Fashion icon and philanthropist Diane von Furstenberg will be the keynote speaker at the Women’s Business Development Council’s (WBDC’s) Annual Women Rising Gala and Awards Celebration, to be held Oct. 28 at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich. Annie Lamont, First Lady of Connecticut and Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Oak HC/FT, will serve as the event’s Honorary Chair.

The gala marks a milestone for WBDC, which is celebrating its 25th year of promoting economic equity for women and strengthening communities through entrepreneurial and financial education services. WBDC’s mission is to create and grow sustainable jobs and businesses across Connecticut.

“Every year, this event celebrates Connecticut’s women entrepreneurs and the work we do to help them achieve economic independence and contribute to the health of our state’s economy. This year, the event is that much more meaningful because we are celebrating WBDC’s 25th anniversary, and because there has never been a more critical time to support women – in entrepreneurship and in all areas of life,” said WBDC Founder and CEO Fran Pastore.


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