Women’s Power Panel

“How to Turn Strategic Partnerships into Game Changers for your Business”

Laura Hutchinson, Co-anchor of Good Morning Connecticut alongside Keith Kountz, will moderate a panel of dynamic women business executives as they share lessons learned and professional stories about how they transformed business relationships into more strategic and reciprocal business building tools that enhanced their career journeys and goals within their organizations.

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Laura Hutchinson, Moderator

Laura Hutchinson is an award winning news journalist and is the current co-anchor of Good Morning Connecticut alongside Keith Kountz. Originally from Hamden, CT, Laura joined the News 8 team in November of 2015 and TV viewers can catch her “Stretch Your Dollar” segments in the 5:00 p.m. weekday newscasts. Laura spent 6 years at WWLP in Springfield, MA where she anchored the morning news and worked on the 22News I-Team, receiving a host of honors for her work including the regional Murrow and AP awards. Laura was also the moderator for the station’s award-winning public affairs program, 22News inFocus.

Jill Mayer, Panelist

Jill Bryant Mayer is CEO of Bead Industries, Inc. a manufacturer of electronic contact pins for the connector and automotive industry and a producer of commercial plumbing fixture trim. Prior to assuming her present position, she served the company as CFO where she was responsible for HR, financial planning and reporting of the Bead Electronics division. Before joining the family business in 2007, Jill spent five years in accounting and operational roles at marketing consultancies. Throughout her career, Jill has been a passionate advocate for manufacturing and family owned business in Connecticut. She serves on the executive board of the University of New Haven Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program as well as the University’s Center for Family Business advisory board. She is Vice President of the New Haven Manufacturers Association and chair of the strategic planning committee.

Jill holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of Vermont and Master of Science in Management from Champlain College. In 2018, she received the Hartford Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Award for young professionals in the Greater Hartford region.

LaKisha Jordan, Panelist

LaKisha Jordan serves as the Corporate Responsibility Officer for KeyBank’s Connecticut and Western Massachusetts markets. In her role, LaKisha is responsible for executing on KeyBank’s Community Benefits Plan and Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) compliance as it relates to communities served by KeyBank in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. Additionally, LaKisha works closely with local KeyBank leadership and community organizations in partnership on critical community issues impacting the respective markets.

LaKisha has more than fifteen years of experience in financial services and banking. She joined KeyBank in 2016. Prior to KeyBank, LaKisha spent more than nine years at Bank of America in various roles in Commercial Banking. LaKisha holds a MBA and BS from Southern Connecticut State University with concentrations in psychology, sociology, and public health.

Nadine Krause, Panelist

Nadine is the executive director of the Holberton School New Haven, a highly innovative two-year Software Engineering program which launched three years ago in Silicon Valley. Following a decade of professional and leadership experience in the financial services, biotech, manufacturing and government sectors – most recently at Prudential Retirement – she is committed to shaping the future of education and fostering human connection through her work. She was born and raised in Germany and received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Complex Organizations from Mount Holyoke College, and a master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of New Haven.