One of our greatest assets is the shared willingness to solve problems and to chart a future course that reflects the best thinking and interests of all.

Discover for yourself: the best leaders are the best learners.

No matter your age, no matter how long you have lived in or around Hartford, there’s always a new perspective to be found to help our region grow. It’s the perspective we find when we gather face to face and, from our different viewpoints, focus on a common goal.

  • "Summer Nexus opened my eyes to the community around me and has given me a better understanding of myself. I can confidently say that I am not the same person I was when I started this program."

    West Hartford student (age 17)
    West Hartford student (age 17)
  • "There’s nothing more satisfying than having your work be something that you’re passionate about and something that improves the community that you live in. That’s definitely one of my favorite parts of making the transition to nonprofit.”

    Tracie Cloutier
    Tracie Cloutier Encore!Hartford Fellow
  • "Receiving classroom instruction at different nonprofit locations several each week, we were able to develop hands-on experience and practical knowledge. One of the most positive takeaways from my experience is seeing the passion the staff has for the mission of the organization"

    Mario J. Chiappetti
    Mario J. Chiappetti Encore!Hartford Fellow
  • "I loved getting to work on a community service project with my peers in the Common Ground program. People think teenagers aren't motivated to change the community — but look at us. Look what we have accomplished!"

    Glastonbury student (age 16)
    Glastonbury student (age 16)
  • "Common Ground really changed my life. I am friends with people I never would have met. They are now more than my friends: they are my family."

    East Hartford student (age 15)
    East Hartford student (age 15)
  • “The Summit program was wonderful. I enjoyed the thought-provoking discussions and am grateful for its contribution to my personal growth.”

    Michelle Zettergren
    Michelle Zettergren Executive Healthcare Leader, Business Developer, Brighton Health Plan Solutions
  • “I am grateful for all the thoughtfulness brought to Summit. We all trusted Leadership Greater Hartford to take us on a productive journey and you did just that.”

    Ed Klonoski
    Ed Klonoski President, Charter Oak State College
  • "It's been a wonderful process for us. We were able to secure four board members [through Leaders On Board]. It's a wonderful program any organization would want to take advantage of."

    Lorna Little
    Lorna Little Executive Director, St. Agnes Home
  • “I had the privilege of working with an incredibly diverse, talented, committed group of leaders who all came to Quest with different backgrounds, expectations, and leadership styles.”

    Maureen Caye
    Maureen Caye Associate Director, Underwriting National Accounts, UnitedHealthcare
  • “The Quest program has allowed me to make valuable connections around the Greater Hartford region while enabling me to grow both personally and professionally. Being part of the task force helped to develop my skills as a community leader, while giving back and contributing to the growth of the city.”

    Kristyn Neal
    Kristyn Neal Realtor and Property Specialist at Executive Real Estate, Quest 2015
  • “By participating in the Hartford Encounter tours, Cigna employees have been able to connect with the community and see the impact that Cigna leaders are having to improve the neighborhoods around us. Being a part of the community is good business, for so many reasons.”

    David Figliuzzi
    David Figliuzzi Chief Diversity Officer, Cigna
  • "The entire Junior Achievement staff participated in a recent Hartford Encounters program and it was amazing.  We received a behind-the-scenes tour of the city and more than a half-dozen historical sites.  It was eye-opening, informative and fun. I would highly recommend this program for anyone looking to learn more about the great city of Hartford."

    Jeremy Race
    Jeremy Race President & CEO, Junior Achievement
  • “Summer Nexus opened my eyes to the community around me and has given me a better understanding of myself. I can confidently say that I am not the same person I was when I started this program.”

    West Hartford student (age 17)
    West Hartford student (age 17)
  • "The Executive Orientation Program provided a wonderful opportunity for me to get to know other influential and passionate executives in the Hartford community and to build relationships that have extended beyond the program. The experience gave me up close and personal insights into the community."

    Susan Lane
    Susan Lane Director of Public Relations & Community Engagement, Hoffman Auto Group
  • "The Executive Orientation Program enabled me to develop a relationship with other city leaders who are looking to make an impact in their community, workplace, and personal growth. The program re-connected me with the "new" Hartford and all it has to offer."

    Bruce Bernier
    Bruce Bernier Director, Central Division Operations, Eversource Energy
  • "Summer Nexus helped me prepare for life. The lessons taught me a lot about college, but also about decision making and problem solving. Our community service project helped me to take the initiative and practice these skills."

    Avon student (age 16)
    Avon student (age 16)
  • “I learned what this city needs. The city has the equivalent potential to be as popular as Boston or NYC and has the people and leaders with the know-how to get there. And thanks to Leadership Greater Hartford, I’m proud to be a part of that process.”

    Tyler Wrenn
    Tyler Wrenn Sophomore, Trinity College
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Meet 2021 Quest participant, Nancy DeJarnette, Director, School of Education in the College of Engineering, Business, and Education at University of Bridgeport.

Quest community tour takeaway:

"[Yesterday's] tour of Hartford was truly inspiring! I loved hearing about how specific local organizations are serving their community and bringing hope for a better future! Each stop on the tour left a lasting impression on me. I was inspired and amazed by the COBA [Charter Oak Boxing Academy] Boxing organization and the tremendous impact that they are having on area youth.

I was also amazed by the Parkville Market. What a true gem in the city! I plan to take my family back there for dinner someday soon! I enjoyed hearing about how Carlos Mouta, the Developer, got his start and his passion for developing and serving the local community by providing such wonderful opportunities for small businesses."

#LGH #Community #Leadership #Connections #leadershipdevelopment #Quest2021
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Meet 2021 Quest participant, Nancy DeJarnette, Director, School of Education in the College of Engineering, Business, and Education at University of Bridgeport.

Quest community tour takeaway:

[Yesterdays] tour of Hartford was truly inspiring! I loved hearing about how specific local organizations are serving their community and bringing hope for a better future! Each stop on the tour left a lasting impression on me. I was inspired and amazed by the COBA  [Charter Oak Boxing Academy] Boxing organization and the tremendous impact that they are having on area youth.

I was also amazed by the Parkville Market. What a true gem in the city! I plan to take my family back there for dinner someday soon! I enjoyed hearing about how Carlos Mouta, the Developer, got his start and his passion for developing and serving the local community by providing such wonderful opportunities for small businesses.

#LGH #Community #Leadership #Connections #leadershipdevelopment #Quest2021

Today the 2021 Quest class participated in a community tour around Hartford based off the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership.

The tour began at the Connecticut Historical Society and included the following stops:

1. Makerspace CT - Empower Others to Act

2. CREC - Capitol Region Education Council - Challenge the Process

3. Parkville Market - Inspire a Shared Vision

4. COBA Charter Oak Boxing Academy - Empower the Heart

5. Spectrum in Motion Dance Theater Ensemble, Inc. at Asylum Hill Congregational Church - Model the Way

The class heard from a variety of community leaders and learned about the great work that they are doing to make our region more vibrant!

#LGH #Community #Leadership #Connections
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Comment on Facebook

Thank you for the visit! We had so much fun sharing our stories and getting to know yours!

CREC was excited to be one of this years stops. What a great morning

Thank you! 🥊

This was a wonderful day... maybe one of my favorite Quest sessions so far! ❤

Yesterday, LGH's Vice President for Programs, Andre Santiago, moderated a session on creating more equitable communities at the Association of Leadership Programs' 2021 virtual conference!

#LGH #Community #Leadership #Connections
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Yesterday, LGHs Vice President for Programs, Andre Santiago, moderated a session on creating more equitable communities at the Association of Leadership Programs 2021 virtual conference!

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Are you an executive or other senior level professional who is new to the region, new to your leadership position, or would like a community “refresher”?

Apply to our Executive Orientation program today! As an EOP participant, you will build your network by connecting to key regional stakeholders and will learn about the assets and challenges of our Capital City. You will connect with Leadership Greater Hartford’s network of community-minded leaders, and discover ways in which you can contribute to strengthening the region.

Learn more here: leadershipgh.org/executive-orientation/

#LGH #Community #Ledership #Connections
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Are you an executive or other senior level professional who is new to the region, new to your leadership position, or would like a community “refresher”?

Apply to our Executive Orientation program today! As an EOP participant, you will build your network by connecting to key regional stakeholders and will learn about the assets and challenges of our Capital City. You will connect with Leadership Greater Hartford’s network of community-minded leaders, and discover ways in which you can contribute to strengthening the region.

Learn more here: https://leadershipgh.org/executive-orientation/

#LGH #Community #Ledership #ConnectionsImage attachmentImage attachment

Meet 2021 Quest participant, Piotr Krzemien, IT Help Desk Manager at Goodwin University.

Quest Downtown scavenger hunt takeaway:

"The QUEST program that Leadership Greater Hartford offers is a fantastic experience. Even with the COVID-19 pandemic still affecting the program, we, as a group were still able to get out together to explore the beautiful city of Hartford, CT.

In small groups we were tasked with following several clues to educate us about the city and it's riches. Without that I would never been able to enjoy sites such as the Bushnell Park, the revamped riverfront area with a great bridge connecting Hartford with the East of the river, as well as the Ancient [Burying] Grounds that have been there for almost 400 years. Absolutely unbelievable. I cannot wait to venture out more into the city of Hartford and experience even more than what I had anticipated. Thank You QUEST LGH!"

#LGH #Community #Leadership #Connections #leadershipdevelopment #Quest2021
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Meet 2021 Quest participant, Piotr Krzemien, IT Help Desk Manager at Goodwin University.

Quest Downtown scavenger hunt takeaway:

The QUEST program that Leadership Greater Hartford offers is a fantastic experience. Even with the COVID-19 pandemic still affecting the program, we, as a group were still able to get out together to explore the beautiful city of Hartford, CT.

In small groups we were tasked with following several clues to educate us about the city and its riches. Without that I would never been able to enjoy sites such as the Bushnell Park, the revamped riverfront area with a great bridge connecting Hartford with the East of the river, as well as the Ancient [Burying] Grounds that have been there for almost 400 years. Absolutely unbelievable. I cannot wait to venture out more into the city of Hartford and experience even more than what I had anticipated. Thank You QUEST LGH!

#LGH #Community #Leadership #Connections #leadershipdevelopment #Quest2021
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Meet 2021 Quest participant, Nancy DeJarnette, Director, School of Education in the College of Engineering, Business, and Education at University of Bridgeport.

Quest community tour takeaway:

"[Yesterday's] tour of Hartford was truly inspiring! I loved hearing about how specific local organizations are serving their community and bringing hope for a better future! Each stop on the tour left a lasting impression on me. I was inspired and amazed by the COBA [Charter Oak Boxing Academy] Boxing organization and the tremendous impact that they are having on area youth.

I was also amazed by the Parkville Market. What a true gem in the city! I plan to take my family back there for dinner someday soon! I enjoyed hearing about how Carlos Mouta, the Developer, got his start and his passion for developing and serving the local community by providing such wonderful opportunities for small businesses."

#LGH #Community #Leadership #Connections #leadershipdevelopment #Quest2021
... See MoreSee Less

Meet 2021 Quest participant, Nancy DeJarnette, Director, School of Education in the College of Engineering, Business, and Education at University of Bridgeport.

Quest community tour takeaway:

[Yesterdays] tour of Hartford was truly inspiring! I loved hearing about how specific local organizations are serving their community and bringing hope for a better future! Each stop on the tour left a lasting impression on me. I was inspired and amazed by the COBA  [Charter Oak Boxing Academy] Boxing organization and the tremendous impact that they are having on area youth.

I was also amazed by the Parkville Market. What a true gem in the city! I plan to take my family back there for dinner someday soon! I enjoyed hearing about how Carlos Mouta, the Developer, got his start and his passion for developing and serving the local community by providing such wonderful opportunities for small businesses.

#LGH #Community #Leadership #Connections #leadershipdevelopment #Quest2021

Today the 2021 Quest class participated in a community tour around Hartford based off the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership.

The tour began at the Connecticut Historical Society and included the following stops:

1. Makerspace CT - Empower Others to Act

2. CREC - Capitol Region Education Council - Challenge the Process

3. Parkville Market - Inspire a Shared Vision

4. COBA Charter Oak Boxing Academy - Empower the Heart

5. Spectrum in Motion Dance Theater Ensemble, Inc. at Asylum Hill Congregational Church - Model the Way

The class heard from a variety of community leaders and learned about the great work that they are doing to make our region more vibrant!

#LGH #Community #Leadership #Connections
... See MoreSee Less

Comment on Facebook

Thank you for the visit! We had so much fun sharing our stories and getting to know yours!

CREC was excited to be one of this years stops. What a great morning

Thank you! 🥊

This was a wonderful day... maybe one of my favorite Quest sessions so far! ❤

Yesterday, LGH's Vice President for Programs, Andre Santiago, moderated a session on creating more equitable communities at the Association of Leadership Programs' 2021 virtual conference!

#LGH #Community #Leadership #Connections
... See MoreSee Less

Yesterday, LGHs Vice President for Programs, Andre Santiago, moderated a session on creating more equitable communities at the Association of Leadership Programs 2021 virtual conference!

#LGH #Community #Leadership #ConnectionsImage attachment

Are you an executive or other senior level professional who is new to the region, new to your leadership position, or would like a community “refresher”?

Apply to our Executive Orientation program today! As an EOP participant, you will build your network by connecting to key regional stakeholders and will learn about the assets and challenges of our Capital City. You will connect with Leadership Greater Hartford’s network of community-minded leaders, and discover ways in which you can contribute to strengthening the region.

Learn more here: leadershipgh.org/executive-orientation/

#LGH #Community #Ledership #Connections
... See MoreSee Less

Are you an executive or other senior level professional who is new to the region, new to your leadership position, or would like a community “refresher”?

Apply to our Executive Orientation program today! As an EOP participant, you will build your network by connecting to key regional stakeholders and will learn about the assets and challenges of our Capital City. You will connect with Leadership Greater Hartford’s network of community-minded leaders, and discover ways in which you can contribute to strengthening the region.

Learn more here: https://leadershipgh.org/executive-orientation/

#LGH #Community #Ledership #ConnectionsImage attachmentImage attachment

Meet 2021 Quest participant, Piotr Krzemien, IT Help Desk Manager at Goodwin University.

Quest Downtown scavenger hunt takeaway:

"The QUEST program that Leadership Greater Hartford offers is a fantastic experience. Even with the COVID-19 pandemic still affecting the program, we, as a group were still able to get out together to explore the beautiful city of Hartford, CT.

In small groups we were tasked with following several clues to educate us about the city and it's riches. Without that I would never been able to enjoy sites such as the Bushnell Park, the revamped riverfront area with a great bridge connecting Hartford with the East of the river, as well as the Ancient [Burying] Grounds that have been there for almost 400 years. Absolutely unbelievable. I cannot wait to venture out more into the city of Hartford and experience even more than what I had anticipated. Thank You QUEST LGH!"

#LGH #Community #Leadership #Connections #leadershipdevelopment #Quest2021
... See MoreSee Less

Meet 2021 Quest participant, Piotr Krzemien, IT Help Desk Manager at Goodwin University.

Quest Downtown scavenger hunt takeaway:

The QUEST program that Leadership Greater Hartford offers is a fantastic experience. Even with the COVID-19 pandemic still affecting the program, we, as a group were still able to get out together to explore the beautiful city of Hartford, CT.

In small groups we were tasked with following several clues to educate us about the city and its riches. Without that I would never been able to enjoy sites such as the Bushnell Park, the revamped riverfront area with a great bridge connecting Hartford with the East of the river, as well as the Ancient [Burying] Grounds that have been there for almost 400 years. Absolutely unbelievable. I cannot wait to venture out more into the city of Hartford and experience even more than what I had anticipated. Thank You QUEST LGH!

#LGH #Community #Leadership #Connections #leadershipdevelopment #Quest2021

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