March 30, 2018
Women in Business Awards 2018

Meet HBJ's 2018 Women in Business

Rev. Shelley D. Best
Anne L. Elvgren
Gail Lebert

Recognizing top business, nonprofit and higher-ed women leaders

The Women in Business Awards has become a flagship event for Hartford Business Journal.

The enthusiasm and energy around it was reflected in the more than 50 nominations we received this year.

Picking the eight winners was a difficult task.

Some people, however, get the wrong impression that this award simply recognizes women who happen to be successful.

That's not the case. This award recognizes successful executives or leaders who happen to be women. There is a difference, as subtle as it may be.

In the pages that follow we recognize eight remarkable women whose achievements would and should be recognized regardless of their gender. They're successful because they are making a significant difference within their organization and the community.

This year's winners come from diverse backgrounds and industries.

We've got an advertising and media executive, a top corporate lobbyist and human resources director as well as a manufacturing CEO.

Our winners also include an intellectual property lawyer, theater executive, foundation vice president and college master planner.

In each of the past 16 years, Hartford Business Journal has honored eight of the region's most talented women in leadership roles throughout central Connecticut. The winners are nominated by readers and chosen by a panel of independent judges. This year we'd like to thank Anne L. Elvgren (president of Elvgren Associates), Gail Lebert (director of partnership development, Klingberg Family Centers), and Rev. Shelley D. Best (president and CEO of the Conference of Churches), for helping choose our winners.

The honorees demonstrate business savvy, confidence in themselves and their organizations, and a strong track record of professional success.

We hope you enjoy this issue and attend the Women in Business celebration April 30, at the Hartford Hilton in Hartford. The event will include a keynote address by Carla Harris, vice chairman, managing director and senior client advisor at Morgan Stanley. We'd also like to thank the Goodwin Hotel for hosting this year's photo shoot.

Greg Bordonaro, Editor

Photos | Steve Laschever

Judges

Rev. Shelley D. Best, President and CEO, Conference of Churches

Anne L. Elvgren, President, Elvgren Associates

Gail Lebert, Director of Partnership Development, Klingberg Family Centers

This year's winners

Laura Cruickshank, University of Connecticut

Sara-Beth Donovan, Mintz + Hoke

Marty Gervasi, The Hartford

Peg Morton, Eversource Energy

Krystyna Paluch, Phoenix Manufacturing Inc.

Stacie L. Ropka, Axinn, Veltrop and Harkrider LLP

Lynn Rossini, St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center Foundation

Yolande Nicholson Spears, The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts

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