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Alyssa Goduti, Top 25 Women in Business 2022 Honoree

Alyssa Goduti Employer: Ädelbrook Behavioral and Developmental Services Title: President & CEO Check out all of the WIB honorees here!
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Alyssa Goduti leads Ädelbrook Behavioral and Developmental Services, a 122-year-old nonprofit providing education, residential and community-based services for hundreds of children, adults and families. Specializing in autism spectrum disorders, developmental services and behavioral health treatment, the organization has a $45-million budget, 600 employees and 20 locations.

Goduti is also an adjunct professor in UConn’s Department of Public Policy. She’s on the boards of the CT Community Nonprofit Alliance and The Children’s League of Connecticut.

Q: What’s been your biggest professional accomplishment so far?

In the past three years, despite the pandemic, Ädelbrook has expanded, adding programs, serving more families and providing greater access to much-needed care. Every day I see the youth we support who — despite challenges — demonstrate resilience and positivity. My greatest accomplishment is expanding access to care so that more families can get the services they need to succeed.

Q: What’s the next big goal you want to accomplish professionally?

I strive to promote systemic change that enhances access to care. I hope to contribute to public policy initiatives that  support and honor the expertise and dedication of staff working for nonprofit human service agencies. This will allow us to strengthen our workforce to expand services to meet growing needs.

Q: What’s one of the biggest professional challenges you’ve overcome?

Managing residential services, special education schools and in-home services during the pandemic was the greatest challenge of my career. We responded to unprecedented situations with frequently changing guidance. When most people remained home, we continued to support people face to face. We were able to keep children safe, healthy and happy.

Q: How has the COVID-19 pandemic forced you to adapt as a leader?

COVID reinforced the importance of quick and decisive decision making, transparent communication, innovation, teamwork and gratitude. Collaboration and partnerships — both internally and externally — helped us navigate uncharted waters in a way that kept the focus on the safety and well-being of the children and families we serve.

Q: Who has been your most important mentor and why?

My father was an innovative and respected business leader. He taught me to dream big, lead by example, seek out opportunities, take risks and show gratitude.

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