Rising Star Breakfast: Mind The Gap, Attracting and Retaining Young Leaders

Nov 02, 2015

Please join the MetroHartford Alliance for their Rising Star Breakfast on Thursday, November 19th. New research by The Hartford reveals a leadership gap - key industries that drive our economy, including insurance, real estate and manufacturing - are failing to interest Gen Y workers (ages 18-34). The Hartford's Millennial Workplace Expert, Lindsey Pollak, will discuss the key findings from the company's Third Annual Millennial Leadership Survey and give expert advice on attracting and retaining this generation, which is the largest in the U.S. today.

Lindsey will kick off a panel discussion with local leaders on fostering growth in Connecticut by making our state a destination community where young people want to live and work.

The panelists will include:
Commissioner Catherine Smith, Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development
Marty Gervasi, Executive Vice President, Human Resources at The Hartford
Adam McLaughlin, Senior Vice President at Webster Bank and HYPE Chair
Dave Marcoux,  Hartford Denim Company

We have 10 tickets to give away! Comment below with why you want to attend this Rising Star Breakfast by noon on Monday, November 16th for your chance to win a ticket! All winners will be notified on the 16th via email.

The Rising Star Breakfast will be held at the Connecticut Convention Center at 100 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford. Registration and networking will begin at 7:30am and the program will run 8:00-9:00am. Don't want to wait and see if you get a free ticket? Visit the MetroHartford Alliance website to register.


  1. 5 Rich Jones 03 Nov
    This would be a great event to attend, recruiting for EY is most important in the Hartford area and attracting and retaining young talent is our priority. I would love to attend this event. 
  2. 4 Kristyn Neal 09 Nov
    It would be great to learn more about how organizations are thinking about young leaders in Hartford.
  3. 3 Juri Kotowitz 10 Nov
    This should be a great forum to get insights on what is driving and engaging the millennial generation. In the Hartford area we "own" some highly sought after credentials (underwriting, actuarial, medical, legal, etc.). How will Gen Y'ers fill the gap? How do they envision leadership? Will the workplace evolve to meet their expectations or will the millennial generation eventually assimilate... is there more than one answer?
  4. 2 Julia Winer 10 Nov
    I am very interested in participating in this event. We need more forums to talk about how to better engage Millennials and how to build a bridge between the current leadership of organizations and young people who are becoming a greater proportion of the workforce every day. Our organization created a group for Millennials, to make them part of the conversation about what's next. I am interested in learning more about what other organizations are doing.
  5. 1 Katie Kervick 17 Nov
    I want to attend because I believe that Gen Y'ers represent a huge untapped potential for Hartford as a community, not just for Hartford's industries. I'm interested to know what the panelists thoughts are about this!


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