sabrina Trocchi, Chief Operating Officer, Wheeler Clinic
Sylvia Webb, Board Member, RACE Volunteer Chair, CT Breast Health Initiative
Rita White, Director of Residential Services, CCARC

Student Honorees:

Paola Barbosa, E.C. Goodwin Technical High School
Clara Barnes, Northwest Catholic High School
Tahjae Barrett, New Britain High School
Sarah Belal, New Britain High School
Jaymie Bianca, St. Paul Catholic High School
Kara Boninsegna, Berlin High School
Jessica Buslewicz, Newington High School
Olivia Colon, Newington High School
Miriam L. Desgazon, Central Connecticut State University
Rose Esselstyn, Kingswood Oxford School
Allison Gilson, Conard High School
Michaela Griffin, Cromwell High School
Melissa Gurzenda, St. Paul Catholic High School
Tracey Kittoe, Central Connecticut State University
Margaret McGuire, Farmington High School
Jaminah Walker, New Britain High School
Angela Zheng, Plainville High School

For more information on sponsorship, advertising, or attending the event, click here.  You can also contact Shaunna Cullen at 860-225-4681 x295 or scullen@ywcanewbritain.org. Cost to attend is $50 per person.