Induction Ceremony 2010

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17th Annual Induction Ceremony & Celebration
Women in Business: Trailblazing the Corporate Corridor
Monday, November 8, 2010
Connecticut Convention Center

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Former chairman and visionary leader of Xerox Corporation

First female business executive in Connecticut to earn her position by merit

Telecommunications innovator and Chairman and CEO of Frontier Communications

2010 Honorees: Notable Women in Business

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Ellen Alemany
Chairman & CEO
RBS Americas and Citizens Financial Group, Inc.
Stamford, CT

Cindi Bigelow
Bigelow Tea
Fairfield, CT

Roxanne Coady
R.J. Julia Booksellers
Madison, CT

Lynn Malerba
The Mohegan Tribe
Uncasville, CT

Christine C. Marcks
Prudential Retirement
Hartford, CT

Kristin E. Muschett
President & CEO
Glastonbury, CT

JoAnn H. Price
Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Fairview Capital Partners, Inc.
West Hartford, CT

Meredith B. Reuben
Chief Executive Officer
The Eastern Bag & Paper Group
Milford, CT

Francine Sears
President & Owner
Fabrique, Ltd.
Stony Creek, CT

Catherine H. Smith
Chief Executive Officer
ING, U.S. Retirement Services
Windsor, CT

Student Entrepreneurs

Tiffany Ho
Junior at Yale University
Co-Founder of ReadySetLaunch

Jacyln Simonetty
MBA Candidate at University of Hartford
Business Plan Winner, Green Jean Company

Lucy Williams
Senior at Greenwich Academy
Founder of Kidz Kitchen

2010 Special Recognition Awards

We are proud to recognize the following companies for their longstanding commitment to the advancement of women in business in Connecticut.

Aetna, Inc.– Founded in 1853 in Hartford, CT, Aetna is now one of the nation’s leading diversified healthcare benefits companies. The company’s mission speaks to its commitment to helping consumers reach health and financial security. In 2006, Aetna committed $50 million to support minority and women-owned businesses. Internally, Aetna’s values reflect the company’s dedication to empowering women. Since 1964, when Aetna became the first insurance company to join the national “Plan for Progress” with a vow to provide women with equal opportunities in recruiting and advancement, the company has been proactive in developing its female employees. Today, nearly 76% of Aetna’s employees are women, and women hold 62% of management and supervisory positions. Currently, women hold five of nine Aetna P&L positions reporting to the President. Since 2002, Aetna, Inc. has been named annually to the National Association for Female Executives’ “Top Companies for Executive Women.”

Diageo –Diageo is the world’s leading premium drinks business and home of a wide range of spirit, wine, and beer brands. This international company, whose North American headquarters is located in Norwalk, CT, believes in “celebrating life every day, everywhere.” This principle lies at the core of the company’s operations and distinguishes Diageo as a business enthusiastic about diversity. Named by the National Association for Female Executives in 2010 as a “Top Company for Executive Women,” Diageo is at the forefront of corporate advancement of women and is a company that values an inclusive environment. Today, 37% of Diageo’s managers and executives are women. The company’s Spirited Women Network encourages women to bring attention to the issues they face in the offce and fosters a fair, constructive workplace. Noting that the company offers lactation rooms, reduced schedules, and flex time, Working Mother Magazine recognized Diageo as one of the “100 Best Companies” in 2009.

General Electric Company – The General Electric Company (GE) is a diversified infrastructure, finance, and media company that traces its beginnings to Thomas A. Edison, who established Edison Electric Light Company in 1878. GE’s growth into a global giant can be attributed to its innovative spirit. The company considers its corporate culture to be one of its best innovations, particularly its commitment to the growth of women employees. In 1997, GE created a Women’s Network which seeks to enhance women’s professional growth by providing a wide range of programs devoted to career enhancement. Today, this network has evolved into a worldwide organization that operates in 43 countries and offers support to over 100,000 women employees across the globe. From 2003 to 2010, GE has been named by Working Mother Magazine one of the “100 Best Companies.” In 2010, Woman Engineer Magazine ranked the company #3 on its list of the “Top 50 Employers.”


Honorary Advisory Committee

We are grateful to the following women who served on this year's Honorary Advisory Committee and helped to identify the 2010 Notable Women in Business.

Barbara Pearce
CEO & President
H. Pearce Company Realtors

Amelia Caporale
Managing Partner
Ernst & Young

Betsy Henley-Cohn
Joseph Cohn & Sons, Inc.

Linda McDowell, Esq.
Robinson & Cole LLP

Marie C. O'Brien
Connecticut Development Authority

Fran Pastore
President & CEO
Women's Business Development Center

Susan Rottner
Retired President
Bank of America, Connecticut

Margaret M.V. Preston
Managing Director & Regional Director
US Trust, Bank of America

Carol Wallace
Chairman, CEO & President
Cooper-Atkins Corporation

Maureen Weaver
Wiggin & Dana, LLP

Nadine Francis West
Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer
MetroHartford Alliance

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Bronze Sponsors:

Boehringer Ingelheim USA Corporation
Frontier Communications Corporation
Hoffman Audi of East Hartford and New London

Murtha Cullina LLP
People’s United Bank
Prudential Retirement
Reid and Riege, P.C.
Robinson & Cole LLP

Southern Connecticut State University
TD Bank
The Eastern Bag & Paper Company
The Mohegan Tribe
The Perfect Promotion
Wiggin and Dana, LLP