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40 Under 40 Twenty-Fifth Anniversary

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3 HARTFORDBUSINESS.COM | AUGUST 23, 2021 Spotlighting Greater Hartford's top young professionals C onnecticut officials recently launched a new website, www. ctforme.com, that aims to attract young professionals to the state — a sign of just how important that demographic is to our economic future. There is no doubt Connecticut must do more to prevent its young college graduates and Millennial workforce from relocating to other parts of the country. But in reality, Greater Hartford already has a strong cohort of young professionals making a difference at their respective organizations and the broader community. And it's important to put a spotlight on them in order to show others that starting and making a career here can pay dividends, both professionally and personally. And that's the purpose of 40 Under Forty. Every year for the last 25 years, Hartford Business Journal, with the help of our independent judges, has selected 40 of the top up-and-coming young professionals who are leading their respective organizations. This year we received 163 nominations. Narrowing down the list to 40 deserving winners was a difficult task. More importantly, our winners provide evidence that our region has a vast young talent pool. Our 2021 winners hail from the private, public and nonprofit sectors and from organizations both small and large. We'd like to thank this year's judges for helping choose our winners. They include: Mae Maloney, Senior Program Director, Leadership Greater Hartford Julianna Cruz, Senior Public Relations Specialist, Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare Kim Bishop, Executive Director of Talent Attraction & Retention, MetroHartford Alliance Gail Lebert, Director of Partnership Development, Klingberg Family Centers Meg Warren, Director, Strategic Initiatives, Office of the Dean Instructor, MBA Program UConn School of Business We will be celebrating our annual 40 Under Forty event Sept. 16 at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field. If you think you have what it takes to be part of a future 40 Under Forty class, we ask that you submit a nomination next year. This award is only as strong as the class of individuals who are nominated for it. And many nominees represent the promising future of our city, region and state. Greg Bordonaro Editor The Hartford Foundation congratulates our colleagues Erika Frank, Jennyfer Holmes & Ryan O'Halloran and all past HBJ 40 Under Forty honorees. We are grateful for your dedication to strengthening the Greater Hartford community. To learn more about our work, visit: hfpg.org

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