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July 25, 2016 40 Under Forty 2016

Michael Fitzpatrick

Michael Fitzpatrick Michael Fitzpatrick
Michael Fitzpatrick poses with the Cub Scout Pinewood Derby Champions.
Michael Fitzpatrick stands in Downtown Hartford.

Age: 37

Company: Connecticut Rivers Council, Boy Scouts of America

Title: Senior Development Director

Town where I live: Manchester

Town where I work: East Hartford

College: Goucher College

Q&A:

What do you do and what are your goals in your current job? As development director of the Connecticut Rivers Council of the Boy Scouts of America, it is my mission to ensure that we extend our life-changing program to every young person who wants it.

What are your goals for your community involvement? Martin Luther King once said, 'Life's most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?' That sentiment precisely sums up my beliefs.  I have a responsibility to help others and a duty to leave things better than I found them.

What's your biggest passion? If you've ever been in a room with me for more than 10 minutes, the subject of scouting has come up. I don't apologize for that, because scouting — like no other program — positively and dramatically affects the youth it engages.

What are your future aspirations? I'm always asking, 'What's next? What new challenge lies ahead? What ways can we find to improve our program?' I'm not satisfied until there are wait lists to join scouting and parents fret over whether or not they'll be able to get their child in.

What needs to happen for Hartford to become a more vibrant city where people work, live and play? To attract and hold people to Hartford, we need to offer an exciting array of activities and experiences. HYPE has begun addressing this need by creating a community through which young people can connect and give back. Positive additions to our cityscape, like the Front Street District, further this cause. Additionally, we have to make Connecticut more affordable so that the dynamic and young element can afford to live here.

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

  1. I am a constant champion for scouting.
  2. I am active and engaged in the community both through HYPE and The Hartford Club.
  3. I volunteer for other worthy organizations, including Junior Achievement, Make-A-Wish Foundation and Habitat for Humanity.
  4. I advocate for changes in scouting that open it to more youth and increase its impact.

Time Tested:

What personal possession in your life has withstood the test of time? My first Swiss Army knife

What hobby did you develop at a young age that you still enjoy today? Sailing and backpacking

Twenty years ago, what did you envision as your future profession? Army intelligence officer

Who do you consider your mentor? Steve Bortz, Director of Development, Garrett Regional Medical Center

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

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