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A CEO Perspective: The Value of People Partnerships
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A CEO Perspective: The Value of People Partnerships

When: Thursday, January 23, 2020
4:00 PM
Where: Town & County
22 Woodland Street
Hartford, Connecticut  06105
United States
Contact: Kendra Pheasant

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Join HRLF-SNE for our first program of 2020! (Please note this is an afternoon event).

Panelists will explore topics that include:

  • An overview of business focus areas for 2020 and how their "people strategy" ties into business outcomes
  • Initiatives that develop and keep strong relationships with various staff levels 
  • Looking ahead: future strategies for maintaining overall employee and client experience satisfaction
  • Advice for building a stronger connection with CEOs  
  • Q&A


Schedule of Events                                                 

Registration: 4:00-4:45 pm
Program:      4:45-6:15 pm
Networking:  6:15-7:00 pm  






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Meet the Panelists:

Eric Galvin,CEO,ConnectiCare


Eric Galvin, president since 2017, has more than 20 years of experience in the health care industry in the areas of operations, underwriting, finance and human resources. He came to ConnectiCare in 2015 from South Carolina, where he was active in efforts to make the health care system more sustainable and affordable.
Eric is a member of the board of directors for Junior Achievement of Southwest New England . He previously served as an executive committee member of the Junior Achievement of central South Carolina, where he helped deliver financial literacy education to thousands of students. He also served on the board of the South Carolina March of Dimes, an organization committed to helping ensure children are born healthy and get the best start to life possible. In 2019 he chaired the Central and Northeastern United Way campaign.
In his free time, he is a competitive skier and recreational cyclist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Connecticut and is a certified internal systems auditor and a certified public accountant.





Kristie Lombardo, Vice President, Human Resources, ConnectiCare, Inc.


Kristie Lombardo promotes a culture centered on reward and recognition, performance management, learning, leadership development and coaching. She and her team are champions of ConnectiCare’s culture and are charged with building high-performance teams and cultivating a workforce that delivers value to ConnectiCare’s customers and communities.She brings nearly 20 years of experience across all human resources disciplines, including organizational design, culture initiatives, performance management, talent development, total rewards and succession planning.

Kristie is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University, and holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in Spanish. Kristie is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources® (SPHR®).







Richard Leone, CEO, COCC

Richard A. Leone has grown COCC’s revenues by five times since he was named CEO in 2002. Today, Rich actively promotes COCC’s next generation technologies, cooperative ownership structure, and entrepreneurial service culture. As the company has grown, its client service ratings have grown as well, ranking COCC in the excellent range for the last several years. Rich makes more than 70 personal client visits each year and in 2017, COCC was named by the Hartford Courant as the #1 Top Workplace in Connecticut and has been a Top Workplace for eight consecutive years.

Rich is a recognized speaker on topics ranging from bank technology strategies to leadership initiatives in service industries. He currently serves as the American Savings Bank Foundation Chair in Banking and Finance at Central Connecticut State University and is a visiting professor in the Finance Department. He is also a past director of the Connecticut Technology Council, a member of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association and recently served as president of the Avon, Connecticut Chamber of Commerce. He was awarded a CPA designation from the state of Connecticut in 1985. In 2015 and 2019, Rich was recognized as a Top Leader in the mid-sized companies category by the Hartford Courant Top Workplaces program and COCC  was named Top Workplace for a 9th consecutive year!" 


David Christie-Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, COCC

David K. Christie oversees the financial, administrative and human resources activities at COCC. Dave has guided COCC’s finances through the company’s prolonged growth period spanning over a decade. Building a strong balance sheet, maintaining zero debt, managing personnel costs and implementing effective cost controls have been the keys to COCC’s to financial success over that period.

Dave began his career with Deloitte & Touche, LLP, and has served as the chief financial officer for a manufacturing company and as a partner in the public accounting company UHY, LLC. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants and is the former president of the Ronald McDonald House of Connecticut.

 With Facilitator:    

Allison Holzer, Co-Founder, InspireCorps


Inspired by phenomenal teachers and coaches at Dartmouth College and Kentucky Country Day, Allison Holzer has dedicated her career to activating excellence in others. She translates her emotional intelligence and coaching expertise for individuals into development approaches for groups – bold, innovative approaches that guide leaders and teams to breakthrough insights, performance, and success. Using her combined training in the education, psychology, and creative arts fields, Allison blends best practices from different learning methodologies to create experiential curricula and online learning. 




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