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About Us

Business Women's Forum

A Professional and Personal Development Conference By Women, For Women

Annually, hundreds of professional women participate in the largest, longest running full-day conference for women in Connecticut. Every aspect of the day, from the keynote speakers to the conference giveaways, is vetted by the Forum’s Board of Directors: a dedicated group of businesswomen that represent a variety of industries.

This year we reinvented the Forum and are coming directly to you in your home or office! Join our team and hundreds of fellow virtual attendees as we dive into the exciting opportunity to offer the Business Women’s Forum online.
You’ll enjoy professional sessions from dynamic speakers and trainers, fun and easy ways to engage with fellow attendees digitally, and the opportunity to win fabulous real-life giveaways. Hear about the amazing young women receiving this year’s Business Women’s Forum Jaci Carroll Scholarships, and discover how the BWF is supporting our future business leaders.

Our attendees are what make the Business Women’s Forum amazing. We encourage you to explore the options, engage with our social media platforms, and to join us in November. Become a part of this community and discover what happens when a group of women come together to inspire, support and connect with each other.

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OCTOBER 2021Aqua Turf 556 Mulberry Street Plantsville, CT 06479

Business Women’s Forum Leadership

Lynn Ward

Lynn Ward

President and CEO - Waterbury Regional Chamber

Christina

Christina

Vice Chair

Courtney Ligi

Courtney Ligi

Program Director, Business Women’s Forum

Board of Directors*

*To learn more about participating on Business Women’s Forum Board Directors, please contact cligi@waterburychamber.com. Minimum sponsorship donation of $500 is required. Meetings are held virtually.

Ms. Katy Carillo
Four Q Systems
Ms. Nina Cote
Corporate Display Specialties, Inc.
Ms. Carolyn DaSilva
Saint Mary’s Hospital
Ms. Kim Demsey
Demsey Manufacturing Company, Inc.
Ms. Lisa Didsbury
Ulbrich Stainless Steels & Special Metals, Inc.
Ms. Lori DosSantos
Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Bank of America Corporation
Ms. Donna Ewers
DoubleTree by Hilton
Ms. Kimberly Fitzgerald
Montagno Insurance Agency, Inc.
Ms. Alexis Frederick
Barker Specialty Company
Ms. Bernadette Graziosa
Grotto Restaurant & Mrs. G
Ms. Laura Hine
Hine Bros. Truck Group
Ms. Donna M Johnson
Diagnostic Radiology Associates
Ms. Kacie Kurdy
Naugatuck Valley Radiology
Ms. Susan Lane
Lane Changers LLC
Ms. Kimberly Lebron
Thomaston Savings Bank
Jennifer Leimbach
ESPN
Ms. Janis Malec Esq.
Gordon, Muir and Foley, LLP
Ms. Terri Masters
Children’s Village, Inc.
Ms. Janie McDermott Esq.
Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP
Ms. Sue Mellitt
Hartford Stamp & Sign

Ms. Heather Musante Mitchell
Village at East Farms, A Benchmark Senior Living Community
Ms. Sara Nasshan
ESPN
Ms. Virginia O’Rourke Cookson
O’Rourke & Birch Florist, Inc.
Ms. Donna Palomba
Jane Doe No More, Inc.
Ms. Lucille Parsons
BantamWesson
Ms. Erica Peryga
Post University
Ms. Patricia Phalon
Webster Bank
Ms. Jane D Pinho
Ion Bank
Ms. Carrie Raybeck
Eversource
Ms. Dorinda Richetelli
Spectrum Associates Market Research, Inc.
Ms. Patricia Rodgers
FD Community Federal Credit Union
Ms. Mary M Rosengrant-Chiappalone
Biondi & Rosengrant, LLC
Ms. Loraine Shea
Easterseals
Ms. Susan Sprano
Republican-American
Ms. Nova Taylor
Wells Fargo
Ms. Trish Torello
WATR-1320-Radio
Ms. Lori Turmel
Employers Reference Source, Inc.
Ms. Lynn G Ward
Waterbury Regional Chamber
Ms. Lauresha Xhihani
Waterbury Hospital

What Attendees Say

The speakers were awesome!

Even though we were apart, it felt like we were a part of something big!! The speakers were awesome!

Pamela

Pamela

Easterseals

Find myself implementing strategies

Especially after every event, I find myself implementing strategies that I took away to develop better leadership and management skills and focus on creating positive workplaces.

Sue

Sue

Republic American

They were Speaking to Me Directly

It was intimate. The Forum always has amazing speakers, but this year it felt like they were speaking to me directly.

Kathleen

Kathleen

Oppenheimer

Right Combination

It was just the right length, with the right combination of keynote speakers and workshops. Giveaways were great too!

Heather

Heather

The Village at East Farms

Relevant

The presentations were so relevant to what we are all experiencing during these trying times.

Brenda

Brenda

2020 Attendee

Fantastic

All of the presenters were fantastic; I took away a lot of useful information from each!

Lisa

Lisa

Post University

Inspirational

The energy that everyone brought to the event was inspirational. It felt sincere.

Theresa

Theresa

Down to Earth LLC

Flowed Extremely Well

It flowed extremely well. I never felt like I needed to leave.

Robin

Robin

Eversource Energy