Despite that, becoming a member of CBIA was important for me as a woman-owned business, in large part because of the value CBIA’s Education & Workforce Partnership provides to the communities we serve.
I was invited to attend the Partnership’s launch party earlier this month, and was incredibly inspired by the personal stories shared by the program participants.
I heard from 7th-grader Caliya Bowen, who is now excited about learning because of her Hartford school’s Lighthouse initiative, as well as Tiffany Bayreuther, who credited the Green STEP program with putting her in a position to work at Lantern Energy after graduating from the CT Technical High School System.
Through partnerships with educational institutions, CBIA is supporting these young women and others in their career paths. I recognized that evening that CBIA is about more than lobbying, it is about building the state economy by supporting businesses now and in the future.
As a woman of color, I am painfully aware of disparities beyond gender. But I am also aware that addressing these disparities requires strategic approaches on many levels, not just through legislation.