Leadership Greater Hartford Celebrates

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lead2lead3lead4Leadership Greater Hartford got the jump on Valentine’s Day this week, holding its own “love fest” at the Tower Suite on the 22nd floor of the Hartford Wednesday night where there was not only a great view of the city but also a great view of the people who make the city great.

“I am not surprised at its success,” said former board chair and ConnectiCare vice president Dick Rogers, about the organization that provides leadership programs for youths and adults, and help promote the city by promoting arts, education and neighborhoods with a variety of initiatives.

That success is nothing to get too comfortable with, according to new board chair Ann Smith.

“I have been part of Leadership Greater Hartford and graduated from its Quest leadership class of 2007,” said the West Hartford attorney. “My job as board chair is to keep the organization growing and doing even more when it comes to our strategic plan and preparing youths and adults to lead, and making Hartford a good community.”

While dozens celebrated a week that included a blizzard and a love holiday, there were others celebrating for other reasons.

Among them, The Hartford’s Diane Cantello, the unofficial host for the evening who learned earlier in the day that she had been promoted to vice president of social responsibility at the insurance company.

“It was exciting,” said the beaming Cantello about being brought into the boss’s office and told the news. “I am looking forward to the new job.”



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