Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz opened the Annual Women’s Leadership Conference on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at the West Haven Italian American Club, West Haven, CT. This event was sponsored by W.O.W., West Haven & Orange Women in Business, a joint committee of the West Haven and Orange Chambers of Commerce. This year, 200 area women and high schoolers were able to hear local business women sharing their stories of conviction, commitment and courage. The speakers included: Jennifer Heath, President & CEO, United Way of Greater New Haven; Monique Bolt, Director of Events, Undergraduate Admissions, University of New Haven; and Sara Longobardi, Senior Vice President, Retail Banking, People’s United Bank.
The proceeds from the conference benefit the Women in Business Scholarship program for female, college-bound, high school seniors from Amity High and West Haven High Schools. Scholarships were presented to Jenna Nicole Acanfora, and Taylor Joy Gourdier, both from Amity High School. Jenna will be attending the University of Rhode Island where her interests lie with a career in Business. Taylor will be going to the University of Connecticut; she is interested in pursuing a career combining business and social action. Two students from West Haven High also received scholarships.
Major sponsors contributing to the success of this event include TD Bank, Yale University, University of New Haven, The Milford Bank and the West Haven Voice.