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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

S2E4.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…

S2/Ep.1 Funding Growth for Connecticut’s Women-Owned Businesses

Jan. 27, 2022

We’re kicking off the season with two recent WBDC Equity Match Grant recipients, Kevnesha Boyd, owner of Quality Counseling in Hamden, and Jona Jeffcoat, owner of Infinity Music Therapy Services in Southington. Listen to hea…

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…