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OUR 2018 Stories & News

IWFCT 2018 Grant - Girl Scouts STEM Program

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October 13, 2018
IWFCT's 2018 grant went to the STEM program for the Girls Scouts of Connecticut.  Through the grant, High School Girl Scouts participated in a Cyber Agent program at the University of New Haven.  The program was specially designed by University Professor Abe Baggili and 6 of his graduate students (all women) to introduce High School level girls to potential careers in Cybersecurity.  Professor Baggili stressed to the girls that expertise in Cybersecurity is essential to our national security and all businesses in the US and the great need for qualified professionals to fill millions of jobs in the years to come.  He also stressed that women, as well as men, should be preparing now to fill the job pipeline in this area.
The program was very “hands on” giving the girls the real life experience of solving a cybercrime and catching a cybercriminal through a well-crafted virtual simulation
IWFCT s pleased to welcome Colleen McGuire.  Colleen is the CEO and Co-Founder of Silver Fern Healthcare LLC, a Healthcare Services Company based in West Hartford.  Silver Fern’s mission is to take research-based, clinically-significant chronic disease management solutions to market place for improved patient quality and longevity of life, improved provider operational functionality, efficiency and satisfaction, and to significantly reduce healthcare costs.  In addition to being an entrepreneur, Colleen has worked in higher education at the University of Connecticut and as a Senior Corporate Executive at Wachovia Bank and Mellon Financial. 
She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Conscious Capitalism (CT Chapter) and the United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut.  She is a strategic advisor to the CEO at Economic Ventures Inc. and provides strategic consulting to CEOs, presidents and executive directors for the Harvard Business School’s Community Partners, CT. 

Welcoming New Member

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December 4, 2018

Welcoming New Member

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December 4, 2018
IWFCT s pleased to welcome Martha McCoy to the IWFCT membership.  Martha McCoy is the President of The Paul J. Aicher Foundation and the Executive Director of Everyday Democracy.  Based in Hartford, the mission of The Paul J. Aicher Foundation is to advance deliberative democracy and improve the quality of public life in the United States.  Founded as the Study Circles Resource Center in 1989, it helps people connect public dialogue to real solution using its Dialogue to Change Process with a racial equity lens.

Martha is a member of the 125th National Civic League Celebration Committee; the Chair of the Working Group on Engagement Design and Outreach for the Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship; a member of the Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship (project of the American Academy of Arts and Seciences); an Advisory Board Member of the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy at Brandeis University; and a co-chair with Secretary of the State Denise Merrill of the Connecticut Civic Health Advisory Group.  

Welcoming New Member

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September 20, 2018
IWFCT s pleased to welcome Tracy Chadwell to the IWFCT membership.  Tracy is the Founding Partner of 1843 Capital, a Greenwich-based venture capital firm focused on early stage technology companies. Previously, she was a partner of a growth capital venture capital fund – Baker Capital and a VP at Robertson Stephens.  She is a current Board member of Marstone. 
She serves on the Advisory Boards of both the New York Institute of Technology and the MIT Enterprise Forum.  In addition, Tracy is an Executive Advisor for the Echoing Green Foundation and mentors women founders for the accelerator Monarq.  She is also a member of the Steering Committee for Women Owned Greenwich, which provides a networking forum for women business owners in Greenwich.

Welcoming New Member

Featured Members

IWFCT s pleased to welcome Jennifer Tombaugh to the IWFCT membership.  Jennifer is President of Tauck, the US-based tour operator. As President, Jennifer oversees Tauck’s Worldwide Operations, Brand Management, Reservations, Guest Relations and Sales & Marketing teams.  During her 17 years at Tauck, her roles have included the launch of Tauck Bridges (family travel brand), the redesign of Tauck reservation systems, a re-launch of and the formation of Tauck Ventures, focused on new business development.  Jennifer also spearheaded Tauck’s partnership with the acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns and his co-producer Dayton Duncan to form Ken Burns American Journeys.

She currently is a member of the Board of Directors of the Fairfield County Business Council, the Board of Visitors at the Jack Welch College of Business at Sacred Heart University and the Connecticut River Valley chapter of YPO.
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September 5, 2018
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May 15, 2018

IWFCT Member Carolyn Miles, President and CEO of Save the Children,  was featured on the WNPR/Connecticut Public Radio “Where We Live” series on Tuesday, May 15th.  A broadcast of the Making. Her Story interview is available through the following link:

IWFCT Founder, Anne Hyde, Dies

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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.

Read More on the following link on the Global IWF website


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March 27, 2018

On March 27, 2018, the United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut honored IWFCT Member Nancy  Bernstein, President and COO, Women’s Health USA and President and CEO, Women’s Health CT with Community Service Award, its highest honor.


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January 16, 2018

The Edible Nutmeg Magazine featured Virginia P'an, Founder & CEO of Yumi EcoSolutions, Inc. as the "Un-plastic Company". article cited Virginia P'an as "Five Great American Entrepreneurs You Haven't Heard of But Should Know". article

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Virginia was also recently interviewed by The CEO Forum. The interview was broadcast nationally on January 28 on WGCH 1490, WVNJ 1160 and WADK 1540 locally, with video available in February.

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