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HBJ’s 2024 Power 50

HBJ’s 2024 Power 50

Hartford Business Journal

HBJ’s fifth annual Power 50 class was chosen and ranked by our news team. In each profile, we explain who the individuals are and why they are influential.

Fran Pastore began her career working on Wall Street — an environment she found to be the antithesis of empowering to women, dominated by men and rife with sexual harassment.

She quit her job and vowed to help change the status quo.

Now, Pastore is the CEO of the Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC), a Stamford-based nonprofit she founded, which champions female entrepreneurship and women’s economic equity across the state.