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

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. 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.

Owner and Chief Inspiration Officer • VERVE LLC
“The longest journey that people must take is the eighteen inches between their heads and their hearts.” ― John E. Mackey

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.

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.


Marcia Winter
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.


Founder and Creative Director • Red Rock Branding
Not everything that counts can be counted. Not everything that can be counted counts. Albert Einstein

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.

Brand Leader • BIC
Together, business leaders can liberate the extraordinary power of business and capitalism to create a world in which all people live lives full of purpose, love and creativity – John Mackey

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.

Associate Professor of Management • Southern Connecticut State University
It's technology, married with the liberal arts, married with humanities, that yields the results that make our hearts sing. - Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple

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. To support this thinking, shared with Southern’ s School of Business and Conscious Capitalism, Greg has helped bring significant change to the school’s liberal arts and professional studies.

One of his courses – MGT 425: Managing for People, Planet, and Profit – supports his deeply-held belief that the “horizontal skills” of negotiation and conflict resolution (another of his courses) are as, or more, fundamental to management (and life) as hierarchy and command. Though Greg’s teaching and research cover a wide range of management topics, they share the common core of sustainability; both environmental and social.

This topic is critical for the graduates he challenges with creating “change for good” in increasingly less hierarchical, more networked organizations. To respond intelligently to current business fads, overcome challenges and succeed, Gregg helps them build a good foundation in underlying theory. He also guides them in developing critical reflection skills so they can identify their personal goals, recognize their intellectual and behavioral comfort zones, examine their actions, and act effectively and responsibly in the world.


Corporate Associate • Murtha Cullina LLP
The purpose of life is a life with purpose – Robert Byrne

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.

Our Sponsors

Become a Sponsor