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Bobbi McNeil is a member of the University of Hartford’s Board of Regents, and in 2014, joined Women’s Advancement’s Board of Directors, where she chairs the Program Committee, which focuses on programming and scholarships.
“Straight forward financial support of scholarship is important,” McNeil says, and her donations also help to fund this. “But LEAD provides the rocket fuel,” she adds.
McNeil describes how students in the LEAD program are given a silver acorn pocket charm, as well as an actual acorn from the original HCW campus, which serve as touchstones for finding and advancing their potential, as well as a link to the deep roots that are the foundation of The Women’s Advancement Initiative. “Now you see where they are really going. Inside that acorn is all the potential and strength you need,” says McNeil.
“The University of Hartford opened the door for me, and that drew me in,” says McNeil. Not only does she give her time and money, McNeil has also included the University of Hartford in her will.
Why does she do what she does? “It is a matter of paying it forward,” says McNeil. “I was lucky, and now it is my turn to help others.”