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Four UCONN Women Graduates Come Together at WBDC



March 27th, 2012


Contact: Debra O’Keefe


Four UCONN Women Graduates Come Together at WBDC

(Stamford, CT) Starting a new job is exciting and yet can also be nerve racking. However, at the Women's Business Development Council (WBDC), four young women discovered they all had something in common. Finding themselves in a new office together the ice breaker was that all four of them were University of Connecticut (UCONN) graduates. In addition Aiesha McLean, Ashley McGuffie, Beth Dolan, and Patricia Kostiuk all have had the privilege to receive jobs in economic times that do not guarantee job security. Gone are the times where a degree from a university automatically means you are hired yet WBDC is helping to beat the odds.


It is a triumph that four young women were able to find jobs at a partially state funded organization after graduating from a school in the state's university system. Patricia is thankful she received the tools she needed at UCONN to be successful in her new career, "I graduated just over a year ago and I have already been given a wonderful opportunity to help Connecticut and women". This is a true testament to the idea that as Connecticut's economic development grows jobs are being created. "At a time when many college graduates are struggling to find a job we are proud and honored to hire four committed and capable young women from our esteemed UCONN as part of the WBDC team; helping to further stimulate job creation in communities throughout Connecticut." says CEO and founder of WBDC, Fran Pastore.  It can't be denied that the formation and growth of small businesses throughout Connecticut are contributing largely to the creation of these jobs. Clearly the federal investment made in WBC's is not going to waste.

Even more interesting is the concept that because of WBDC's success and expansion all four young women are now joining a team that on a daily basis is helping to create jobs and grow businesses in the state of Connecticut. WBDC's mission is to help women start and expand small businesses, become tax payers, and create jobs in communities throughout Connecticut and for more than 15 years they have been dedicated to this cause. Now the organization is also giving four women at the beginning of their professional life  a chance to start their own careers and learn from one another on a daily basis. "I am very thankful to have an opportunity to work alongside successful women whom I can model my own career after." says Aiesha McLean.  WBDC's mission truly comes full circle when their growth is creating jobs in and outside their own organization. 

The dynamic of the four young women coming together in the office to further their careers while helping serve the community only adds to the women friendly setting at WBDC. There is a sense of pride for all four of the employees in what they are doing and where they all have came from, "All of the women are bringing diverse skills to the organization and the collaboration is enriching personally and professionally." says Ashley McGuffie. WBDC offers a unique and supportive setting where women and men do not need to be intimidated by learning how to become financially self reliant. This a huge part of why WBDC's services and their staff are so special.  It can only be seen as a success story that four UCONN graduates were able to not only find jobs in their home state of Connecticut but use their knowledge to help others throughout the community.



The Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women become economically self-sufficient. WBDC is the leader of entrepreneurial and financial training for women in Connecticut and has been educating, empowering and promoting women through entrepreneurship, financial education and expanded career opportunities for nearly 15 years. 


 For more information please visit or call 203-353-1750.



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