Fundraising conference

Connecticut's two Association of Fundraising Professionals chapters will hold their annual all-day conference on Thursday, Nov. 17, at the CoCo Key Hotel and Convention Center in Waterbury. Scheduled speakers include Deb Heinrich, nonprofit liaison to Governor Dannel P. Malloy.

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NPD is now soliciting presenters for the event. Individuals with expertise in any area of philanthropy are encouraged to submit a proposal. There will be offerings for the beginner, intermediate and advanced professional. Those interested may email one of the educational cochairmen, Jeanne Boyer Roy at or Coleen Harkey at

Women to speak at summit

The Connecticut Women's Alliance, an organization that seeks to support the advancement of women and girls through educational programming and events, is hosting the Connecticut Women's Summit.

The Connecticut Women's Summit is a festival of ideas for rapid evolution.

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The Summit is being moderated by Attorney Kay Wilson of Kay Wilson Coaching and Training, Inc. The event will be opened with Gina Barreca: author, comedienne, columnist and UCONN professor; performing, followed by hosted discussions with Teresa Younger: Executive Director of the Connecticut General Assembly's Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, Dr. Dorothy Martin-Neville, founder of Energy Medicine, psychologist and author, and Kathy McShane: Managing Director of Ladies Who Launch the largest worldwide online and in-person community of female entrepreneurs, as well as a few surprise guests. Special guest is Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman.

The Connecticut women's Summit will take place on Oct. 6, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the East Hartford Community Cultural Center on 50 Chapman Place, East Hartford, CT. To register, visit Tickets are $35 and include hors d'oeuvres, wine and refreshments, free parking, book sales and signings, and other informative materials.

Commonfund promotion

Commonfund, a prominent investment manager for institutional investors including pension funds and endowments and foundations, among other investors, announced the appointment of Lou Ann Dolan as managing director and group head of consultant relations.

Dolan has more than 35 years of institutional investment experience. Before joining Commonfund, Dolan was with Trust Company of the West where she was responsible for consultant relations for traditional and alternative investment mandates.

Norwalk Hospital has 36 Top Docs

Norwalk Hospital has announced t36 physicians affiliated with the hospital have been named "Top Doctors" by U.S News & World Report. Based on a peer nomination process, the results include physicians recognized by their peers, locally and nationally, for outstanding work.

U.S. News & World Report's Top Doctors was created in collaboration with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., publisher of America's Top Doctors and other consumer health guides. Castle Connolly's research team reviews the peer nominations and the nominees' credentials, training, achievements and appointments.

Norwalk Hospital is a community teaching hospital that is committed to providing uniquely excellent, innovative and compassionate health care with exceptional outcomes to the residents of Fairfield County. For information about the hospital and to contact the physician referral service, call 1-866-NHB-WELL.