Bridgeport Regional Business CouncilContact:

Jocelyn Paoletta

Director of Communications, BRBC and Executive Director, BRBC's Women's Leadership Council



Partnership Brings Exciting New Professional Development Series to the Bridgeport Region

BRIDGEPORT, March 2016 –  

The Bridgeport Regional Business Council’s Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) and Fairfield County’s Community Foundation Fund for Women and Girls (FWG) launch a new partnership to bring a professional development workshop series – “Communications Skills for Business” to the regional business and student community.

The first event in the series takes place on Thursday, April 28 at Housatonic Community College. Offered to both women and men, this event series is designed to strengthen and support an active, successful and growing regional economy.

The program offers participants an opportunity to grow their business, their personal brand, their Rolodex, and their success through constructive communication.
Starting at noon on April 28 and finishing at 6:00 p.m. event highlights include:

• Luncheon and Keynote Speaker –
Sheryl Battles, Vice President of Corporate Communications at Pitney Bowes
• Generations in the Workforce –
How to communicate effectively with a diverse workforce presented by Mary Beth Nelsen, The Right Resource
The Art of Networking for enhanced success presented by Harriette Trevino, Licensed Realtor with Hodson Realty and Certified DreamBuilder Coach.
• Networking Cocktail Reception


The partnership between the WLC and FWG grew out of a shared desire on the part of both entities to find a way to introduce women in the Family Economic Security Program (FESP) at Housatonic Community College to members of the business community.

FESP, a partnership among the Fund for Women and Girls, Housatonic Community College, and the Housatonic Community College Foundation provides low and moderate-income women who support their families with scholarships, success funds, financial coaching, achievement coaching (career, academic, and personal), and peer-to-peer mentoring to help them stay in school and graduate.

“We are delighted to be able to invite the FESP students at no charge and, indeed, are able to deliver this program to the business community as a result of the generosity of Fairfield County’s Community Foundation Fund for Women and Girls”, said Jocelyn Paoletta, Executive Director of the BRBC’s Women’s Leadership Council.

Suzanne B. Peters, Director, Fund for Women and Girls affirms, “Our partnership with the BRBC has enabled us to develop and bring this important series to the Greater Bridgeport Area. Research shows that mastery of soft skills, such as communication, are critical in acquiring jobs of today and tomorrow and that communication is the most frequently sought skill among employers. The Fund for Women and Girls is committed to helping women and girls reach their full potential. Through important partnerships with the BRBC and others, we prepare young women for family sustaining careers via leadership and workforce development opportunities. This program will connect multiple generations and provide an invaluable networking and professional development opportunity for college students and the business community.”

About Bridgeport Regional Business Council & The Women's Leadership Council

The Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) is an affiliate program of The Bridgeport Regional Business Council (BRBC). The Women’s Leadership Council works to provide the region’s business community with information, tools and resources that will support a strong business environment and jobs growth; to create a network for women among BRBC member companies as well as within the Greater Bridgeport business community; and to support the BRBC’s women-owned businesses and those BRBC member businesses that provide relevant services to the region’s women and children.

WLC Grant opportunities are available to women-owned businesses and those businesses serving women and children in the region. WLC Grant is awarded each fall. For more information, contact Jocelyn Paoletta,

Representing 800+ member businesses and organizations in the Greater Bridgeport Region, the Bridgeport Regional Business Council is a voluntary organization that works to promote regional cooperation and economic development via advocacy for the expansion, retention, and recruitment of business, improved transportation/infrastructure, affordable healthcare, and business friendly legislation in pursuit of its goal to increase jobs and tax base growth. The BRBC includes six affiliates: The Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce, the Stratford Chamber of Commerce, the Trumbull Chamber of Commerce, the Bridgeport Economic Development Corporation, Leadership Greater Bridgeport and the Women’s Leadership Council. For more information, visit

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