About The Business Women’s Forum

The Business Women’s Forum (BWF) is the largest, longest running full-day annual conference for women in Connecticut. This exciting event showcases nationally known speakers and trainers who educate and inspire attendees both personally and professionally.
In addition to providing attendees access to phenomenal speakers, networking opportunities and diverse training, the Forum has supplied in excess of $175,000 in scholarships to female college students pursuing a business degree.
Prominent keynote speakers throughout our long history include Barbara Corcoran, Suze Orman, Robin Roberts, Paula Abdul, Jane Seymour, Goldie Hawn, and Jamie Lee Curtis. Along with two keynote addresses, workshops are offered throughout the day which educate and address issues of importance to employers and employees.
Over 600 women attend the BWF conference every year, and sponsorship of the event can put you in direct contact with all of them. To learn more about the exciting sponsorship opportunities being offered at this year’s conference, visit our Supporters page, or download our Sponsorship Opportunities Form.

BWF Members

Forum Board Members

2017 Chairwoman
Heather Musante Mitchell –Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
Vice Chair
Sue Mellitt- MacDermid Performance Solutions

President and CEO
Lynn Ward-Waterbury Regional Chamber
Special Events Director
Courtney Ligi-Waterbury Regional Chamber
BWF Board Liaison
Patricia Mellitt-Waterbury Regional Chamber


Mandy Allen
Zackin Zimyeski Sullivan CPA
Dorothy Bratchell
Women’s Business Development Center
Patricia Charvat
Waterbury Hospital
Lauri Davanzo
Michaels Jewelers
Lori Dossantos
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Kim Fitzgerald
Montagno Insurance
Laurie Genovese
Palace Theater
Anita Goerig
O & G Industries, Inc.
*Bernadette Graziosa
The Grotto & Mrs. G
Donna Johnson
Diagnostic Radiology Associates
Michelle Koehler
Small Business Development Center
Kacie Kurdy
Naugatuck Valley Radiology
Joanne LaCombe
Susan Lane
BMW of Watertown/Hoffman Auto Group
Kristen Lavallee
People’s United Bank
Kimberly Lebron
Thomaston Savings Bank
Terri Masters
Children’s Village, Inc
Josephine Moran
Webster Bank
Sara Nassham
*Virginia O’Rourke Cookson
O’Rourke & Birch Florist, Inc.
*Donna Palomba
Jane Doe No More, Inc.
Lucille Parsons
Wesson Energy
*Maureen Pennington
Bank of America


*Joyce Petrisko
Webster Bank
*Patricia Phalon
Webster Financial Advisors
*Jane Pinho
Ion Bank
Carrie Raybeck
Dorinda Richetelli
Spectrum Associates Market Research, Inc.
Patricia Rodgers
Outfront Media
*Mary Rosengrant-Chiappalone
Biondi & Rosengrant, LLC
*Kristen K. Rowland
Loraine Shea
Easter Seals Rehabilitation
Robin Sills, RNBS
Saint Mary’s Hospital
Michelle Smith
Liberty Bank
Susan Sprano
Isabella M. Squicciarini
Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP
Joan Terrenzi
Barker Specialty/Barker Animation
*Trish Torello
WATR 1320 Radio
Lori Turmel
Employers Reference Source, Inc.
Nancy Volpe
Michaels Jewelers
*Lynn Ward
Waterbury Chamber
*Barbara White
Saint Mary’s Hospital
Yvette Wilmot
Sarracco Mechanical Services, Inc.
Sandra Wilson, Esq.
Post University
Rachel Yimoyines
The Shoppes at Whittemore Crossing-Middlebury Consignment


* Former Chairperson