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.

Leaders In Focus – Barbara Shaw

Join us on Tuesday, April 30th for an inspiring Leaders in Focus event! We’re thrilled to welcome Barbara Shaw, Executive Director of Hands on Hartford, along with her esteemed colleagues,...


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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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Congratulations to our newest board appointees! At LGH, we are thrilled to match passionate individuals with exceptional nonprofits seeking committed board members to advance their missions.

Ready to make an impact? Join our Leaders On Board program and dive into Nonprofit Board Service with LGH. Together, we can empower diverse leaders and foster inclusive communities. Your passion and expertise can truly make a difference!

Discover more by clicking here: leadershipgh.org/leaders-on-board/

#CommunityLeadership #BoardService #InclusiveCommunities
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Congratulations to our newest board appointees! At LGH, we are thrilled to match passionate individuals with exceptional nonprofits seeking committed board members to advance their missions. 

Ready to make an impact? Join our Leaders On Board program and dive into Nonprofit Board Service with LGH. Together, we can empower diverse leaders and foster inclusive communities. Your passion and expertise can truly make a difference!

Discover more by clicking here: https://leadershipgh.org/leaders-on-board/

#CommunityLeadership #BoardService #InclusiveCommunities

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Phenomenal!

You're invited! Watch message from Larisa Kottke, President & CEO of Leadership Greater Hartford, on all you can expect at our 21st Annual Polaris Awards!

Tickets and raffle tickets are available now for our signature event honoring community leaders.

Even if you can't attend in person, you can join our online raffle. Your chance to win big starts with just a $5 entry. Winners announced June 4th. Secure your spot for an unforgettable evening celebrating community leadership at Infinity Music Hall, June 4th, 5:30 PM.

Click the link here for tickets!🎟️ - onecau.se/polaris24

#PolarisAwards #CommunityLeadership #LGHEvent
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🌟 Raffle Tickets are LIVE! 🎟️ Don't miss out on your chance to win big! Even if you are unable to join us in person, you can still participate in the fun and support the mission of LGH by participating in our fully online raffle. Buy digital "tickets" to enter to win! Winner doesn't need to be present to win. Drawing to be held at Polaris on June 4th.

Swipe left to discover the three exciting raffle packages up for grabs. Just a $5 entry gives you the opportunity to snag one of these fantastic prizes.

Join us for the annual Polaris Awards, our signature fundraising event honoring the "Guiding Lights" in our community. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, June 4th, at Infinity Music Hall in Hartford, starting at 5:30 PM.

Expect an evening filled with featured raffles, award presentations, and much more! Secure your tickets now to ensure your spot at this unforgettable event. Group discounts are available.

Click Here to purchase your tickets today onecau.se/polaris24 and be part of this celebration of community leadership and connections! 🎉

#PolarisAwards #CommunityLeadership #GreaterHartford #LGH
... See MoreSee Less

🌟 Raffle Tickets are LIVE! 🎟️ Dont miss out on your chance to win big! Even if you are unable to join us in person, you can still participate in the fun and support the mission of LGH by participating in our fully online raffle. Buy digital tickets to enter to win! Winner doesnt need to be present to win. Drawing to be held at Polaris on June 4th.

Swipe left to discover the three exciting raffle packages up for grabs. Just a $5 entry gives you the opportunity to snag one of these fantastic prizes.

Join us for the annual Polaris Awards, our signature fundraising event honoring the Guiding Lights in our community. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, June 4th, at Infinity Music Hall in Hartford, starting at 5:30 PM.

Expect an evening filled with featured raffles, award presentations, and much more! Secure your tickets now to ensure your spot at this unforgettable event. Group discounts are available.

Click Here to purchase your tickets today onecau.se/polaris24 and be part of this celebration of community leadership and connections! 🎉

#PolarisAwards #CommunityLeadership #GreaterHartford #LGHImage attachmentImage attachment+1Image attachment
1 week ago

What an inspiring day at LGH’s Third Age Initiative Reimagining Retirement workshop with Class 17 and Third Age Alumni, hosted by @hartfordfoundation Special thanks to Guest Speaker Ashley Rigby, Founder of @gold.in.age and retirement coach, for sharing insights on enhancing the retirement journey. Here’s to reimagining our lives post-career with newfound perspectives and possibilities!

#LGH #ThirdAge #RemaginingRetirement #Goldinage
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What an inspiring day at LGH’s Third Age Initiative Reimagining Retirement workshop with Class 17 and Third Age Alumni, hosted by @hartfordfoundation Special thanks to Guest Speaker Ashley Rigby, Founder of @gold.in.age and retirement coach, for sharing insights on enhancing the retirement journey. Here’s to reimagining our lives post-career with newfound perspectives and possibilities!

#LGH #ThirdAge #RemaginingRetirement #GoldinageImage attachmentImage attachment+5Image attachment

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How great to be with 35 alums going back as far as Class 1-- fall 2001! Great program! Great re at day! Thank you @Ashley Rigby of @Goldinage!

What a terrific afternoon!

Congrats to our VP & Chief Program Officer, Andre John Santiago, for being one of the Volunteers of the Quarter with Association of Leadership Programs. He is honored to be grouped with such talented and dedicated Community Leadership Practitioners like Kristin, Chris and Christine. See you all soon at the National Conference. ... See MoreSee Less

Congrats to our VP & Chief Program Officer, Andre John Santiago, for being one of the Volunteers of the Quarter with Association of Leadership Programs. He is honored to be grouped with such talented and dedicated Community Leadership Practitioners like Kristin, Chris and Christine. See you all soon at the National Conference.Image attachmentImage attachment+1Image attachment

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Congratulations Andre 🌟

You are Awesome!

Very proud of you, Boss!

Congrats Andre

Congratulations 🎊

Congratulations!!

Congratulations!!!!

You deserve the recognition Andre! ♥️

Way to go Andre!

Bravo Andre Santiago!!💕

Andre John is a rockstar

Go Andre!

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Congratulations to our newest board appointees! At LGH, we are thrilled to match passionate individuals with exceptional nonprofits seeking committed board members to advance their missions.

Ready to make an impact? Join our Leaders On Board program and dive into Nonprofit Board Service with LGH. Together, we can empower diverse leaders and foster inclusive communities. Your passion and expertise can truly make a difference!

Discover more by clicking here: leadershipgh.org/leaders-on-board/

#CommunityLeadership #BoardService #InclusiveCommunities
... See MoreSee Less

Congratulations to our newest board appointees! At LGH, we are thrilled to match passionate individuals with exceptional nonprofits seeking committed board members to advance their missions. 

Ready to make an impact? Join our Leaders On Board program and dive into Nonprofit Board Service with LGH. Together, we can empower diverse leaders and foster inclusive communities. Your passion and expertise can truly make a difference!

Discover more by clicking here: https://leadershipgh.org/leaders-on-board/

#CommunityLeadership #BoardService #InclusiveCommunities

1 CommentComment on Facebook

Phenomenal!

You're invited! Watch message from Larisa Kottke, President & CEO of Leadership Greater Hartford, on all you can expect at our 21st Annual Polaris Awards!

Tickets and raffle tickets are available now for our signature event honoring community leaders.

Even if you can't attend in person, you can join our online raffle. Your chance to win big starts with just a $5 entry. Winners announced June 4th. Secure your spot for an unforgettable evening celebrating community leadership at Infinity Music Hall, June 4th, 5:30 PM.

Click the link here for tickets!🎟️ - onecau.se/polaris24

#PolarisAwards #CommunityLeadership #LGHEvent
... See MoreSee Less

🌟 Raffle Tickets are LIVE! 🎟️ Don't miss out on your chance to win big! Even if you are unable to join us in person, you can still participate in the fun and support the mission of LGH by participating in our fully online raffle. Buy digital "tickets" to enter to win! Winner doesn't need to be present to win. Drawing to be held at Polaris on June 4th.

Swipe left to discover the three exciting raffle packages up for grabs. Just a $5 entry gives you the opportunity to snag one of these fantastic prizes.

Join us for the annual Polaris Awards, our signature fundraising event honoring the "Guiding Lights" in our community. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, June 4th, at Infinity Music Hall in Hartford, starting at 5:30 PM.

Expect an evening filled with featured raffles, award presentations, and much more! Secure your tickets now to ensure your spot at this unforgettable event. Group discounts are available.

Click Here to purchase your tickets today onecau.se/polaris24 and be part of this celebration of community leadership and connections! 🎉

#PolarisAwards #CommunityLeadership #GreaterHartford #LGH
... See MoreSee Less

🌟 Raffle Tickets are LIVE! 🎟️ Dont miss out on your chance to win big! Even if you are unable to join us in person, you can still participate in the fun and support the mission of LGH by participating in our fully online raffle. Buy digital tickets to enter to win! Winner doesnt need to be present to win. Drawing to be held at Polaris on June 4th.

Swipe left to discover the three exciting raffle packages up for grabs. Just a $5 entry gives you the opportunity to snag one of these fantastic prizes.

Join us for the annual Polaris Awards, our signature fundraising event honoring the Guiding Lights in our community. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, June 4th, at Infinity Music Hall in Hartford, starting at 5:30 PM.

Expect an evening filled with featured raffles, award presentations, and much more! Secure your tickets now to ensure your spot at this unforgettable event. Group discounts are available.

Click Here to purchase your tickets today onecau.se/polaris24 and be part of this celebration of community leadership and connections! 🎉

#PolarisAwards #CommunityLeadership #GreaterHartford #LGHImage attachmentImage attachment+1Image attachment
1 week ago

What an inspiring day at LGH’s Third Age Initiative Reimagining Retirement workshop with Class 17 and Third Age Alumni, hosted by @hartfordfoundation Special thanks to Guest Speaker Ashley Rigby, Founder of @gold.in.age and retirement coach, for sharing insights on enhancing the retirement journey. Here’s to reimagining our lives post-career with newfound perspectives and possibilities!

#LGH #ThirdAge #RemaginingRetirement #Goldinage
... See MoreSee Less

What an inspiring day at LGH’s Third Age Initiative Reimagining Retirement workshop with Class 17 and Third Age Alumni, hosted by @hartfordfoundation Special thanks to Guest Speaker Ashley Rigby, Founder of @gold.in.age and retirement coach, for sharing insights on enhancing the retirement journey. Here’s to reimagining our lives post-career with newfound perspectives and possibilities!

#LGH #ThirdAge #RemaginingRetirement #GoldinageImage attachmentImage attachment+5Image attachment

2 CommentsComment on Facebook

How great to be with 35 alums going back as far as Class 1-- fall 2001! Great program! Great re at day! Thank you @Ashley Rigby of @Goldinage!

What a terrific afternoon!

Congrats to our VP & Chief Program Officer, Andre John Santiago, for being one of the Volunteers of the Quarter with Association of Leadership Programs. He is honored to be grouped with such talented and dedicated Community Leadership Practitioners like Kristin, Chris and Christine. See you all soon at the National Conference. ... See MoreSee Less

Congrats to our VP & Chief Program Officer, Andre John Santiago, for being one of the Volunteers of the Quarter with Association of Leadership Programs. He is honored to be grouped with such talented and dedicated Community Leadership Practitioners like Kristin, Chris and Christine. See you all soon at the National Conference.Image attachmentImage attachment+1Image attachment

12 CommentsComment on Facebook

Congratulations Andre 🌟

You are Awesome!

Very proud of you, Boss!

Congrats Andre

Congratulations 🎊

Congratulations!!

Congratulations!!!!

You deserve the recognition Andre! ♥️

Way to go Andre!

Bravo Andre Santiago!!💕

Andre John is a rockstar

Go Andre!

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