Grow your business, and your supportive women network too.
Looking to grow your business with the support of like-minded women who will share in your successes? Chelsea Groton’s team of female bankers understand the challenges females face in business, and are prepared to support you personally and professionally as your needs and goals change.
Ready to Meet, Network, and Share Ideas?
Join the Chelsea Women’s Club to learn from and collaborate with other women business owners and driven women across many industries.
This club embodies Chelsea Groton’s mission to help our customers achieve their goals by facilitating connections and cultivating new partnerships amongst women in business, across many industries. We regularly host in-person and virtual events, free of charge, taught by experts in their respective fields. We’ve recently held events on Time Management, Tips for Hiring and Retaining Talent, and Ways to Adapt to Remote Work.
Check out our upcoming events and register to attend
Membership in the Chelsea Women’s Club is open to account holders at Chelsea Groton. Benefits of membership include access to a dedicated team of female Chelsea Groton bankers who are ready and able to serve all of your personal and professional banking needs. If you are a businesswoman, an innovator, or a hopeful entrepreneur, but not yet a Chelsea Groton customer, we invite you to join us for two events before switching to Chelsea Groton Bank.
Interested in finding out about the Club? Send us an email or call 860-448-4295.
What’s Catching Our Eye?
Check out these articles and resources for the female entrepreneur:
The Women’s Business Development Council recently announced its , which offers grants of up to $10,000 to qualified women-owned and minority-owned small business owners who live in Connecticut.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) recently launched , an interactive digital platform packed with the resources women business owners need to set, and achieve, their business goals. Ascent is designed for the “missing middle” — growth-oriented women entrepreneurs who are beyond the start-up phase and already generating revenue yet looking to grow and scale.
Business Banking Program
Chelsea Groton offers business account packages tailored specifically for women-owned businesses, in order to offer cost-effective and efficient business banking solutions, with an emphasis on personalized service and advice, hands-on (remote or in-person) training, and comprehensive education. Interested in learning more about our Women-Owned Business product suite? Email Alexis Kahn.
Grants and Investment Resources
Meet the Women in Business Team
Get to know a few of the 200-plus Chelsea Groton team members who are ready and able to serve all of your personal and professional banking needs.
Lori Dufficy, EVP, Chief Experience & Engagement Officer
The pace of women-owned businesses is increasing, resulting in job creation and the promotion of a thriving economy – the next generation of female entrepreneurs is out there and I’m excited to support entrepreneurs through education, mentoring, and guidance to help them embrace and realize their goals.
Carolyn Welch, SVP, Director of Commercial Lending
I’m proud to be part of a team of professional women, with diverse backgrounds, ready to assist you with your banking needs. I look forward to getting to know you. The Commercial Lending team and I are always available to discuss any of your commercial financing needs.
Leslie McKillip, VP, Commercial Loan Officer
A definition of networking is the action of interacting with others to exchange information and develop professional contacts. The Chelsea Women’s Club is just that, a networking group for the exchange of ideas, information and making connections and introductions for women, by women. I look forward to being a part of this energy and empowerment!
Dawn Sandvoss, AVP, Commercial Loan Officer
I am so excited to be a part of the Chelsea Women’s Club. Having the ability to meet with current and future women business owners to promote and encourage their successes, is one of the most rewarding elements of my job.
Alexis Kahn, VP, Cash Management Sales Manager
I am inspired by the interactions I have seen and the connections established through the Chelsea Women’s Club. There are wonderful opportunities for such connections to enable women business professionals to learn from one another and establish partnerships that will help promote their careers, their businesses and even their general well-being. It’s so exciting for the future of our community!
Kathleen Ringler, Financial Advisor, Infinex Investments, Inc.;
VP, Chelsea Groton Financial Services
I believe that women should feel empowered to think and invest for today, but also for the long term. Providing women with a trusting financial relationship in order to have more confidence, support and financial security is incredibly rewarding to me. Women are faced with many unique financial pressures from running a business, raising a family, or caring for a loved one to name a few. As a female business woman myself, I can relate. I look forward to understanding your vision, and collaborating to implement a financial plan based on your goals and values.
Paulette Retsinas, Financial Advisor, Infinex Investments, Inc.;
VP, Chelsea Groton Financial Services
I identify with other women in business. I encourage them to be confident and share their unique perspectives that can help others reach their full potential. When women are passionate, honest and care about their work, it shows and makes a positive difference.