RICH HARWOOD URGES UNITED WAY OF CENTRAL AND NORTHEASTERN CONNECTICUT TO TURN OUTWARD

Rich Harwood had a question for those who attended the MetroHartford Alliance's Rising Star Breakfast to ask themselves: "Am I living up to the pledges and promises I made to my community?" As the keynote speaker of the event, Rich addressed an audience consisting of The United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut members as well as an assortment of community and business leaders in the region, citing lessons he learned from his upcoming book, The Work of Hope.

"It's important to create impact, but we also need to engender belief," Rich passionately told the audience. The event also aligned with United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut's Community Campaign kickoff. "People are yearning to come back in to public life and restore a sense of humanity.

"If we want to move our communities forward, we need to turn outward," added Harwood, noting United Way's Community Conversations as one way to measure people's aspirations in its 40-town region. "We must restore a belief in ourselves and one another."