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Susan Winkler

  • Insurance and Financial Services Cluster (IFS)

Executive Director, Connecticut Insurance & Financial Services Cluster

Susan represents the workforce and business interests of 30 major insurance and financial services companies in the state through marketing, development and lobbying efforts. 

Previously Susan worked as Facilities Strategy Manager at The Hartford Financial Services Group where she assisted the site expansion and consolidation activities of its U.S. real estate portfolio of 6 million square feet. More specifically, Susan negotiated economic development incentives on behalf of The Hartford and evaluated demographic criteria used in making site selection decisions.  Prior to The Hartford, Susan worked as Director of Real Estate at the Connecticut Economic Resource Center [CERC] where she led all real estate activities including the development of the SiteFinder database.

Susan is active President for Northside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance or NINA for the last eight years and currently acts as Co-Chair of the Advisory Board for High School, Inc. Hartford’s public high school dedicated to insurance and finance.  She also resides on CCSU’s School of Business Advisory Council and UConn’s Actuarial Science Program Board.
Susan received her B.A. from CCSU, and has a Business Masters Certificate from UCONN’s School of Business.


  • Data and trends in the current and future IFS workforce
  • Legislative affairs
  • IFS career opportunities within Hartford public schools and local post-secondary institutions
  • Support of the Insurance Capital of the U.S. brand within the Hartford region
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