Morning & Afternoon Speakers

Gayle King

Gayle King is a co-host of CBS THIS MORNING as well as Editor-at-Large of the award-winning O, The Oprah Magazine. Ms. King previously hosted "The Gayle King Show," a live, weekday television interview program on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network.

Before moving into print and radio, Gayle worked for 18 years (1982-2000) as a television news anchor for CBS affiliate WFSB-TV in Hartford, during which period, she also hosted her own syndicated daytime program. Prior to joining WFSB, she worked at several other television stations across the country.

In addition to being awarded three Emmys, Ms. King was honored in 2008 with the American Women in Radio & Television Gracie Award for Outstanding Radio Talk Show and in 2010 with both the Individual Achievement Award for Host-Entertainment/Information and the New York Women in Communications' Matrix Award recipient. Gayle's childhood was spent in Ankara, Turkey and the United States. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in psychology.

Ms. King is the mother of daughter, Kirby, and son, Will.  She currently resides in New York City.

Kara Sundlun - Master of Ceremonies

Kara, the proud recipient of two Emmy Awards, is a news anchor and co-host of 'Better Connecticut' at WFSB-TV, a CBS affiliate.  On 'Better Connecticut' she loves sharing stories that inspire, entertain and inform. She is also a contributor for the Huffington Post on mindful living.

Her latest project, due out in the fall of 2014, is an inspirational memoir called "Finding Dad" where she shares the story of meeting her biological father when she was a teenager and he was the Governor of Rhode Island.

Ms. Sundlun has been named Best Local News Reporter by Hartford Magazine and recognized as one of the Top “40 Under 40″ by the Hartford Business Journal and Connecticut Magazine.

Kara resides in Hartford and is happily married to fellow Eyewitness News Anchor Dennis House and the proud mom of Helena and Julian, ages 7 and 4.

Anne Sutherland Fuchs

Anne is an innovator with extensive branding experience within the media industry. She is responsible for some of the best known and most successful magazines such as Vogue, Elle, 'O', The Oprah Magazine, Marie Claire, Harper's Bazaar and Town and Country and was the first female publisher of both Town and Country and Vogue.

After publishing, Anne served as Global CEO of Phillips, de Pury & Luxembourg, the premier auction house.  She’s also held executive positions at Hearst, Condé Nast, Hachette and CBS.  In addition, Ms. Fuchs chaired the New York City Commission on Women's Issues for Mayor Bloomberg from 2002 thru 2013.

Ms. Fuchs has received several recognitions and awards, including the “Matrix Award for Magazine Publishing” by Women in Communication as well as being named one of the “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” by Women eNews. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Pitney Bowes, Inc., and Gartner, Inc.

Ms. Fuchs graduated from New York University and also studied at the Sorbonne University in Paris and the University of Mexico City.

Jane Pollak

Jane Pollak is a national speaker, certified coach, author and entrepreneur.  She launched her business career in the unlikely field of egg decoration which then eventually led to an invitation to the White House and appearances on NBC’s Today Show.

Jane is the author of, “Soul Proprietor: 101 Lessons from a Lifestyle Entrepreneur”, where she shares her inspirational story and gives advice to entrepreneurs. In addition, she is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach and also hosts Remarkable Women events which provide women with networking opportunities to encourage and motivate each other.

Jane also recently launched the Soul Proprietor Webinar Series where she shares with entrepreneurs a proven step-by-step formula to business success and profitability.

Martha Temple

Martha is the President of the New England Market for Aetna, where she is responsible for the profit and loss in the six New England states.

She has responsibility over relationships and contracting with hospitals and physicians, all legislative and regulatory relationships, as well as overseeing sales and service for the middle market, small group, public sector, and individual business.  Martha has offices in Hartford, CT and Medford, MA.

Ms. Temple graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a B.A. in Mathematics and is a Fellow in the Society of Actuaries.   She’s been with Aetna since 1990 in various roles including the actuarial field and ran Aetna Global Benefits for nine years before moving over to her current role in the New England Market.

Martha sits on various boards in Connecticut as well as in her hometown of Durham.


Panel of CT's Who's Who

Fran Pastore Susan Suhanovsky Kimberly Lumia Elinor Carbone

Fran Pastore

Fran Pastore is president & CEO of the Women's Business Development Council (WBDC), leading the organization's mission to champion female entrepreneurship and women's economic stability. Founded by Pastore in 1997, WBDC continues to emphasize, economic self-reliance through small business training, financial education and professional development helping clients to launch and grow businesses, which have generated over $50,000,000 in gross revenue since its inception.

Pastore works to spread the importance of this message both at home and abroad. In 2011 Pastore was appointed to a three year term to the President's National Women's Business Council (NWBC), a nonpartisan federal advisory council serving as an independent source of advice and counsel to the President, Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) on economic issues of importance to women business owners. Later that year, Pastore testified before the U.S. Congressional Democratic Steering and Policy Committee regarding the impact of the President's American Jobs Act and before the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship on policy issues.

In addition to her work at the state and national level, Pastore, works to expand the global reach of WBDC. In conjunction with the U.S. State Department, she travelled to Rwanda in 2010 with the Business Council for Peace (BPeace) project and most recently to Costa Rica in 2013 in partnership with the University of Connecticut's Office of Global Affairs, in both instances, Pastore participated in hands on training, sharing proven WBDC tools focus on launching and operating micro businesses.

Pastore is recognized as a leader in female entrepreneurship and small business creation, she serves on the Executive Advisory Board for Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), as a board member for the Association of Women's Business Centers (AWBC) and as an advisory board for Bankwell.


Susan Suhanovsky

Susan has worked for The Torrington Water Company for over twenty five years.  In 2008 she assumed the position of President of the Company and before that was Senior Vice President.  Responsibilities include overall management, finance and administrative duties along with overseeing regulatory compliance for the Company.

Ms. Suhanovsky holds a Bachelor Degree in International Business from Central Connecticut State University and an MBA in Finance from the University of Connecticut.  Ms. Suhanovsky is the past President of the CT Water Works Association, a Director of the National Association of Water Companies, a Director of the Northwest United Way and served as a Director and Treasurer of the Girl Scout Council of NW CT, Inc.

Her interests include photography and travel to different parts of the world. Susan has four children and resides in northwest Connecticut.


Kimberly Lumia

Kimberly Lumia, RN, MSN, MBA joined Sharon Hospital in 2009 as the Chief Nursing Officer and was named President & CEO in 2011l.  Ms. Lumia focuses her attention on continual enhancement of quality initiatives, patient care, growth initiatives, staff relations and physician recruitment. 

Before joining Sharon Hospital, Kim served in various capacities at other hospitals and health care institutions.  Ms. Lumia is a dynamic civic minded leader dedicated to community service who serves on many boards and committees.  She is a current member of the Wolcott Board of Education and a youth soccer coach.

Ms. Lumia holds a Masters in Business Administration, a Masters of Science in Nursing and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.


Elinor Carbone

Elinor Carbone is currently serving a four-year term as Mayor of the City of Torrington.  Prior to being elected Mayor, she served on the Torrington Board of Education from 2003-2007.  In 2007, Elinor was elected to the Torrington City Council, where she served on various committees and was liaison to the Mayor's Committee on Youth. 

Elinor believes that life is a delicate balance of work and play.  She strikes that balance through her faith, commitment to her family and a strict routine of cycling and exercise.  Married to her high school sweetheart, Gerry, for 35 years, together they enjoy spending time with their children, Nick and his wife Sara, Matthew and Marcus.  The newest joy in their life is five-month old grandson, Jackson.