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LEAD 2021 FRESHMAN RETREAT:

Created by Junior LEAD member Natalie Cruz '19

Experiencing Bushnell theater some for the first time!

Hartford, CT—On September 13th a group of six LEAD students from all different cohorts went to the Hartford Stage in downtown Hartford to see a modern and humorous adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Though the LEAD students have been to several Connecticut forums at The Bushnell, in recent years the group has not been to The Stage and many returning members were shocked at the comparison in seating occupancy in this theater. For some LEAD students this was their first time watching Midsummers Night Dream on stage. For many of the actor it was their debut show acting at the Stage, adding to the brilliance of the production. Many of the more well-seasoned actors had been in several crime television shows such as Law and Order: Special Victims Unit and CSI: New York. A beautiful sun set over the skyline upon entry to the theater, and the hot summer air welcomed the students as they left, almost resembling a mid summer night.

Written Kylie Roosa LEAD ‘20

Wonderful Women seeing Wonder Woman in Downtown Hartford!

HARTFORD—LEAD students went to Dunkin’ Donuts Park in Downtown Hartford on Wednesday night, September 20th. The Park put on a showing of Wonder Woman, a perfect plot for our mission to empower women at the Women’s Advancement Initiative. Thankfully the air was warm and the skies were clear, making for a picture-perfect night to be at an outdoor movie. As we looked at the scoreboard to view the film planes took off beyond the field, making the scene that much greater. It is our hope that the City of Hartford continues to put on Movies in the Park for our organization to attend, especially with movies so closely related to our goal as a group.

Written by Kylie Roosa LEAD ‘20

Alumni Row

Crediting LEAD with landing Engineering Job

Adia Solomon is a 2017 graduate from LEAD and the University of Hartford. While at the University she was a Biomedical Engineering major. Since completing her degree she has found the ups and downs of post college life, “It is difficult to find a job as a new graduate, everyone wants experience but they don't want to give it. I am loving my independence and would not trade it for the world.” Adia found a job as an Engineering Contingent at the minimally invasive therapies

group at Medtronic in North Haven, Connecticut “I was lucky to have received a job at one of the largest medical device companies in the world. I am currently working towards gaining a full-time engineering position at this company.”

Adia couldn’t just give credit to her degree but also to her experience in the LEAD program,“I have definitely taken what LEAD has taught me into my life now, especially networking, interviewing skills and how to dress for the business world (Business casual is not as easy as I thought it would be but I'm rocking it!) I have definitely been using my connections to my advantage and hopefully it only gets better from here. Thank you LEAD!”

Considering how much LEAD has helped her in her career now she leaves a note to all current LEAD students who are thinking about their life after college, “I would advise LEAD students to make the best of internships and projects, network, network and network. It helps to know people.”

Written by Valery Remy LEAD ‘19

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