The latest Alliance Breakfast, “United to Do Something Big” focused on Making Community Impact and Employee Engagement a Reality. The event took place Monday, September 9 at Infinity Hall in downtown Hartford.
United Way of Central and Northeasten Connecticut and the MetroHartford Alliance brought together key players in the community for an engaging panel discussion. Panelists included:
- Dan Glanville, Vice President of Government/Regulatory Affairs and Community Impact, Comcast
- Dele Awofala, Executive Director of Fan and Compression Section Quality, Pratt & Whitney
- Peter Bassignani, General Manager, C&S Wholesale Grocers
The importance of civic and community engagement was underscored throughout the event, beginning with opening remarks from MetroHartford Alliance President and CEO David Griggs, who said, “How do we build a better Hartford region? It starts with the people.”
Donald Allan Jr., CFO at Stanley Black & Decker, echoed that sentiment and gave a nod to United Way for “playing a powerful role in helping make a difference in our communities.” He also noted that “makers innovate and create solutions” in our community.
Employee engagement was another theme. Attendees were asked to think about how we help people feel a sense of connection with their work and make a difference in their community. An innovative live poll enabled attendees to answer questions about social responsibility and employee and community engagement and see results in real time.
During the panel discussion, Bassignani acknowledged that he’s a “big believer that you can drive change” and noted the significance of finding ways for employees to connect.
Glanville noted that Comcast has created employee resource groups and the company’s partnership with United Way “helps bridge the digital divide.”
Awofala said that Pratt & Whitney’s partnership with United Way is “helping build a connected community.” The company’s partnership with United Way and the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT) is also helping provide training opportunities to Pratt & Whitney employees.
In closing, Paula Gilberto, President and CEO of United Way, commended attendees for being committed to driving change and asked them to focus on what we can do collectively as individuals. “What value can we make together in the interest of positive community change?” she asked.
Eric Galvin, Chair of the 2019 United Way Community Campaign, wrapped up the event highlighting that, “we are all responsible for the future of our communities.”
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