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.

Our Leadership

Larry Bingaman
President & Chief Executive Officer • South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority (RWA)
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. - John Quincy Adams

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.

Allison Holzer
Co-Founder, Chief Innovation Officer • InspireCorps
To lead people, walk beside them... as for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence. The next best, the people honor and praise. The next, the people fear; and the next, the people hate... when the best leader's work is done the people say, we did it ourselves! - Lao Tzu

Leader Impact Statement:

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.

Colleen A. McGuire
CEO • Silver Fern Healthcare
Businesses must reconnect company success with social progress. Shared value is not social responsibility, philanthropy, or even sustainability, but a new way to achieve economic success. It is not on the margin of what companies do, but at the center. We believe that it can give rise to the next major transformation of business thinking. - Michael E. Porter

Leader Impact Statement:

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.

 

Anthony Rescigno
President • Great New Haven Chamber of Commerce and Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce
CEO’s are given positions of power that are conducive to leaders of a small country. Therefore, we are responsible to make all our decisions with people in mind and not just with the numbers they represent to us. – John Philip Thompson, Sr. former chairman of 7-Eleven

Leader Impact Statement:

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.

 

Eric Thompson
Principal • BlueBack Advisors
Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn. - Benjamin Franklin

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.

 

Principal • The Winter Group
Success must include two things: the development of an individual to his or her utmost potential and a contribution of some kind to one’s world. – E. Roosevelt

Leader Impact Statement:

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.

 

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