MEDIA ADVISORY: Women’s Leadership Conference Explores STEM and Mental Health |

As Connecticut moves past the pandemic, women play a critical role. Business Leaders and Legislators Explain How They Overcome Challenges at AABC’s May 19 Conference When Women Lead conference.

First female CEO of AVANGRID Catherine Stempien opens this year’s conference, recounting how she broke through the glass ceiling to lead the energy company’s largest business unit.

The Jackson Laboratory Lisa RoyWestminster Tool Hillary Thomas and Flora Padro, Principal of Hartford Public High School, discuss paving the way for other women to find meaningful careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

CEO of the Women’s Business Development Council Francois Pastore conducts a conversation with state officials Tammy Exum and Tammy Nuccio and state senators Christine Cohen and Heather Somers.

Certified Clinical Social Worker and TEDx Featured Speaker Jelan Agnew, from the Copper Beech Institute, shares strategies for self-preservation in the office and beyond.

Media wishing to attend should contact Ali Warshavsky (860.244.1929).

When Women Lead is produced by CBIA and made possible with the generous support of AVANGRID and Oma’s Pride.


CBIA is Connecticut’s largest business organization, with thousands of member companies, large and small, representing a wide range of industries from all regions of the state. For more information, please contact Ali Warshavsky (860.244.1929).

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