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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

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…

S2/Ep.4 The First, The Few, The Only with Deepa Purushothaman

April 21, 2022

In her inspiring and eye-opening book, The First, The Few, The Only, Deepa Purushothaman examines the challenges faced by women of color in the workplace. In this episode, Fran had the opportunity to discuss Deepa’s work at …

S2/Ep.3 Supporting Child Care – An Industry in Crisis Pt.2

March 24, 2022

We continue our conversation about child care – an industry in crisis – with Beth Bye, Commissioner of the CT Office of Early Childhood. Child care providers are struggling as they strive to recover from the pandemic. While …

S2/Ep. 2: Supporting Child Care, an Industry in Crisis

Feb. 24, 2022

The child care industry is in crisis – in Connecticut and across the country. Recognizing that access to quality child care is essential for our economic recovery, Connecticut’s leadership took action to stabilize the indust…