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Sept. 22, 2022

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

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 …

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Aug. 10, 2022

S2/Ep.7 Introducing The Mom Shuffle Podcast: When Women Thrive, Commu…

Twenty-five years ago, Fran Pastore turned a transition in her career into an opportunity for thousands of other women, their com…

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June 23, 2022

S2/Ep.6 Investing In the Future Of Women

WBDC CEO Fran Pastore was recently appointed Board Chairperson for the Connecticut Paid Leave Authority. In this episode of Coura…

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May 26, 2022

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

Can supporting your local Community affect your bottom line? Amy Kenkel and Laurie Surprenant say it can! Amy and Laurie are the …

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April 21, 2022

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

In her inspiring and eye-opening book, The First, The Few, The Only, Deepa Purushothaman examines the challenges faced by women o…

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March 24, 2022

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

We continue our conversation about child care – an industry in crisis – with Beth Bye, Commissioner of the CT Office of Early Chi…

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Feb. 24, 2022

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

The child care industry is in crisis – in Connecticut and across the country. Recognizing that access to quality child care is es…

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Jan. 27, 2022

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

We’re kicking off the season with two recent WBDC Equity Match Grant recipients, Kevnesha Boyd, owner of Quality Counseling in Ha…

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Nov. 18, 2021

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

Small Business Saturday, November 27, is right around the corner. Started to encourage people to bring more holiday shopping to s…

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Oct. 14, 2021

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

Until 1988 a woman could not access capital in her own name for commercial purposes. That year, legislation was enacted that fina…

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Sept. 30, 2021

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

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

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Sept. 16, 2021

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

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

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Aug. 19, 2021

16. Talking Food with Stephanie Webster of CT Bites

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 indus…

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July 22, 2021

15. Getting the 411 on 211CT

Mental Illness, homelessness, food insecurity, domestic abuse, lack of childcare  . . . . These are just some of the issues for w…

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July 1, 2021

14. Racism and Your Small Business (Part 2)

In this episode of Courageous Conversations we continue the conversation about racism and your small business that began with our…

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June 17, 2021

13. Racism and Your Small Business

With Juneteenth just days away, and as we look back at the year since George Floyd’s murder, in this episode of Courageous Conver…

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June 3, 2021

12. Recalling Lessons Learned with Kitt Shapiro

Authenticity, empathy, strength, vulnerability . . . . These are just some of the virtues Kitt Shapiro gained as she soaked in th…

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May 20, 2021

11.Seeking Mental Health Wellness with Kevnesha Boyd

In this episode of Courageous Conversations, as we near the end of Mental Health Awareness month, Fran talks with Kevnesha Boyd, …

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May 6, 2021

10.Finding Your Rhythm in Small Business

10.Finding Your Rhythm in Small Business

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April 22, 2021

09. Recalculating with Lindsey Pollak

09. Recalculating with Lindsey Pollak

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April 8, 2021

08. Keeping it Local with The Two Oh Three

08. Keeping it Local with The Two Oh Three

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March 18, 2021

07. Looking Back While Focusing on the Future

with Yvonne Oxley and Corey Tolkin

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March 4, 2021

06. Feeling the Fear and Doing It Anyway

with Andrea Barton Reeves

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Feb. 18, 2021

05. Honoring Black History Month With Inspiring Leaders

In honor of Black History month, Courageous Conversations decided to revisit a Town Hall meeting hosted by the Women’s Business D…

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