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July 25, 2016 40 Under Forty 2016

Matt Conway

Matt Conway Matt Conway
Matt Conway hanging out with RiseUP Scholars during a trip to UConn's annual HuskyTHON fundraiser, an 18-hour dance marathon to raise money for the Connecticut Children's Medical Center.
Matt Conway speaks at a Prevention Partnership press conference with a RiseUP Scholar, Ronnie, about the positive impact mentoring can have on youth.

Age: 27

Company: CareCentrix

Title: Senior Manager, Provider Strategic Initiatives

Town where I live: East Hartford

Town where I work: Hartford

College: UConn

Q&A:

What do you do and what are your goals in your current job? I lead and execute strategic projects that help to drive efficiency, improve gross margin, improve patient care, and improve relationships with our network of healthcare providers through data analytics and market knowledge.

What are your goals for your community involvement? I want to improve education and access to opportunities for youth in Hartford by providing direct service and mentoring to youth and families. My goal is also to bring visibility to systematic and institutional challenges facing our urban communities to bring sustainable change.

What's your biggest passion? Education and health care have a direct correlation to quality of life and life expectancy. There shouldn't be disparities in the quality of education and health care someone receives based on income. I'm passionate about improving both of these to help eliminate the inequalities our society (and city) faces.

What are your future aspirations? Leaving an impact by building a healthier and more equal society.

What needs to happen for Hartford to become a more vibrant city where people work, live and play? Regionalization between Hartford and the surrounding towns will help create a fiscally stronger government that can provide more services to people by sharing resources more freely. One example could be a partnership between East Hartford and Hartford for parking when UConn comes to downtown Hartford. There are several parking lots, garages and street parking on the East Hartford side of the Founders Bridge that UConn could utilize for student parking that would instantly create a connection between the two cities while lowering the parking gridlock more transient traffic will create.

List four reasons why you deserve to be a 40 Under Forty:

  1. I founded the nonprofit, The RiseUP Group, which has worked since 2012 to empower Hartford youth.
  2. Youngest member of network management's senior leadership team at CareCentrix.
  3. Founding partner and member of the board/design team for Community First School, a youth development model school working with the Hartford community.
  4. I quit my job at GE Capital in Dallas and moved back to Hartford specifically to continue building RiseUP and mentoring my scholars.

Time Tested:

What personal possession in your life has withstood the test of time? Community service

What hobby did you develop at a young age that you still enjoy today? Exercising

Twenty years ago, what did you envision as your future profession? I was 7, so professional athlete of course!

Who do you consider your mentor? Phil Barr, Vice President, Clover Healthcare

See the complete list of Forty Under 40 Winners for 2016! 

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