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New Britain mayor continues to wow everyone

Simsbury Chamber of Commerce

March 3rd marked a memorable day for the Simsbury Chamber of Commerce.  Its 9th annual Business Leaders Breakfast drew a packed crowd of local business leaders who soaked in the inspiring words of two prominent Connecticut women- City of New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart and Women’s Basketball Hall of Famer Rebecca Lobo.

In total, nearly 200 people attended the breakfast, a record turnout for the Chamber.

“Mayor Stewart and Rebecca Lobo are both great role models and they certainly commanded the attention of the room,” said Lisa Gray, Executive Director of the Simsbury Chamber of Commerce.

“The response to our annual event has been overwhelming positive!”

Erin Stewart was first elected in November 2013 at the age of 26, and was overwhelmingly reelected to a second term on November 3, 2015.

She is the youngest mayor in the City’s history, only the second woman to hold that office, and the only female mayor in New Britain to be elected to a second term.

Rebecca Lobo led the UConn Women’s Basketball team to its first National Championship, in 1995. In 1996, she won a gold medal as the youngest member of the U.S. Women’s Olympic Basketball Team, before embarking on a successful seven-year WNBA career.

In 2001, Ms. Lobo and her mother, RuthAnn, founded “The RuthAnn and Rebecca Lobo Scholarship in Allied Health” at the University of Connecticut to encourage diversity in the health professions.

Rebecca retired from the WNBA in the fall of 2003, was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010, and today works as a television analyst, author, and motivational speaker.

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