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Renée J. Bernasconi, Top 25 Women in Business 2022 Honoree

Renée J. Bernasconi Employer: Seabury Title: President & CEO Check out all of the WIB honorees here!
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Renée J. Bernasconi holds an MBA from Quinnipiac University; she is a lifetime member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society and a licensed nursing home administrator. She has played an enormous role in Seabury’s success over the last 25 years, most notably the oversight of the three-year, $75-million campus repositioning project and launching new legislation for the first home-based life-plan program in Connecticut, Seabury at Home.

In addition, Bernasconi serves as an ex-officio on Seabury’s three boards and oversees all aspects of campus development and strategic planning.

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

My biggest accomplishment so far is being instrumental in the 2008 launch of new legislation for the first home-based life-plan program in Connecticut was a gratifying challenge. It was the fifth such program in the nation, beginning as a separate nonprofit organization, which has grown to current assets of over $15 million.

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

My goal is to complete the final phase of the campus repositioning project, paused due to the pandemic. Additionally, the future development of Seabury at Powder Forest in Simsbury, a second campus, is significant to me in ensuring that this 146-year-old organization will be well-positioned for the future.

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

When COVID engulfed the world, I had been CEO for nine short months. I enacted the emergency disaster plan, which included accelerating a 360-degree change in operations for a campus of almost 500 residents. I moved to campus for three months during the pandemic’s most challenging and daunting times.

Q: What do you like to do outside of work?

I relish time on the Cape with my family, my husband of 25 years, our twins (Marco & Ibrianna), and our favorite dog, Ruger. Relaxing on the beach, boating, bicycling and other water sports round out an excellent way for me to have fun and enjoy time with family and friends.

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