Joint Chambers’ Women’s Leadership Conference A Success

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Apr 042019

Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz opened the Annual Women’s Leadership Conference on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at the West Haven Italian American Club, West Haven. This event was sponsored by W.O.W., West Haven & Orange Women in Business, a joint committee of the West Haven and Orange Chambers of Commerce.

This year, 200 area women and high school students were able to hear local business women sharing their stories of conviction, commitment, and courage. The speakers included: Jennifer Heath, President & CEO, United Way of Greater New Haven; Monique Bolt, Director of Events, Undergraduate Admissions, University of New Haven; and Sara Longobardi, Senior Vice President, Retail Banking, People’s United Bank.

The proceeds from the conference benefit the Women in Business Scholarship program for female, college-bound, high school seniors from Amity High and West Haven High Schools.

Scholarships were presented to Jenna Nicole Acanfora, and Taylor Joy Gourdier, both from Amity High School. Jenna will be attending the University of Rhode Island where her interests lie with a career in Business. Taylor will be going to the University of Connecticut, she is interested in pursuing a career combining business and social action. Two students from West Haven High also received scholarships.

Major sponsors contributing to the success of this event include TD Bank, Yale University, University of New Haven, The Milford Bank and the West Haven Voice.

Taylor Gourdier to Receive Scholarship

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Aug 272018

This Friday, August 31, The Or Shalom Social Action Committee will present the Warren Weiswasser Social Action Fund Scholarship to Taylor Gourdier.

Come to Shabbat services at the Orange Town Gazebo at 7 p.m. when Taylor Gourdier will receive the Scholarship.

Taylor is being honored because of her very strong involvement with social action activities since childhood, including raising money for “The Smile Train” by selling flowers and selling hot cocoa for victims of the earthquake in Haiti.

Taylor also created a group called “The Caroling Kids,” that sang at local nursing homes for four years during holiday time, and she performed on the piano at nursing homes for three years.

Taylor’s more recent social action activities include being a dance mentor for children and teens with special needs, acting as a liaison between the Or Shalom Social Action Committee and the Or Shalom Hebrew School, and volunteering at Relay for Life to raise money for the fight against cancer.