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Go Red For Women Leadership Breakfast Held in Norwalk

By American Heart Association

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Sylvia Spitalnick, AHA Go Red Director; Caryn Cosentini, Senior Vice President, Webster Bank, Deborah Goodman, AHA SVP Field Operations
Nearly 100 Fairfield business women attended the American Heart Association Women’s Leadership Breakfast, recently hosted by Hotel Zero Degrees in Norwalk. The event, entitled, “Authentic Leadership - Leading From the Heart,” was moderated by Mia Schipani, VP of Business Development for Hotel Zero Degrees and Stamford-based RMS Companies.

A 2010 study presented at the AHA’s Scientific Sessions showed that women whose work is highly stressful have a 40% increased risk of heart disease. Workers who had little or no control over their work or decision-making were more stressed and at higher risk. Chronic stress can put a strain on the body.

Sylvia Spitalnick, AHA Go Red Director; Caryn Cosentini, Senior Vice President, Webster Bank; Mia Schipani, VP Business Development, Hotel Zero Degrees; Go Red Panelists, Ariela Sarai, Judy Goss, Laura Campbell
“There is a clear need for more resources for women to become leaders on the job and in the community and to take control of their lives and health,” said Go Red Council Chair, Mia Schipani. The Go Red Council’s Leadership series provides knowledge, inspiration, encourages candid conversation and facilitates an energetic exchange of ideas about authentic leadership and a variety of women’s health issues.

“Educating people about women’s heart health is the first line of defense in fostering a stronger, healthier community,” said Caryn Cosentini, Senior Vice President, Webster Private Bank.

Dr. Sandhya Dhruvakumar - Medical Director of Electrophysiology at Stamford Hospital; Sylvia Spitalnick, AHA Go Red Director; Deborah Goodman, AHA SVP Field Operations
Guest speaker Dr. Sandhya Dhruvakumar, Medical Director of Electrophysiology at Stamford Hospital, spoke about the importance of women recognizing heart disease as their number one health threat, taking control of risk factors for heart disease and reducing stress on the job and off.

Panel speakers included Ariela Sarai, a Licensed Avatar® Master who teaches local weekend workshops and 9-day courses around the country. Panelist Laura Campbell, is the CEO of Laura W. Campbell Enterprises and Panelist Judy Goss is founder, Over 40 Females and

The AHA announced the date of the Go Red For Women Luncheon is set for March 13, 2014 in Greenwich. Go Red For Women is supported nationally by Macy’s and Merck and locally presented by Signature Sponsor, Webster Bank and Cause Sponsor, Stamford Hospital. Event media sponsor is W2W Magazine.

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