We’re blessed to have three incredible woman who will be sharing words that will inform, intrigue, and inspire us.

Sandy Broadus- Sandy first became an activist during her days as a student at Dartmouth College. She went on to graduate from Boston University School of Law in 1992 and began practicing law at the Georgetown University Law Center Criminal Justice Clinic. In 2004, Sandy became the first African-American woman partner at the Hartford office of Day, Berry & Howard (now Day Pitney), the largest and oldest law firm in CT. She has also been honored numerous times by the Tri-State Diversity Council and The Connecticut Law Tribune, and was recognized as a Connecticut Super Lawyer and also by the Hartford Business Journal as one of its “Forty under 40.”

Sandy has often appeared on CNN as a legal commentator and is a frequent public speaker and mentor, especially to attorneys of color and women. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Bar Foundation, and is also a Connecticut Bar Foundation James W. Cooper Fellow.

She is also a Member of the Board of Trustees of The Country School in Madison, CT, where her 12 year-old son and 8 year-old boy and girl twins are enrolled. Sandy is also a former Board member for the Urban League of Greater Hartford.

Colleen Shaddox- East Haddam resident Colleen Shaddox is a writer and activist. She has lead communications in campaigns around the country to remove children from adult prisons, to end shackling in juvenile courts and to free mentally ill prisoners from solitary confinement. She has written for National Public Radio, The New York Times, The Washington Post and many other outlets. Her essays and short fiction are frequently anthologized. She is currently writing a book on poverty in America.


Kate O’Boyle- Kate O’Boyle graduated from Marywood University with a BS in Health and Physical Education followed by an MS in Counselor Education from the University of Scranton. After a career in school administration, Kate’s last role was for Norwich Public Schools was Building Principal at Kelly Middle School, with the responsibility of creating a safe, caring, respectful, and fair environment. The recipient of a Heart Transplant in 2014, Kate’s journey has been one filled with major changes to both her personal and professional life.

Giving up her career as a school administrator was difficult but she was determined to find different ways to utilize her talents. With this in mind, she found ways to serve others by: establishing a non-profit, Sensations Charitable Foundation, Inc. whose mission is to create, conduct and support services for children with disabilities and health conditions; being a member of the Early Childhood Council in East Haddam; serving as President of East Haddam Scholarship, Inc.; Executive Board Member of East Haddam Youth and Family Services; and serving as member and Past President of the East Haddam Rotary Club. As a human being, a woman, an educator, a member of the LGBTQ community, and now, social activist, she is proud to stand up and represent Together We Rise, CT.

Kate resides in East Haddam with her wife Charlene Riling

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