Twenty-five years ago, Fran Pastore turned a transition in her career into an opportunity for thousands of other women, their communities, and the State of Connecticut. Since then, she and her team at the Women’s Business Development Council have changed the game for women who are entrepreneurs working to launch or scale their businesses. But Fran didn’t stop at business development, she has become an absolute force in the broader economic ecosystem and a passionate advocate for women’s economic equality. From her time advising the President, Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration on the National Women’s Business Council, to collaborating with the governor on COVID recovery, and being tapped to oversee the organization that administers Connecticut’s paid family and medical leave program, Fran is talking the talk and walking the walk for the benefit of us all. This is an episode you just can’t miss!