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   Shekar Natarajan ● 31 ● Danbury
    Coke or Pepsi? It’s a wash for Natarajan, who has developed streamlined supply-chain systems to benefit both soft-drink giants. At Coca-Cola Bottling Co., his “Cool Lift” delivery system cut delivery time in half and improved productivity between 30 and 40 percent. More recently, at The Pepsi Bottling Group, where he is director of supply chain, Natarajan is spearheading a transformation of the company’s logistics and delivery systems. Pepsi’s Direct Store Delivery system has already seen $55 million in annual savings thanks to his innovations.
   Adam McLaughlin ● 32 ● South Windsor
    After Webster Bank’s McLaughlin graduated from Leadership Greater Hartford’s Quest Program in 2007, the president of the organization  put him on the board of directors. “I have to say I wasn’t surprised,” says Bob Annon, a Webster senior vice president. “Adam is a true professional and always does more than he’s asked.” McLaughlin is a relationship manager at Webster, with a $70 million-plus portfolio of commercial loans and deposits to oversee. He’s also a regular organizer for causes within the bank and in the community, ranging from encouraging entrepreneurs to fighting cancer.
   Michelle Beadle ● 35 ● New Canaan
    Suddenly everyone loves Michelle Beadle. Thanks to her appealingly natural and witty work as co-host on ESPN2’s “SportsNation” and ABC’s “Winners Bracket,” she now has fans across America and, perhaps just as importantly, within the management ranks of ABC/ESPN. Beadle was raised in Texas, graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio and went to work as a sideline reporter for the San Antonio Spurs and New Jersey Nets. She’s also done work for Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel and was a correspondent for people.com. Now it looks like her time has come.
  

Michelle Cole ●  27 ● Fairfield    
   At 27, Michelle Cole exemplifies our state’s next generation of leaders with her remarkable example of community service. After several years in roles of increasing responsibility, in 2010 she became co-chairperson of Fairfield’s Relay for Life (RFL), which under her leadership raised over $300,000 for the American Cancer Society. The event has become one of the town’s top three events, according to First Selectman Ken Flatto. Leading RFL is an enormous undertaking, involving a huge team of volunteers and participants, that she somehow accomplishes while working as a consultant for The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.

Dena Castricone ●  34 ● New Haven
Dena is a hardworking lawyer at Murtha Cullina in New Haven. She has also found time to be an effective community activist. Attending a National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce annual meeting for her firm in 2007, she realized that Connecticut didn’t have an affiliated chamber. That year she founded Connecticut Alliance for Business Opportunities (CABO), a statewide chamber of commerce designed to seek out and foster relationships among LGBT-owned and -friendly organizations. She served as president and hand-picked the board of directors herself, and the organization has flourished. A testament to her success is the award CABO won from the National Chamber for being the fastest-growing affiliate in the country.

 

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