April 5, 2015 | last updated April 5, 2015 5:04 pm
Women In Business 2015

About the Judges

Rev. Dr. Shelley D. Best

Best serves as the president and CEO of The Conference of Churches [TCC] a 115-year old Hartford non-for-profit with a commitment to community development. Her current venture is "The 224" a creative ecospace where artists, change agents and entrepreneurs work, create and lead.

A 2014 recipient of Hartford Business Journal's Women in Business award, and member of the Hartford Board of Education, Best received a Master of Arts degree from Hartford Seminary, a Master of Divinity from Yale University, and a Doctorate in Ministry from Hartford Seminary.

Best travels throughout the country to lecture and lead seminars. With a passion for yoga, she devotes her practice to the mission of community transformation believing like Mahatma Gandhi we must, "be the change we wish to see in the world."

Eileen Candels

Candels is vice president and district manager for Hartford for Kelly Services, the workforce solutions company. She began with Kelly as a recruiter more than 25 years ago, then moved into positions in business development and management.

Candels has been responsible for leading the Greater Hartford market since 1991, and has developed many corporate and regional partnerships. She has led the growth of Kelly Educational Staffing, from a small partnership with Bloomfield to today working with more than 50 school districts across the state.

She is a past Business Advisory Council member for AI Prince Tech School. She is a member of HRACC, APICS, CBIA, and CURE. She has served on boards of the Farmington Chamber of Commerce, Business Network Group, and the Seniors Job Bank, and led Kelly fundraising teams for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and March of Dimes.

She was a member of the Hartford Business Journal 40 Under Forty class of 2000.

Andrea Obston

Obston is president of Andrea Obston Marketing Communications LLC in Bloomfield.

The firm mobilizes traditional, web-based and social media as tools in brand development, public and media relations and crisis communications. It helps build, enhance and defend brand reputations that lead to business success.

Its subsidiary, Andrea Obston Crisis Management, focuses on helping clients pre-crisis to create crisis communications plans. It also assists clients during crises to manage communications. Their experience has been singled out by the readers of the Connecticut Law Journal as one of the state's premier public relations firms for the past six years.

Obston is a contributing author to the 2012 book "Media Magnetism — How to Attract the Favorable Publicity You Want and Deserve."

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