2021 Virtual Girl Within Event
Friday, December 3, 2021
Join us to enable at-risk young women and girls in Greater Hartford to become resilient, confident and independent, and those who have experienced abuse and neglect to heal.
2021 Woman of the Year
Paula S. Gilberto
United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut
Paula S. Gilberto, President and CEO of United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut, joined the organization in 1998 as Vice President, Community Services and subsequently Senior Vice President. Her focus has been on developing public/private partnerships to advance grade-level reading, student achievement, financial security, and workforce development.
Paula is a founding member of United Way’s Women United, which raises resources for comprehensive financial capability services for women and families. She chairs Workforce Solutions Collaborative of Metro Hartford; serves on the boards of Capital Workforce Partners and the National Fund for Workforce Solutions; is a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Community Development Council and CHEFA’s Community Development Corporation Advisory Council; a corporator for Hartford Hospital and Hospital of Central Connecticut, and a volunteer for the National Conference for Community and Justice. She also serves on United Way Worldwide’s Membership Accountability Committee and various teams developing organizational resources for the network.
Paula holds a Master of Science in Organizational Behavior, University of Hartford; a Bachelor of Science in Communications and Psychology, University of Bridgeport; and is Family Strengthening for Success Fellow, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
2021 Young Woman of the Year
Real Talk and Vernon ROCKS Coalition
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A History of Serving Young Women & Girls
Founded in 1809, The Village has a long history of helping young women and girls who need guidance and support to become resilient, confident and independent, and those who have experienced abuse and neglect to heal. Proceeds from the event support early intervention, educational and empowerment programs for young women, girls and their families, as well as therapeutic, residential and educational support in safe, caring environments. The mission of The Village is to build a community of strong, healthy families who protect and nurture children. We are now pleased to extend our exceptional care to adults by offering mental health counseling and substance abuse treatment.
Woman of the Year
Each year, a woman is honored at the event for her extraordinary service to girls and young women. The Woman of the Year is a volunteer who advocates for at-risk girls and young women, motivates and inspires young women to realize their potential, creates meaningful opportunities for the community to support programs that serve young women and has had a transformative effect on a young woman’s life.
Girl Within Committee
Chair: Jeanmarie Cooper
Members: Carlene Bush, Carrie Casciani, Jean Cowles, Judy Coughlin, Cathy Iacovazzi, Diane Lipes, Patricia Marealle, Dr. Elsa Núñez, Bonnie Parry, Damaris Rivera and Laura Stevens
2020 Girl Within Virtual Event
The 2020 Girl Within Virtual Event was filled with hope and inspiration at The Girl Within Virtual Event! Racquel Santana, 2020 Woman of the Year, inspired us to turn empathy into action by supporting girls and young women at every stage of their lives. Clients Leah, Pauline and Alyissa and Village staff member Tiffany inspired us with their stories of hope and selflessness.