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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

20.Shopping Local on Small Business Saturday . . . And Everyday

Nov. 18, 2021

Small Business Saturday, November 27, is right around the corner. Started to encourage people to bring more holiday shopping to small businesses, Small Business Saturday has become a critical component to the holiday shoppin…

19. Shifting Norms with Jennifer Palmer, CEO of Gerber Finance

Oct. 14, 2021

Until 1988 a woman could not access capital in her own name for commercial purposes. That year, legislation was enacted that finally allowed a woman to apply for a business loan without a male co-signor. A lot has changed in…

18. Talking (and Walking) to End Alzheimer’s

Sept. 30, 2021

18. Talking (and Walking) to End Alzheimer’s

17. Celebrating Small Business Week With Three of CT's Best

Sept. 16, 2021

17. Celebrating Small Business Week With Three of CT's Best

16. Talking Food with Stephanie Webster of CT Bites

Aug. 19, 2021

The pandemic hasn’t been easy on any of us, but you could argue that it’s been tougher on restaurants than almost any other industry. In this episode of Courageous Conversations, Fran sits down with Stephanie Webster, Editor…

15. Getting the 411 on 211CT

July 22, 2021

Mental Illness, homelessness, food insecurity, domestic abuse, lack of childcare  . . . . These are just some of the issues for which Connecticut residents can turn to 211CT for help. Offered by the State of Connecticut thro…