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CWC Member News – 2023

Carol Quinn Toomey, is a Hartford Business Journal 2024 Women in Business Honoree! Read more here.

Angela Healy was promoted to Assistant General Counsel Sr. at General Dynamics Electric Boat.

Geena Becker‘s team just won Top 25 Team for all of William Raveis Real Estate. They had over 4500 sales located in 9 different States which includes NY, all of New England, FL and SC.

Congrats to Peggy Yocher (Boissoneau). She received a Leadership Award from Financial Executives International for her service from 1999-2023!

Debra Seay was promoted to Associate Principal at Amenta Emma Architects.

Mechelle Olórtegui has been promoted to Managing Director of Development Partnerships at the League of Conservation Voters!

Congratulations to Louise Albin‘s Cafe Louise for winning “Caterer of the Year” 2023 – CT Restaurant Association.

Michelle Seagull is starting a new position as Assistant Treasurer at State of Connecticut – Office of the Treasurer!

Carrianne Polo‘s New Park Creative celebrates it’s 10 year anniversary and the move to a new location.

Congratulations to Marissa Pepe Turrell for making partner with Marcum LLP.

Abby Warren has made the Hartford Business Journal‘s top 40 under 40 list this year! Well done Abby!

Lisa Hurley (member since 2012) recently started her own shoe company, Freedazz LLC. Freedazz works with master textile artists and a small shoe workshop to handcraft contemporary whimsical footwear. These wearable works of art are made in limited batches, no 2 pairs are alike, and the unique designs make a fashion statement. See the gorgeous work Lisa is doing at

Lena DiGenti recently launched a business that she’s been working on for many years. The company, WiderPath, is based in neuroscience and mindfulness practices and offers group training sessions that increase resilience and emotional regulation for students, employees, communities and organizations. Based on cognitive research, workshops are designed to help people experience an immediate relief from stress and emotional pain, giving them access to the tools to help them seek more choice and freedom in their lives.

CWC Board Member and CEO of New Park Creative, Carrianne Polo is the honoree for the West Hartford Chamber’s Elizabeth Gustin Basil Women’s Leadership Award. Congratulations Carrianne Polo!

Andrea Obston has been honored by Quinnipiac University as the 2023 Outstanding Adjunct of the Year. Congratulations Andrea!

Colleen Masse will be running both the Boston and London Marathons this year. What an amazing physical and mental accomplishment!

 Felicia DeDominicis has been named Top 25 Woman in Business honoree in 2023 through the Hartford Business Journal. Read more about her accomplishments here.

Jan Turner recently became a certified Integral Coach®. A lifelong student of business and the human condition, she is passionate about supporting others to live and lead from a place of wholeness.

Peggy Boissoneau’s photography was featured in January 2023! The Norwich exhibition and awards celebrate the 200th birthday of the landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted’s birth by the Preservation Society.  Fred Law Olmsted designed many well known urban parks including NY Central Park & U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.  Peggy’s photos were selected for this traveling show that will be on display in museums throughout Connecticut in 2023.   

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Congratulations to CWC member Louise Albin, owner of Café Louise! According to “This month (January) marks the 30th anniversary of their opening at 1156 New Britain Avenue in Elmwood. Thirty years in the food business – or in any business for that matter – is quite a milestone accomplishment”. Read the full write-up here.

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