From our mothers to our daughters, our sisters, neighbors, and friends, there are so many women in our community who serve as leaders in their families, workplaces, schools, and towns. The Women in Leadership Luncheon celebrates and honors these women and female students in central Connecticut. More than 600 women have been celebrated for their outstanding accomplishments and contributions in our community since 1985, and hundreds of their supporters attend each luncheon to show their appreciation for these phenomenal women.
We invite you to participate in the 2019 Women in Leadership Luncheon in one or more of the following ways:
Attend the event with friends, family, and co-workers. View the invitation and reply card here.
Sponsor the Women in Leadership Luncheon and make your early commitment for the Evening of Treasures Auction (November 8, 2019– more info coming soon!)
Sponsor the Women in Leadership Luncheon
Advertise in the luncheon program book
The Women in Leadership Luncheon also serves as a fundraiser for YWCA New Britain. Proceeds from this event support important YWCA programs such as childcare, family literacy, youth development for middle school and high school girls, health and wellness programs, and sexual assault crisis services. Thank you for helping to make this event a success!
Thank You To Our Sponsors
We are proud to announce this year’s slate of Women in Leadership honorees being inducted into the Carol R. Virostek Academy of Women Leaders:
Lillian Agostini, Volunteer, CCARC, Inc., and Owner, New Britain Transportation Company
Ann Anderson, Coordinator for Feed the Need Ministry, South Congregational First Baptist Church
Francine Austin, Past President, New Britain Lions Club
Marie Bachand, Vice President, North Oak Neighborhood Revitalization Zone
Giselle Benitez, Production Lead, Okay Industries, Inc.
Rose Booker, Food Service Manager, CW Resources, Inc.
Donna Clark, Senior Warden, St. Mark's Episcopal Church
Ivonne Daigle, Director of Day Services, Bristol Adult Resource Center, Inc.
Athena Dellas, Chief Financial Officer, Wheeler Clinic
Myrna Garcia-Bowen, Director, Transfer & Articulation, Central Connecticut State University
Paula Gilberto, President & CEO, United Way of Central & Northeastern Connecticut
Alexandrea Isaac, General Counsel, Starion Energy, Inc.
Nancy Kroeber, Board Member, CT Breast Health Initiative
Jill Larmett, Disability Resource Coordinator, Capital Workforce Partners
Nella Lastrina, Executive Administrator, Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce
Elaine Lechowicz, Secretary, Arch Area Neighborhood Revitalization Zone
Michelle Lewis, Organizational Assistant, CT Breast Health Initiative
Nelba Marquez-Greene, Founder & Executive Director, Ana Grace Project
Barbara Marzi, Executive Assistant & Development Coordinator, CCARC, Inc.
Jessica Parlapiano, Accounting Payroll Administrator, CW Resources, Inc.
Janice Pina, Assistant Principal, Slade Middle School, Consolidated School District of New Britain
Lynn Ricci, Chairperson, Community Foundation of Greater New Britain, and President & CEO, Hospital for Special Care
Kimberly Selvaggi, Executive Director, LISA, Inc.
Kim Sirois Pita, Founder & Owner, Pita Peaces
Dayna Snell, Executive Director, Queen Ann Nzinga Center
Ashley Stone, Founder & Owner, Beauty Entourage and BE Salon & Studio
Julie Swan, Community Service Officer, New Britain Police Department
Zulma Toro, President, Central Connecticut State University
Tamara Vrabely, Accounting Manager & Acting Corporate Secretary, Okay Industries, Inc.
Galina Wolinetz, Head of Integration Management, Stanley Black & Decker
Jenifer Yarsawich, Detective, New Britain Police Department
Amal Al-Hidami, Southington High School
Flore Barrillon, Conard High School
Alisha Chhabra, Rocky Hill High School
Claudia Cupe, Asnuntuck Community College
Taylor Domingue, Bristol Eastern High School
Annette Figueroa, Lincoln Technical Institute
Gillian Gereg, Farmington High School
Sonya Hadley, Middletown High School
Jenna Liseo, Cromwell High School
Sage Maier, Tunxis Community College
Sarah McAuliffe, St. Paul Catholic High School
Ebaa Mohmed, New Britain High School
Emma Moore, Wethersfield High School
Demesis Negron Figueroa, Central Connecticut State University
Keagan Ostop, Northwest Catholic High School
Victoria Pham, Conard High School
Daneirys Rivera, E.C. Goodwin Technical High School
Emma Roski, Berlin High School
Isabella Russo, University of St. Joseph
Jenna Scanlon, Newington High School
Photos From the 2017 Luncheon