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April 2, 2018 — Women in Business Awards

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www.HartfordBusiness.com • April 2, 2018 • Hartford Business Journal 3 Newsmakers EDITORIAL Greg Bordonaro | Editor, ext. 139, gbordonaro@HartfordBusiness.com Gregory Seay | News Editor, ext. 144, gseay@HartfordBusiness.com Matt Pilon | News Editor, ext. 143, mpilon@HartfordBusiness.com John Stearns | Staff Writer, ext. 145, jstearns@HartfordBusiness.com Joe Cooper | Web Editor, ext. 127, jcooper@HartfordBusiness.com Stephanie Meagher | Research Director Heide Martin | Research Assistant Steve Laschever | Photographer BUSINESS Joe Zwiebel | President and Publisher, ext. 132, jzwiebel@HartfordBusiness.com Donna Collins | Associate Publisher, ext. 121, dcollins@HartfordBusiness.com Amy Orsini | Events Manager, ext. 134, aorsini@HartfordBusiness.com Shannon Vincelette | HBJ Office and Events Coordinator, ext. 122, svincelette@hartfordbusiness.com Jaime Rudy | Sales Director, ext. 124, jrudy@HartfordBusiness.com David Hartley | Sr. Accounts Manager, ext. 130, dhartley@HartfordBusiness.com Christopher Mazzaia | Sr. Accounts Manager, ext. 128, cmazzaia@HartfordBusiness.com Kristen P. Nickerson | Sr. Accounts Manager, ext. 133, knickerson@HartfordBusiness.com Karen Spatafora | Accounts Manager, ext. 131, kspatafora@HartfordBusiness.com Raki Zwiebel | Credit and Collections Manager Valerie Clark | Accounting Assistant/Office Manager Jill Coran | Human Resources Manager PRODUCTION Christopher Wallace | Art Director, ext. 147, cwallace@HartfordBusiness.com Liz Saltzman | Creative Director, ext. 140, lsaltzman@HartfordBusiness.com Peter Stanton | CEO, pstanton@nebusinessmedia.com Joseph Zwiebel | President, ext. 132, jzwiebel@HartfordBusiness.com Mary Rogers | COO/CFO, mrogers@nebusinessmedia.com SUBSCRIPTIONS: Annual subscriptions are $84.95. To subscribe, visit HartfordBusiness.com, email hartfordbusiness@cambeywest.com, or call (845) 267-3008. ADVERTISING: For advertising information, please call (860) 236-9998.Please address all correspondence to: Hartford Business Journal, 15 Lewis Street, Suite 200, Hart ford CT 06103. 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Box 330, Congers, NY 10920-9894 www.copyright.com HartfordBusiness.com (860) 236-9998 Absentee landlord "Northland is an absentee landlord that has taken zero interest in contributing to Hartford's revitalization, and I wish Northland would step up or get out of Hartford altogether." Mayor Luke Bronin on the city's frustration with Northland Investment Corp.'s blighted Jewell Street high-rise, formerly home to the YMCA. Troubled roads, bridges "We cannot allow this to continue. The economic well- being of Connecticut, as well as the safety of Connecticut's 3.5 million residents is at stake." Don Shubert , president of the Connecticut Construction Industries Association, lamenting the state's lack of infrastructure investment. Samantha Wanagel | General Manager, Upward Hartford By John Stearns jstearns@HartfordBusiness.com Samantha Wanagel, who became general manager of coworking/networking/ incubator space Upward Hartford last Nov. 13 after 12 years with Costco, feels like the job was written for her. While Costco — for which she worked in four states, including Connecticut and helped open the New Britain store in 2015 — was fabulous, Wanagel said retail wasn't her end game. At Upward Hartford, she combines her skills, including marketing, operations, event planning and hospitality (she has dual degrees in marketing management, and hospitality and tourism man- agement). She recently helped establish an alliance between the Hartford Hilton and Upward Hartford. "Working for Upward Hartford is like coloring with every crayon in the box, since the scope of my role is so broad and creative," she said. How do you explain Upward Hartford to some- one who knows nothing about it? First, I ask if they've ever seen pictures of the Google campus, which provides a visual marker. Then I explain how we brought that same in- novative, creative energy to Hartford to support the entire community. I touch on the organic nature of networking in our space and how easily it leads to ingenuity, invention and progress, no matter the individual or business. Biggest opportunity facing Upward Hartford? There are so many ideas waiting to be born, products and services yet to launch and con- nections waiting to be made. Citizens we've met have voiced their desire to make Hartford the city of tomorrow. We like to call this the Upward City and see downtown Hartford as the perfect intersection for this evolution. Biggest challenge facing Upward Hartford? There are many people who would benefit by being here at Upward. How do you reach every- one? We rely heavily on our members and part- ners who serve as strong advocates for the space. 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