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 (WBDC) in Connecticut, Fran Pastore has had the privilege of knowing and working with remarkable and accomplished leaders who have invaluable insights and strategies for success in the business world and beyond. In every episode, guests share lessons they’ve learned through their personal journeys as they and Fran delve into topics such as financial empowerment, economic equity & access to capital, advocacy for women, growing a business, and more. Whether you're a seasoned professional or just starting out, Fran and her guests offer practical advice and inspiration to help you overcome obstacles, conquer your fears, and achieve your goals.

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Nov. 16, 2023

S4/Ep.10 Networking Like a Pro

In this episode of Courageous Conversations, WBDC CEO Fran Pastore takes on a different role as she's interviewed by Terri Piekara, a WBDC Business Advisor and podcast Editor. Fran's vast experience in networking shines thro…
Oct. 19, 2023

S4/Ep.9 Owning the Arena: Katrina Adams on Leadership and Breaking Glass Ceilings

Today, we are replaying a thought-provoking conversation Fran had in 2020 with Katrina Adams, a true trailblazer in the world of tennis and in the boardroom. Katrina’s insights are as valuable today as they were when this ep…
Sept. 28, 2023

S4/Ep.8 Lead to Win with Carla Harris

In this episode of Courageous Conversations, Fran is honored to host the remarkable Carla Harris, Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley, and author of the empowering book, Lead to Win.  Carla’s “Pearls” – nuggets of wisdom…
July 20, 2023

S4/Ep.7 Connecticut Works for Small Business

Join Fran Pastore on this episode of Courageous Conversations as she engages in a thoughtful discussion with Connecticut’s Lt. Governor, Susan Bysiewicz. Together, they explore why it’s a good time to be a small business ent…
June 22, 2023

S4/Ep.6 The Journey from Product to Pitch: Learn from FunkkOFF’s Shark Tank Adventure

The creators of FunkkOFF TeethRefreshers, Joelle Flynn and Sonia Hounsell, join Fran on today’s episode of Courageous Conversations. Lifelong friends, the duo share their journey of entrepreneurship, how their diverse skills…
May 18, 2023

S4.Ep.5 Growth, Innovation and the Economic Futures of CT & NY

How are New York and Connecticut embracing growth, innovation, and collaboration? Join Fran Pastore as she engages in a dynamic dialogue with Alexandra Daum, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Communi…