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The Commercial Record asked its loyal readers to nominate deserving women in the finance, insurance and real estate sectors for our 2014 Women of FIRE awards. We received many nominations and our judges narrowed it down to 13 women who stood out from the crowd. These women have shown substantial success in their field, they have demonstrated a commitment to professional and personal growth, and their work has enriched or advanced their field of endeavor.

These 13 women are mentors, philanthropists, leaders and innovators. They devote their time and their hard work to making their companies and their communities a better place for all. They serve as role models and mentors for their fellow employees and they are paving the way in what was once a male-dominated sector.

We invite you to celebrate their remarkable accomplishments. Congratulations, to the 2014 Women of FIRE!

evonnekleinKeynote Speaker: Commissioner Evonne M. Klein

Appointed by Governor Dannel P. Malloy in 2013, Evonne M. Klein is the first Commissioner of the newly created Connecticut Department of Housing.

Prior to her appointment as Commissioner of Housing, Klein served from 2001 to 2009 on the Board of Selectmen in the town of Darien, including three terms as First Selectman. During her tenure she also served as Vice Chair of the South Western Region Metropolitan Planning Organization and as Co-Vice Chair on the Alliance for Sensible Airspace Planning.

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August 20, 2014

11:00am – 2:30pm

Women of FIRE








The Hartford Club

46 Prospect Street
Hartford, Connecticut 06103

2014 Women of FIRE Recipients

Deborah Abildsoe
President & CEO
ARIA Asset Retirement Investment Associates LLC

Dana Chapel
AVP, Regional Sales, and Service Manager
Chelsea Groton Bank

Jean Cherni
Senior Living Consultant
Pearce Plus Relocation & Senior Services


Beth DiLoreto
Regional Vice President
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties

Jessica Dornelas
Law Offices of Jessica Marques Dornelas

Lynn Giroux
Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer
Essex Savings Bank


Nanette Pastore
Senior Vice President
Pearce Real Estate

Mary Reynolds
Consumer Operations Manager
United/Rockville Bank

Sandy Senich
Senior Vice President
Private Client Advisor
U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management

Darcy Sledge
Realtor, Berkshire Hathaway
HomeServices New England Properties


Filomena Soyster
Senior Vice President, Private Client Advisor
U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management

Deborah Stevens
Vice President – Special Assets Manager
Liberty Bank

Shirley Theriault
Vice President
Liberty Bank

Event Schedule

11:00 – 11:30 a.m

Pre-Reception for Women of FIRE Recipients

11:30 – 12:00 p.m.

Welcoming Reception / Networking

12:00 p.m.

Ballroom Opens

12:15 p.m.

Welcoming Remarks

12:25 – 12:45 p.m.


12:45 p.m.

Keynote Speaker

1:00 p.m.

Awards Presentation Begins

2:30 p.m.