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J.A. Honors Five In Hartford

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ja13 (2)If you learn by imitation, it is no wonder so many young members of Junior Achievement of Southwest New England are doing so well.

Adult mentors in the program are the best of the best as hard workers and leaders, and on Wednesday, five were recognized for those exemplary efforts.

CPTV president/CEO Jerry Franklin, business owners Andrew and Joyce Mandell, The Hartford’s president/CEO Liam McGee and U.S. Rep John Larson were celebrated for their leadership efforts at the 34th Annual Junior Achievement Hall of Fame induction ceremony and dinner at the Hartford Marriott Downtown.

“I was a member of Junior Achievement when I was growing up in Hartford,” said Andrew ja15Mandell, who with his wife, own Data-Mail Inc. and are well-known area philanthropists. “It was those adult business people who volunteered to Junior Achievement that began the teaching I needed to start my own business.”

The Mandells, Franklin and McGee were ja10 (2)inducted in to the J.A. Hall of Fame at the event. Larson, who could not attend, was awarded the group’s 2014 Jim Calhoun Spirit of Achievement Award.

McGee also could not attend, but accepting the honor on his behalf was The Hartford’s commercial markets president, Doug Elliot.

“We are very proud, proud for our people and they have done for Junior Achievement,” said Elliott.

The supportive  adult guidance and mentoring has apparently not gone to waste.

ja22Among the young J.A. members welcoming guests was Dylan Washington, a student at H.A.L.S. Academy in New Britain.

“I want to start an Extreme Sports business some day,” said the precocious 10-year-old. “I’m learning how to be an entrepreneur and I have a plan,” he continued as he laid out his ambitious career path. “First I want to go to M.I.T (Massachusetts Institute of Technology.)”


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.”



American School For the Deaf Kicks Off Capital Campaign

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If star power can help a cause, the American School for the Deaf is off to a good start when it comes to raising money for its new building project at its West Hartford campus.

Headed by honorary chair, Liam McGee, board chair, president and CEO of The Hartford, the school’s Foundations for the Future Campaign is seeking to raise millions to help offset costs for the new project that will mean a new school building and additional services for hearing impaired students.

“The American School for the Deaf is a great asset that does wonderful work,” said McGee, who hosted the reception at The Hartford for a select group of guests that included Farmington  Bank chairman, president, CEO and campaign chair John Patrick,  Cigna president David Cordani, Attorney General George Jepsen, First Lady Cathy Malloy, Douglas Hyland of the New Britain Museum of American Art and Jennifer Holmes of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

 “The school is a wonderful part of our community,” he said noting the location where The Hartford building is located now, was the original site of the 200-year-old school. The site is marked by the “Alice” statue, a rendering of the school’s first student, Alice Cogswell, who was the daughter of Mason Fitch Cogswell, one of the school founders.

Special guest at the reception hosted by McGee was Rebecca “Bex” Freund, great-granddaughter of the famed, late G. Fox & Co. head, Beatrice Fox Auerbach, who was on the school board of directors.

“I’m a little bit nervous about speaking at this,” said Freund, who is deaf and uses a translator. “But I think my great-grandmother would be very proud,” added Freund, whose grandmother, Georgette Koopman and her mother, Beatrice “Trice” Fox Koopman also served on the ASD board.

The building plan calls for razing the stately, brick Galludet Hall, sorely in need of expensive renovations that make saving the building prohibitive.

But the bricks will go on.

The school’s Executive Director Edward Peltier said staff, alumni and supporters are talking about different ways to repurpose the bricks so they are still part of the new look on the campus.