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Residents are graduates of the Leadership Academy

A group of 27 Connecticut residents graduated from Connecticut Professionals’ Leadership Academy 2022, a program designed to strengthen leadership skills, develop and build relationships, and create a community of collaborative professional services. This landmark program brings together professionals from a variety of industries and backgrounds, including accounting and finance, law, insurance and architecture, according to a statement.

The program, focused on the next generation of business leaders, was presented in partnership with six professional organizations: American Institute of Architects, Connecticut, CFA Society Hartford, Connecticut Bar Association, Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants, Connecticut Young Insurance Professionals and Hartford. County Bar.

“The continued success of this collaborative leadership academy is a testament to the strengths and talents of these promising professionals and the organizations they represent. The leadership skills and the relationships they have formed will serve them, their employers and our community as they lead in an ever-changing environment now and in the future,” said Bonnie Stewart, Executive Director and CEO of CTCPA.

The program encourages participants to grow and grow their careers and industries, professional association groups and businesses through dynamic sessions including Legislative Day on Capitol Hill, Personal Branding, How to Lead a Team effectively and efficiently, Business Finance 101 and a course on Team-Building Principles and Practices Workshop.

Applications open in October for the 2023 Connecticut Professionals’ Leadership Academy Program application are open to early-career professionals who are members of Partner Organizations looking for leadership training to propel them to the next level in their careers. Learn more about

Karl joins the Danbury Savings Bank

DANBURY — Danbury Savings Bank recently announced that Kim Karl has joined the bank as vice president of commercial loans.

Karl brings over 30 years of banking experience to his new role. She received her MBA from Sacred Heart University and worked as a commercial lender for Ion Bank, People’s United Bank and TD Bank.

She is active in the community as a member of the Northern Fairfield County Community Council of United Way of Western CT. Additionally, she is a Mentor with the Human Services Council of Norwalk, a member of the McGivney Community Center Board of Directors, and Secretary of the Greater Norwalk Chamber of Commerce.

“Kim is an experienced banker and a great addition to our team,” said Patrick Kelley, Senior Vice President of Danbury Savings Bank. “Entrepreneurs, women-led businesses and growing businesses depend on our skilled Business Banking professionals to tailor our products and services to best meet their needs. Kim’s experience and knowledge will bring great value to our customers.

American Mural Project receives grant

WINSTED – The American Mural Project recently received a $5,000 challenge grant from the Northwest CT Community Foundation, the NW Corner Gives Fund. As one of 33 nonprofits chosen to participate in Northwestern Connecticut, AMP aims to raise $5,000 through its crowdfunding gift matching campaign by July 29, to receive a $5,000 match from the foundation.

The Northwest CT Community Foundation launched Northwest Corner Gives in 2020 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, to fund donations to double support for local nonprofits, and raised $635,280 in grants from immediate Covid-19 relief for 53 Northwest Corner nonprofits. The 2022 program is focused on programs that advance public health and safety recommendations, as well as those that provide more equitable access to services and/or supports, for physical, cognitive and emotional well-being. from childhood. Matching Grants are made possible through generous donations from community members, anonymous donors, and Community Foundation discretionary funds.

AMP will use the matching grant to support education programs – the CHAMPS after-school enrichment program with Winchester Public Schools, field trips and professional development workshops for art teachers – until spring 2023. count for the game.

“The NW CT Community Foundation’s NW Corner Gives campaign is a welcome boost for AMP this year, as it provides us with the opportunity to double the impact of our donor contributions,” said Amy Wynn, Executive Director of AMP. “This initiative comes at a particularly important time as we continue our expansion efforts to meet our high visitation rates and rapidly growing educational programs following the public opening of our exhibit last month. While exciting, this stage of growth for any nonprofit can be challenging, so we are extremely grateful to the Foundation for this opportunity. We are also thrilled to be included in the Foundation’s campaign messages recognizing the many non-profit organizations that make NW CT an amazing place to live, work and play! »

Started in 2001 by artist Ellen Griesedieck, the American Mural Project is home to the world’s largest indoor collaborative artwork: a three-dimensional mural 120 feet long and five stories high. The mural is a tribute to American workers and highlights what has defined the country over the past century. It seeks to inspire, educate, invite collaboration, and reveal to people of all ages the many contributions they can make to American culture.

More than 15,000 children and adults helped create pieces of the mural, which sits in one of two former factory buildings at the AMP campus on Whiting Street in Winsted, Connecticut. Programs are currently offered to schools and teachers, after-school partnerships, summer enrichment sessions and an apprentice-style internship program.