Banking New England and American Business Media


Help honor the women who are making a difference in their profession.

The FIRE (Finance, Insurance and Real Estate) sector has emerged as a keystone of the New England economy, transforming the knowledge, wealth and dreams of the world’s most ambitious visionaries into reality. As more and more women rise to the top of businesses and institutions in this sector, there is a growing need to shine a light on their achievements to inspire others.

Banking New England identifies the most talented, the most ambitious, the most innovative and the most philanthropic Women of FIRE. Women of FIRE recipients are chosen through a very selective process. Recipients will be featured in the September/October issue of Banking New England, and honored again at an awards luncheon taking place October 11, 2019 at The Verve Crowne Plaza in Natick, MA.

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Friday, October 11, 2019
11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

The Verve – Crowne Plaza Natick
1360 Worcester Street
Natick, MA

Event Schedule

11:00 a.m.
Registration Opens
11:30 – 12:00 p.m.
Welcoming Reception / Networking
12:00 p.m.
Guests Seated for Lunch
12:15 p.m.
Welcoming Remarks
12:25 – 12:45 p.m.
Lunch Begins
12:45 p.m.
Keynote Speaker
1:00 p.m.
Awards Presentation Begins
2:30 p.m.

2019 Recipients

Cindy Angelini, The Hartford

Ellen Anselone, Finegold Alexander Architects

Debi Benoit, Benoit Mizner Simon & Co.

Mindy Bero, Hickok & Boardman

Lisa Berube, Essex Savings Bank

Kati Brigham, McCall & Almy

Betsy Collins, Peabody Properties, Inc.

Roxann Cooke, JP Morgan

Barbara Curto, Chelsea Groton Bank

Sandy Dawson, Pullman & Comley, LLC

Michelle Dwyer, Franklin First Federal Credit Union

Natasha Espada, Studio Enee

Francesca Federico, Twelve Points Wealth

Michelle Hatch, blumshapiro

Kathleen Henry, Eastern Bank

Jane Kaplan Peck, Kaplan Construction

Kathleen Kenealy, Boston Private Bank

Pam Labreche, Navigant Credit Union

Lauren Liss, MassDevelopment

Jennifer Marino, Rockland Trust

Angie O’Donnell, 3D Leadership Group

Barbara Oddo, Lincoln Property Company

Barbara Palmer, Southbridge Credit Union

Samantha Pause, Mascoma Bank

Katharine Schmitt, JP Morgan Private Bank

Sheryl Starr, Bernkopf Goodman

Rebecca Thomas, Triangle Credit Union

Kathryn Underwood, Ledyard National Bank

Keri Watkins, Watkins & Associates/William Raveis

Maureen Wilkinson, HarborOne Bank

Ericka Winstead, Eastern Connecticut Savings Bank

2017 Keynote Speaker

Colleen Sheridan, Senior Vice President, RM Bradley Office Leasing and Investment Properties Group & President Elect, CREW CT Colleen is a member of the RM Bradley Office Leasing and Investment Properties Group. She joined RM Bradley In 2013. Colleen has over twenty-five years of industry experience, having previously served as Senior Managing Director for the Edward S Gordon Company in New York City. She specializes in Investment sales of all commercial property types and has been responsible for over $2 billion in property sales during her career. Among the major clients with whom she has worked are; Dean Witter, Honeywell, IBM, 3M, Pitney Bowes Credit Corporation, Swiss Bank Corporation and United Technologies to name a few. Prior to joining RM Bradley, Colleen managed the entire property portfolio of Honeywell Corporation, encompassing over 29 million square feet of industrial, and office space, advising the corporate office on values, acquisitions and dispositions of the properties. In addition, she facilitated several sale/leaseback transactions on their behalf. Colleen is a licensed real estate broker in Connecticut, currently serves as a Commissioner on the Town of Wethersfield Redevelopment Committee, and serves on the Board of Directors of CREW-CT (Commercial Real Estate Women Council) .