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2023 40 Under Forty: Oyeronke “Ronke” Stallings

Age: 37 Company: Connecticut Technical Education and Career System Title: Chief of Staff No. of years with current company: 5 Town where I work: Hartford College: University of Connecticut Highest degree: Bachelor’s degree in political science, minor in urban community studies
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A Nigerian-American, Oyeronke “Ronke” Stallings is the first African-American chief of staff for Connecticut’s largest technical high school and career system.

In this role, Stallings is responsible for providing strategic leadership and support as the senior advisor to the executive director and advisory board. She works across sectors and industries to ensure system success. She is dedicated to ensuring Connecticut’s youth have access to quality education, training and direct pipelines to employment.

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What’s been your biggest professional accomplishment so far in your career?

As chief of staff, one of my key roles is the facilitation of the successful transition of CTECS into an independent, executive branch agency. The transition enhances our ability to focus on our mission, increases capacity to partner with business and industry, while continuing to provide quality education to students statewide.

How are you involved in the community?

I am actively involved in communities statewide through my work. I am an alumnus of the Parent Leadership Association, a leadership academy that empowers civic engagement and advocacy for parents. I also founded Melanated Moms, a group of sophisticated women who share a common interest in supporting families and children.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I enjoy spending time with my family. I am incredibly blessed to be married to the love of my life, my husband. I am humbled daily by our three magnificent children, and was recently promoted to auntie. The kids’ curiosity and creativity keep us immersed in love and highly entertained.

Why do you deserve to be a 40 Under Forty?

• Serves as a public servant and educational advocate for the state of Connecticut for over 15 years.

• Works with the state’s administrators, instructors, staff, industry leaders, legislators, and students to provide trade and academic programming for high school students and adult learners.

• Active mentor and speaker about the importance of education and moving with purpose.

• Brings visibility to leadership roles women play that sends a message to young girls and women that they can achieve anything they set their minds to.

Fun Fact

I am a roller coaster enthusiast.

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