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In Memoriam

IWFCT Remembers Anne Elvgren

April 2, 2021

The women of the IWF Connecticut Forum are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of our beloved member Anne Elvgren.

Anne was a faithful IWFCT Forum member, a sister and a friend.  Her support and kindness unrivaled by many. We will miss her lighthearted laughter, her energetic personality and her willingness to go the extra mile to help anyone.

We are blessed to have spent the time we did with Anne and although she is no longer with us, she will always and ever be near and in our hearts. Rest in Peace Anne.

More about Anne's life and her obituary can be found at the following link

The Memoriam is also be posted at the  Global IWF website and will be shared here when captured.

Read More:  Our IWF Connecticut members had much to say about Anne

 

“Anne was a trailblazer and a role model to all of us.   Her mission in life was to help others.  Her laugh and smile was contagious. She radiated positiveness and thrived as an entrepreneur.  If you wanted to meet anyone in Connecticut, you’d reach out to Anne.  She was respected by all.   Her loss will leave a huge hole in our hearts but her memories will live with us forever.  I know Anne is looking down at us and saying don’t grieve, don’t cry, we will meet again someday.  Rest in peace Anne.  We love you”. Marie Meliksetian, President, International Women’s Forum of Connecticut

 

"It’s hard to imagine the world without Anne - without her enthusiasm, her zest for life, her incredibly generous spirit. Anne was a champion for countless people and causes in and around Connecticut and beyond. I think as a community we have only just begun to realize the huge hole that is left with her untimely passing. She will most assuredly be sorely missed.

Anne and I had exchanged several emails over the weekend before she passed away. We were looking forward to putting a lunch on the calendar after more than a year of connecting only by phone. In her last email to me, sent on Saturday evening at around 8 pm, she shared the following:

"I am reading 30 essays written by applicants for the $5,000 Eileen Kraus scholarship this evening. This is a program of the CT Women's Hall of Fame. Applicants pick one of the 125 former inductees into the hall as the focus of their essay. I am impressed by their sincerity."

It would be just like Anne, I thought, to be dedicating her Saturday evening to one of the countless worthwhile causes to which she devoted her time and energies. Giving of her talents, her spirit, and more than anything her heart was ’signature Anne’. To those of us fortunate to know her, she touched our lives with inspiration, joy and love. 

May Anne's memory be a blessing”. Laura Dambier, VP and Membership Chair, International Women’s Forum of Connecticut

“Rarely was there an event in Hartford where you did not see Anne Elvgren. When she saw you, she warmly greeted you and wanted to know what and how you were doing. It was never about her. I am so much better for having known her and so grateful for our friendship. When we can gather again, I will be looking for her smiling face in the crowd” Susan Dunn, Program Co-Chair, International Women’s Forum of Connecticut

“Anne was a positive woman leader in our Community. She knew so many people in Connecticut and wanted everyone in her wide circle to become connected. I was very grateful that she included me in the many events that she supported and the lunches that she arranged. I will miss her warm and supportive friendship”. Meredith Reuben, CEO, EBP Supply Solutions

“I am forever indebted to Anne for introducing me to IWFCT and persistently and pleasantly encouraging me to join.  Her generosity and care opened my world to this amazing community of supportive, welcoming women.  I know I’ll appreciate and feel her warmth in each event and meeting I have.  She impacted my life in so many ways, and many still yet to be explored through this wonderful alliance of friends and colleagues we share.  May she rest in peace knowing what a difference she’s made”.  Jennifer Tombaugh, President Tauck

“Anne was a warm and wonderful person with whom I enjoyed many outdoor concerts and other events. We had so many mutual friends and always enjoyed each other’s company”. Nancy Bernstein, President and CEO Women’s’ Health CT Inc.

“Anne brought together a unique combination of big city sophistication with a real down to earth Minnesota-girl warmth.  She just about rescued me when I came to Hartford in 2012 to run the Girl Scouts of Connecticut.  Anne knew everyone and was the master connector of us all in the region.  She introduced me to so many other amazing women and gave me free and expert advice on whom I needed to know and whom to honor at our fundraisers and how to plan events.  She always checked in on me  and was truly a friend on so many levels.  I marveled at her knowledge of art and antiques- a passion of hers.  She never wavered from her genuine concern and loyalty for all of her women friends and her annual holiday event will be missed.  I loved to hear her well thought out views on the political scene and she was an encyclopedia of modern day political history.  Anne- I will miss your sweet Minnesota accent and your check ins, your clothing tips and all the wonderfulness you brought to my life when I had the privilege and pleasure to call you a friend.  Rest in peace, dear Anne”. Mary Barneby, Regional CEO, Red Cross, Greater New York Area

 

“Too young, too early and a great loss” Michele Etzel, CEO National Enterprise Solutions, LLC

IWFCT Remembers Anne Hyde, IWFCT Founder

May 11, 2018

Over a half century of active, professional life, Anne founded organizations in general management, executive search, organization/management, consulting and marketing experience. A disciple of Peter Drucker, she served on the Advisory Board Selection Committee for the Fellows Program of The Drucker Foundation, and was active in many professional and business organizations. She was a founding member and former board member of the Women's Forum of New York, the Connecticut Women's Forum (past president) and the International Women's Forum.

Anne was born and educated in Great Britain and earned a degree from the University of London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama in drama, theater and Shakespearean plays. She found her life's work in the field of human resources, where her passion and expertise shone and traveled across the Atlantic in the 1960's.


Over a half century of active, professional life, Anne founded organizations in general management, executive search, organization/management, consulting and marketing experience. A disciple of Peter Drucker, she served on the Advisory Board Selection Committee for the Fellows Program of The Drucker Foundation, and was active in many professional and business organizations. She was a founding member and former board member of the Women's Forum of New York, the Connecticut Women's Forum (past president) and the International Women's Forum.


Over the decades, Anne founded numerous enterprises, among them GenCom and The Hyde Group: Management Women, Inc, an executive search firm specializing in women and minorities; The Management Woman Institute and Parker Hyde Enterprises. She provided executive search and consulting services to leading corporations, government agencies, academic institutions and nonprofit organizations.


Anne served on a White House task force evaluating human resource issues, and conducted seminars and workshops at Columbia, Cornell, NYU and Pace University. 

 

She was a tireless and fierce advocate for women and will be remembered with affection and gratitude by the legions to whom she was a pillar of strength, generosity, advice and encouragement. Requiescat in pace.

Read More on the following link on the Global IWF website