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2024 Class of Connecticut Professionals’ Leadership Academy Graduates

June 19, 2024

This spring, several Connecticut residents graduated from the 2024 Connecticut Professionals’ Leadership Academy, a program designed to strengthen leadership skills, develop and build relationships, and create a collaborative professional services community. This landmark program brings together professionals from various industries and backgrounds, including accounting and finance, law, insurance and architecture.

The program, focused on the next generation of business leaders, was presented in partnership with six professional organizations:

  • American Institute of Architects, Connecticut,
  • CFA Society Hartford,
  • Connecticut Bar Association,
  • Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants,
  • Connecticut Young Insurance Professionals, and
  • Hartford County Bar Association.

The program encourages participants to help evolve and grow their careers and industries, professional association groups and companies through dynamic sessions including Legislative Day at the Capitol, personal branding, how to lead a team effectively and efficiently, business finance, and a Lean principles and practices team-building workshop.

“This outstanding group of emerging leaders have transformed together throughout this collaborative six-month program. The forward-thinking leadership skills they have honed will empower them to lead their organizations and their communities through these times of unprecedented change today and into the future,” said Bonnie Stewart, CTCPA Executive Director and CEO.

Congratulations to These 2024 Connecticut Professionals’ Leadership Academy Graduates:

American Institute of Architects, Connecticut

Deep Chaniara of New Haven – Pickard Chilton
Stephen Hansen of North Haven – Svigals + Partners
Leen Hariri of Ellington – Patriquin Architects 
Algis Kalvaitis of West Hartford – Shepley Bulfinch

CFA Society Hartford

Pei-Ju Lee of South Windsor – Bradley, Foster & Sargent, Inc.

Connecticut Bar Association and/or Hartford County Bar Association

Christopher Bowen of West Hartford – Kahan Kerensky Capossela
Natalie Carpenter of  Glastonbury – Reid & Riege, P.C.

Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants

Nick Agnelli of Glastonbury – Deloitte
Madisyn Bianchini of Southbury – KPMG
Alyssa Boerenko of Glastonbury – Connecticut Society of CPAs
Paige Donnelly of West Hartford – Deloitte & Touche LLP
Haley Kaercher of Middletown – Beers, Hamerman, Cohen & Burger PC
Cassandra Palencia of Portland – BDO USA
Misal Panchal of Rocky Hill – Connecticut Insurance Department
Minnu Saji of Newington – Deloitte & Touche LLP
Barbara Tenerowicz of Farmington – HarperWhitfield
Danielle Wellington of Windsor Locks – Voya Financial
Carly Whitmer of Hamden – KPMG LLP
Quynh Young of Salem – Connecticut Society of CPAs