Three Trinity Alumnae Recognized by ‘Hartford Business Journal’ on ‘40 Under Forty’ List

Adwoa Dadzie ’04, Jessica Ritter ’01, and Karen T. Taylor IDP ’15 Are Among Honorees

​Hartford, Connecticut, August 4, 2017 – Three Trinity College alumnae have been recognized among The Hartford Business Journal’s “40 Under Forty” award winners. The annual list is intended to showcase “up-and-coming young professionals who are leading their respective organizations” in Connecticut. The Trinity alumnae receiving this honor are Adwoa Dadzie ’04, Jessica Ritter ’01, and Karen T. Taylor IDP ’15.

The announcement by HBJ said that more than 200 people were nominated for this year’s award, and that winners work for private, public, and nonprofit organizations. Editor Greg Bordonaro wrote, “If there are any signs of hope for the state’s and region’s future it’s in the pages and profiles that follow.”

Karen T. Taylor IDP ’15

Taylor (pictured at right), who is the program director of the Consortium on High Achievement and Success on the Trinity campus, guides the organization’s strategic planning, oversees communications, and develops student-centered conferences to promote the success of students of color across 35 liberal arts college campuses. “My biggest passion is pursuing educational equity and inclusion,” she told HBJ. “Access to opportunities and exposure to differences allows people to truly see themselves.”

As a member of the Hartford Board of Education, Taylor chairs the policy committee responsible for reviewing, creating, and revising all policies for Hartford Public Schools. “I’m a proud alumna and now serve as the adviser to Trinity College’s Black Women's Organization,” Taylor said.

Taylor, who was an educational studies major, said that her experiences with Trinity were “life-changing,” preparing her to become a more active Hartford resident. “I not only developed the skills and relationships to be a local leader, but also the passion. Through my learning, I developed the drive and personal commitment to address issues of educational access and equity in our city,” Taylor said. 

Jessica Ritter ’01

Ritter (pictured at left) is an attorney at the Hartford law firm Shipman & Goodwin. “As a partner in the school law practice group, I work with many of the 125-plus public school districts the firm represents throughout Connecticut as well as some independent schools,” Ritter told HBJ.

Ritter also is co-chair of Shipman & Goodwin’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and serves as a mentor to younger attorneys. In 2017, she was elected to the Mark Twain House & Museum’s board of trustees. 

Adwoa Dadzie ’04

Dadzie is a Region Vice President of Human Resources for Comcast in Berlin, where she is responsible for all aspects of the employee experience and leadership development for 1,700 employees. As a psychology major at Trinity, Dadzie said she learned things from that discipline that carry over into her HR position. “In HR we deal with problems impacting the business that are based on the dynamics of people. Learning how to approach people from a strategic and analytical mindset is what I learned in my time at Trinity, doing as much research as I did,” she told Trinity. Dadzie also enjoyed learning about urban issues through the Cities Program.

Today, Dadzie pursues her passion for inspiring students about the importance of education by volunteering with Trinity College seniors, including at the Career Development Center’s “Bantams and Beyond: Life After College” program in January (pictured at right). During her workshop, “Horrible Bosses & Coworkers: Workplace Communication,” Dadzie stressed the importance of learning to forge her own way and trusting herself rather than following the vision others had of her.

Dadzie’s advice to Trinity students is to take some risks after graduation and explore many different options. “When you begin a career post-undergrad, your youth can be a competitive advantage because it can give you a lot of creative and innovative ways to approach problems,” she said.

Written by Matt Grahn