BRBC BLOG: Happy Women's History Month! Week 5 Spotlight: Bernadine Venditto

Happy March, everyone! It is Women's History Month and the BRBC's Women's Leadership Network has teamed up with Bridgeport's Downtown Special Services District to honor some of the women impacting our community (there are many!) We will also be co-hosting a virtual panel discussion with these women on March 31. Now to introduce Bernadine Venditto.

Women's History Month - Spotlight on Local Women - Week 5: Bernadine Venditto
March 29, 2021

Three years after joining Junior Achievement in 2005 as a Program Manager, Bernadine Venditto was promoted to President. She is a passionate supporter of JA’s mission of inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy through programs focused on financial literacy, work and career readiness and entrepreneurship.
Over the course of her tenure, Bernadine steered the organization through the financial crisis of 2009-10, oversaw the successful merger with a sister organization, Junior Achievement of Southwest Connecticut to create Junior Achievement of Greater Fairfield County and most recently, is navigating the extreme changes in education wrought by the Covid pandemic. With a focus on building relationships and strategic partnerships, the organization has grown significantly, reaching thousands of students in 27 towns throughout greater Fairfield County.
Bernadine’s response to the pandemic, in conjunction with the Board of Directors, has highlighted her leadership skills, vision and operational expertise. During this past year she has successfully ensured that JAGFC’s programs, which had been taught by volunteers in person in the schools, could now be accessed either online or through a direct feed to the classroom. Despite the many challenges faced, the organization has emerged fiscally solvent and stronger than ever.
Hand-lettering by JAG Ink Studio
With sponsorship support from Aquarion Water Company, Bigelow Tea, and Yale New Haven Health Bridgeport Hospital.