Our Local Chapter
Conscious Capitalism Connecticut is your local branch of the international movement. We are dedicated to cultivating the theory and practice of Conscious Capitalism through events, presentations, and publications. We support the local community and serve as a resource on your journey to a more conscious business.
The purpose of the Connecticut Chapter of Conscious Capitalism is to engage, educate, and inspire leaders to practice conscious capitalism so they can make a positive impact on their businesses or organizations and their people.
Leader Impact Statement:
Motivated by a passionate commitment to a higher purpose and the intrinsic value of corporate social responsibility, Larry Bingaman is an accomplished business and community leader. As the president and CEO of an innovative water utility that sustains life and strengthens the communities it serves, Larry is keenly focused on sustainable and conscious business practices. During his tenure, Larry led the development of the RWA’s first five-year strategic plan, fueling the organization’s transformation and serving as the company’s road map to becoming an even more conscious business. In addition to his thirst for business excellence, Larry is deeply involved in the community, serving on public, private and nonprofit boards. His personal mission to create positive change and opportunity in the region led him to co-found Connecticut’s first Conscious Capitalism Chapter. Larry’s committed to grow awareness of conscious business practices to help them become the norm rather than the exception. His personal mission to create positive change and opportunity in the region led him to co-found and chair Connecticut’s first Conscious Capitalism Chapter.
Heather brings her knowledge and a passion for deepening and enhancing the client experience to her role at Conscious Capital Wealth Management. While starting her career in finance, she was strengthening her abilities as a holistic practitioner. Her unique knowledge and wisdom, combined with her considerable business management and leadership skills, have supported both her personal and professional growth.
In her life, her work and her relationships, Heather recognizes we are all on a journey; creating stories and leading our lives to search deeper and farther towards fulfillment, meaning and purpose. Experience has taught her that it’s through relationships that we create the moments leading to opportunities for growth and wisdom that help us reach our greatest potential. By introducing compassion and emotional intelligence into her relationships and interactions, she invites others to do the same and establish a whole new experience built on authenticity.
Liana is a bilingual/bicultural nonprofit management professional with 30 years of organizational growth, professional staff management, fundraising, and hands-on program development experience. As a consultant and a leader of nonprofit organizations, she has helped others identify appropriate donors, build strong donor relationships, and develop successful giving programs through outreach activities, fundraising events, and effective marketing and communications strategies.
Working towards a higher purpose has always been important to Liana, and she firmly believes that the way to enrich our lives is by giving back. She is currently Director of Gift Planning for The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, where she helps individuals, families, and businesses customize informed philanthropic plans based on their personal, financial and charitable interests.
Lindy has been supporting businesses in her role with the State of Connecticut for 21 years. She is a master at building relationships and sharing her considerable knowledge and experience to help businesses grow and prosper. In the words of one of her clients, “Lindy fights for businesses as if her personal life depended on it.”
In addition to her volunteer work with Conscious Capitalism, Lindy is also involved in many organizations. She is on the boards of Southern Connecticut State University Foundation, the Housatonic Community College Foundation and the Connecticut Anti-Defamation League.
She is Vice President of the Jewish Federation Association of CT, former chair of the Gateway Community College Foundation and active in Social Venture Partners; WorkPlace and Capital Workforce Partners; and the Arts Commission, City of New Haven.
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Inspired by phenomenal teachers and coaches at Dartmouth College and Kentucky Country Day, Allison Holzer has dedicated her career to activating excellence in others. She translates her expertise in emotional intelligence and coaching into bold, innovative approaches that guide leaders and teams to breakthrough insights, performance, and success. Using her combined training in the education, psychology, and creative arts fields, Allison blends best practices from different learning methodologies to create experiential programs and online learning. In 2012, she co-founded InspireCorps with Jen Grace Baron and Sandra Spataro with a collective vision to guide people, teams, and organizations to a state of inspiration. They work with bold organizations poised to thrive through the talent of their people. Allison first heard about Conscious Capitalism from CEO of Regional Water Authority, Larry Bingaman. She quickly realized that the companies and clients she admires most are ones who deliberately practice the four pillars of conscious capitalism.
Nisha’s clients are often start-ups and non-profit organizations, giving her the opportunity to support entrepreneurs and the socially-minded as they navigate the requirements, challenges and rewards of doing business in Connecticut. As a member of the Board and legal advisor to our Connecticut Chapter, Nisha was instrumental in helping us build our infrastructure, meet legal and compliance requirements and secure non-profit 501(c)(3) status.
Nisha’s role with Conscious Capitalism reflects her belief in the movement’s potential. It also gives her new opportunities to share her knowledge, experience and passion to help educate, engage and support entrepreneurs and others committed to leading with purpose and changing business for the better.
The established benchmarks of economic performance have included the dow jones, CPI, Retail Sales, GDP and interest rates. These indexes are meaningless to most and fail to capture the more pressing social issues around discrimination, income inequality, environment and corruption. As we spend more and more time at work, our working culture must assume more leadership in these social enterprises, and Conscious Capitalism is a place to meet like minded entrepreneurs to share best practice and be the north star for making a more equitable future for all.
Glen McDermott is the Founder of Red Rock Branding where we help companies connect with customers worth striving for, by crafting campaigns grounded in what customers care about most.
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Colleen McGuire is CEO of Silver Fern Healthcare LLC (SFH), a healthcare services company that provides telehealth services to health care providers and their patients living with chronic diseases. SFH was established as a mission-driven company with the goal to take clinically-proven tools developed from medical research and transform them into practical, scalable telehealth solutions that improve care quality and outcomes for patients living with serious and costly chronic diseases.
Colleen is passionate about providing innovative, practical solutions to front-line clinicians that lower healthcare costs and have broad impact locally, nationally, and eventually globally. As co-founder, Colleen saw it as her responsibility to society to launch SFH.
Colleen’s interest in Conscious Capitalism dates back to her training at Harvard Business School where she learned the value of being a progressive and conscious leader who builds conscious cultures and creates value for all stakeholders. Conscious Capitalism philosophy is aligned with her core values.
Ramon started Peralta Design in 1992 while attending the University of Bridgeport, and he has pursued it fulltime since 2008. Ramon has 23 years of experience in creative design, branding and marketing – including serving as Senior Art Director on the team behind Priceline.com and as Jay Walker’s Creative Director for 10 years, launching hundreds of startup companies.
Today, Ramon and his team are marking 10 years since the launch of Peralta Design, dedicated to launching websites and brands for hundreds of clients in the U.S. and worldwide. Peralta Design’s slogan is “We Launch Brands™,” reflecting their creative marketing talent and mission to help entrepreneurs, startup companies and businesses launch products and services in the digital space.
Ramon is a Life Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and sits on the Board of Directors of the Valley United Way, The WorkPlace and the Boys and Girls Club of the Lower Naugutuck Valley. Ramon is a 2016 Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce Gold Seal Award recipient – given to business leaders who exemplify the spirit of selflessness and volunteerism. Ramon also serves as the Alumni Board President at the University of Bridgeport through 2020.
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Tony Rescigno served as the First Selectman of North Haven before joining the Greater New Haven Chamber in 2000. He has dedicated his career to establishing relationships with just about every civic mover and shaker in the Greater New Haven region. Rescigno is driven by conscious business practices that encourage partnerships and lead regional economic growth. He is actively involved in numerous organizations that focus on the economic vitality of Connecticut, including the Metro Chambers, Regional Workforce Alliance, and the Regional Water Authority Policy Board. His efforts include organizing economic development 101 briefings, administering the New Haven Science Fair, and lobbying better transportation services in the region, to name a few. As one of the founding members of the Conscious Capitalism CT Chapter, Rescigno believes in cultivating a collaborative, caring culture that encourages employee engagement and is a source of professional fulfillment.
Greg lives by the motto “change for good,” and by the belief that students, businesses and business leaders must be educated to become the agents for world change. He brings this thinking to his teaching, to help students develop the skills they need to be effective leaders in an ever-changing world.
Greg’s courses teach them the art of negotiation and conflict resolution, and how business leaders can manage in ways that benefit both people and the planet while generating profit. Though Greg’s teaching and research cover a wide range of management topics, sustainability – both environmental and social – is always at their core.
With a good foundation in theory, and critical reflection skills to help them identify their personal goals, Greg’s students learn to recognize their intellectual and behavioral comfort zones, examine their actions, and act effectively and responsibly in the world. His challenge to them is to create less hierarchical, more networked organizations and drive change for good.
Brent works with leaders to design futures worth fighting for. A partner at Fathom, he champions an approach to strategic planning, talent acquisition, and market differentiation that prioritizes people and relationships. As a result, his clients don’t simply plan their futures, they bring them to life through the energy of organization-wide involvement in, and commitment to, generating valuable businesses that matter.
In addition to his client work, Brent is an outspoken advocate for the region, and serves as an advisor to community and business organizations who endeavor to create a better future for everyone who lives here. With a bias toward provoking new ways of seeing the world and taking action to change it, Brent is a sought-after keynote speaker and is regularly featured in regional and national publications.
Brent has oriented his life around helping people create conditions for their success. He is frequently invited to lecture on the topic of leadership and uses his recent personal transformation experience—going from overweight and out of shape middle-ager to ultra-distance athlete in under three years—as a place from which to mentor others through personal and professional change.
Anna is a high-impact creative design leader who brings passion and purpose to all she does in the for-profit and non-profit worlds. A Strategic Design Leader at BIC, she integrates creative excellence, collaborative design leadership and a dedication to translating competitive and customer research into winning marketing, sales and brand strategies.
Anna’s award-winning body of work for the consumer goods packaging market has benefitted small businesses and retail giants Costco, Dollar General, Staples, Target, Hobby Lobby, Wal-mart and Sam’s Club. She also lends her expertise to numerous community initiatives and local non-profit organizations, including The Get In Touch Foundation’s crusade against breast cancer.
Anna’s dedication to Conscious Capitalism is an extension of her experience and desire to help others understand the potential of business to give back to their employees, their partners, their communities and our world.
At the core of our humaneness is our need for connection and that basic human need affects how we live, love, parent and lead. Conscious leaders see people, organizations, communities and the world as intrinsically connected. There is a love and respect for all components in this view. There is a higher purpose in this view of leadership and your head, heart and gut are in alignment. The outcomes are inspired organizations that are profitable AND leave a responsible legacy.
Karen Senteio is a Professional Coach and owner of VERVE LLC, Consulting Services which focuses on inspired living, working and leading. She partners with leaders open to new ways of thinking and, therefore, leading. She works with leaders who want to lead authentically and show up, be seen, lead brave and leave our ONE world a better place.
Relationships form the backbone of any successful business, but where do you find them? Who in your existing network might you be overlooking, and, who do you need to meet?
Rob Thomas has proven that who you don’t know is costing you. A highly accomplished relationship management expert, Rob coaches entrepreneurs, sales people, business owners, corporate leaders and corporate teams on how to create strong internal and external networks.
He has helped companies such as Verizon Wireless, Iron Mountain, AFLAC, the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce, Janus Information Systems and the Odonnell Marketing Company gain and retain clients. Rob is creator of the Rob Thomas Method® of networking, founder of Networking in Diners® business networking groups and author of Who Do You Need to Meet?
Leader Impact Statement:
Eric Thompson learned at an early age that if you are trustworthy and helpful, then most everything else will take care of itself. As the founder of BlueBack Advisors, an employee benefit and wellness company in Hartford, CT, Eric has been able to build a company with the highest of values and a no excuses approach to helping others.
On a daily basis the BlueBack team helps employees navigate the complicated world of healthcare while working closely with employers to maintain robust benefits at an affordable cost. Eric learned of Conscious Capitalism from a fellow board member and felt that the four pillars were in direct alignment with everything he stands for, how he conducts himself when no one is watching and that he wanted to be a part of this movement to help build better businesses.
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I believe in giving back to our communities – the core of our society that gives shelter to the homeless, provides childcare for families, and gives music to our schools – all to strengthen that solid foundation for our most important treasures – our youth. By working throughout communities I am able to identify necessary change and those individuals to whom no is not an answer, merely a rock to move out of the way. I cofounded the Milford Prevention Council – a collaborative private/public/government partnership that continues to work to train, teach and prevent substance abuse in our young people as part of a larger network. By working with this process and other community work, I have seen how people, when moved, can make change happen. Conscious Capitalism provides that process for communities – – as people work in their businesses and as they work in their communities, and as they combine the two, they are able to achieve healthy outcomes for all, that human journey that integrates our people and the world we create. When I surround myself with the best people and the best organizations something great can happen.
With experiences in the nonprofit and education sectors, Cathy Zaragoza has committed her career to empowerment and social change. After graduating from Princeton University, she served two terms as an AmeriCorps fellow, focusing on literacy in elementary age students and its long-term impact on both individuals and the public education system. Following these experiences, her career shifted to internal operations, fundraising, and human capital in the nonprofit sector.
Currently, Cathy is an MBA Candidate at the Yale School of Management. She is interested in the way companies and organizations align their internal cultures with their external outcomes. Leveraging her previous professional experiences, she is also interested exploring in cross-sector collaborations between the nonprofit and private sectors.