YWCA New Britain Honors Women Leaders at Luncheon

Almost 500 community members gathered on May 9th to celebrate YWCA New Britain’s 2019 Women in Leadership honorees.

The crowd gathered at the Aqua Turf in Plantsville to celebrate 20 students and 31 women from central Connecticut who demonstrate extraordinary leadership and outstanding achievements.

Since 1985, more than 600 women have been honored for promoting the YWCA’s mission of empowering women and eliminating racism in their daily lives.  YWCA New Britain is proud to honor these women who share a commitment to encouraging women to fulfill their dreams and excel in their careers.  “I am honored to be a part of this amazing group of accomplished women,” said Kim Selvaggi, Women in Leadership honoree and Executive Director of LISA, Inc.

Keynote speaker Anat Baron, CEO of Stashwall, Inc., entertained and inspired the crowd with her journey to success and inspirational advice.   As an entrepreneur, brand builder, and former head of Mike’s Hard Lemonade, she uses her experience as a female in a male-dominated field to inspire and motivate audiences to take charge of their future in a changing workplace and galvanize them into action.  Baron wore a superhero cape while discussing how to identify your own superpower in order to use it to succeed in life and the workplace.

“I very much enjoyed the day,” said Alexandrea Isaac Esq., an honoree from Starion Energy.   “I hope that being part of this special group allows me to connect with women around the state looking to make a difference in the lives of those around them while achieving their professional goals.”

YWCA New Britain Board member Jessica Hernandez chaired the event.  She says, “Congratulations to our honorees and thank you for all that you do to make our communities better places to live and work.  We would also like to thank all the volunteers and attendees that supported YWCA New Britain and our 2019 honorees and helped make this event a success.  I am proud to be able to honor and acknowledge the achievements of these innovative women and students who work every day to pursue the YWCA’s mission to eliminate racism and empower women.”

The YWCA would like to thank the event sponsors: Hospital for Special Care, TD Bank, Webster Bank, Hospital of Central Connecticut, Stanley Black & Decker, Wheeler Clinic, Associated Insurance Services, Inc., Gordon & Rees LLP, Okay Industries, Inc., Community Foundation of Greater New Britain, New Britain Transportation Company, Spring Brook Ice & Fuel, and University of St. Joseph.

We hope to see everyone again at the 19th Biennial Women in Leadership Luncheon in 2021!