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Norwalk Leadership Institute Graduates Class of 2016/2017

March 29, 2017

Fifteen area businessmen and women, from corporations to nonprofits, recently completed five months of professional development at the Chamber’s Norwalk Leadership Institute. The Norwalk Leadership Institute prepares attendees for leadership roles in their companies through business skills development, including problem solving, communications and team building.

This year’s Norwalk Leadership Institute graduates included:

Brandi Bufford
Family & Children’s Agency

Lou Depanfilis
Law Offices Of Depanfilis & Vallerie

Judith Dominquez
Web Realty Company

Maria Esalera
Norwalk Community Health Center

Dana Freeman
United Way Of Coastal Fairfield County

Joseph Gallagher
Carver Foundation Of Norwalk

Bobby Gillon
NAI Signature Group

Kim Hein
Norwalk Housing Foundation

Marie Juleau
Norwalk Housing Authority

Allan Kleban
KBE Building Corporation

Brian Lowell
ACBI Insurance

Erin McDonough
The Open Door Shelter

Kiran Somaya
Norwalk Community College

Natalia Sudyka
Eversource Energy

Susan Zelman

The capstone of the Norwalk Leadership Institute’s program is the undertaking of a group project. This year’s group was tasked with developing a marketing plan for the job-training program of The Smilow SoNo Life Center, an initiative of The Open Door Shelter. The Smilow SoNo Life Center in Norwalk will bring together affordable housing, job training and health care for those in need. The program will target homeless individuals, disenfranchised youth and those living in poverty in the Greater Norwalk region. It is expected to launch in October 2017.

Since 1981, the Norwalk Leadership Institute has graduated over 500 participants since its inception in 1981. The Institute provides motivated and informed individuals the preparation to assume leadership and management positions in business, local organizations, government, and the community at-large.