Women in Leadership Luncheon

YWCA New Britain’s 17th Biennial Women in Leadership Luncheon will be held on May 11, 2017 at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville.

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.

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

In addition to celebrating our honorees, the event program also features a special guest speaker. We are excited to announce that this year’s keynote speaker will be Karen HindsKaren 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.

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.

We invite you to participate in the 2017 Women in Leadership Luncheon in one or more of the following ways: 

  • Attend the event with friends, family, and co-workers
  • Sponsor the event or advertise in the event program book

Click the links below for more information.

Sponsorship Chart- Women in Leadership

Sponsorship Chart- Women in Leadership & Evening of Treasures Auction

Sponsorship & Advertising Commitment Form

Luncheon Invitation

Luncheon Reply Card







American Savings Foundation

Klingberg Family Centers

Webster Bank

Wheeler Clinic


Gordon & Rees LLP

Okay Industries


Associated Insurance Services

Community Chest of New Britain & Berlin

New Britain Transportation Company

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