Keep your finger on the pulse of the Hartford Region with Pulse of the Region, the Alliance’s weekly radio show.
The MetroHartford Alliance hosts dynamic conversations on healthcare, economic development, housing, public safety, entrepreneurship, the Insurance Capital of the World, and much more.
Show days, times and stations:
– Saturdays at 8 a.m. on ESPN 97.9 FM
– Saturdays at 10 a.m. on WPOP News Talk 1410 AM and 100.9 FM
– Sundays at 10:30 a.m. on New Haven WELI 960 AM
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The Economic Impact of the Travelers Championship
This week we’re live at the Travelers Championship to get the pulse on how this world-class event provides vital business attraction and charitable giving to the Hartford Region. We’re joined by MetroHartford Alliance President and CEO David Griggs and MetroHartford Alliance Chief Business Investment Officer of Economic Development Gene Goddard. Pulse of the Region is sponsored by Oak Hill.
The 2022 Travelers Championship
This week we’re getting the pulse about the Travelers Championship. The tournament is back to full fan capacity this year – we’ll talk about what this means for the tournament and for our region! Joining the conversation is Andy Bessette, Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer, Travelers and Nathan Grube, Tournament Director, Travelers Championship. Pulse of the Region Cast is sponsored by Oak Hill.
Hartford: The Drone Capital of the United States
This week we are getting the pulse about partnership between Aquiline Drones and the XL Center and how it will attract more visitors and business owners to Hartford. Joining the conversation are Barry Alexander, Founder & CEO, Aquiline Drones and Ben Weiss, General Manager, XL Center. Pulse of the Region Cast is sponsored by Oak Hill.
The Hartford Taste Festival
This week we’re getting the pulse about The Hartford Taste Festival happening on Constitution Plaza in Hartford this Friday and Saturday June 10 and 11! Joining the conversation are: Mayor Luke Bronin, City of Hartford; Julio Concepcion, Executive Director, Hartford Chamber of Commerce; Sarah Morin, Assistant Director, Community Relations, The Hartford; Jon Aidukonis, Director of Marketing, The Hartford; and Tamika Mitchel, Owner, Perfect Poundcakes.
Creating a Diverse Workforce
This week we’re getting the pulse about how companies are creating a diverse workforce and advancing women within the insurance and tech industries. Joining the conversation are Mahesh Natarajan, Head of Strategy & Industry Solutions, Cognizant; Beth Mercier, SVP & CIO Small Commercial and Personal Lines, The Hartford; and Lucienne Hardy, VP, CIO Enterprise Application Services, Chubb. Pulse of the Region Cast is sponsored by Oak Hill.
The Insurance Capital Summit
This week we are getting the pulse about the Insurance Capital Summit – scheduled for June 21st – in the Insurance Capital of the World, Hartford Connecticut! Joining the conversation is: Paul Veronneau, Principal, PwC and Susan Winkler, Executive Director, CT IFS. Pulse of the Region Cast is sponsored by Oak Hill.
Community Health & Wellness
This week we are getting the pulse about how the healthcare industry is engaging with our communities in today’s landscape. Joining the conversation is Carolyn Alessi, Regional Director, Trinity Health of New England. Pulse of the Region Cast is sponsored by Oak Hill.
Community Revitalization Through Banking
This week we are getting the pulse about how banks are revitalizing our communities through homeownership opportunities and serving the underbanked and unbanked populations. Joining the conversation is: Glenn Davis, First Vice President, Community Development/CRA Officer, Liberty Bank and Matt Cammarota, Senior Vice President, Head of Retail Lending, Liberty Bank. Pulse of the Region Cast is sponsored by Oak Hill.
This week we are getting the pulse about the arts and culture scene in Hartford – and how our corporate community is supporting these valuable assets. Joining the conversation are: Jeff Brown, CEO & Director, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art; Erin Monroe, Krieble Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art; and Jill Hutensky, Senior Vice President, Hartford Market Executive, Bank of America. Pulse of the Region is sponsored by Oak Hill.
Efficiencies in Manufacturing
Hundreds of manufacturing executives nationwide were surveyed to gain an understanding of core functional areas. This week we are getting the pulse about the results and how this data could drive profitability for the industry. Joining the conversation from CohnReznick are: John Turgeon, Senior Client Relationship Executive & Managing Director of Affiliated Companies; Reed Dailey, Director of Digital; and Jim Maurer, Partner in the Manufacturing & Distribution Practice.
Women in the Workforce
It is women’s history month and this week we are getting the pulse about women in the workforce – how the financial gap is closing and what opportunities are available in Connecticut. Joining the conversation is Nora Duncan, State Director, AARP CT and Donna Sodipo, Chief Program Officer, YWCA Hartford Region. Pulse of the Region Connect is sponsored by Oak Hill.
Building Generational Wealth
This week we’re getting the pulse about how homeownership and business can build generational wealth for families, strengthen communities, and positively impact our local economy. Joining the conversation are Karraine Moody, CEO, Habitat for Humanity North Central Connecticut; Arunan Arulampalam, CEO, Hartford Land Bank; and Rich Brown, Chief Membership Officer & Director of Coaching, CT REIA. Pulse of the Region Cast is sponsored by Oak Hill.
The Talent Game
This week we are getting the pulse about talent retention and attraction and how one company is taking a unique approach to the talent game. Joining the conversation is Denis Horrigan, Partner & Co-founder, Connecticut Wealth Management; Labib Fasihuddin, Financial Advisor, Connecticut Wealth Management; and Kim Bishop, Chief Talent Officer, MetroHartford Alliance.
Addressing Employee Burnout
This week we are getting the pulse about employee burnout, and what employers can do to keep employees on the job, healthy and most importantly happy. Joining the conversation are Bert Wachtelhausen, President, WellSpark Health and Andi Campbell, Chief Growth Officer, WellSpark Health. Pulse of the Region is sponsored by Oak Hill.
Addressing the Obesity Crisis
This week we are getting the pulse about obesity and how this health and financial issue is impacting our State. Joining the conversation is State Senator Dr. Saud Anwar, State Senator Eric Berthel and representative Dr. William Petit.
Tax Season 2022 and What You Need to Know
Employment Within Human Services & Healthcare
This week we are getting the pulse about employment in human services & healthcare. Our guests is Chief Human Resources Officer of Oak Hill Charese Chery.
Human Trafficking in Connecticut
This week we are getting the pulse about human trafficking. We’ll cover what is happening here in our State and what we as individuals and organizations can do to help protect our communities. Joining the conversation are Krystal Ambrozaitis, Anti-Human Trafficking Coordinator, The Salvation Army and Tammy Sneed, Director, Office of Human Trafficking Services and HART, State of Connecticut, Department of Children and Families.
- What You Need to Know: A Training Tool for Parents of Teens
- App Guide For CT Parents
- Guia De Applicaciones Para Padres
Getting to Know the MetroHartford Alliance
Join guests David Griggs, President & CEO MetroHartford Alliance (MHA); Gene Goddard, Chief Business Investment Officer, MHA; Julio Concepcion, Executive Director of The Hartford Chamber of Commerce; and Kim Bishop, Executive Director of Talent Attraction & Retention as they talk about MHA’s goals for 2022.
Diversity in the Workplace
Effective Non-Profit and Philanthropy Collaborations
This week we are getting the pulse about philanthropic partnerships and highlighting ideas how non-profit organizations can think beyond their traditional collaborations to potentially increase funding and focus on quality based capacity building first, then creating positive outputs and outcomes. Joining the conversation is Adhlere Coffy, Portfolio Director, Dalio Education/Dalio Philanthropies; Joel Hicks-Rivera, Senor Community Impact Officer, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving; and Hector Rivera, President & CEO, Our Piece of the Pie (OPP).
The Community Impact of the Season of Giving
This week, we’re getting the pulse about Oak Hill and how the statewide organization supports our community in more ways than one – from providing high-quality, individualized, culturally responsive care for people with disabilities to employing over 1,700 people. Joining the conversation is Oak Hill President and CEO Barry Simon.
HYPE’s Tons of Toys
This week, we’re getting the pulse about Tons of Toys! The annual toy drive hosted by Hartford Young Professionals & Entrepreneurs (HYPE) supports the YMCA of Greater Hartford. Joining the conversation are Kim Kann, AVP, Public Relations & Corporate Communications, ConnectiCare & WellSpark Health; Harold Sparrow, President & CEO, YMCA of Greater Hartford; and Mia Sinatro, Executive Director, HYPE.
This week we are getting the pulse from community partners about how we all can get involved this holiday season! Additionally, we’ll take a look at the trends organizations are seeing as a result of the pandemic. Joining the conversation are: Rachel Cline, Divisional Director of Corporate Relations, The Salvation Army of Southern New England; Maura Cook, Senior Director, Marketing and Engagement, United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut; and Jason Jakubowski, President and CEO, Connecticut Foodshare.
Connecticut’s Recycling Ecosystem
This week we are getting the pulse about the recycling ecosystem in Connecticut and the State continually outperforms most of the country in this area, ranking in the top 5 of the best States at recycling. Joining the conversation is Dan McGowan, Northeast Program Coordinator, Mattress Recycling Council; Russ Lallier, Chief Operating Officer, All Waste; and Frank Antonacci, Chief Operating Officer, Murphy Road Recycling.
The Emergency of FinTech and InsurTech
This week we are getting the pulse about the emergence of FinTech and InsurTech. We also take an inside look at the new FinTech program launching at the University of Connecticut. Joining the conversation is: John Elliott, Dean of the UConn School of Business; John Wilson, Academic Director, MS FinTech, UConn; and Jason T. Andrew, Chief Alliance Officer, FINEOS.
This week, we are getting the pulse about event planning – where the industry stands today and where it’s going next. From new innovations to how to plan for and choose whether to host events in person, as a hybrid or virtually. Joining the conversation are Libby Richardson, Senior Director of Special Events, The American Red Cross; Lee Simmons, Owner and President, Event Resources; and Whitney Gray, Director of Institutional Giving, Connecticut Science Center. Sponsored by Oak Hill.
This week we are getting the pulse about how young professionals are getting involved throughout our region, and how your company can engage your young professionals with leadership development opportunities and much more.
Joining the show are members of Hartford Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs (HYPE) executive team:
- HYPE Chair Kel Thomas, Investment Counsel The Hartford
- HYPE Chair-Elect Tyler Losure, M.A. Marketing Engagement Specialist Voya Financial
- HYPE Vice Chair Jesse Imse, PR, Communications, Marketing Consultant Connecticut Digital Service
- HYPE Vice Chair Lauren Angat, VP Small Business Relationship Manager TD Bank
Connecticut Insurance and Financial Services Road to the Summit: Shifting Models of Preditability
This week, Pulse of the Region Cast gets the pulse about the Connecticut Insurance and Financial Services (CT IFS) Road to the Summit. The next event in the series of webinars is “Shifting Models of Predictability” on November 16. Our guests this week are Carin Hep, Sales Director of Small Group and Individual Broker Programs and Kyle Freeman, Director of Underwriting from Delta Dental of New Jersey and Connecticut and Susan Winkler Vice President and Executive Director, CT IFS.
Door Dash & The Hartford Chamber of Commerce, Supporting Local Business
This week we are getting the pulse about a great community partnership between DoorDash and the Hartford Chamber of Commerce, best known as Chamber Chomps – in addition, we’ll hear how DoorDash is making a large impact in within our local communities, beyond just delivering your Friday night dinner! Joining the conversation is Katie Whitman, Head of Policy Operations at DoorDash and Shannon Mumley, Director of Small Business Development & Strategy at the Hartford Chamber of Commerce.
This week we are getting the pulse about Liberty Bank and where the potential lies for growth and opportunity within our capital city of Hartford. Joining the conversation from Liberty Bank are Glenn Davis, First Vice President, Community Development/CRA Officer and Stephen Roche, Senior Vice President, Regional Manager Commercial Banking (Greater Hartford Region).
How Businesses Are Adapting to the Pandemic
This week we are getting the pulse about how businesses can adapt to the changing landscape of the pandemic as it relates to the CARES Act, new vaccination policies, return to the physical office, and community support. USI Insurance Services leads the conversation with: Kim Van Orman, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Tom Ciano, Regional Practice Leader for Executive and Professional Liability, Doug Person, Regional Senior Vice President of Risk Control and Lokesh Nigam, President, Connecticut Employee Benefits Practice. Sponsored by Oak Hill.
Hispanic Heritage Month
It’s Hispanic Heritage month and we are getting the pulse about contributions being made by leaders here in our Capital City of Hartford. Joining the conversation from the City of Hartford is Thea Montañez, Chief Operating Officer, and Liany Arroyo, Director of Health and Human Services. Sponsored by Oak Hill.
Hartford Athletic: Making Change for Women Thru Sports
This week we’re getting the Pulse about how the Hartford Athletic, Walgreens and the Aurora Foundation for Women and Girls are making change for women through sports. Joining the conversation is Hartford Athletic Community Engagement Manager, Lily Donatelli; Aurora Foundation for Women and Girls Executive Director, Jenny Steadman and Walgreens Hartford Region Distribution Center Manager of Human Resources, Sonserae Cicero. Sponsored by OakHill.
The Road to the Summit! Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise
This week we’re getting the Pulse about how employers and employees are utilizing new strategies and technologies to improve health, well-being, and financial wellness for their employees. Joining the conversation is PwC Principal, Paul Veronneau; Nassau Financial Group Fitness Center Manager, Mike Remieres and CT IFS Executive Director, Susan Winkler. Sponsored by Oak Hill.
Dispelling the Myths Around Obesity
- Niki Patel, Medical Account Director, Novo Nordisk
- Dr. Darren Tishler, Division Chief of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, Hartford HealthCare
- Dr. Devika Umashanker, Obesity Medicine Specialist, Hartford HealthCare
This week, we’re getting the pulse about proposed expansions and enhancements to the rail system in Connecticut’s Northeast corridor. We’ll discuss how these benefit our region from an economic development standpoint, in addition to shortening our commute times.
Joining the conversation are Lyle Wray, Executive Director at Capitol Region Council of Governments; Chris Brewer, Chief Economist at AECOM; and Stephen Gazillo, Vice President, Transportation Planning – New England, AECOM.
Oak Hill Schools
This week we’re getting the pulse about Oak Hill School and how the school is empowering students to learn through meaningful and innovative educational experiences.
Guests are Mark Hedrick, Senior Director of Education Oak Hill Schools, and Ana Wittig, Chief Administrator of Oak Hill Schools.
Actuarial Boot Camp
- Susan Winkler, Vice President and Executive Director CT IFS
- Jacqueline Merl Bamman, Chief People Officer Nassau
- Rishika Bansa, ABC student
KNOX Workforce Development
This Pulse of the Region Cast gets the pulse about a unique workforce development program at KNOX Hartford that provides residents with job training and career counseling while making the city greener. Guests are KNOX Executive Director Patrick Doyle, KNOX Field Operations Manager Craig Mergins, and KNOX Apprentice Yamil Baez.
Verizon, LEGO, and Accenture Corporate Social Responsibility
Find out about corporate social responsibility (CSR) as we hear from Accenture, The LEGO Group, and Verizon about what they are doing to positively influence our region. Guests are Accenture Managing Director Carol Toomey; The LEGO Group Principal Lead Public Affairs, Americas Karen Hughes; and Verizon Senior Manager Chip Lawrence.
Hartford Public Library
This week we’re getting the Pulse about the Hartford Public Library’s plans to build a new Swift Factory Branch in North Hartford to connect the community with workforce training, career opportunities, and much more. Guests are Mayor Luke Bronin, Bridget E Quinn, CEO and President Hartford Public Library, and Steve Harris Hartford Public Library Board Member. Sponsored by Oak Hill.
Nassau Science Plaza
This week, we’re getting the Pulse about the newly dedicated Nassau Science Plaza – we’ll hear what this means for our region and all about the partners behind the project. Sponsored by Oak Hill.
- Diane Ellsworth, Chief of Staff Nassau
- Matt Fleury, President and CEO Connecticut Science Center
- Mike Zaleski, President and CEO Riverfront Recapture
- Andy Bessette, Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer, Travelers
- Nathan Grube, Executive Director Travelers Championship
Road to the Summit 2021 – Innovation and Technology
Today we are getting the pulse about the Road to the Summit, an event series hosted by CT IFS, an initiative of the MetroHartford Alliance. The event showcases how Hartford, the Insurance Capital of the World, is improving the performance of insurers and customers.
- Sarat Varanasi, SBU Leader, Insurance Cognizant Technology Solutions
- Holly Caldwell, Vice President, Digital Customer Solutions Voya
- Susan Winkler, Vice President, and Executive Director CT IFS
Cyber Security. Why it is Important?
This week, we are getting the pulse about cybersecurity … a look at why it’s so important; what businesses can do to protect their organizations, and how we are training the next generation to support the industry.
- Paul Savas, Vice President of Comcast Business
- Maciah Clark, Owner of Unknown Clothing
- Teresa Ward-Maupin, SVP for Digital and Customer Experience at Comcast Business
The Future of Health Insurance
- Tara Healey, Program Director, Mind the Moment Harvard Pilgrim
- Lori Pennito RN BSN CCN, Senior Clinical Consultant Harvard Pilgrim
- Paul Bartosic, Regional Vice President Connecticut Harvard Pilgrim
- Dr. Prentiss Taylor, Vice President for Medical Affairs, Doctor on Demand
Elevating Diverse Talent Within Your Organization
This week, we’re getting the pulse about elevating diverse talent within your organization. Guests are David Hopkins, President and CEO of Urban League of Greater Hartford and MHA Racial Equity and Economic Development Committee member; Djuana Beamon, Chief Diversity Officer at People’s United Bank; and Joshua Hollander, CEO of Horton International. The conversation will continue next week on May 12 with the Pulse of the Region Connect event: Elevating Diverse Talent Within Your Organization.
The Commercial Drone Industry Growing in the Hartford Region
This week, we are getting the pulse about one of the fastest-growing sectors in America, the commercial drone industry. The sector is growing at close to 14% annually and is expected to double by 2025 to over $42 billion. Part of this expanding industry is based here in Hartford, CT with Aquiline Drones.
Failing to Succeed
This week on Pulse of the Region Cast, we are getting the pulse from 4 women entrepreneurs who own small businesses in Hartford. We’ll talk about the positive impact each of their organizations in making on our Capitol City and what we as a business community can do to help support their growth.
Oak Hill Adaptive Sports and Fitness
This week on Pulse of the Region Cast, we are getting the pulse about Oak Hill Adaptive Sports and Fitness and its innovative approach to supporting healthier lifestyles. Guests are Larissa Yost and Paul Weiland, who are both fitness trainers there.
Celebrating Women’s History Month
This week, we are getting the pulse about the importance of women in leadership and how our business leaders are inspiring girls and young women. Guests are Leander Dolphin, Co-Managing Partner Shipman & Goodwin; Rhona Free, President University of Saint Joseph; and Nicole Sandford, Executive Vice President, Board Services Leaders Ellig Group.
Foreign Trade Zones
Talent Development with Leaders of HYPE (Hartford Young Professionals & Entrepreneurs)
The Neighborhood Builders Program
Pulse of the Region Cast gets the Pulse about corporate and community partnerships, and the value these bring to our region. Guests are Joe Gianni, President of Bank of America Greater Hartford, Mary-Jane Foster, President and CEO Interval House, and Rob Ruggiero, Producing Artistic Director TheaterWorks Hartford.
Financial Wellness and Destressing Financial Anxieties
Progressing Equity Efforts in the Hartford Region
Retaining Young Talent in the Hartford Region
This week on Pulse of the Region, the MetroHartford Alliance talks with Hartford Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs (HYPE) to learn about how organizations can get involved. Guests include Mia Sinatro, HYPE Program Director; Kel Thomas, HYPE Chair and Investment Counsel at The Hartford; and Tyler Losure, HYPE Chair-Elect and Marketing Engagement Specialist at Voya.
Empowering People with Disabilities
Pulse of the Region this week discusses the leadership role Oak Hill is taking to advocate for their staff and the people they serve. Guests are Oak Hill President and CEO Barry Simon and Board Chair David Hadden.
Racial Equity & Economic Development Committee
This week’s Pulse of the Region will focus on the MetroHartford Alliance (MHA) Racial Equity and Economic Development Leadership Committee. Guests Raina Giddings, MHA Senior Director of Investor Relations; Kel Thomas, Attorney The Hartford and Chair of Hartford Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs (HYPE); and Dr. Duncan Harris, CEO Capital Community College will discuss the committee’s goals and it’s first event, which will take place January 28.
Pulse of the Region Gives an Inside Look at the MetroHartford Alliance
Pulse of the Region Talks Innovative Employee Benefits
This week, Pulse of the Region interviewed Bert Wachtelhausen, President of WellSpark Health, and Andi Campbell, LAZ Parking Senior Vice President of People and Culture about how they partnered to create the next generation of employee benefits. Sponsored by Oak Hill.
Pulse of the Region Talks #ShopLocal
Pulse of the Region talked to Yvette Young, Team Lead of ShopBlackCT (The Village) and Julio Concepcion, Executive Director of Hartford Chamber of Commerce about supporting our local communities and businesses this holiday season. Sponsored by Oak Hill.
Pulse of the Region Talent and StartUp Week
Tune in this weekend to the Pulse of the Region as we talk talent and startups in Hartford with Horton International CEO Josh Hollander, Stable Insurance President and CEO Douglas Ver Mulm, and Aureus Analytics President and CEO Anurag Shah. Listen and learn about the future of Hartford.
Pulse of the Region Talks Tons of Toys
Pulse of the Region Talks Community Giving
Tune in this weekend to the Pulse of the Region as we talk about community giving with Jeremy Race, President of Junior Achievement; Jennifer Smithberger, Co-Founder and Chief Seeder of seedership; and Marlene Ferreira, AVP of Corporate Giving Lincoln Financial.
Pulse of the Region Discusses the Insurance Capital Summit
Tune in this weekend to the Pulse of the Region as we talk about the Insurance Capital Summit and its impact on the region with Eric Galvin, President of ConnectiCare and Bert Wachtelhausen, President of WellSpark.
Pulse of the Region Talks National Manufacturing Month
Tune in this weekend to the Pulse of the Region as we talk talent attraction and talent development within our region, focusing on the manufacturing industry. Guests are Lynn Raicik, Associate Director, Workforce Pipeline Programs, Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc (CCAT); Taryn Mazejka, Human Resources Director Turbine Controls, and Kim Bishop, Executive Director of Talent Attraction and Retention, MetroHartford Alliance.
Pulse of the Region Talks Connecticut’s Competitiveness
Tune in this weekend to the Pulse of the Region for National Manufacturing Month. We’ll hear why Connecticut is so competitive for expanding and retaining manufacturing. Kate Baumann’s conversation with Gary Anderson, Director of Planning and Economic Development for the Town of Manchester; Jeff Rossi Office Managing Partner, Manufacturing and Distribution Industry, Co-leader CohnReznick; and Gene Goddard, Chief Business Investment Officer, MetroHartford Alliance will air Saturday and Sunday. Pulse of the Region is sponsored by Oak Hill.
Pulse of the Region Talks Partnerships
Tune in this weekend to Pulse of The Region as we discussed the importance of establishing a strong partnership between towns and our capital city to create a strong urban core and continued community development. Guests were Peter Souza, Town Manager from the Town of Windsor; Jose Giner, Director of Planning and Economic Development, Town of Bloomfield, and Gene Goddard, CEcD, EDFP, Chief Business Investment Officer at MetroHartford Alliance. Sponsored by Oak Hill.
Pulse of The Region: Unique Employee Benefits
Tune in this weekend to Pulse of The Region as we highlight unique employee benefits that allow employers new ways to attract and retain employees. Guests include Jeanette Weldon, Executive Diretor CHEFA; Kim Kann, Senior Director Public Relations & Corporate Communications, Connecticare; Dr. Wayne Rawlins, Chief Medical Officer WellSpark Health; and Stewart A. Stockdale, Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO Rellevate.
Pulse Celebrates 5 Years of Innovation Destination Hartford
Tune in this weekend to Pulse of The Region as we talk to Innovation Destination Hartford (IDH) Website Curator Nan Price; MetroHartford Alliance former Vice President of Economic Development John Shemo; Travelers Head of Experimentation, Personal Insurance Innovation Ojala Naeem; and MakerspaceCT Executive Director Devra Sisitsky about the past, present, and future of IDH.
Pulse of The Region Interviews Jay Williams
Tune in this weekend to Pulse of The Region as we talk to Jay Williams, President of Hartford Foundation for Public Giving about the COVID-19 Response Fund, Pro Bono Partnership, Small Business Emergency Assistance, Inner City Capital Connections, City Wi-Fi, and CATALYST for the ARTS.
Webster Bank Mentor Programs
Pulse of The Region spoke with LarrySelnick, Senior Vice President and Director Treasury and Payment Solution and Trade Sales, Webster Bank; Roland Harmon, Co-President, Chief Program and Administrative Officer, The Governor’s Prevention Partnership; and Diana Burns, Principal of Chapman School about Webster Bank’s mentorship program.
Celebrating Women’s Equality Day
- Melissa Perkins, Chief External Relations Officer, Girls Scouts of CT
- Lucy Gilson, Associate Dean for Faculty & Outreach, UConn, Academic Director: Geno Auriemma Leadership Conference & Senior Associate Editor, Group & Organization Management
- Shannon Lapierre, Vice Vice President Communication and Chief Communication Officer, Stanley Black and Decker
Pulse of The Region Spotlights Oak Hill
Tune in this weekend to Pulse of The Region as we talk to President and CEO of Oak Hill Barry Simon, Chief Administrator Ana Wittig, Director of Oak Hill Adaptive Sports and Fitness Kelly Boscarino, and Director of Assistive Technology Nicole Feeney.
Paid Family Medical Leave
Learn about Paid Family Medical Leave with Andrea Barton Reeves, CEO of Paid Family Medical Leave Insurance Authority, Michael Soltis, and Henry Zaccardi, Board Members. This conversation is a preview of our Understanding Paid Family Medical Leave Webinar August 26.
- Tyler Losure, Marketing Engagement Specialist at Voya and HYPE Vice Chair of the Social Ambassadors Committee
- Lauren Angat, Vice President, Small Business Relationship Manager at TD Bank and HYPE Vice Chair of the Personal & Professional Development Committee
- Jesse Imse, Marketing, Communications and Brand Manager at AECOM, and HYPE Vice Chair of the Civic Engagement Committee
- Stephanie Knightly, Development Associate at Oak Hill and HYPE Vice Chair of the Community Involvement Committee
Listen to Rainer Muhlbauer, Director of BL Companies Architecture, Bridget Quinn-Carey, CEO of Hartford Public Libraries, and Sam Gray, President & CEOof Hartford Boys & Girls Club discuss new construction in Hartford.
Arts & Culture
Listen to Steve Collins, Executive Director of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Liz Shapiro, Director of Arts, Preservation and Museums at State of Connecticut’s Office of the Arts, and Tom Loughman, Director and CEO of Wadsworth Atheneum highlight innovative programming planned for the summer and beyond.
Impact Of COVID-19 On Development
Listen to Tarek Raslan, Project Manager for SWIFT Factory; Chelsea Mouta, Director of Operations at Parkville Market; and Randy Salvatore, CEO of RMS Companies as they talk about how they have adapted, kept community connections, and envision Hartford’s future during COVID-19.
Family Activities This Summer
Listen to Sally Whipple, Executive Director of CT Democracy Center at CT’s Old State House, Matt Fleury, President and CEO of the Connecticut Science Center, and Kate Reamer, Greater Hartford Area Director of the Connecticut Audubon Society talk about summer activities and programs for kids, parents, and grandparents.
June 18 – Travelers Championship
Listen to Andy Bessette of Travelers and Nathan Grube of the Travelers Championship talk about the star-studded player field, the charitable contributions, and the positive impact the tournament is making on our region.
June 12 – Community Partnerships
This week on Pulse of the Region: hear about community partnerships happening now, what is in the works for the future, and how your organization can get involved.
June 4 – Maximize Efficiency & Innovation Within Your Organization
This week on Pulse of the Region: keep your finger on the pulse when it comes to workforce enablement. COVID-19 has changed everything – where we work, how we connect, and the way we get things done, how can we set our organizations up to do it right?
May 23 – Oz Geibel, Chair SAM CT Task Force & Denise Merrill, Secretary of State, State of Connecticut
Tune in to Pulse of the Region for the latest updates on voting procedures in CT. Learn when you’ll receive your application to request an absentee ballot and about the future of our election system. Featured guests are Secretary of the State, Denise Merrill and Chair of the SAM CT Task Force, Oz Griebel.
May 16 – Susan Winkler from The Alliance & Scott Smith from Vantis Life
May 9 – Rose Ponte – Farmington Economic Director & Julio Concepcion – Hartford Chamber of Commerce
In honor of Economic Development Week, listen to Rose Ponte, Farmington Economic Development Director and Julio Concepción, Executive Director Hartford Chamber of Commerce on Pulse of the Region as they share their stories and information about what is going on the Hartford region.
May 3 – Ari Santiago from IT Direct & Colin Cooper from State of Connecticut
Find out how manufacturers are using this time during the pandemic to strengthen their workforce and getting creative with new business opportunities. Listen now to Pulse of the Region with guests Ari Santiago, President and CEO of IT Direct and the Host of the Made In America with Ari Santiago podcast, and Colin Cooper, Chief Manufacturing Officer for the State of Connecticut.
April 25 – Barry Simon from Oak Hill & Dan Tapper from Sullivan & LeShane
April 18 – Pandemic Can’t Shut Down Health and Wellness
April 11 – The Community Steps Up
The healthcare industry and nonprofit organizations have mobilized quickly to respond to the #COVID19 crisis. On this episode of Pulse of the Region, Eric Galvin, President of ConnectiCare; Jay Williams, President of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving (HFPG); and Charles Lee, Director of The Jackson Laboratory, discuss how the healthcare community is handling the pandemic and the HFPG’s evolved role in the current environment.
April 4 – Banks, Nonprofits Step Up
During unprecedented times, we are truly all in this together. On this episode of Pulse of the Region, David W. Glidden, President and CEO of Liberty Bank discusses the important role of banks during the pandemic and the support they can provide. Paula S. Gilberto, President and CEO of United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut, talks about United Way’s work to help the community during the crisis.
March 7 – New Amistad Center Leadership
The Amistad Center for Art & Culture preserves and presents an extraordinary collection of 7,000 works of art, artifacts, and archives reflecting more than 300 years of the artistic, literary, military, enslaved, and free life of Blacks in America. On this episode of Pulse of the Region, the Center’s newly installed Executive Director, Kimberly Kersey, and Board Chair, Andréa Hawkins, share their Hartford journeys, as well as the mission and future vision of the Center.
February 29 – State of the City with Mayor Bronin
The Region’s business community will gather on March 10 in Hartford for an engaging breakfast conversation with Mayor Luke Bronin from the City of Hartford moderated by Joseph Gianni, Greater Hartford Market President, Bank of America. As a special guest on this weekend’s episode of Pulse of the Region, Mayor Bronin will recap accomplishments and challenges of 2019, public safety, development projects, staffing changes, and his vision for the City of Hartford in 2020 and the future.
February 15 – Get HYPEd
HYPE (Hartford Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs) focuses on attracting and retaining bright and talented business people to the Hartford Region to showcase the area’s offerings and enhance its vitality and economic development. On this episode of Pulse of the Region, Kim Bishop, Executive Director of Talent Attraction & Retention at MetroHartford Alliance; Mia Sinatro, Program Director at HYPE; Aaron Knight, Business Development Program Manager for Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), HYPE Chair; and Kel Thomas, Investment Counsel at The Hartford, HYPE Chair Elect, tell us why they love the Hartford Region, why they plan to stay here, and what HYPE is doing to engage young professionals in the Region.
February 8 – KNOX and Aetna Dig In To Make Hartford Greener
Using horticulture as a catalyst for community engagement, KNOX, Inc. forges partnerships between residents, businesses, and government, providing leadership to build stronger, greener, healthier, and more beautiful neighborhoods in Hartford. On this episode of Pulse of the Region Patrick Doyle, Executive Director of KNOX, and Suzy Seder, Head of Strategy /Chief of Staff – Network, NY NJ Market, Aetna, a CVS Health Company, discuss a creative partnership between Aetna and KNOX designed to increase garden accessibility and fresh produce to Hartford families.
January 18 – Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential for business success. How do we measure them and how do they fit into an organization’s overall culture and employee value proposition? On this episode of Pulse of the Region, Amy Stern, Managing Director, Research and Strategy, BI Worldwide, and Jay Williams, President, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, discuss these issues and uncover aspects of diversity and inclusion that we aren’t yet talking about.
Economic Summit & Outlook 2020
December 11 – Young Professionals Uniting Hartford
November 27 & December 5 – Take Care This Flu Season
November 23 – Tons of Toys
On Wednesday, December 4, Hartford Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs (HYPE) will host Tons of Toys from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Gershon Fox Ballroom in Hartford. HYPE has collected more than 13,360 toys since 2006. On this weekend’s episode of Pulse of the Region Kim Bishop, Executive Director of Talent Attraction & Retention, MetroHartford Alliance; Mia Sinatro, Program Director of HYPE; Harold Sparrow, President & CEO, YMCA of Greater Hartford; and Ryan O’Halloran, Donor Grants Officer, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, will share fun details about the party and its benefits to the YMCA of Greater Hartford and the community.
November 16 – InsurTech Startups
Tune in this weekend for a conversation about Hartford’s booming insurTech startup ecosystem with Dawn LeBlanc, Managing Director of Hartford InsurTech Hub; Doug Roth, Managing Director, Venture Capital Investments, Connecticut Innovations, Jill L. Frankle, AVP, Strategic Ventures, The Hartford; and Ojala Naeem, Director of Innovation, PI Customer Experience & Innovation, Travelers.
November 9 – Veterans Day
The UCONN School of Business Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans (EBV) program provides entrepreneurship and small business training to veterans, many of whom were disabled in combat, and enables them to successfully transition from military service to small business owners and other civilian careers. In recognition of Veterans Day, this episode of Pulse of the Region features a conversation with James R. Barger, KeyBank Market President, Connecticut & Massachusetts and Michael Zacchea, Director of EBV and Executive Director of the United States Veterans Chamber of Commerce (USVCC).
October 5: Cyber Security
News of data breaches and cyber attacks are becoming commonplace, making cybersecurity more important than ever for every type of business. On this weekend’s episode of Pulse of the Region we will hear from two Alliance Investors who have formed an IT partnership to prevent and battle cyber attacks. Jonathan Stone, CTO, Kelser Corporation and Matthew Hoffman, Vice President, Dealer Principal at Hoffman Auto Group will discuss IT strategy and implementation particularly in the auto sales industry.
September 7: United to Do Something Big
At Monday’s networking breakfast, United to Do Something Big: Making Community Impact and Employee Engagement a Reality, we will learn about innovative approaches to employee engagement, brand lift, and corporate social responsibility as well as the opportunities available right here in our region. On this weekend’s episode of Pulse of the Region, Stephanie Boles, COO, United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut will give us a preview of the event and discuss the importance of United Way’s campaign kickoff to the people who live and work in our region.
August 31: Future of Health Care
Rapid change is taking place in healthcare delivery across the country and right here in Connecticut. On September 26, the Connecticut Health Council will host Future of Health Care from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Hartford Marriott Downtown. This episode of Pulse of the Region features Amy Cunningham, VP and Executive Director, Connecticut Health Council; Paul Grady, Principal, Alera Group; and Michael Critelli, Retired Chairman and CEO, Pitney Bowes who provided insight into what the future of healthcare in Connecticut and the U.S. will look like.
August 3: The Hart of Our Capital City
The key to a successful Hartford Region is maintaining a vibrant urban core for residents and visitors. This includes offering programming and events that promote engagement in the city after hours. On this weekend’s episode of Pulse of the Region we welcome John Michael Mason from the Small State Great Beer Festival and Jalmar De Dios, Marketing Director of Hartford Pride and founder of V7 Strategies, to discuss the anticipated positive impacts of the upcoming Hartford events.
July 27: Curious about how the MetroHartford Alliance is making a regional and global impact? This episode of Pulse of the Region will host Gene Goddard, CEcD, EDFP, Chief Business Investment Officer for the Alliance, for one-on-one discussion about the organization’s evolved role, how we’re marketing the Region, and ways we’re attracting global businesses to Hartford.
July 13: Our Insurance Commissioner is on Pulse
In February, Governor Ned Lamont named Andrew Mais Insurance Commissioner for the State of Connecticut. On the next episode of Pulse of the Region, we will get to know the person behind the Insurance Capital global brand and how this reputation impacts our talent, business recruitment, and overall economic development.
July 6: Health Insurance Insight
We all know that health insurance is expensive because health care is expensive. The health care landscape is changing at an increasingly rapid pace leaving many people confused about their choices. On this episode of Pulse of the Region, Eric Galvin, President, ConnectiCare, helps us decode health care and discusses ConnectiCare’s commitment to our state and to the people who depend on its coverage.
June 22: Giving Back to Hartford
The Travelers Championship may have been the center of the golf universe last week, but in addition to world-class golfers and festive activities that draw golf fans from across the globe, the tournament is about community engagement and charity. On this episode of “Pulse of the Region,” we chat with Hector Glynn, MSW, Chief Operating Officer, The Village for Families and Children; Julia O’Brien, Esq., LEED Green Associate, Vice President and General Counsel, Principal, BL Companies; and Mike Trinks, CPA, Partner, Assurance & Advisory Services, Fiondella, Milone & LaSaracina about not only making an economic impact, but giving back to the place we call home.
June 15: Tee It Up for Charity with HYPE
Tee It Up for Charity at the Travelers Championship, a signature event from HYPE (Hartford Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs), has raised $123K for charity since 2010. On this weekend’s episode of “Pulse of the Region,” we chat with Kim Bishop, Executive Director of Talent Attraction and Retention, HYPE; Mia Sinatro, Program Director, HYPE; Mark Moriarty, Executive Director, The First Tee of Connecticut; and Jeremy Race, President & CEO, Junior Achievement of Southwest New England about the lasting legacy of this program.
June 1″: The Business of Healthcare
The Hartford Region is fortunate to have access to some of the best health care in the world. On this episode of “Pulse of the Region,” our guests from Trinity Health of New England – Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center include Dr. John Rodis, President, and Dr. Jeffrey Brown, Director of Primary Care Sports Medicine, who will talk about a new partnership with Hartford Athletic and how the health sector plays a vital role in our economic development.
May 25: Changing Lives One Job at a Time
A new contract with the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) enables Oak Hill to provide employment and pre-employment services to adults with disabilities. On this episode of “Pulse of the Region,” our guests from Oak Hill Andrea Melms, Manager of Employment Services, and AJ Dunnack and Shirley Lyn, Community Engagement Specialists, will discuss the goals of this community-focused program, the value it brings to employers, and how it changes the lives of the adults it serves.
May 18: Adding Pep to Hartford’s Step
On this episode, script writer Steve Loff and actor James Ladio tell us about their plans to shoot a feature film in Hartford based on local boxer Willie Pep’s 1960s comeback. The duo has been trying to tell Pep’s life story for more than a decade and they are now one punch closer to making it reality.
May 11: Actuarial Boot Camp
On this weekend’s episode, learn more about the 2019 Actuarial Boot Camp hosted by Lincoln Financial Group. Susan Winkler, Vice President and Executive Director, Connecticut Insurance and Financial Services (CT IFS); Josh Durand, CT IFS Executive Board member and VP, Life Insurance Business Leader, Lincoln Financial Group; and Kevin Ho, Actuarial Boot Camp alumnus and Associate Actuary, Lincoln Financial Group, will discuss actuarial talent attraction in the Insurance Capital of the World – Hartford.
May 4: Illuminating Hartford’s Global Presence
On this weekend’s episode, learn more about the World Affairs Council’s (CTWAC) Luminary Award from Megan Torrey, CEO, World Affairs Council of Connecticut, Sudhi Bangalore, Vice President, Industry 4.0, Stanley Black & Decker; Mark Maybury, Chief Technology Officer, Stanley Black & Decker; and Jessica Ramsey, Senior at Glastonbury High School, 2018 CTWAC Model UN Officer. They discuss Stanley Black & Decker’s global impact and highlight extraordinary students who are engaging with their world.
April 29: Kicking Off the Athletic Season
On this week’s episode, learn more about the dynamic sports scene in Hartford, home to Hartford Athletic, Connecticut’s only professional soccer team. Donovan Powell, Chief Operating Officer, Hartford Athletic, and Jimmy Nielsen, Head Coach, Hartford Athletic, discuss some big goals for Hartford Athletic’s inaugural season.
April 20: Power of the Purse
On this week’s episode, Karen Hinds, Author, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Workplace Success Group, and Gina D’Ambruoso, VP, Business Development Officer, SBA Division, TD Bank, will give us a preview of Women United’s Power of the Purse. This luncheon and silent auction provide funding for United Way-supported economic mobility programs and services that enable families to learn financial skills and qualify for good-paying jobs with opportunities for advancement. TD Bank is proud to return as the event’s presenting sponsor.
April 13: Persuing Privacy
On this week’s episode, John Turgeon, CPA, HCS, Partner, Managing Director- CohnReznick Affiliated Companies, and Ken Fishkin, MCSE, CISSP, Director – CohnReznick Advisory, discuss how businesses can overcome security and privacy challenges.
April 6: The Key to Empowering Women
On this week’s episode, we will hear from Melanie Sinche, Executive Director, Women’s Leadership Center at University of Saint Joseph, and Courtney Jinjiika, Senior Vice President, Regional Retail Leader CT/MA at KeyBank, about ongoing gender discrimination in the workplace. They will share insightful data with us and discuss barriers, overcoming challenges, and details about KeyBank’s Key4Women program.
March 30: Workplace Balance Stronger than Oak
Hear from our partners at Oak Hill: Barry Simon, President & CEO, Shanna York, Residential Program Worker, and Spencer Cain, Board Member. Learn how Oak Hill finds balance with happy employees and a healthy bottom line.
March 23: Women of Innovation
On this week’s episode, learn about Connecticut Technology Council’s 15th Annual Women of Innovation Awards from Beth Alquist, Partner at Day Pitney, and 2019 Women of Innovation Finalists Shana Schlossberg, Founder and CEO, Upward Hartford, and Sharon Traficante, Deputy Executive Director – Administration at Connecticut Airport Authority.
March 16: March Madness Invades Hartford
What’s round and orange with a $7.7 million impact on the Hartford Region? The answer: It’s basketball. And Hartford is ready. The NCAA March Madness First and Second Round DI Men’s Basketball Championship will arrive on Thursday, March 21 and Saturday, March 23. On this weekend’s “Pulse,” hear from Chris Lawrence, General Manager of the XL Center, Pratt & Whitney Stadium, Hartford Wolf Pack Business Operations; Evan Feinglass, Associate Director of Athletics at the University of Connecticut’s Division of Athletics; and Bob Murdock, President of the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau and its Director of Sports Marketing, about the many reasons this tournament is so important to our city and the Region.
March 9: Around the World in 30 Minutes
What do Poland, Japan, and the United Arab Emirates have in common? Each of them, in addition to many other global communities, do business with our state. The secret is out: Hartford is a global region in a state known around the world for its business practices and commerce. On this weekend’s “Pulse,” Megan Torrey, CEO, World Affairs Council of Connecticut, Darek Barcikowski, first Honorary Consul for the Republic of Poland for the state of Connecticut, Gregory Boyko, Honorary Consul General for Japan supporting the Boston Consulate, and His Excellency Majid Al-Suwaidi, Consul General of United Arab Emirates in New York, will talk about these global partnerships. They will also preview a Diplomat Reception slated for March 19 at Wadsworth Atheneum, the participating nations’ priorities and connections to Connecticut, and the global nature of our state.
March 2: The Sport of Marketing Our Region
Hear from Bob Murdock, President, CT Convention & Sports Bureau (CTCSB), Susan Koczka, Director of National Accounts for the Corporate & Association Markets, CTCSB, and Andy Smith of City Steam, about the many reasons why Hartford is such an appealing destination for meeting planners and sports promoters. Thanks in part to local partnerships, the conventions/sports industry is generating millions of annual dollars for the regional economy. Hear what they have to say about it on “The Pulse.”
February 23: Hidden in Plain Sight
Hear from Patrick McMahon, CEO of the Connecticut Main Street Center, James Lindberg, Vice President, Research & Policy Lab, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Bob Stevens, Principal & Co-Founder of M&S Development and the Founder of Stevens & Associates, P.C. They will tell us how old, historic buildings are diamonds in the rough that can transform into charming, useful economic drivers that change the landscape of an entire neighborhood or city.
February 16: The Key to Financial Stability
Hear from Katie Farrington, Key Bank’s Key@Work Relationship Manager, and Laura O’Keefe, Director, Financial Center, The Village for Families & Children, as they discuss financial stability as an employee benefit and how it’s a win-win for employers and employees.
February 9: Mike Abramson, General Manager, Hartford Yard Goats, and Jeff Dooley, Voice of the Yard Goats, previewed the upcoming season, including key players, community engagement, and promotions. They also discussed the role of the Yard Goats in Hartford and economic development.
February 2: Hear from Megan Torrey, CEO, World Affairs Council of CT, Becky Nolan, Vice President, Global Business Development, MetroHartford Alliance, and Daniel Weiner, Ph.D., Vice President for Global Affairs, University of Connecticut, about the global assets of the Hartford Region that make this market an ideal place to do business for companies around the globe. We are the Insurance Capital of the World, have a rich tradition of manufacturing evolving into Industry 4.0, offer world class health care, house innovators and startups, and showcase cultural assets second to none. This used to be a secret but we now have ambassadors telling the Hartford story.
January 26: Learn about “Grow with Google” from Google’s Communications Manager, Peter Schottenfels, The American Place’s CEO, Homa Naficy, and our own President and CEO, David Griggs. Find out why this national brand is coming to Hartford and how Google plans to work with entrepreneurs and enhance the way they do business on a daily basis while contributing to the economic development of our city.
January 19: During a one-on-one conversation with MetroHartford Alliance President and CEO David Griggs, learn more about efforts in marketing the Hartford region on a global scale, the evolution of the Alliance and the organizational goals for 2019, and the role of the Hartford Chamber of Commerce.
January 12: With an educated workforce, cutting edge technology, and global presence, Hartford is a hub for innovation and entrepreneurship. Learn more about why the Hartford Region is an ideal place to start a business from our guests David Sagers and Ryan Keating, two area entrepreneurs.
January 5: Get Hired is CT IFS’ annual career fair for college students and recent graduates seeking internships and full-time employment in Connecticut’s insurance and financial services industry. Learn more about Get Hired, a career launchpad, from our guests: Susan Winkler, Vice President and Executive Director, Connecticut Insurance and Financial Services (CT IFS); and Lisa Simonetti, Director of Human Resources, ConnectiCare.