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Courageous Conversations with Fran Pastore

Courageous Conversations with Fran Pastore

Through her work as the founder and CEO of the Women’s Business Development Council in Connecticut, Fran Pastore has had the privilege of knowing and working with remarkable and accomplished women.
In every episode, Fran will be speaking with influential women whose stories have had an impact on her and they will do the same for you. Their stories will excite and inspire you to conquer your fears, take a stand for yourself and break down the barriers that stand in your way.
We may cover timely topics like racial and gender inequality and the importance of advocacy and voting, but mostly we’ll be sharing the personal journeys of extraordinary women.

Recent Episodes

S3/Ep.3 The Impact of Elections on Women Entrepreneurs

Nov. 17, 2022

The 2022 mid-term elections took place just over a week ago. While we don’t fully know all of the results or what they will mean for the balance of power in our country, it is clear that female voters came out in force to ma…

S3/Ep.2 Accelerating The Growth of Women's Entrepreneurship in CT

Oct. 20, 2022

25 years ago, Fran Pastore & Dorothy Bratchell embarked on a mission to create a resource for women entrepreneurs in Connecticut. They were at the forefront of forging a path to accelerate the growth of women’s entrepreneurs…

S3/Ep.1 Women in Banking: Meet Four Connecticut CEOs

Sept. 22, 2022

What does it take to reach the pinnacle of success in a male dominated arena? Of the more than two dozen banks that are licensed or headquartered in CT, six are led by women in the CEO position. Four of those extraordinary w…

S2/Ep.7 Introducing The Mom Shuffle Podcast: When Women Thrive, Communities Come Alive

Aug. 10, 2022

Twenty-five years ago, Fran Pastore turned a transition in her career into an opportunity for thousands of other women, their communities, and the State of Connecticut. A recent guest of the Mom Shuffle Podcast, a show which…

S2/Ep.6 Investing In the Future Of Women

June 23, 2022

WBDC CEO Fran Pastore was recently appointed Board Chairperson for the Connecticut Paid Leave Authority. In this episode of Courageous Conversations Fran sits down with Nancy Barrow, host of . Of course, they discuss WBDC's …

S2/Ep.5 Supporting the Community While Boosting the Bottom Line

May 26, 2022

Can supporting your local Community affect your bottom line? Amy Kenkel and Laurie Surprenant say it can! Amy and Laurie are the owners of Leaps and Bones, a pet supply store and pet bakery with locations in South Windsor, S…